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Robin Roberts Signs Off Early From ‘GMA’ To Be With Family In Hurricane Zone

ABC this morning announced that today would be Robin Roberts last day anchoring “Good Morning America” before she goes on extended leave. Tomorrow was originally planned to be her last day on the program.

This time, the culprit was Hurricane Isaac. After today’s show, ABC says Roberts will “fly home to Mississippi to be with her ailing mother, Lucimarian, and her family in the hurricane zone.”

Next week, she will return to New York to make final preparations for her bone marrow transplant.

ABC also confirmed some of the people who will fill in for Roberts over the coming months, including Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer and Barbara Walters.

Update: Video of the “GMA” team wishing Roberts well:

Over on NBC’s “Today,” there were well-wishes for Roberts:

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Evening News Ratings: Week of March 14

A busy news week sent Americans to their TVs for the network evening newscasts, but the beginning of Daylight Saving Time has taken a hit on TV watching. The 6:30p-7p Households using television (HUT) level was down -7% week-to-week, while the People Using Television (PUT) levels among A25-54 viewers was down -9% and Total Viewers down -8%.

“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” won the week with 9.1 million total viewers, a +1.2 million lead over #2 ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” who anchored her broadcast from Japan Monday and Tuesday. “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric“, which had low coverage on Thursday and Friday due to the NCAA basketball tournament, and was up the most of all three newscasts, +15% in total viewers verses the same week last year.

Numbers for the week of March 14:

• Total Viewers: 9,140,000 7,950,000 5,990,000
• A25-54: 2,810,000 2,240,000 1,890,000

Diane Sawyer, Harry Smith, Laurie Dhue and more quake notes

Some midday Monday notes on earthquake/tsunami coverage:

Diane Sawyer made her first appearance on-air this morning from Sendai, Japan on “Good Morning America.” ABC’s Robin Roberts traveled to South Africa last week and was planning to be live from Cape Town this morning, but was rushed back to New York over the weekend. Her reports will air at a later date, ABC says.

CBS’ Harry Smith was back on “The Early Show” this morning reporting from Minami-Sanriku, telling Erica Hill it’s “a town of about 17,000 people and the very big headline from here is, 10,000 to 11,000 are either missing or unaccounted for.”

Former CNN, MSNBC and Fox News anchor Laurie Dhue was back on Fox News last night during a two-hour “Geraldo at Large.” Dhue was thrust back in the news last month when her battle with alcoholism went public. Dhue also appeared on “The 700 Club.”

CNN’s Martin Savidge who re-joined the network fulltime last week has already hit the road and is among the CNN team of correspondents covering the earthquake.

And some Tweets:

About to go in chopper for Sendai. Huge swath of closed airspace by Fukushima nuclear reactor btwn here & Sendai.


My tiny hotel room in Sendai. I’m making Michelle my producer sleep in the other bed, bc I’m scared of quakes! #f