ABC had the top-rated evening newscast last night according to Nielsen Fast Affiliate ratings of the nation’s largest markets.
World News with Charles Gibson averaged 10,742,000 Total Viewers; NBC Nightly News had 10,497,000 and the CBS Evening News had 7,339,000. All three broadcasts aired with limited commercial interruption. ABC and NBC also expanded their broadcasts to 90 and 60 minutes, respectively, to cover Pres. Obama’s inauguration. (The time period measured for the Fast Affiliate data is for the traditional half-hour airing.)
Also, we just received the evening news ratings for last week (Jan. 12-18). Nightly News had it best Total Viewer delivery and best advantage over World News in three years.