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Q1 ’06: CBS Evening News Gains Half A Million Viewers In One Quarter

“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams had an impressive ratings win during the first quarter 2006, topping ABC and CBS in all categories,” the network said in a press release today.

The numbers for Q1 2006 are quite similar to Q4 2005. NBC beat ABC by a million viewers, but only has a 0.1 lead in the 25-54 demo.

But there’s one change between December and March: The CBS Evening News has picked up half a million viewers.

In Q4 2005, CBS averaged 7,469,000. In Q1 2006, CBS averaged 8,000,000, a gain of 531,000 viewers a night. In the demo, the Evening News is up from 1.9 to 2.1.

Here are the Q1 averages:

Total viewers: NBC: 9,859,000 / ABC: 8,861,000 / CBS: 8,000,000

Homes: NBC: 6.8/13 / ABC: 6.2/12 / CBS: 5.6/11

25-54 demo: NBC: 2.6 / ABC: 2.5 / CBS: 2.1

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