“ABC News has been crowing about its flagship ‘World News Tonight with David Muir’ taking the gold medal during the Winter Olympics, putting rival Lester Holt and his ‘NBC Nightly News’ in the silver spot,” The New York Post’s Page Six reports. “But sources tell Page Six that, with Muir passing Holt in overall audience and closing the gap in the all-important 25-to-54-year-old demographic, Holt’s bosses at NBC are beginning to sweat.”
The report notes that Brian Williams — who was replaced by Holt on the flagship show after Williams was caught telling some tall tales about his exploits in Iraq — is thriving over at MSNBC, which makes NBC’s situation that much more awkward.
“Sources tell us that if Holt’s stats were ever to get into terminal territory and the network needed to make a change in the anchor’s chair, the Peacock Network’s recent crises would put them in a major bind,” The Post reports. “We’re told that Savannah Guthrie — who has been a huge hit as ‘Today’ co-host with Hoda Kotb since Matt Lauer was fired for alleged sexual misconduct in November — ‘would absolutely be a contender [for the “Nightly News” gig],’ and that ‘before Matt was fired, you could make a case to move Savannah to [“Nightly News”], but it’s impossible to do that now.’”
The report adds that Megyn Kelly, whose morning show is struggling, would not be a contender for the “Nightly News” job.