It's been 21 years since ABC's World News Tonight was the most watched network nightly newscast..

Now, thanks to Syracuse native David Muir, the nightly news program has won all four ratings periods this year. According to, World News Tonight with David Muir has been named winner in total audience viewership for the 2016-2017 season. Muir took over as anchor of the show from Diane Sawyer three years ago. It won with 8.3 million viewers per night, ahead of NBC Nightly News with 8.2 million and CBS Evening News with just over 6 million viewers.

David Muir is a 1991 graduate of Onondaga Central Junior-Senior High School and attended the Park School of Communications at Ithaca College, graduating magna cum laude with a BA in journalism in 1995. He worked as an anchor/reporter from 1995-2000 at the CBS affiliate WTVH in Syracuse, moving on in 2000 to WCVB-TV in Boston where he served in the same capacity. In 2003, Muir joined ABC News as anchor of their overnight news program World News Now. During the next several years, he worked on several different ABC programs before finally being promoted to World News Tonight in June, 2014.


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