NEW YORK — ABC News’ “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings” broke “NBC Nightly News’ ” 53-week winning streak last week, topping the Tom Brokaw-anchored newscast in total viewers.
The last time ABC won in both total viewers and adults 25-54 was the week of March 6, 2000, 61 weeks ago.
For the week ending May 7, “World News Tonight” attracted 8.3 million viewers, while “Nightly News” averaged 8.2 million viewers and CBS’ “Evening News with Dan Rather” averaged 7.5 million.
“Nightly News,” the top-rated network evening newscast since 1997, recently celebrated its longest winning streak since the start of People Meter use in September 1987.
“I guess they took their eye off the ball for a moment,” said “World News Tonight” executive producer Paul Slavin, who added that he wasn’t celebrating yet since it’s only been one week that the newscast has been in the No. 1 slot. “We’re all in this incredibly competitive environment, and we’re all trying to find out what works week to week. If I knew what worked last week, I’d be a genius.”
Among the key news demo of adults 25-54, “World News Tonight” posted a 2.6 rating, while NBC posted a 2.4 and CBS earned a 2.1.