David Muir and Chuck Todd Enjoy Ratings Wins With Official Debuts

David Muir ABC News Anchor Desk - H 2014
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David Muir ABC News Anchor Desk - H 2014

World News' very good summer continued after Labor Day, with anchor David Muir's first week at the desk bringing a demo win for the ABC show.

The only broadcast news anchor to helm his broadcast each of the five nights of the abbreviated holiday week, Muir edged past NBC's Nightly News With Brian Williams to top among advertiser-friendly adults 25-54. Muir averaged 2.04 million demo viewers to Williams' 1.97 million.

It was a much narrower battle than Diane Sawyer's last full week at World News, when she won the demo by a still-slim 60,000 viewers.

The contest for total viewers was again in NBC's favor. Five days of Nightly News averaged 8.47 million viewers to World News' 8.27 million. Over on CBS, third-place Scott Pelley pulled 6.5 million viewers and 1.61 million adults 25-54.

All in all, it marked a good week for broadcast news transitions. Chuck Todd's debut as the host of NBC's Meet the Press got a huge lift — thanks in no small part to an interview with President Obama. He beat the Sunday morning shows with an average 2.98 million viewers, a high since March, blowing past Face the Nation, This Week and Fox News Sunday.