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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 Gibson, Lunden, and Christian have been replaced by a cast of five: Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Josh Elliott, Sam Champion and Lara Spencer.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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Robin Roberts Celebrates Her ‘First Birthday’

On “Good Morning America” this morning, Robin Roberts celebrated her “first birthday,” the one-year anniversary of her life-saving bone marrow transplant.

Roberts cut into a birthday cake (delivered by “Live!”‘s Michael Strahan), flanked by her “GMA” colleagues Josh Elliott, Lara Spencer and George Stephanopoulos. After the show, “GMA” and ABC News staff walked to the upstairs studio for a “Venice”-themes party. Diane Sawyer, ABC News president Ben Sherwood, “GMA” senior EP Tom Cibrowski, senior VPs James Goldston and Barbara Fedida and Roberts’ friends all joined in on the fun.

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As promised, Roberts also unveiled her PSA for “Be The Match. You can watch it after the jump.
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Here Are The Highest Paid News Anchors At Each Network

TV Guide‘s Stephen Battaglio and Michael Schneider tally up the highest-paid talent in television for this week’s magazine.  The highest paid on-air individual in all of TV is syndicated judge “Judge Judy” Sheindlin, who rakes in an estimated $45 million a year for her eponymous program.

In the world of TV news, NBC “Today” co-anchor Matt Lauer leads the way, drawing an estimated $22-25 million every year. The highest-paid anchor on ABC News is “ABC World News” anchor Diane Sawyer, who pulls in an estimated $12 million a year, while “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley leads that network with $5 million a year.

On cable, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly is king, drawing an estimated $17 million a year, while MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow leads her channel with a $7 million a year deal. CNN’s Anderson Cooper tops that channel with an estimated $10 million a year deal.

Other notable names: Megyn Kelly‘s new deal is estimated to be worth $6 million a year, twice what Hoda Kotb draws, and more than three times as much as ABC’s Josh Elliott. Ann Curry is still one of the highest-paid reporters at NBC, drawing $5 million a year, while Sarah Palin‘s new FNC contract is believed to be in the $250,000 range.

Some excerpts can be read here, while the full list is in this week’s TV Guide.

Kerry Sanders Runs With Bulls, While ‘GMA’ Fakes It With Sharks

It was a wild morning on NBC’s “Today” and ABC’s “Good Morning America,” as the on-air talent went toe-to-toe with some wild, dangerous creatures.

On “Today,” Kerry Sanders delivered a stand-up while running from bulls. No, really, he did. “One of the great stand-ups ever,” Matt Lauer said.

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On “GMA,” anchors Josh Elliott, Sam Champion and Lara Spencer put their acting chops to the test, as they recreated scenes from “Jaws” and “Sharknado.” It wasn’t quite as dangerous as Sanders’ stunt, but it was certainly memorable. You can watch it here.

Paula Faris Unexpectedly Announces Her Pregnancy on ‘GMA’

After losing her breath in the middle of the headlines on “Good Morning America” this morning, ABC News correspondent Paula Faris announced she is pregnant with her third child.

Faris struggled to finish the headlines in the 7 a.m. hour before finally saying, “Sorry, it’s the pregnant chick, everybody!” Josh Elliott jumped in to relieve her, saying, “Hang on. We’re going to to go the bullpen.” When he was done, he congratulated Faris, who said losing her breath is a side effect of pregnancy. She is 17 weeks along with her third child.

Robin Roberts Honored At The ESPYs

ESPN televised the ESPY Awards last night, recognizing the best in the world of sports. The Worldwide Leader in Sports also took the time however to honor one of its own: ABC News “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts, a former anchor for “SportsCenter” who shattered glass ceilings and color barriers in the TV world.

Roberts was honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, which was presenetd by LeBron James. Roberts’ sister Sally-Ann was there, as was Josh Elliott, another ESPN anchor turned “GMA” host.

“I draw strength from you, you give me the courage to face down any challenge, you let me know that when fear knocks you let faith answer the door,” Roberts said to the crowd. “All of you here tonight, and you there at home, and especially my wonderful, caring ESPN and ABC GMA family, yes I have my sister’s DNA, but you will always have my heart.”

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In an 11 minute piece, Tom Cruise (yes, that Tom Cruise) narrated her career. watch that after the jump.
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Sam Champion, Josh Elliott Hug it Out Over Gay Marriage

On the West Coast feed of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” following the Supreme Court decision striking down DOMA, recently-wed weatherman Sam Champion said his “heart was pounding” waiting for the decision. Then he got a hug from broham Josh Elliott.

Ratings: Nik Wallenda Grand Canyon Wire Walk Watched By 13 Million

Photo Credit: Discovery Channel

Daredevil Nik Wallenda‘s live walk across a wire suspended over the Grand Canyon was viewed by 13 million million people on Discovery Channel last night.

10.7 million watched the main event broadcast from 9:10-10:20 PM, culminating with 13 million people tuning in during the walk itself from 9:38-10:01 PM. An average of 8.5 million people were watching the entirety of the special, including the pre-show.

The program was also something of a proxy war between ABC News and NBC News. ABC News produced Wallenda’s last stunt, when he walked across Niagara Falls, with “Good Morning America’”s Josh Elliott and ESPN “SportsCenter’”s Hannah Storm hosting. For the Grand Canyon stunt, NBC News produced the special for Discovery, with “Today’”s Willie Geist and Natalie Morales hosting.

The numbers for Discovery were on par with Wallenda’s last wire walk.

The daredevil’s last TV special, which aired on a Friday night last June on ABC, averaged 10.1 million viewers, peaking at 13.1 million viewers during its final half-hour.

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Are Kids in Sam Champion’s Future?

“Good Morning America” weather anchor Sam Champion stopped by Wendy Williams‘ show this morning. Champion, who is hosting the Daytime Emmys this week, talked about his bromance with fellow “GMA” anchor Josh Elliott and his friendship with “Today” counterpart Al Roker. Champion also revealed that he and his husband, Rubem Robierb, are considering having children.

“If it’s something that [Robierb] wants, and I think it is something he wants at some point, then we’ll do it,” Champion said. “I don’t know what a great dad I am, because I’m really scatterbrained. But he’ll be amazing at whatever he wants.” Watch:

Behind the Scenes at ‘Good Morning America’

Entertainment Tonight went behind the scenes of “Good Morning America” earlier this week. Have you ever wanted to know where Josh Elliott hides his Grape Nuts? Watch, and ye shall see.

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