In the most recent reporting week in June, ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” earned 1.97 million average key 25-54 viewers for the week ending June 1, up 2% versus the same week a year ago.
For the season so far, “World News Tonight” is now on top of all early news broadcast TV series among these viewers -- the first time that has occurred in two decades.
For the same week, “NBC Nightly News” with Lester Holt was at 1.81 million 25-54 viewers (down 3% from 1.86 million), while “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was at 1.4 million (up 1% from 1.387 million).
ABC earned 7.945 million overall viewers for the first week in June, 6% higher than its 7.47 million of a year ago;
Still, NBC made some slight gains in viewers -- 7.75 million, up 1% from 7.70 million viewers. CBS was the most improved in this category -- up 12% to 6.6 million, versus 5.9 million for the first week in June 2014.
For the entire month of May, “NBC Nightly News” averaged higher overall viewership for all networks evening news shows: 7.723 million. ABC’s “World News Tonight” was at 7.686 million; and CBS, 6.643 million.
This year’s first week June results were based on four-day averages for NBC and ABC, due to NHL programming for NBC and NBA programs for ABC.