The ratings are down at NBC News, which means tensions are high even during the Winter Olympics coverage. Lester Holt’s position at NBC Nightly News is even reportedly in jeopardy.
Insiders told Page Six that Holt’s bosses “are beginning to sweat” after ABC News’ World News Tonight with David Muir shockingly pulled in more viewers during the Olympics. If things get worse, that will put the network in a tough bind because it has no clear successor for Holt.
Savannah Guthrie was the original successor, if Holt had to be removed. Guthrie “would absolutely be a contender [for the Nightly News gig],” one source told Page Six. But that was before Matt Lauer was fired in November for sexual misconduct. It would be “impossible” to move Guthrie from the Today Show to Nightly News now.