Huge 'NBC Nightly News' Ratings Win

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December 27th, 2012

via press release:






DECEMBER 27, 2012 – “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” was the most-watched network evening newscast for the week ending December 23, 2012, according to Nielsen Media Research data. The NBC broadcast averaged 9.133 million total viewers, +1,189,000 more than ABC "World News’" 7.944 million, and +2,182,000 more than CBS "Evening News’” 6.951 million.

“NBC Nightly News” Weekly Highlights:


  • Nightly delivered 9.133 million total viewers, +15% (+1,189,000) more than ABC World News and +31% (+2,182,000) more than CBS Evening News.
  • Nightly averaged a 6.1/11 Household rating, ahead of ABC’s 5.3/10 and CBS’ 4.6/9.
  • Nightly has won for 171 consecutive weeks in total viewers, and in 218 of the past 219 weeks among total viewers.
  • Nightly delivered a 2.0 A25-54 rating, +2 tenths ahead of ABC’s 1.8 rating and +4 tenths more than CBS’s 1.6 rating.
  • Among A25-54 (000), Nightly averaged 2.397 million viewers, +315,000 viewers ahead of World News’ 2.082 million and +542,000 ahead of Evening News’ 1.855 million.
  • Nightly has topped World News in A25-54 (000) for 213 consecutive weeks.
  • Versus the same week last season, Nightly was up +6% in total viewers and in key demo ratings: +5% among Adults 25-54, +10% among Women 25-54, +6% among Men 25-54.

Quarter and Season-to-Date Highlights:

  • Versus the 4Q’12-to-date average, Nightly was up +7% in P2+ (000) and in key demo ratings: +5% among Women 25-54, and +6% among Men 25-54.
  • Season-to-date, Nightly leads World News by +784,000 total viewers, and by +351,000 Adult 25-54 viewers.

Patrick Burkey is the executive producer of "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams." For more news and information about "NBC Nightly News," go to

  • moshane58

    Closet we will ever get to having someone like Peter Jennings.

  • FringeFan

    I like Nightly News, but I dislike some of the people they have regularly on there.

  • Sondra

    I,m hearing impaired, not deaf, clearity is the issue. Brian you or one of few that I can understand. I do so enjoy your work, Happy Holidays to you and your family. Lets see more of Ann Curry.

  • Andrea Gale

    Brian Williams is an AMAZING broadcaster.Lester Holt is a great backup and
    Natalie Morales did a marvelous job substituting tonight too !! Hooray for the Nightly News team :D

  • iggy agrimotor

    NBC wins big….. with shooting spree.

  • Eddie

    I prefer ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, her delivery of the evening News is just better. I also love that adorable David Muir and his cute little smile on ABC World News Weekend on Saturday and Sunday evening. ABC gets my vote!

  • Justin

    NBC news is second to none and it held its own and basically withstood the competition even when ratings on the network as a whole were brutal. It’s nice to see a big win ending the year.

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