(THEDAILYBEAST) — Can soul-battered NBC News catch a break or what?
On Tuesday morning, the latest Nielsen ratings were released for the scandal-plagued Nightly News program—which suspended tall tale-telling Brian Williams and replaced him on six-month trial basis with just-the-facts-ma’am Lester Holt—and the numbers were ominous.
A mere week after the Peacock Network’s embattled news division president, Deborah Turness, led the staff in raucous applause for Holt’s consistent week-to-week performance at No. 1 since being thrust behind the anchor desk on Feb. 9, ABC’s World News anchor David Muir came within 11,000 total viewers and actually beat Holt in the key 25-54 age demographic.
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