According to a report in The Hollywood Reporter, the evening newscasts came back down to earth for the week of Feb. 7, which included the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak last Friday after three weeks of mass protests in that country. Live world events, it appears, can generate record audiences.
THR reports further that “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams averaged 9.9 million viewers with 2.9 million of them in news’ target demographic of 25-54-year-olds, according to Nielsen. That’s down about 12% from the prior week’s 11.3 million (which was a six-year high for Nightly). But it was still more than enough to keep the newscast in first place for the 74th consecutive week.”