[12/11/15 - 11:40 AM]
In a Major Breaking News Week, More People Watched CBS News Than News on Any Other Broadcast Network
CBS News spins the numbers for the week of November 30-December 6.

[via press release from CBS]


In a period filled with major breaking news and key newsmaker interviews, more people watched CBS News than news on any other broadcast network, according to Nielsen most current ratings.

Combined, the CBS News' major broadcasts were watched all or in part by an estimated 53.8 million people, according to most current ratings for the week ending Dec. 6. Season-to-date, more than 135 million people have watched all or part of a CBS News broadcast - more than any other broadcast network - according to Nielsen.

The depth of CBS News' strength runs across the lineup, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Dec. 6. The CBS EVENING NEWS WITH SCOTT PELLEY and CBS THIS MORNING posting big year-to-year gains, while FACE THE NATION and CBS SUNDAY MORNING WITH CHARLES OSGOOD were the #1 Sunday morning public affairs program and the #1 Sunday morning news program respectively. 48 HOURS was Saturday's #1 non-sports broadcast. 60 MINUTES remained the country's #1 news program.

CBS News' original reporting last week featured Norah O'Donnell's interview with President Barack Obama on the day of the San Bernardino, Calif. shootings; John Dickerson's interviews with Republican candidates Donald Trump and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; Charlie Rose's interview with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton; Erin Moriarty's report on the investigation into masterpieces stolen from the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston; Maureen Maher's report on a Charleston mother who abducted her daughter and lived secretly abroad for two decades; Lesley Stahl's investigation into college students being misled into being police informants; and team coverage of the San Bernardino shooting from around the country.

The CBS EVENING NEWS WITH SCOTT PELLEY added more viewers year-to-year than any other network evening newscast during the week ending Dec. 4. The broadcast delivered 7.90 million viewers (up +6% from 7.49m last year) and a 1.6/06 with adults 25-54 (even). CBS gained +410,000 and closed the viewership gap with NBC by 240,000 viewers and with ABC by 280,000 viewers. Editor's Note: Ratings for the week ending Dec. 4 represent a four-day average (Monday-Wednesday and Friday), as the broadcast aired under an amended title on Thursday due to THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL. The year-ago comparison represents a five-day average. Season-to-date, CBS EVENING NEWS also added the most viewers among the network evening news broadcasts (+6%, 7.34m from 6.94m) and is even in adults 25-54 (1.4/06) compared to last season.

60 MINUTES remained America's most-watched television news program on Dec. 6, drawing 8.56 million viewers and a 1.6/04 with adults 25-54. Season-to-date, 60 MINUTES is the country's #1 news program, delivering 13.80 million viewers and a 3.2/08 with adults 25-54 (even with last year).

FACE THE NATION was the #1 Sunday morning public affairs broadcast with viewers on Dec. 6. The broadcast delivered 4.11 million viewers, beating its closest competitor by 570,000. It was the largest audience for FACE THE NATION since Jan. 18, 2015 and matched season best adults 25-54 ratings (0.8/04). Editor's Note: FACE THE NATION's second half-hour was broadcast contiguously across 57.4% of the CBS affiliates. Compared to the same day last year, FACE THE NATION was up +31% in viewers (from 3.13m) and up +14% in adults 25-54 (0.8/04 from 0.7/03). Season-to-date, FACE THE NATION is #1 in viewers, delivering 3.48 million people (+5% from 3.32 million last year) and a 0.7/03 with adults 25-54.

CBS THIS MORNING was the only network morning news broadcast to post year-to-year gains among viewers, adults 25-54, and women 25-54, compared to a year ago for the week ending Dec. 4. CBS THIS MORNING posted its best viewer delivery since the week ending May 1, 2015. CBS THIS MORNING delivered 3.71 million viewers (+13%, from 3.27m last year), a 0.9/08 with adults 25-54 (+13%, from 0.8/07) and a 1.1/08 with women 25-54 (+22%, from 0.9/07). CBS THIS MORNING gained +440,000 viewers compared to the same week last year and cut the deficit with ABC by 970,000 viewers, and closed the viewership gap with NBC by 820,000 viewers. Season-to-date, CBS THIS MORNING is delivering 3.45 million viewers (+8%, from 3.22m last year) and a 0.8/07 with adults 25-54 (even).

CBS SUNDAY MORNING remained the #1 Sunday morning news program with adults 25-54 and viewers on Dec. 6. The broadcast delivered 5.47 million viewers and a 1.3/07 with viewers. Season-to-date, CBS SUNDAY MORNING is the #1 Sunday morning news program with adults 25-54 and viewers, delivering a 5.54 million viewers and a 1.2/06 with adults 25-54.

48 HOURS remained Saturday's #1 non-sports broadcast on Dec. 5. The broadcast delivered 5.04 million viewers and a 1.3/04 with adults 25-54. Compared to the previous week, 48 HOURS was up +640,000 viewers and +18% in adults 25-54. Season-to-date, 48 HOURS is Saturday's #1 broadcast, delivering 5.47 million viewers and a 1.4/04 with adults 25-54.

CBS THIS MORNING: SATURDAY delivered 2.26 million viewers and 0.6/04 in adults 25-54 on Dec. 5. Compared to the same day last year, CBS THIS MORNING: SATURDAY was up +8% in viewers (from 2.10m) and up +20% in adults 25-54 (from 0.5/04). Season-to-date, CBS THIS MORNING: SATURDAY is delivering 2.20 million viewers (+6%, from 2.07m last year) and a 0.5/04 in adults 25-54 (even).

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