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Josh Elliott’s Marathon Friday: ‘What Could Go Wrong?’

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Here’s one television anchor who is earning his weekend: ABC News’ Josh Elliott, who is hosting three shows and appearing on a fourth today. Elliott was at his usual perch on “GMA” this morning, then guest-hosted “The View.” And his day is not nearly over — he will appear tonight on “World News,” followed by filling in for Jorge Ramos on Fusion’s “America” this evening.

“I’m wheels-up at 1:15am–a time where, Sarina [Elliott's daughter] willing, my weekend hibernation would begin. Instead, it’s just the beginning of a day’s journalism (and Hot Topics), without end,” Elliott tells TVNewser. “What could go wrong…?”

‘Good Morning America’ Makes Halloween Ratings History

JOSH ELLIOTT, ROBIN ROBERTS, SAM CHAMPION, LARA SPENCER, GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS“Good Morning America’s” ratings rise over NBC’s “Today” show reached a new milestone yesterday. “GMA” topped “Today” in total viewers for the first time on Halloween. “GMA” was also first in A25-54 viewers for the first Halloween since 1991, according to Nielsen Fast Affiliate Time Period Data. We’ll have final numbers for the week next Thursday.

Total Viewers

GMA – 5.412 million Total Viewers

Today – 4.699 million Total Viewers

A 25-54 Demo

GMA – 2.202 million Adults 25-54

Today – 2.056 million Adults 25-54

halloweenoct31“Today” had long dominated Halloween ratings, as viewers tuned in to see what Matt, Katie, Meredith, Al, Ann, Natalie, and the rest, wore. But as “GMA” now wins the mornings consistently, the winning ways continued into Halloween.

And now for a fun TVNewser look back, to October 2005 — when “Today” was on top of the morning show heap, beating “GMA” by 675,000 total viewers — as hosts Matt Lauer and Al Roker descended from the “Today” studio as Batman and Robin.

What did Matt wear better: Batman or Pamela Anderson?

Bill Weir Leaving ABC News, Dan Harris Named ‘Nightline’ Co-Anchor

bill weir“Nightline” anchor Bill Weir is leaving ABC News for “another opportunity in the news business,” president Ben Sherwood announced this morning. Effective immediately, he will be replaced on “Nightline” by Dan Harris.

Weir has worked at ABC since 2004, when he helped launch the weekend edition of “Good Morning America.” Harris replaced Weir on weekend “GMA” when Weir moved to “Nightline” in 2010.

“Bill’s style is singular; his voice unique; and we will miss him and, yes, his turkey frying safety tips,” Sherwood wrote in a note to ABC News this morning. “I know you all will join me in thanking him for his contributions and wishing him the best.”

In his new role, Harris will continue to co-anchor the weekend edition of “GMA” alongside Bianna Golodryga. We’re told that the announcement of Harris’ move to “Nightline” was met with long and loud applause at this morning’s editorial meeting.

Read Sherwood’s full note after the jump. Read more

The Ticker: ‘GMA,’ Brockman, FBN Prime

  • “Good Morning America” had 6.1 million viewers Wednesday, the morning after the “Dancing with the Stars” finale, according to Nielsen fast affiliate data. The early numbers indicate it was “GMA”‘s largest Total Viewer advantage ever over the “Today” show, which drew 4.5 million.

  • Kevin Brockman, the EVP of Global Communications for Disney/ABC Television Group, has been elected Chairman of the Board of the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, an organization focused on school safety. He’s been on the Board of Trustees since 2007.

  • A first for Fox Business this week: the network scored its first primetime wins against CNBC (excluding Election coverage) Tuesday night. At 8pmET, “Cavuto” beat “Crowd Rules” by +88,000 Total Viewers and +1,000 demo viewers. At 9pmET, a re-air of “The Willis Report” beat the second hour of “Crowd Rules” by +34,000 Total Viewers and +2,000 A25-54 viewers.

Morning Show Ratings: Week of April 22

After losing in the A25-54 demographic the week of April 15, ABC’s “Good Morning America” was back on top in both Total Viewers and the demo for the week of April 22.

“GMA” beat “Today”  by +819,000 Total Viewers and +66,000 A25-54 viewers.

But only “CBS This Morning” showed growth in both ratings measurements compared the same week last year, up +12% in Total Viewers and +3% in the demo. “GMA” was up +8% in Total Viewers but down -2% in the A25-54 demographic, while “Today” was down -4% and -9%, respectively.

The averages for the week of April 22:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 5.739M / NBC: 4.920M / CBS: 2.977M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 2.092M / NBC: 2.026M / CBS: 1.062M

Morning Show Ratings: Week of January 21

ABC’s “Good Morning America” is back on top in both Total Viewers and A25-54 viewers. For the first three weeks of 2013, NBC’s “Today” took the younger demo.

