ABC evening news gets boost from Diane Sawyer

Wed Dec 30, 2009 1:59am EST
 
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By Nellie Andreeva

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - 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, up six percent from the newscast's season-to-date average under Sawyer's predecessor Charles Gibson.

Sawyer also increased the viewership gap over CBS' third-ranked "Evening News with Katie Couric" (6.2 million) to its largest size in 11 months.

NBC's "Nightly News with Brian Williams" (9.4 million) remains the broadcast news leader.

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