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Morning Show Ratings: Week of March 31

morningshowanchors2014In its first week without Josh Elliott, “Good Morning America” not only remained in first place in the mornings, but hit 4-week highs. “GMA” also showed the most growth in the A25-54 demo, up +18% compared to the same week last year and also up +9% in viewers.

NBC’s “Today” show was up double digits year-over-year: +10% in viewers and +13% in the A25-54 demo. And for the second straight Monday, “Today” topped “GMA” in the demo. “Today” has won at least one broadcast day in the A25-54 demo for 5 consecutive weeks.

“CBS This Morning” saw the most growth in the morning among total viewers: +13%, but lost viewers in the demo, down -4%.

The averages for the week of March 31, 2014:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 5.827M / NBC: 5.112M / CBS: 3.154M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 2.309M / NBC: 2.144M / CBS: 966,000


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Lunch with Lara Spencer & Amy Robach: Rumors, Ratings & the Revolving Door

"GMA" anchors Amy Robach and Lara Spencer show off their manicures April 1. (via @laraspencer)

“Good Morning America” anchors Amy Robach and Lara Spencer show off their manicures on the show April 1. (via @laraspencer)

It has been a busy few months at “Good Morning America.” Since December, Sam Champion and Josh Elliott have departed, Ginger Zee and Amy Robach have joined the team and Robin Roberts and Lara Spencer have extended their contracts with ABC News. Through it all, “GMA” remains steadfast in the ratings, despite the fact that both Champion and Elliott — “our brothers,” as Spencer calls them — have decamped for NBC.

As “GMA” prepares to mark two years as the most-watched morning show, TVNewser caught up with Spencer and Robach over lunch at Bobby Flay‘s Bar Americain Tuesday. They told us about their new roles on the show, how the team is really getting along, and why the “GMA” rumor mill has been in high gear the past few weeks. Before talking shop, we asked Robach, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in October, how she is feeling.

Amy Robach: I am feeling pretty darn good considering where I am in my treatments. I have two more chemotherapy rounds left – my next one is on Thursday. My final one is April 24. And then I have one more surgery in June. I’m going to work every day, and that means a lot to me mentally which I think helps me physically.

My memory is not amazing right now. It’s a little nerve wracking, feeling not mentally sharp all the time, but luckily there’s a teleprompter in front of me, and a good team that picks up any mental malfunctions I may have in the middle of a sentence or a thought.

Lara Spencer:  You haven’t missed a beat. You are radiant and smiling – she’s a rock star. She comes in, she brings her A-game. I haven’t noticed the memory at all. She’s remarkable. She’s being very modest.

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George Stephanopoulos Denies Being Unhappy About ‘GMA’ Changes

Stephanopoulos 304George Stephanopoulos denies being unhappy with the on-air changes at “Good Morning America,” telling Page Six the rumors aren’t true.

“So much of what you’ve been told is false. What I can say is that I’m proud of our continued success at ‘GMA,’ ‘This Week’ and ABC News, and I’m confident that will continue,” he told Page Six.

Page Six reported Stephanopoulos has been unhappy with the recent exits of Josh Elliott and Sam Champion, currently leaving him as the only male host on the show. The report also suggests his displeasure with the “softer” direction of the show, and that he desires more serious news programming on “GMA.” Stephanopoulos is signed through the end of 2014.

The ABC morning broadcast recently won its sixth quarter in a row in both total and demo viewers. Stephanopoulos has also scaled back his “This Week” hosting duties, decreasing from hosting three times a month down to two.

Cynthia McFadden Says Good Morning to ‘Today’

A week after signing off ABC News, Cynthia McFadden made her first appearance on NBC News. McFadden, NBC’s senior legal and investigative correspondent, was on the “Today” show talking about the Oscar Pistorius trial. “Cynthia McFadden, good morning and welcome to NBC,” Savannah Guthrie said. “It’s a pleasure to be here, Savannah,” McFadden replied.

McFadden, who spent 20 years at ABC, is one of three high-profile ABC News talent hired away by NBC in the last few months: Sam Champion joined the Weather Channel in December and Josh Elliott jumped to NBC Sports last week.

Hillary Clinton Sees Media Double Standard Toward Women

abc_hillary_clinton_nightline_interview_lpl_130129_mnAt a “Women in the World” event in New York City last night, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed her view of a double standard in how women are talked about in the media, Politico’s Maggie Haberman reports.

“There is a double standard,” Clinton said. “The double standard is alive and well, and I think in many respects the media is the principal propagator of its persistence,” she added.

She added advice for women, suggesting they not take criticism personally, but instead seriously. Clinton’s comments about the media’s gender double standard come a day after a new Women’s Media Center report showed a different issue when it comes to females and the media: a wide gap between the number of female media figures and their male counterparts.

We tallied the cable and brodcast news ratios for you (after the jump).

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Robin Roberts Talks ‘GMA’s’ Comings and Goings

GMA“Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts reacted to her show’s busy week, talking to “Entertainment Tonight” last night at a SeriousFun Children’s Network event about Josh Elliott‘s departure and Michael Strahan‘s arrival.

“I had serious fun with Josh Elliott,” Roberts said, praising him as multi-talented and multi-faceted. “But we all know at heart he was a sports guy,” adding viewers could sense Elliott’s love of sports. “Anybody that watched the program would see how he would just light up,” she continued about Elliott’s love for talking sports on “GMA.”

