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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.”

The Ticker: Dancing, Singing, Dribbling

  • “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts is the first of several guest judges on this season’s “Dancing with the Stars.” Roberts has her turn next to Len, Bruno and Carrie Ann tomorrow night on the ABC show.

  • Matt Lauer sits down with entertainment legend Sir Elton John tomorrow on “Today.” John discusses the 40th anniversary of the release of his album, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.”

  •  Chuck Todd is featuring his own March Madness bracket: “Presidential Near Misses: 64 Who Almost Made It to 1600.” The competition gives viewers the chance to pick history’s top White House contender who never made it to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Round two starts tomorrow.

Lara Spencer to Stay with ‘GMA’

LaraSpencerLara Spencer has re-signed with ABC News. Her contract was due to expire in May.

“This was a simple decision,” Spencer said in a statement. “I love what I do and I adore the people I work with. I am thrilled to be on this team and look forward to many more years.”

The show has seen the contracts of four of its five main talent come due around the same time. Sam Champion left the show in December and joined the Weather Channel. Robin Roberts re-signed with “GMA” a few week later. Josh Elliott is currently in negotiations with ABC, but could bolt for a better offer elsewhere.

Elliott joined “GMA” three years ago this month; Spencer followed two months later. A year later, “GMA” had beaten NBC’s “Today” show in the ratings for the first time in 16 years.

Spencer has been with ABC on and off since 1995, first as a reporter at WABC. She joined “GMA,” the first time in 1999 as national correspondent. “ABC has been her home for a long time, and she’s having a great ride,” a friend of Spencer’s tells TVNewser.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.

Oscar Viewership Hits 10-Year High

ellen oscars selfieABC’s broadcast of the Oscars averaged 43 million viewers and delivered a 12.9 rating in the A18-49 demographic, making it the most-watched broadcast of the Academy Awards since 2004, according to Nielsen Fast National ratings. It was TV’s most-watched entertainment telecast since the series finale of “Friends” on May 6, 2004.

The broadcast was up +4% in total viewers compared to last year. With Ellen DeGeneres hosting, the show hit a seven-year high in the A18-34 demographic, delivering an 11.4 rating.

ABC’s “Oscar’s Red Carpet Live,” hosted by “Good Morning America” anchors Robin Roberts and Lara Spencer, was up compared to last year for all three half-hour segments of the show. The final half-hour pulled in 27.6 million viewers.

‘Good Morning America’ Heading to The Oscars

GMA OscarsThe 86th annual Academy Awards will air on ABC Sunday night at 8:30pmET, with red carpet festivities beginning at 7pmET.

Sunday morning’s “Good Morning America” will air reports from ABC News entertainment correspondents Chris Connelly and Rachel Smith from the red carpet outside the Dolby Theatre.

On the big night, Robin Roberts and Lara Spencer will co-host “Oscar’s Red Carpet Live” alongside PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly Editorial Director Jess Cagle and TV host Tyson Beckford.

The morning after, “Good Morning America” will air live from Los Angeles, recapping the night’s highlights and big winners. Musician John Legend will be performing live on the show.

ABC’s sister-network Fusion is also getting in on the Oscars action, with Alicia Menendez hosting Vanity Fair’s Oscar Party red carpet.

Not to be outdone, NBC’s “Today” will be covering the big awards ceremony, with Al Roker and Kathie Lee Gifford split hosting from Los Angeles on Monday morning. The duo will highlight the night’s biggest moments and best fashion as well as air their interviews with celebrities from the red carpet.

Joining them will be the Olympic duo of Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinsky, who will also be contributing to NBC’s “Access Hollywood” from the red carpet. Weir and Lipinsky just got back from contributing to NBC’s Sochi Olympics coverage.

Morning Show Ratings: Week of February 17

MorningShowNEWTo regular readers of TVNewser, you know this already because of preliminary data we shared earlier this week, but the “Today” show did, in fact, win last week in the ratings, making it two straight for the formerly dominant network morning show.

