While NBC's Lester Holt took a very well deserved vacation last week, ABC's World News Tonight took the top spot in the ratings.
ABC Anchor David Muir won the ratings race last week averaging 7.919 million total viewers to NBC's 7.542 million. The "CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley" drew 6.866 million.
From the same week a year ago, ABC was up 15 percent and CBS climbed 13 percent while NBC was off 6 percent.
In the 25-to-54 age group, ABC averaged 1.954 million viewers to NBC's 1.875 million and CBS' 1.577 million.
All three newscasts up in that count: ABC by 11 percent, CBS by 8 percent and NBC by 2 percent.
For the season to date, ABC is leading NBC in the 25-to-54 age group by just 6,000 viewers. It's the first time -- in 19 years -- that ABC has been ahead at this point in the season.
In the 18-to-49 age group, ABC averaged 1.366 million viewers to NBC's 1.339 and CBS' 1.116 million.
But now Holt is back and for the first time since he started anchoring 5 months ago, NBC is giving Holt some promotion.
This week is Holt's first since being named the permanent Anchor of Nightly News.
H/T Orlando Sentinel