July 9, 2015

Network TV: Evening News Ratings Over Time

Year Ratings
1980 42.3
1981 40.2
1982 38.3
1983 37.1
1984 35.6
1985 37.5
1986 35.6
1987 34.6
1988 32.2
1989 31.2
1990 30.4
1991 30.6
1992 31.5
1993 31.0
1994 29.5
1995 26.4
1996 25.7
1997 25.8
1998 24.4
1999 23.4
2000 23.5
2001 23.4
2002 21.5
2003 20.6
2004 20.2
2005 18.9
2006 18.2
2007 16.9
2008 16.3
2009 15.7
2010 15.4
2011 15.8
2012 15.6
2013 16.2
2014 16.8

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Ratings taken for month of November

Pew Research Center