News Ratings Wars: ABC and NBC Trade Victories in Heated Summer Battle

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ABC’s George Stephanopoulos (left) still pulls double duty with 'This Week.' 'Today's' Matt Lauer (right) has recovered from the Ann Curry debacle.

Summer ratings are usually snooze-inducing, but this year, NBC and ABC are putting on a show that has their news properties locked in a seesaw spectacle.

This story first appeared in the Aug. 28 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Summer typically has much lower stakes in the ratings race, but ABC News and NBC News have managed to make it a spectacle thanks to back-and-forth battles in both dayparts — with Good Morning America and Today and World News Tonight and Nightly News trading wins in the key demo since June.

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Update: An earlier version of this chart misidentified evening news ratings for the week of Aug. 3