March 13, 2006

Average Late News Share by Network

ABC CBS NBC
May 1997 20.2 22.1 24.7
May 1998 18.5 20.7 25.1
May 1999 18.2 20.7 24.2
May 2000 18.3 19.9 23.5
May 2001 16.7 19.4 22.8
May 2002 15 18.5 23.1
May 2003 14.7 19 22.4
May 2004 14.1 19.8 21.9
May 2005 13.7 19.5 21.9

Stations affiliated with all three networks are losing viewers for their late night news (the programs that come on after prime time entertainment). But lately, CBS has fared better, thanks in part to the success of its prime time programming, and NBC has stumbled.