David Muir and Diane Sawyer
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08/27/2014 AT 09:30 PM EDT
Without much pomp and circumstance, Diane Sawyer
quietly bid adieu to her 5-year role as World News
anchor Wednesday night.
"I just want you to know what a deep privilege it has been to sit in the anchor chair these years … where Peter Jennings created a signature of such curiosity and courage," she said while wrapping up the evening's show.
And as previously announced
, Sawyer, 68, assured viewers she isn't "going far," just "down the hall" and "up the stairs."
"I am not slowing down, but gearing up in a new way, already at work on some of the stories that take you into the real lives around us, the ones we rarely get to see," she said, also giving a nod to David Muir, who will be taking over starting Sept. 2.
"So one last time, it is good to know you were watching tonight … I thank you and I'll see you right back here at ABC News very soon," she concluded.
Sawyer is certainly leaving the program on a high note. In her final week, the show ranked number one in the news demo and won back-to-back sweeps among adults 25-54 for the first time in seven years.