“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” got a nice bounce from last week’s mid-term elections, as it moved ahead of ABC’s “World News” in the key news demo for the first time since summer.
Fox News Channel also got a boost from election coverage, moving up to No. 1 among all cable networks on a total-day basis, according to Nielsen. Its average around-the-clock viewership of 1.43 million — its highest for any week of 2014 — put it ahead of runners-up ESPN and Nickelodeon, both of which drew 1.28 million.
This is the first time since the week of the Boston Marathon bombings that FNC has been No. 1 on cable in total day.
For “NBC Nightly News,” its average audience of 9.45 million viewers put it comfortably ahead of ABC’s “World News” (8.76 million) and “CBS Evening News” (8.76 million). This is the widest total-viewer advantage for NBC in seven weeks.
And in adults 25-54, NBC and ABC technically tied (1.8 rating), but the Peacock program pulled ahead in actual number of adults 25-54 viewers (2.191 million to 2.179 million) — the first time it has prevailed over the Alphabet program since the week of July 28-Aug. 1. That also means it’s the first head-to-head demo triumph for Brian Williams over David Muir since the latter moved into the “World News” anchor seat in early September.