Good Morning America
ABC popped a lot of corks when Good Morning America dethroned the Today Show as the top morning show, but with great success comes big pay raises. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Josh Elliott, Robin Roberts and Lara Spencer are all in contract negotiations at the same time, in what has been dubbed "a nightmare" situation for Ben Sherwood, head of ABC News, by a competitor. Reportedly,
Spencer and Elliott, who co-hosted the summer spinoff Good Afternoon America in 2012, are said to be looking to grow their brands through larger roles at ABC -- or elsewhere. Meanwhile, Roberts, 52, who returned full-time to GMA in September after a four-day-a-week schedule following a bone marrow transplant, has plenty of options within the Disney-ABC organization, including her own talk show. "There are a lot of things on the table for Robin," says one source. READ MORE
Much has been written about The Today Show firing Ann Curry and the public's perception of Matt Lauer's involvement. The firing damaged the former No. 1 morning show enough for Good Morning America to take the top spot in the ratings. It also spawned countless attempts by NBC to clean up the mess and salvage Lauer's reputation.
Just when most people had begun to forget about the show's dark days Esquire magazine interviewed Lauer about what transpired. The morning show staple blamed "laziness of the media" in part for repeating rumor after rumor.
The way the media treated what happened with Ann Curry was a disappointing learning experience. I was disappointed by the laziness of the media, the willingness to read a rumor, repeat that rumor, and treat it as a fact. And yet, what were my options? Does anyone want to see a person who’s making the money that the newspapers say I’m making complaining, “Woe is me, my life is terrible, and people are being unfair”? No one would’ve had any patience for that. I wouldn’t have any patience for that. So you just shut up and go about doing your job and hope that people who know you well — your friends and your family — know what’s true. READ MORE
Good Morning America's battle with The Today Show has been well documented, but the week of August 12 marked GMA's fifty-second consecutive week as the No. 1 morning show in total viewers. The last time GMA experienced such a run was between 1991 and 1992.
During the week of August 12, GMA topped Today by 808,000 total viewers. It beat Today in the 25-54 demo by 199,000 viewers during the same period.
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CBS has been the third wheel of daytime ratings for years, but this year CBS This Morning continues to make strides in growing its audience opposite of leaders Good Morning America and Today. The show touted its improved performance in a press release.
CBS THIS MORNING posted double-digit year-to-year percentage gains among adults 25-54 (+14%), the demographic most important to those who advertise in news, as well as viewers (+16%), households (+17%) and women 25-54 (+13%), according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending July 19, 2013. CBS THIS MORNING added +380,000 viewers compared to the same week last year and also improved its competitive position with NBC, closing the gap by 330,000 viewers.
Legal theatrics are Nancy Grace’s specialty and it looks like Jeff Zucker wants to keep that expertise in the family. According to the New York Post, Zucker banned all CNN and HLN personalities from popping up on Good Morning America.
Reportedly this impacts Grace, one of CNN and HLN's biggest stars, who has sparred with GMA’s legal analyst Dan Abrams in the past. In a statement to the NYP, CNN clarified:
A CNN rep said, “While it is true that Nancy no longer appears on ‘GMA,’ it has nothing to do with banning [particular] clients. Like every other cable network and broadcast outlet with a morning show, we ask that CNN/HLN talent not appear on other network’s morning shows, unless they are promoting a book or a personal project.”
It seems Paula Deen still has at least one successful recipe in her proverbial recipe box, at least when it comes to TV ratings. Deen’s much anticipated interview with Matt Lauer helped cook up Today’s best ratings against Good Morning America since November, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Today beat GMA by 168,000 total viewers, and in the 25-54 adult demos as well.
Today saw another victory in the targeted adults 25-54 demographic, again topping GMA by 168,000 with a total of 1.876 million viewers and a 1.6 rating. GMA averaged a 1.4 rating. Wednesday's Morning show ratings were also likely affected by the half-hour special report on the Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage. It aired live during the broadcasts on the west coast. Final ratings will come in on Friday, July 5.