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Press Release
May 15, 2018

MAY 15, 2018 – “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” is the #1 most-watched evening broadcast in the key news demo for the week of May 7, according to Nielsen Media Research data.

The broadcast continues its dominance in the key demo, averaging 1.5 million A25-54 viewers and beating “ABC World News Tonight” by +5,000 viewers (+0.33%) and “CBS Evening News” by +393,000 viewers (+34%). “Nightly News” has won the demo 6 out of the last 8 weeks.

Last week, Holt embarked on his second “Across America” series, traveling coast to coast reporting on stories impacting Americans’ hometowns such as job creation, reducing crime, and opioid addiction. Each night, Holt anchored “NBC Nightly News” live from a different city beginning in Portland, Ore. and continuing to Denver, Colo., Chicago, Ill., Pittsburgh, Pa., and finally Raleigh-Durham, N.C. Compared to same day week prior, each market saw notable ratings activity, including Portland and Pittsburgh, where “Nightly News” jumped to #1 in households and Chicago, where “Nightly News” was the only program to grow versus the prior week.

For the week of May 7, “Nightly News” is the most-watched broadcast among A18-49 viewers averaging 1.0 million, topping ABC by +13,000 viewers (+1%) and CBS by +252,000 viewers (+32%).

7.3 million total viewers tuned in to “Nightly News” for the week of May 7 besting “CBS Evening News” by 1.8 million total viewers (+31%).

“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 seven seasons.

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Weekly Highlights:

  • “Nightly News” averaged 1.5 million A25-54 viewers, outperforming ABC by +5,000 viewers (+0.33%) and CBS by +393,000 (+34%).
  • “Nightly News” averaged 1.0 million A18-49 viewers, topping ABC by +13,000 (+1%) and CBS by +252,000 (+32%).
  • “Nightly News” averaged 7.3 million total viewers, beating CBS by +1.8 million (+31%).

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 seven seasons.

Week of May 7 – May 11, 2018:

 Total Viewers A25-54 Rating A25-54 Viewers A18-49 Rating A18-49 Viewers
NBC 7.3431.281.5420.801.031
CBS 5.5880.951.1490.600.779
ABC 7.6431.271.5370.791.018

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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, the Nightly News app, and social media platforms. Lester Holt is the anchor, and Sam Singal is the executive producer.

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For more information contact:

TJ Ducklo

NBC News


Rachel Zuckerman

NBC News