ABC’s David Muir to anchor newscast from Hungary-Serbia border

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ABC News Focuses Day of Coverage on Refugee Crisis.

“ABC World News Tonight” anchor David Muir is being nicknamed “Anchor Monster” by network staffers after repeatedly losing his temper with his crew over being beaten in the ratings by his rival, NBC’s Lester Holt. There wasn’t really any doubt that Holt would be successful since he officially took over as the permanent anchor of “NBC Nightly News” after Brian Williams, but, in the last three months he’s had the job, he has definitely solidified NBC’s lead as the No. 1 network newscast. Muir’s heavily hyped big interview with Hillary Clinton — in which she finally apologized for using personal e-mail — tanked on Wednesday night as Muir’s newscast was clobbered by rival “NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt.” NBC averaged 8.3 million total viewers over ABC’s 7.3 million. According to the most recent ratings, Holt has been No.1 every week, averaging a very impressive 9 million viewers daily, compared to his closest competitor, “ABC World News Tonight” with David Muir, which attracts anywhere from 7 to 8 million viewers daily. “CBS Evening News” with anchor Scott Pelley has seen an increase in viewers over the past year, but still trails the other two newscasts, with a daily average of 6.5 million viewers.

This day of special programming continues our commitment to cover this story now and into the many days ahead.” “Exodus: Moment of Crisis” includes Terry Moran reporting on Syrian refugees trapped in Lebanon and Dan Harris traveling with Syrian refugees from Turkey to Germany. Industry insiders point out that Muir had to do the interview because ABC political top dog George Stephanopoulos couldn’t quiz Hillary after his donation to the Clinton Foundation was revealed, sparking questions about his impartiality. Friday’s heavily promoted “20/20” special featuring Muir and the pope was only neck-and-neck with a repeat of NBC’s “Dateline.” On Monday, “World News Tonight” aired segments from Muir’s papal session, but the ABC broadcast again trailed NBC by nearly a million viewers — with a little more than 8.01 million compared to NBC’s average of 9 million.

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