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‘Good Morning America’ Poised to Win First Season in 19 Years

GMAThe last time “Good Morning America” won a full TV season, “Fraiser” and “Picket Fences” were the top TV programs, Andre Agassi was the U.S. Open champion, and just-married Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley shared a kiss at the MTV Awards.

That was Sept. 1994. Charlie Gibson, Joan Lunden and Spencer Christian presided over “Good Morning America” from an Anywhere, USA living room set at ABC’s uptown studio.

These days the ABC breakfast show overlooks raucous Times Square, an outer reflection of the show’s inner energy. Gibson, Lunden, and Christian have been replaced by a cast of five: Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Josh Elliott, Sam Champion and Lara Spencer.

They chat and tease each other mercilessly through commercial breaks, so much so that it’s often not clear whether they’re on the air or not. During down moments in between segments, they shuffle through upcoming scripts, respond to tweets and mingle with guests and fans, some of whom are invited in from outside.

The anchors deflect questions about the ratings race by saying something obvious to anyone watching at home, or visiting behind the scenes, as TVNewser did Tuesday morning: we don’t think about that, because we’re just having so much fun. What’s not said is just how much the two go hand-in-hand.

With the final ratings to be released tomorrow, “Good Morning America” is poised to win its first full TV season since 1993-1994 in total viewers and the first since 1992-1993 in the A25-54 demo. And “GMA” continues to enjoy its largest season lead over “Today” in more than 21 years, since before Nielsen’s electronic database started in 1991. Season-to-date, “GMA” leads NBC’s “Today” show by +679,000 total viewers and +86,000 demo viewers. “Today” had a lock on American mornings for more than 16 years.

“We know our competition is strong and bringing it every day,” senior executive producer Tom Cibrowski told TVNewser. “We will never stop playing from behind and every day is a new battle. We know we cannot blink and we welcome the daily fight.”

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ESPN Creating SEC Documentary Series Titled Storied

ESPN is creating four documentaries focused on stories of the Southeastern Conference.

The Storied series will debut Sept. 7 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPNU with Herschel, on former University of Georgia running back Herschel Walker. The second documentary is slated for December and will focus on the first SEC football championship game. The one-hour Storied documentaries will re-air on ESPN or ESPN2.

“We pride ourselves on our dedication to storytelling,” said John Dahl, executive producer, ESPN Content Development. “The SEC’s rich, layered history certainly lends itself to a series of this kind. We look forward to sharing these captivating stories with SEC fans.”

Heat-Mavs Game 5 Earns 12.6 Overnight Rating

Game 5 of the NBA Finals on ABC between the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks earned a 12.6 overnight rating.

Those numbers are down slightly from last year’s Game 5 between Boston and Los Angeles, which earned a 12.8 overnight rating. It still ranks as the second-highest rated Game 5 in the last seven years.

Thursday’s broadcast peaked with a 16.3 rating from 11:30-11:45 p.m. ET. Read more

Matthew Barnaby Served With Orders Of Protection

ESPN NHL analyst Matthew Barnaby was served with two new court orders of protection that prevents him from any “offensive” conduct against his estranged wife and directing him to “stay away” from her boyfriend.

Barnaby was arrested on May 13 and charged with felony criminal mischief, criminal contempt, criminal trespass, harassment and aggravated harassment following a domestic disturbance at his former residence in upstate New York.

He’s due back in court on July 8 but there are talks about a possible pre-trial resolution to the criminal case. If convicted, Barnaby faces up to four years in prison.

 

 

A Tweet Revealing Agassi’s Meth Use Sends Couric Back to Las Vegas

Couric_11.9.bmpThe NYTimes has an interesting story about how the news of tennis great Andre Agassi‘s admission of using crystal meth was revealed.

Agassi writes about using the drug in his autobiography, Open. Time Inc. bought the rights to run excerpts in Sports Illustrated and People.

But the crystal meth news was inadvertently revealed in a Tweet by a Sports Illustrated reporter a day before the magazines published. The tweet was removed about 25 minutes after it went live, but, not surprisingly, the news had already spread around the world.

Katie Couric had the exclusive TV interview with Agassi, which aired in two parts last night on “60 Minutes.” The TimesTim Arango writes, “Apparently, neither Ms. Couric nor her producers decided to ask Mr. Agassi directly about the crystal meth use, although he brought up drug use in general when discussing his depression. But once the news broke, and the media storm ensued, Ms. Couric went back to Las Vegas on Tuesday to ask Mr. Agassi about it and his take on the public’s reaction.”

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