- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Anchor changes at ABC’s two biggest newscasts have done nothing so far to shake NBC’s dominance in the ratings.

The Nielsen Co. says Diane Sawyer of ABC’s “World News” finished behind NBC’s Brian Williams on her first night and first week in competition. NBC’s “Today” show handily beat ABC’s “Good Morning America” during the first week of the George Stephanopoulos-Robin Roberts anchor team.

Miss Sawyer moved from “Good Morning America” to “World News” to replace Charles Gibson. Mr. Stephanopoulos moved up from Washington to take her morning job.

ABC says the ratings were about what it expected them to be. The network has downplayed the debut weeks to avoid outsized expectations and to emphasize it is in it for the long haul.

Meanwhile, here are the top 10 prime-time viewership numbers compiled by the Nielsen Co. for Dec. 21 through 27.

Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.

1. NFL Football: Dallas at Washington, NBC, 19.04 million.

2. 60 Minutes, CBS, 15.74 million.

3. NCIS, CBS, 15.39 million.

4. Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick, NBC, 14.39 million.

5. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 12.45 million.

6. Movie: “Jesse Stone: Thin Ice, CBS, 11.34 million.

7. Two and a Half Men, CBS, 10.78 million.

8. Criminal Minds, CBS, 10.29

9. CSI: NY, CBS, 10.27 million.

10. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 10 million.

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