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Dan Rather Draws Top Ratings in Sign-Off

Thursday, 10 March 2005 12:00 AM

Bob Schieffer was in New York Thursday to begin his stint as Rather's temporary replacement. CBS expects him on the job for at least three months, until top executive Leslie Moonves settles on a replacement.

CBS averaged a 7.3 rating among the top 56 markets in the country, Nielsen said. NBC's "Nightly News" had a 6.5 rating and ABC's "World News Tonight" was at 6.4. The rating is a rough estimate that about 8 million households were watching the evening news, more than 2 million more than the average audience last week.

Ratings for the nation as a whole were not expected until next week.

On his final newscast, Rather thanked viewers who had stuck by him. He wished them "courage," hearkening back to the word he used to sign off his broadcast for a week in 1986.

Schieffer, 68, is a veteran Washington hand who will continue as host of "Face the Nation" on Sundays as he fills in for Rather. He will also likely anchor for CBS in the event a major news story warrants special reports.

Moonves has said he is likely to seek "revolutionary" changes in the evening news format, likely with multiple anchors.

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