Roberts is also looking forward to welcoming another sports lover to “GMA”: ‘Live with Kelly and Michael” co-host, and former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan, who will start contributing semi-regularly to the show.

“We fell in love with him,” Roberts said of Strahan, who filled in for her a few times when she was off-air being treated for a rare blood disorder. “I have had the pleasure of filling in for Kelly Ripa, and sitting next to him. He is great.”

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Josh Elliott’s ‘GMA’ Good-Bye, Without Josh Elliott

ElliottTMADuring a conference call with reporters yesterday, the newest member of the NBC Sports team Josh Elliott was asked if he was going to appear on ABC’s “Good Morning America” one last time to say good-bye to viewers. “Those sorts of decisions aren’t mine to make,” Elliott said. This morning the decision was made. Just before the end of “GMA,” Robin Roberts introduced a 3-minute taped piece (after the jump) that looked back “on some of our favorite Josh moments.” Elliott was not present.

If you’re keeping score at home, Elliott’s final appearance on “GMA” was Friday, filling in for George Stephanopoulos. His last interview was with the cast of the film “Cesar Chavez.” It’ll be 6 months, at least, before Elliott can turn up on “GMA’s” rival the “Today” show. His first NBC Sports assignment is the Kentucky Derby. So watch the “Today” show closely on Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3 for any possible drop-ins.

Sam Champion was on set for his “GMA” send-off December 4. Six weeks later he dropped by “Today.”

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Josh Elliott On His ‘GMA’ Replacement: ‘A Phenomenal Journalist and a Brilliant Woman’

ElliottRobachJosh Elliott has nothing but good things to say about the person who has taken over his duties on “Good Morning America.” “She’s one of my very favorite people,” Elliott says of Amy Robach.

Robach joined ABC from NBC in 2012. (Elliott is making the reverse move.) “She arrived to ABC at a very difficult time for all involved,” Elliot says. Robach joined the network as a New York-based correspondent, but quickly became part of the fabric of “GMA” when, a few weeks in, Robin Roberts announced she was undergoing a bone marrow transplant after contracting MDS, a rare blood disorder. Robach often filled in for Roberts.

“Amy was really thrust into a virtually impossible situation,” Elliott says. “Every single day that I got to work with her I was a little more amazed. Amy is phenomenal journalist and brilliant woman.”

Josh Elliott Leaves ABC for NBC Sports: ‘No News Role Has Been Discussed’

josh elliottJosh Elliott is joining NBC, not to be the next Matt Lauer, he says, but because he “grew up with a love of sports that is unrivaled.” Elliott was introduced as the newest NBC Sports talent by division chairman Mark Lazarus during a conference call with reporters this afternoon.

“No news role has been discussed with me,” Elliott says, adding, “I hope Matt Lauer is here when I step away from this gig, 30 years down the road. I love being a part of a team and the team I’m on now is a fantastic one.”

Elliott joins NBC Sports after three years at ABC News, as a co-host of “Good Morning America.” He doesn’t know if he’ll be back on “GMA” for a final farewell. “Those sorts of decisions aren’t mine to make,” he says.

“I was really happy to see my teammates wish me so well on Monday morning,” Elliott added. He says he remains “eternally thankful for all the people who helped me along the way. None more so than Ben Sherwood.” Sherwood, still new to his job as president of ABC News, plucked Elliott from ESPN in 2011. A year later, the longtime No. 2 morning show had toppled the “Today” show’s 16-year reign at No. 1.

“Everything I have today I owe to Ben,” Elliott says. “[ABC] put a generous offer on the table. They made this for me, simply, a qualitative choice.”

Not only will his commute get easier, NBC Sports is “a couple exits down I95″ in Stamford, CT, but Elliott will now get to fulfill a childhood dream: “A profound and essential part of my being has always been to be a part of an Olympics broadcast.” That wish will be fulfilled in two years in Rio. His first NBC Sports assignment is the Kentucky Derby next month.

Elliott says his only discussion about working with NBC News has been “ways to provide sports content to them.” Lazarus jumped in, adding, “that’s something I would discuss with NBC News, down the line.”

“I feel like the luckiest man in TV today, because of what has been a wondrous near-decade at Disney and a glorious 3 years at ABC News and ‘GMA,’” said Elliott.

At ‘GMA’ ‘the Estrogen is Flowing!’

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Amy Robach took her seat at the news desk this morning as the show bid farewell to Josh Elliott.

“Josh, it has been great run with you, here on ‘GMA,’” said George Stephanopoulos to Elliott, who was not on the show today. “He’s our buddy and we love him very much,” added Lara Spencer, sitting in for Robin Roberts who’s in Los Angeles where she’ll be a judge on “Dancing with the Stars” tonight. Spencer inked her own new deal with ABC just last week.

Elliott is joining NBC Sports where he will contribute to the vast portfolio of sporting events to which NBC has the rights, including Sunday Night Football, the Olympics and Triple Crown horse racing.

“George, the estrogen is flowing!” Spencer added to the lone man on the set, Stephanopoulos, who was surrounded by Robach, meteorologist Ginger Zee and Sara Haines, all three of whom were hired by ABC from NBC in the last three years: Robach and Haines from the “Today” show, and Zee from NBC’s Chicago station WMAQ.

“I want to thank everyone here,” said Robach. “You have made me feel like family from the first day I walked in. The second phone call I got last night was from Josh, congratulating me. I congratulated him. We’ve all become such dear friends.”

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