ABC breaks NBC’s winning streak in evening news

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC’s evening newscast has lost in the ratings for the first time since 2009, and the first time since anchor Brian Williams was suspended in February for telling a false story about his reporting from the Iraq War.

The Nielsen company said that ABC’s “World News Tonight” averaged 8 million viewers last week, or 84,000 more than NBC’s “Nightly News.” NBC hadn’t lost a week in the evening news ratings since September 2009, a stretch of 288 consecutive weeks.

It was Lester Holt’s seventh week filling in for Williams, who was suspended for six months. NBC News is conducting an internal investigation into other potentially false statements by Williams and there’s been no word on when, or if, the network’s report will be publicly released.