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NBC NIGHTLY NEWS WITH LESTER HOLT WINS THE YEAR

Press Release
December 31, 2019

2019 Year-End Ratings:

  • Nightly News is the #1 most-watched evening newscast among A25-54 for 12 straight years and A18-49 viewers for 23 years in a row.
  • Among A25-54, Nightly averages 1.683 million viewers in the key news demo, topping ABC by +5,000 (+.3%) and CBS by +579,000 (+52%).
  • The newscast posts its best key A25-54 demo advantage vs. CBS Evening News in eight years and biggest total viewers advantage in six years.
  • This past year, Nightly News launched a criminal justice reform series, “Justice for All,” which has evolved into a network-wide initiative led by Holt. The newscast also began new series, "Lester Holt Reports" and "Your Money, Your Life,” and continued to broadcast award-winning NBC News investigations. Holt was also granted rare access inside Iran for a special edition of Nightly News and was honored with the prestigious 2019 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism.
Program P25-54
Imps
P18-49
Imps
P2+
Imps
NBC NIGHTLY NEWS 1.683 1.149 7.769
CBS EVENING NEWS 1.104 0.792 5.665
ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT 1.678 1.141 8.546

DECEMBER 2019:

  • Nightly News is the #1 most-watched newscast in A25-54 and A18-49.
  • Among A25-54, the newscast averages 1.671 million viewers, leading ABC by +20,000 (+1%) and CBS by +590,000 (+55%).
  • Marking its 4th consecutive monthly win in A18-49, Nightly posts 1.172 million viewers, topping ABC by +45,000 (+4%) and CBS by +407,000 (+53%).
Program P25-54
Imps
P18-49
Imps
P2+
Imps
NBC NIGHTLY NEWS 1,671 1,172 8,092
CBS EVENING NEWS 1,081 765 5,786
ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT 1,651 1,127 8,738

4TH QUARTER 2019:

  • Nightly News wins fourth quarter in A18-49.
  • Among A18-49, Nightly averages 1.156 million viewers, ahead of ABC by +29,000 (+3%) and CBS by +415,000 (+56%).
Program P25-54
Imps
P18-49
Imps
P2+
Imps
NBC NIGHTLY NEWS 1.651 1.156 7.835
CBS EVENING NEWS 1.040 0.741 5.534
ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT 1.652 1.127 8.556

Note: Nightly News, World News Tonight and CBS Evening News’ ratings are comprised of telecasts with regular titling and include overnight airings on owned stations. World News Tonight’s ratings also include 3:30pm airings in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt is the most-watched evening newscast in America among the key news demo, and reaches over 24 million people every week through its broadcast and millions more through NBCNews.com, the Nightly News app, The Nightly newsletter and social media platforms. The broadcast provides the latest on the day’s top stories, going beyond the headlines to uncover how people’s lives are affected by the world around them. Lester Holt is the anchor, and was named the most-trusted television news personality in America, according to The Hollywood Reporter/Morning Consult 2018 survey. Jennifer Suozzo is the executive producer.

Dominique Cuce
NBC News
212-664-6192
dominique.cuce@nbcuni.com