ABC’s World News Tonight With David Muir Breaks NBC’s 21 Year Viewership Streak
ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muir hit a major milestone recently by breaking NBC Nightly News‘ decades-long streak and becoming the most-watched evening newscast for the 2016-2017 year.
The last time this happened was 21 years ago, when Peter Jennings was still ABC’s evening news anchor.
The Nielsen company found that Muir’s show is averaging 8.3 million viewers while NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt drew approximately 8.2 million. CBS Evening News lagged behind with 6.6 million viewers.
“One has to recognize the breaking of one of the great streaks in television,” said ABC News President James Goldston. “In a world consumed by social media and fake news, people are thirsting to get a straightforward account of what happened that day. I think World News Tonight does that better than anybody.”
NBC News President Noah Oppenheim reacted to the news by pointing out their continued viewership wins in several demographic categories.
“If you are going to go by the quality of the broadcast, ours is superior,” said Oppenheim. “If you’re going to go by business measurements, we’re winning in the only category that matters.”
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