Lester Holt got off to a strong start in his first week as permanent anchor of "NBC Nightly News."
Holt's broadcast averaged 8 million viewers for the week of June 22-26, topping "
It was the best ratings performance for "Nightly" since the week of April 20, and the widest margin of victory over ABC's program in three months.
"Nightly" also edged "World News" by 37,000 viewers in the 25 to 54 age group that advertisers covet when they buy commercials on news programs. It was NBC's first win in the category since the week of May 18.
Holt had been filling in for NBC's longtime evening news anchor
Holt clearly benefited from the national press coverage he received for his ascension to the chair. NBC's decision on Williams also freed the network to run promotional spots for the newscast, something it hasn't done since Williams' suspension began.