During the second week of the Sochi games, “Today” scored a wider viewer lead over “GMA” vs. week one and saw its biggest total viewer gap growth over “GMA” during the second week of any Olympics since at least 1987, when NBC News began collecting Nielsen data. “Today” was up +18% in viewers and up +10% in the demo compared to the Sochi-less same week last year.

It was during this week last year that Robin Roberts returned to “GMA” following bone marrow transplant surgery. The ABC show was down -7% in viewers and down less than -1% in the demo year-over-year. Compared to week two of the 2010 Winter Olympics the ABC show delivered double-digit increases in viewers and the A25-54 demo viewers.

“CBS This Morning” enjoyed viewer growth vs. last year, up +2%, but down -8% in the demo.

The averages for the week of February 17, 2014:

  • Total Viewers: NBC: 5.844M / ABC: 5.590M / CBS: 3.089M
  • A25-54 viewers: NBC: 2.310M / ABC: 2.174M / CBS: 1.045M


Morning Show Ratings: Week of February 10

MorningShowNEWAs expected, the “Today” show won its first week in 18 months in both total viewers and the younger demo. But the other ratings story emerging from week one of the Sochi Olympics is that “Today’s” morning competition didn’t lose. Both “Good Morning America” and “CBS This Morning” saw their viewership grow year-over-year despite an Olympics boost enjoyed by NBC’s “Today” show.

“Today” saw the biggest growth of the three: up +30% in viewers and up +25% in the demo. ABC and CBS were each up +9% in viewers, while “GMA” was also up (+14%) in the demo. “Today” nudged longtime No. 1 “GMA” by +165,000 total viewers and +162,000 A25-45 demo viewers.

“Today’s” win comes as “GMA” and “CTM” retained nearly all of their audience from the week prior.

Compared to week one of the Vancouver games, when “Today” was still a dominant No. 1, “GMA” was up +33% in viewers and up +27% in the demo while “CBS This Morning” (in 2010 it was “The Early Show”) was up +16% in viewers and down -8% in the demo

The averages for the week of February 10, 2014:

  • Total Viewers: NBC: 6.134M / ABC: 5.969M / CBS: 3.300M
  • A25-54 viewers: NBC: 2.506M / ABC: 2.344M / CBS: 1.139M


Robin Roberts and Lara Spencer Back for Oscars Red Carpet Special

“Good Morning America” anchors Robin Roberts and Lara Spencer along with Jess Cagle, Editorial Director of “People” and “Entertainment Weekly” will be back to host ABC’s pre-Oscar special “Red Carpet Live.” The show airs on ABC at 7pmET, immediately before the Oscars telecast on March 2, this year hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. This is the fifth time Roberts has hosted the pre-Oscars special on ABC. Last year, she’d just returned from medical leave in time to host (below).

Morning Shows Wear Red For Women’s Heart Health

Anchors and correspondents across the morning shows wore red on the air today for National Wear Red Day, which raises awareness for women’s heart health.

Among those participating: ABC’s Robin Roberts, Ginger Zee, Lara Spencer, George Stephanopoulos and Josh Elliott; NBC’s Natalie Morales, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Jenna Bush Hager; CBS’ Gayle King, Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell; Fox News’ Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Heather Nauert and Maria Molina; CNN’s Kate Bolduan and Chris Cuomo; CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin and Sara Eisen; Barbara Walters, Sherri Shepard and Jenny McCarthy of “The View” and Kelly Ripa of “Live.”

Report: Josh Elliott Asking ‘GMA’ for Big Raise

josh elliott“Good Morning America” news anchor Josh Elliott is asking for a big raise, The New York Post Page Six reports.

Elliott’s agents reportedly asked for an equal bump in salary to co-anchor Robin Roberts after she re-signed in December for a high seven figures salary.

One source told us, “Josh started as news anchor, but his role has increased significantly and he is an integral part of the success of the show. He is not asking for as much money as Robin, but an equivalent raise.”

The story says Elliott has also spoken with NBC News, but his goal is to stay with ABC. He’s been part of “GMA’s” ride to the top of the morning show heap, joining the show in April 2011 a year before it overtook “Today” as the top rated morning program.

We’ve reached out to ABC News, but did not immediately hear back.

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