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NBC NIGHTLY NEWS WITH LESTER HOLT IS #1 FOR THE FEBRUARY SWEEP

#1 in Key Demo and A18-49 ratings for 15 Straight Sweep Period

Broadcast Grows Across the Board Since November Sweep

NEW YORK (March 1, 2019) – NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt ranked #1 for the February 2019 sweep period according to Nielsen Research data, finishing #1 in the key news demo rating for 15 consecutive sweep periods and 41 of the last 44 sweeps.

The broadcast averaged 2.011 million A25-54 viewers for a rating of 1.67, on par with ABC World News Tonight and besting CBS Evening News by +642,000 viewers (+47%). Compared to the sweep period in November, Nightly News grew across the board, +6%(+119,000) in A25-54, +5% (+64,000) A18-49, and +3% (+297,000) total viewers.

Among A18-49, Nightly News averaged 1.360 million viewers for the sweep period, topping ABC by +17,000 (+1%) and CBS by +377,000 (+38%). Nightly News is now #1 in A18-49 for 15 straight sweeps and 45 of the last 46 sweeps.

Nightly News averaged 8.794 million total viewers for the February 2019 sweep, leading CBS Evening News by +2.129 million viewers (+32%). Nightly News grew its total viewer audience year-over-year by 2% (+138,000).

February 2019 Sweeps:

 Total Viewers A25-54 Rating A25-54 Viewers A18-49 Rating A18-49 Viewers
NBC 8.7941.672.0111.061.360
CBS6.6651.131.3690.76983,000
ABC9.4791.672.0141.041.343

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ABOUT NBC NIGHTLY NEWS WITH LESTER HOLT

NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt is the most-watched evening newscast in America among the key news demo for the past 21 seasons. The broadcast provides the very latest on the day’s top stories, going beyond the headlines to add context and analysis to the most pressing issues of our time. NBC Nightly News reaches more than 24 million people every week through its broadcast and millions more through NBCNews.com, the Nightly News app, and social media platforms. Lester Holt is the anchor, and Jenn Suozzo is the executive producer.

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For more information contact:

TJ Ducklo

NBC News

212-664-1913

tj.ducklo@nbcuni.com