NEW YORK — NBC’s “Nightly News” marked a milestone last week.

The Tom Brokaw-anchored newscast has won 52 consecutive weeks (May 1, 2000-April 27, 2001) in total viewers — the program’s longest winning streak since the start of People Meter use in 1987.

For the week ended April 27, “Nightly News” attracted 8.51 million viewers, while ABC’s “World News Tonight” averaged 7.99 million and CBS’ “Evening News” averaged 7.43 million.

“Nightly News” has been the top-rated network evening newscast each season since 1997. Prior to this 52-week win, however, the program’s best consecutive streak was 17 weeks, from Dec. 30, 1996-April 21, 1997.

“Nightly News” was also No. 1 in homes for the week, posting a 6.3/14, followed by ABC with a 6.2/14 and CBS with a 5.8/13. Compared with last year during the same period (April 24-30, 2000), NBC dipped 9% in viewers, CBS was down 4%, while ABC dropped a whopping 17%.

Among the key news demo of adults 25-54, “Nightly” posted a 2.7 rating, ABC a 2.4 and CBS a 2.0.