(NEW YORK) -- Katie Couric's journey on CBS Evening News has come to an end.
Thursday night marked her final evening newscast with CBS after a run of fewer than five years. Couric said, "It's been an extraordinary privilege to sit in this chair." She concluded the broadcast by thanking viewers "for coming along with me on this incredible journey."
Couric joined CBS Evening News in 2006 after co-hosting NBC's Today show for 15 years, becoming the first female solo network evening news anchor in the U.S. She announced her decision to step down from the ratings-challenged program last month.
Couric, whose contract with CBS expires in early June, is closing in on a deal with ABC, where she could launch an afternoon talk show, according to the Los Angeles Times.
60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley will take over as anchor of the CBS Evening News beginning June 6.
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