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Brokaw exit brings in auds

Anchor leaves with biggest numbers in years

NEW YORK — Tom Brokaw’s last broadcast gave NBC’s “Nightly News” its biggest audience in almost eight years.

Nearly 15.4 million viewers flocked Wednesday to the Peacock to watch Brokaw sign off for the last time, its biggest aud since Jan. 17, 1997.

Brokaw, already the top-rated newscaster, went out with a bang, besting ABC’s “World News Tonight’s” 9.2 million viewers by 67% and CBS’ “Evening News’ ” 7.3 million viewers by 79%, according to Nielsen Media Research’s fast national data.

In homes, Brokaw won a 10.7 rating and 20% share, compared with ABC’s 6.2 rating and CBS’ 5.0.

In the newswatching 25-54 demographic, NBC took a 4.3 rating, compared with ABC’s 2.4 and CBS’ 2.0.

Brokaw’s successor, Brian Williams, took over the anchor’s chair Thursday night.

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