ABC News’ duo rebounds

Vargas, Woodruff lead 'World News' broadcast up 2%

NEW YORK — The on-air duo of Elizabeth Vargas and Bob Woodruff rebounded from their first week as “World News Tonight” co-anchors, leading the broadcast up 2% in viewers and 9% in adults 25-54.

ABC’s evening newscast finished the week averaging 9.09 million viewers compared with 10.15 million for NBC’s “Nightly News With Brian Williams” and 7.86 million for CBS’ “Evening News With Bob Schieffer.”

Uptick reverses a rough first-week outing for Woodruff and Vargas that saw the broadcast lose ground to NBC and CBS in the ratings race.

The ABC newscast has still lost more than 800,000 viewers since the season began, but NBC has lost almost as many, so Woodruff and Vargas were able to pull 5% closer to NBC’s Williams last week than “World News Tonight” was to “Nightly News With Tom Brokaw” a year ago.

CBS’ newscast is the only one to gain viewers from last season, but the net is still a distant third, trailing “World News” last week by nearly 2.3 million viewers.

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