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Evening News Ratings: Week of December 10

A busy news week that was capped by Friday’s tragedy in Newtown, CT sent viewers to the evening newscasts last week boosting the averages of all three programs. A combined average of 24.9 million viewers — the most in three weeks — tuned into the three broadcast network newscasts last week.

“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” maintained its No. 1 ranking, and was up the most compared to the same week last year in younger viewers: +17%. No. 3 “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was up the most in total viewers: +13% and also up +13% in the younger demo. “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” was up +7% in viewers and up +8% in the demo.

Numbers for the week of December 10:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 9,415,000 8,345,000 7,152,000
• A25-54: 2,693,000 2,169,000 2,027,000
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