NBC NIGHTLY NEWS WITH LESTER HOLT Is #1 Most Watched Season-to-Date in Key Demo

NBC NIGHTLY NEWS WITH LESTER HOLT Is #1 Most Watched Season-to-Date in Key Demo

"NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt" is the #1 most-watched evening broadcast in the key news demo for the week of July 9, according to Nielsen Media Research data.

The broadcast continues its strong performance in the key demo, growing week-over-week and averaging 1.6 million A25-54 viewers. The broadcast bested "ABC World News Tonight" by +24,000 viewers (+2%) and "CBS Evening News" by +555,000 viewers (+56%).

Starting last week, Holt led NBC News' special coverage of President Trump's first trip to the United Kingdom and his summit with President Putin in Helsinki. Holt anchored "NBC Nightly News" live from London on Friday, July 13 and live from Helsinki on Sunday, July 15 and Monday, July 16. Additionally, he reported for "TODAY" and anchored five NBC NEWS SPECIAL reports.

Capping a dramatic and historic news day, Holt ended last night's broadcast by reminding viewers that "it is often the judgement of history that has the last word." You can watch the full version of Holt's final remarks to close last night's broadcast here: https://nbcnews.to/2upLM1C

Tomorrow, Holt interviews FBI Director Christopher Wray at the Aspen Security Forum, just two days after President Trump's summit with the Russian President.

For the week of July 9, "Nightly News" is the most-watched broadcast among A18-49 viewers, averaging 1.1 million and topping ABC by +23,000 viewers (+2%) and CBS by +374,000 viewers (+54%).

7.2 million total viewers tuned in to "Nightly News" for the week of July 9, leading "CBS Evening News" by 1.9 million total viewers (+35%).

"Nightly News" continues as the #1 most-watched evening newscast season-to-date in the key demo, delivering its largest demo lead over CBS in six seasons.

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Weekly Highlights:

  • "Nightly News" averaged 1.6 million A25-54 viewers, outperforming ABC by +24,000 viewers (+2%) and CBS by +555,000 (+56%).
  • "Nightly News" grew week-over-week in the key demo.
  • "Nightly News" averaged 1.1 million A18-49 viewers, topping ABC by +23,000 (+2%) and CBS by +374,000 (+54%).
  • "Nightly News" averaged 7.2 million total viewers, beating CBS by +1.9 million (+35%).

Season Highlights:

  • "Nightly News" is the #1 evening newscast this season in A25-54 and A18-49
  • "Nightly News" holds its largest A25-54 demo advantage over CBS in six seasons.

Week of July 9 - July 13, 2018:

Total Viewers A25-54 Rating A25-54 Viewers A18-49 Rating A18-49 Viewers
NBC 7.203 1.28 1.550 0.82 1.061
CBS 5.329 0.82 0.995 0.53 0.687
ABC 7.712 1.26 1.526 0.81 1.038


NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt is the most-watched evening newscast in America, providing the very latest on the day's top stories and going BEYOND THE HEADLINES to add context and analysis to the most pressing issues of our times. NBC NIGHTLY NEWS reaches more than 24 million people every week through its broadcast and millions more through NBCNews.com, theNightly News app, and social media platforms. Lester Holt is the anchor, and Sam Singal is the executive producer.

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