ABC beats Brian Williams' newscast in ratings Friday

February 9, 2015 9:15 PM

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Brian Williams took a pounding in the ratings for his final night on the air before stepping aside as NBC looks into misstatements he made, but it's unclear whether the drop in viewership was related to the controversy.

The Nielsen company said ABC's "World News Tonight" had 8.46 million viewers on Friday, while NBC's "Nightly News" had just under 8 million. It was two nights after Williams had apologized on the air for falsely claiming that he was in helicopter that had been hit by a grenade while in Iraq in 2003.

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