Norah O'Donnell considered 'obvious choice' to anchor CBS 'Evening News': 'With Glor struggling, it makes that even worse'

Jeff Glor's struggling "Evening News" ratings has Norah O'Donnell supporters at CBS saying "we told you so."

Insiders tell Page Six that O'Donnell was the "popular pick" to fill the "Evening News" anchor role that Scott Pelley left vacant last summer after his sudden exit, but CBS executives didn't want to take O'Donnell off of its successful morning show, "CBS This Morning," so that she could follow in the footsteps of Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather.

Instead, they surprised many by moving Glor from its streaming service, CBS Interactive, to fill the coveted spot in December. In the six months since becoming anchor of "Evening News," Glor has lost nearly 1.5 million viewers, Page Six notes.

"Norah’s well-respected and she seemed like the obvious choice, and there’s a faction inside the network that continues to be disappointed," an insider told the outlet. "With Glor struggling, it makes that even worse."

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 12: Jeff Glor attends The Hollywood Reporter's Most Powerful People In Media 2018 at The Pool on April 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 12: Jeff Glor attends The Hollywood Reporter's Most Powerful People In Media 2018 at The Pool on April 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - JANUARY 30: CBS Evening News Anchor Jeff Glor reports live from Capitol Hill for coverage of the 2018 State of the Union on Jan. 30 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chris Usher/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JANUARY 28: Jeff Glor on the red carpet at THE 60TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS broadcast live on both coasts from New York City's Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, at a new time, 7:30-11:00 PM, live ET/4:30-8:00 PM, live PT, on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Jeffrey Neira/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 18: Anchor Jeff Glor of the CBS EVENING NEWS. (Photo by Gail Schulman/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 18: Anchor Jeff Glor of the CBS EVENING NEWS. (Photo by Gail Schulman/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 4: Jeff Glor, an Emmy Award winner and veteran CBS News journalist, anchored his first night as anchor of the CBS EVENING NEWS. Glor, 42, takes over from previous anchor, Scott Pelley. (Photo by Gail Schulman/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 4: Jeff Glor, an Emmy Award winner and veteran CBS News journalist, anchored his first night as anchor of the CBS EVENING NEWS. Glor, 42, takes over from previous anchor, Scott Pelley. (Photo by Gail Schulman/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 25: Jeff Glor CBS Evening News Anchor in New York. (Photo by Timothy Kuratek/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 4: Jeff Glor, an Emmy Award winner and veteran CBS News journalist, anchored his first night as anchor of the CBS EVENING NEWS. Glor, 42, takes over from previous anchor, Scott Pelley. (Photo by Gail Schulman/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 09: Sportscaster Marv Albert, President of Advance Publications Donald Newhouse and journalist Jeff Glor attend the 2016 Mirror Awards at Cipriani 42nd Street on June 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 09: Journalist Jeff Glor (R) attends the 2016 Mirror Awards at Cipriani 42nd Street on June 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 18: Co-hosts Norah O'Donnell, from left, T� Leoni star of Madam Secretary, Gayle King and Jeff Glor pose for a photo booth shot in the green room on CBS This Morning on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Heather Wines/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Jeff Glor and Nicole Glor attend the Hamptons Magazine Celebration of The Artists & Writers Celebrity Softball Game Kickoff at Hardings on June 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Hamptons Magazine)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: CBS, The Early Show's, Jeff Glor attends Making Books Sing performance of 'Alice's Story' at the 14th Street Y on November 18, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: CBS Early Show anchor Jeff Glor (L) and author Nicholas Sparks attend Bombay Sapphire and Nicholas Sparks celebration of the release of Best of Meat at Michael's on October 18, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage for PMK-BMC)
CBS News Anchor Jeff Glor attends the 2011 CBS Upfront at The Tent at Lincoln Center on May 18, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
CBS News Anchor Jeff Glor attends the 2011 CBS Upfront at The Tent at Lincoln Center on May 18, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 30: CBS NEWS' New Team for 'THE EARLY SHOW' Erica Hill and Chris Wragge Named Co-anchors, Jeff Glor is named News Anchor and Marysol Castro is named Weather Anchor. The new team premieres on Monday, Jan. 3. Photo left-right: Jeff Glor, Erica Hill, Chris Wragge and Marysol Castro together for the first time as the new CBS Early Show Team. (Photo by John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images)
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When the decision was made, O'Donnell took to Facebook to share a post that many read as a cryptic expression of frustration that she didn't land the job.

"Reposted this running photo as a reminder to myself that life is a lot like training for a road race," the post reportedly said. "Sometimes no matter how much effort you put into the goal, you fall short. There’s always another race."

Sources close to the "CBS This Morning" co-anchor insist it was a coincidence.

Meanwhile, CBS executives are standing firmly behind Glor and the "Evening News" team, while denying that his ratings are down.

"We have full confidence in Jeff Glor," CBS News president David Rhodes said in a memo to staffers after Page Six reported that they were considering axing him from the gig.

"We’re extremely confident in the journalism and the momentum of the broadcast," a spokesperson for the network said. "We’re just getting started."

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