No. 1 Katie Couric (Co-Host): NBC’s Today Show
The capstone to a year when network news was the news. After 15 years as the co-host and personality that America woke up to, Katie Couric announced on-air that she was resigning from NBC’s top-rated Today Show. As the most successful host in the show’s 50-year history, the news came as a surprise to adoring fans. Coupled with the recent vacancies of Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw and Peter Jennings, her move has been heralded as groundbreaking as it paves the way for women to assume a role previously held only by men. The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric currently remains in 3rd place behind ABC and NBC2, but the jury is still out on who will win the longer race as this bold move across network lines may be a forbearer of high-profile poaching to come.