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ABC’s evening news wins one from NBC

'World News' slips past Peacock's 'Nightly'

NEW YORK — For the first time in nearly two years, ABC’s evening newscast narrowly beat rival NBC News last week in both total audience and adults 25-54.

According to Nielsen Media Research, ABC’s “World News Tonight With Peter Jennings” averaged 8.3 million viewers, while NBC’s “Nightly News With Tom Brokaw” averaged 8.2 million viewers.

“World” also won the key 25-54 demo over “Nightly” by a narrow margin of 40,000 viewers.

ABC hasn’t overtaken NBC in the 25-54 demo and total viewers since the week of Sept. 24, 2001.

CBS’ “Evening News With Dan Rather” remained a distant third place, drawing 6.9 million total viewers.

NBC News said it had a lower-than-usual lead-in audience last week, and ABC’s lead-in beat “Tonight” by more than 900,000 viewers.

Summer-to-date, “Nightly” holds a 9% lead over “World” in total viewers.

Summer is always a slow time for news, with auds fading in and out. It also marks annual vacation time for the three broadcast net anchors.

Jennings was out last week, with weekend anchor Elizabeth Vargas sitting in until Friday, when national correspondent Claire Shipman anchored.

At “Nightly,” Brokaw anchored Monday and Tuesday, with MSNBC anchor Lester Holt subbing the rest of the week. At CBS, news correspondent and substitute anchor Scott Pelley sat in for Rather.