Sawyer and the ABC team posted a razor-thin win over Williams and NBC in the 25-to-54 age group, which is most important to news advertisers.
Williams and NBC had been No. 1 in the count for 243 weeks.
NBC, however, rounded up its count to 1.9 million and declared a tie with ABC. And that proves that ratings can be read several ways.
NBC remains the No. 1 network in total viewers: "NBC Nightly News" averaged 7.536 million viewers to ABC's 7.287 million and CBS' 5.954 million.
NBC noted that it has won in total viewers for 202 consecutive weeks and for 249 of the past 250. NBC highlighted that for the season to date it leads ABC in total viewers by 769,000 and in the 25-to-54 age group by 293,000.
For its part, ABC said those margins were the closest it had been to NBC in five years. ABC also said its total viewership was up 2 percent from last season and that "World News" had its most-watched season in two years.
In Central Florida, Sawyer and ABC offer the more popular newscast.