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NBC kept ratings expectations low for Rock Center with Brian Williams — and met them. Well, maybe they surpassed them a little bit. The newsmagazine's debut piqued the curiosity of 4.13 million people, posting a 1.0 rating in the 18-to-49 demo, Nielsen's fast overnights show.

"I know we're going to get crushed," Brian Williams said on MSNBC last week, toeing the party line uttered by NBC News President Steve Capus. The first show also was tepidly reviewed.

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