By Debbie Emery - Radar Reporter
Nielsen revealed that the ABC arch rival drew an average of 4.57 million viewers last week, beating out TODAY by 357,000 viewers, according to ratings released on Monday.
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, the 40-year-old journalist's new gig is continuing on the downward spiral that began by her losing half a million viewers from the 4.604 TODAY earned in former host Ann Curry's final week.
Guthrie said of taking over: "This was a little unexpected, as we all know, but I just want to say that I'm so proud and honored to be in a place occupied by so many women I admire."
TODAY was the undisputed morning leader in the ratings since 1995 until this spring, when a resurgent GMA snapped its winning streak with several weeks on top.