Brian Williams is back on top in evening news, drawing more viewers every night last week. Katie Couric dropped to number two.
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ NBC pulled ahead last week in the suddenly supercharged network evening-news derby, according to preliminary ratings.
NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams was the most-watched newscast for all five nights, ending the two-week winning streak posted by CBS anchor Katie Couric since her Sept. 5 debut, according to early Nielsen Media Research figures released Monday by NBC.
Final numbers for Sept. 18-22 will be out Tuesday.
The NBC newscast averaged 8.18 million viewers, while ”CBS Evening News” drew an audience of 7.69 million, according to the preliminary ratings. ABC’s World News with Charles Gibson was watched by 7.58 million viewers.
Last week, Couric’s second on the job, CBS Evening News averaged 7.88 million viewers to edge past NBC’s audience tally of 7.83 million.
In her debut week, Couric led the CBS newscast to its first weekly ratings win in five years with an average audience of 10.2 million, eclipsing NBC’s 7.1 million and ABC’s 6.9 million. NBC, the longtime front-runner, has placed first for 112 of the last 116 weeks.
CBS News President Sean McManus has reiterated that the focus of his network’s new-look newscast is on ”long-term developments, not the short term.”