Network news ratings soar during coup week

August 30, 1991|By Knight-Ridder

Last week's abortive Soviet coup did wonders for the capitalist news Nielsens.

Peter Jennings and "ABC World News Tonight" led the imperialist parade, as usual, with a 9.6 rating/ 21 percent audience share -- up 12 percent from the previous week. Dan Rather's "CBS Evening News" (8.7/19) was up 9 percent and Tom Brokaw's "NBC Nightly News" (8.2/18), a whopping 17 percent.

Collectively, the 26.5/58 total represents the highest rating and share for the three network evening newscasts since the week of April 8. Each rating point equals 931,000 TV homes.

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