“GMA” was also up compared to the same week last year: up +15% in total viewers and up +9% in younger viewers, while “Today” was down -12% / -16%. “Today” did see +3% week-to-week total viewer growth and posted its best delivery since the week of November 5, 2012.

But it was No. 3 “CBS This Morning” that showed the most growth. A little more than a year after its debut, the show is up +20% in total viewers and up +8% in A25-54 viewers.

Due to the Martin Luther King holiday, all three Monday telecasts are excluded from the weekly average.

The averages for the week of January 21, 2013:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 5.529M / NBC: 4.868M / CBS: 2.867M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 2.105M / NBC: 2.088M / CBS: 1.117M

 

Morning Show Ratings: Week of January 7

While 2012 was the year that saw “Good Morning America” overtake “Today” in the ratings, 2013 begins with all three shows shedding viewers in the crucial A25-54 demo.

Compared to the same week last year, “GMA” is down -4% in younger viewers, “Today” is down -20% and “CBS This Morning” is down -6% (vs. its debut week last year). But for the second week in a row, “Today” takes the younger viewer crown with a slim 4,000 A25-54 viewer lead, improving from the week prior.

“GMA” was the only show to grow in total viewers: up +3% with a +459,000 viewer lead on “Today,” which is down -18%. “CBS This Morning” was flat in total viewership.

The averages for the week of January 7, 2013:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 5.010M / NBC: 4.551M / CBS: 2.703M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 1.936M / NBC: 1.940M / CBS: 1.042M

Weekend Morning Show Ratings: Q4 2012

NBC’s “Today” may have lost its lead during the week, but the show’s weekend broadcasts are still hanging on to a small lead over the weekend editions of ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

In the fourth quarter of 2012, “Today” had a slight Total Viewer lead on Saturdays, edging “GMA” by +62,000 for the top spot. The two shows are tied in the A25-54 demographic for the quarter.

On Sundays, NBC leads ABC by +34,000 Total Viewers and +22,000 A25-54 viewers, but ratings stalwart “CBS Sunday Morning” has a commanding lead over both “Today” and “GMA.”

The Saturday averages for Q4 2012:

  • Total Viewers: NBC: 3.587M / ABC: 3.525M / CBS: 1.769M
  • A25-54 viewers: NBC: 1.233M / ABC: 1.233M / CBS: 641K

The Sunday averages for Q4 2012:

  • Total Viewers: CBS: 5.505M / NBC: 3.185M / ABC: 3.151M
  • A25-54 viewers: CBS: 1.734M / NBC: 1.054M / ABC: 1.032M

Robin Roberts: ‘It’s a great comfort not to feel pressured and a BLESSING to know I have a job waiting for me’

ABC’s Robin Roberts took to Facebook this morning with “encouraging news” from her doctors and discussed the interest in her return to “Good Morning America.”

“I’m humbled by the speculation of my return to GMA,” Roberts wrote. “My family and I are grateful that GMA/ABC’s only concern is my full recovery. It’s a great comfort not to feel pressured and a BLESSING to know I have a job waiting for me.”

Roberts has been sidelined since her bone marrow transplant Sept. 20. She was well enough to attend Sam Champion‘s wedding Dec. 21 and was reunited with her dog KJ a week later.

The bone marrow transplant became necessary after a diagnosis of the blood disorder MDS which can occur in patients who’ve previously battled cancer. Roberts underwent breast cancer surgery in 2007.

In her note, after the jump, Roberts teased: “In the coming days on GMA we will give you details about my return. I’m so excited.”

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Female Debate Moderators Candy Crowley, Martha Raddatz Make THR’s ‘Rule Breakers’ List

CNN’s Candy Crowley and ABC’s Martha Raddatz were the female moderators of this year’s Presidential and Vice-Presidential debates, landing the pair on The Hollywood Reporter’s annual year-end “Rule Breakers” list. Crowley and Raddatz reflect on the experience:

Crowley, 63, maintains she didn’t think too much about breaking the decades-long dry spell, but when the letters from women — young and old — came pouring in, “It hit me,” she says. “The optics matter.” And when in pre-debate interviews on CNN and elsewhere Crowley said she would attempt to get the candidates off of their talking points by pressing them with follow-up questions, both campaigns privately protested — a move criticized as defensive and vaguely sexist.

So would the women subject themselves to the debate ringer again? “In a heartbeat,” says Crowley. Raddatz agrees. “You walk off the stage, and you say, ‘Oh, thank God it’s over.’ And then you think, ‘That was fun.’ I used to say about summer in Iraq [where she has traveled 21 times]: ‘It’s so horrible; I’m never going back in the summer.’ And then you forget, and you go back.”

Also on the list: NBC’s Bob Costas and Jim Bell, who helmed NBC’s coverage of the 2012 Olympics, and ABC’s “Good Morning America” team, who overtook “Today” to become the top morning show in 2012. The list was a topic of conversation on “GMA” this morning, with Lara Spencer calling the show “the bad boys of morning TV.”

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