'World News' steady under Diane Sawyer

Newscast up 6% in total viewers

ABC's "World News" has held steady under new anchor Diane Sawyer.

In its first three days on the air last week, "ABC World News with Diane Sawyer" averaged 8.6 million total viewers and a 1.8 rating/7 share among adults 25-54.

That is up 6% in total viewers and flat in the demo from the newscast's season-to-date average under Sawyer's predecessor Charles Gibson.

Sawyer also increased the viewership gap between "World News" and the CBS' "Evening News with Katie Couric" (6.2 million, 1.5/5) to its largest size in 11 months.

NBC's "Nightly News with Brian Williams" (9.4 million, 2.3/8) continues to be broadcast newscast leader, which dominates among younger viewers.

(Thursday and Friday were excluded from the networks' tallies because of the Christmas holiday and preemptions.)