- ABC World News had its biggest audience since 2008, averaging 7.6 million viewers (up 9%)
- CBS Evening News was up 8% from the same period last year, averaging 5.6 million viewers
- NBC Nightly News had its best ratings in five years, averaging 8.5 million viewers (up 11%).
Before network news fans get too giddy, these are still anemic levels - the 21 million combined viewers for broadcast network evening news is roughly 7% of all Americans.
Further, while still significantly higher than ratings for cable news channels and programs, that gap continues to shrink. Average primetime ratings for the second quarter showed Fox News leading (averaging 1.8 million viewers), with MSNBC (averaging 780,000), CNN (averaging 680,000), and CNN Headline (averaging 540,000) trailing far behind. If you look at each cable news network's top program, the comparison with the broadcast network evening news programs get a bit better, although still acheiving nowhere near the same audience levels.
- Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor averaged over 2.8 million viewers (half that of the lowest rated broadcast evening news program). The show's repeat for the west coast attracted 1.25 million viewers. Fox News had the top 12 cable news programs.
- MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show averaged slightly more than 1 million viewers
- CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 averaged 841,000 viewers
Sources: "First Time in 10 Years: Three Evening Newscasts Up in Ratings," Hollywood Reporter
"Cable Program and Network Rankers: Q2 2011," TV Newser