NBC's Williams on Top

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NBC's Nightly News With Brian Williams attracted its largest audience of the summer last week and claimed top news ratings in total viewers and tied ABC News in the key 25- to 54-year-old demographic.

For the week of July 31 to Aug. 4, Nightly posted an average 8.39 million viewers and a 2.1 rating in the demo. ABC's World News With Charles Gibson notched 7.65 million viewers and a 2.1 in the demo. Third-placed CBS averaged 7.15 million viewers and a 1.9 in 25 to 54s.

NBC's audience represents its largest tally since the week of May 15 and its largest margin over ABC in eight weeks, the network says. Nightly has been No. 1 in total viewers for 107 of the last 109 weeks.