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Two Concerts, Six Blocks and Seven Million Viewers*

miley_7-25.JPGWithin just a few blocks of each other, two distinctly different sounds emanated from Midtown Manhattan this morning. While tween sensation Miley Cyrus performed on the plaza at NBC’s Today show, singer-songwriter Feist was performing on ABC’s Good Morning America in nearby Bryant Park. We were there for each this morning, as were thousands of others.

The two spaces are very different. Plaza vs. park. Intimacy vs. atmosphere.

feist_7-25.JPGLast Friday, Good Morning America saw more than 13,000 screaming Miley Cyrus fans in Bryant Park. This morning Feist drew about 700. The Today show puts their Cyrus crowd in that same 13,000 range, although the smaller space meant many watched on monitors while standing around corners, without sight of the stage. A lucky few got close enough to reach out and touch Cyrus or her half-dozen backup dancers.

Click continued for the full morning rundown, from a stop in the control room and Miley’s dressing room, Meredith Vieira‘s take on the morning and a look at what you don’t see on GMA…

*Estimate: The final ratings will be released Thursday.

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Randy Pausch, Subject of ABC Special, Dies

Randy Pausch, the man whose inspirational “last lecture” about living life to the fullest even while he battled cancer, has died. ABC News first reported the story this morning. ABC’s Diane Sawyer anchored an hour-long special with Pausch in April, seven months after Pausch delivered that “last lecture” at Carnegie Mellon. The lecture has been viewed more than three million times on YouTube.

Pausch succumbed to pancreatic cancer today. He was 47.

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> Update: ABC News is putting together an hour-long special on Pausch that will air Tuesday night at 10pmET/PT. Diane Sawyer will anchor.