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'World News Tonight' Wins 2020-2021 Evening Title

David Muir at the 'World News Tonight' anchor desk
(Image credit: ABC/Heidi Gutman)

ABC’s World News Tonight was the No. 1 evening newscast for the 2020-2021 season in total viewers, adults 25-54 and adults 18-49. It is the second year in a row that ABC won the three races. 

ABC averaged 8.74 million total viewers, per Nielsen, ahead of NBC Nightly News’s 7.32 million and CBS Evening News’s 5.4 million. 

The networks averaged 9.39 million, 8.27 million and 5.86 million in the previous season.

In viewers 25-54, ABC had 1.69 million average viewers for a 1.4 rating. NBC had 1.41 million for a 1.2 rating, and CBS had 984,000 for a 0.8. 

In the previous season, ABC averaged 1.88 million, NBC 1.78 million and CBS 1.1 million.

In viewers 18-49, ABC had 1.17 million average viewers for a 0.9 rating. NBC had 982,000 for a 0.8 and CBS tallied 701,000 for a 0.5. 

David Muir anchors World News Tonight. Lester Holt anchors NBC Nightly News and Norah O’Donnell anchors CBS Evening News

World News Tonight won total viewers for the fifth straight season, and took all 52 weeks of the season in evening news total viewers. ABC said World News Tonight won 50 out of 52 weeks in adults 25-54 and 18-49, losing two to NBC during the Summer Olympics. 

Michael Malone

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.