Saturday, May 18, 2024

Ukraine War No Help to ABC Evening News, Down 500K From Last Year, Only Lester Holt Holding Steady


Someone is intent on slagging Norah O’Donnell and the CBS Evening News to the New York Post.

The Post is obsessed with the idea of somehow destroying O’Donnell until CBS fires her and replaces her with, who knows? LL Cool J maybe!

Well, ratings for “CBS Evening News” are only off a bit from last year at this very time.  The difference is about 400,000 viewers.

More surprisingly, ABC’s popular “Evening News” with David Muir is down by more, even with the Ukraine War. Last year at this time, Muir averaged 9.223 million peeps. Last week, Muir’s numbers were 8.735 million. That’s significant.

Of the three major networks, only NBC stayed on keel. Lester Holt had an average of 7.319 million last week. Last year, it 7.44 million. I’m not surprised. The NBC News is my go to, with CBS and then ABC my choices when news is breaking these days.

The Post’s obsession with O’Donnell is curious, and sexist. O’Donnell does a great job, and CBS News is always the best written report around. I don’t know who’s planting those stories, but they should cut it out already. And PS I do not know any of these people personally. I’m just going by the numbers and watching their shows.



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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