Viewers in quarantine have been boosting the ratings of ABC's World News Tonight, NBC's NBC Nightly News and CBS' CBS Evening News. "Sober and straightforward, evening news programs were a chief information delivery system for decades, led by stolid anchors who guided viewers through triumphs and tragedies alike," says John Koblin. "But they long ago lost their agenda-setting influence, supplanted by cable news networks that performed roughly the same function 24 hours a day. They have been pushed further into the background in recent years by digital media, with its minute-by-minute chronicling of events. The coronavirus pandemic has brought millions of viewers back. For now, at least, a concise, crisply produced news program, devoid of the punditry and histrionics typical of many cable broadcasts, seems to match the national moment." As CBS Evening News anchor Norah O'Donnell put it: "I think the evening news plays a public service role, and now we’re playing a public health role."