Evening News: NBC Can “Lay Legitimate Claim” To First Place


By Brian 

The New York Times says it’s time for Brian Williams to “lay legitimate claim to an early lead in the only race that really counts: the ratings.” Williams has “drawn more viewers than Mr. Jennings during each week since he succeeded Mr. Brokaw, at least through Feb. 18.” But, the Times notes, several statistical trends suggest that the race has tightened. “The success we’ve had in the first couple of months has been very pleasing for us,” WNT EP Jon Banner says…