March 12, 2007

Evening News Viewership, All Networks

Viewers (in Millions)
1980 52.1
1981 50.1
1982 47.7
1983 48.3
1984 46.3
1985 48
1986 45.8
1987 45.4
1988 42.2
1989 41.8
1990 41
1991 41.2
1992 41.7
1993 40.7
1994 39
1995 35.7
1996 34.5
1997 34.7
1998 32.1
1999 32
2000 31.9
2001 32.9
2002 30.1
2003 29.3
2004 28.8
2005 27
2006 26.1

The fall in network evening news audiences has been clear and relatively steady. In November 1980, 52 million Americans watched the nightly news each night. By November 2006, that number had fallen to 26.1 million.