March 13, 2006

Average Early Evening News Share by Network

ABC CBS NBC
May 1997 17.8 19.7 20.7
May 1998 16.7 19.8 20.6
May 1999 16.7 19.2 19.9
May 2000 15.7 17.8 18.8
May 2001 15.1 17.3 17.9
May 2002 14.7 16.7 17.6
May 2003 14.2 16.4 17.8
May 2004 13.8 16.4 17.6
May 2005 14.1 15.3 17.4

Early evening newscasts (the 6 p.m. news EST) have lost viewers across all network affiliations. Lately, though, NBC stations have held their own a little better, and ABC affiliates have even seen recent gains.