ABC's 'World News Tonight' winning both total viewers, younger demo for first time in 24 years

ABC's 'World News Tonight' winning both total viewers, younger demo for first time in 24 years
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ABC News’s “World News Tonight with David Muir is the most-watched evening news program on television so far this year in both total viewers and in the 25- to 54-year-old demographic, the first time it has clinched both top spots in 24 years, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Last week, “World News Tonight” drew nearly 9.03 million viewers, topping “NBC Nightly News” with Lester Holt, which drew 7.79 million.

Finishing third was the "CBS Evening News" with Norah O'Donnell, which registered nearly 5.77 million viewers.

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O'Donnell had served as co-anchor of “CBS This Morning" for several years before being named evening news anchor in 2019, replacing Jeff Glor.

Holt was named "NBC Nightly News" anchor in June 2015 after Brian Williams was suspended by the network for fabricating and exaggerating stories.

Williams has since returned as the host of "The 11th Hour" on MSNBC.

Muir ranks as the most-liked TV media personality in the country, according to a study released in 2018.

The study was conducted by TheWrap.com, which looks at "Q scores" that measure both likability and familiarity with the general public.

Muir, 46, was named anchor of "World News Tonight" in 2014, replacing Diane Sawyer. His Q score of 25 put him at the top of the list.