‘Good Morning America’ Tops ‘Today’ First Time in 16 Years
ABC’s “Good Morning America” attracted an average of 5.15 million daily viewers last week, beating NBC’s “Today” show for the first time in more than 16 years.
“This is an exciting day but we will save any celebrating for when the final numbers come in on Thursday,” Tom Cibrowski, senior executive producer, said in the statement.
The ABC program, which hasn’t led in the weekly ratings since December 1995, is hosted by Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos. “Today” still led by 254,000 viewers in a demographic important to advertisers, those 25 to 54 years old, NBC said in an e-mailed statement.
The NBC show’s “852-week winning streak had taken on a life of its own and as odd as it is to see it end, we should acknowledge just how remarkable it has been,” the show’s executive producer, Jim Bell, said in the statement. “So as we tip our caps to the team at ‘Good Morning America,’ we can also take a bow ourselves and recognize the work done by countless staffers for so long.”
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Ben Livesey at firstname.lastname@example.org