November 06, 2006 12:00 PM

When Williams, 47, took over from Tom Brokaw at NBC Nightly News in 2004, there was some question whether he could extend the broadcast’s eight-year lease at No. 1. Answer: yes. With his way of delivering the news—he has the voice of a muted horn—he currently draws some 8 million viewers, 1 million-plus more than Couric.

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