Brian Williams, fresh off his tour de force boneless arms routine on TODAY, now has something to be thankful for this week: his Nightly News has opened a big lead over second-placed ABC World News with Diane Sawyer:
NBC trumpeted the 10.2 million viewers who watched Nightly on Monday night–the biggest single day for the newscast since March 1. For the week, Nightly leads World News by more than 1.4 million viewers, and leads Katie Couric (who’s not going back to the TODAY Show thank you very much why would you ever suggest such a thing) on CBS by 3.2 million viewers.
According to NBC, Nightly has beaten ABC by over 1.4 million viewers for three consecutive weeks, and has been the top rated evening newscast for 62 weeks in a row.
Over at ABC, execs point out that World News was the only evening newscast to grow total viewers and viewers 25-54. Also, Diane Sawyer and crew reported from China–and while overseas trips often result in ratings dips, World News had its best showing since March.
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