ABC, NBC both flat while Pelley continues to bring new viewers into CBS' fold
The numbers are in for the "big three" network evening newscasts for the 2012-13 season, and only one has anything to really brag about.
The CBS Evening News, which has long lingered in last place, remained in third for the season, but under the anchorship of Scott Pelley, it alone managed to grow its audience. Both of its competitors - ABC's World News with Diane Sawyer and NBC's Nightly News with Brian Williams - were flat in adults 25-54, while CBS grew its 25-to-54-year-old audience number by 7 percent.
And while among 25-54s the newscast remained third, it was a mere one-tenth of a rating point behind ABC's World News, its closest finish in 18 years (since the 1994-95 season).
2012-13 marks the Evening News' second consecutive one with growth in viewership. Indeed, it's the second year in a row that it was alone in being able to make that claim.
The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley is seen each weeknight at 5:30 p.m. CT (6:30 p.m. ET) on area CBS affiliates CBS44 WEVV (Evansville), WTHI-TV (Terre Haute), WLKY (Louisville), KFVS12 (Cape Girardeau), KMOV (St. Louis), WNKY-CBS (Bowling Green) and WTVF-NewsChannel5 (Nashville).