ABC

8.7 million: Viewers for first-quarter 2014

Why she matters: A popular theory in new-media circles is that the nightly news broadcasts are dead. Don't tell Sawyer, 68, that. World News is coming off its most-watched quarter in six years while notching a 10 percent uptick among viewers 25-to-54 for its best showing in the demo in three years. Sawyer, married to director Mike Nichols since 1988, knows it's all about the get, whether it's controversy-wracked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie or an exclusive with the cast of Mad Men.

Proudest accomplishments this year: Her March 27 interview with Christie in the wake of the bridge scandal -- in which he admitted thekerfuffle made him want to "spend a lot more time at home" -- gave World News a win over perennial leader NBC Nightly News.

Retirement plans: While many wonder if she soon will pass the mantle over to weekend anchor and protege David Muir, Sawyer has maintained, "I'm still here and loving it."