‘Good Morning America’ Beats ‘Today’ By Biggest Margin In Three Months; ‘Today’ Tops In 18-49

By | Thursday April 17, 2014 @ 8:54am PDT

abc-good-morning-america-jpg__121126184805ABC News’ Good Morning America outstripped NBC News’ Today by 761,000 viewers and 279,000 news demo viewers the week of April 7. It’s GMA‘s seventh consecutive week on top of the morning infotainment show race in both metrics, and … Read More »

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‘Good Morning America’ Celebrates First Quarterly Demo Win With ‘Today’ At Olympics

robin-roberts-webThe same day ABC’s Good Morning America officially said so long to news anchor Josh Elliott, it announced it had delivered its most watched quarter in more than 22 years in first quarter 2014. The show also celebrated its … Read More »

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Live And Well: Morning Shows Gain Ratings Ground Thanks To Stiff Competition & Focus On Interactive Programming

LisaColumn__131015210634-275x198Weekly Column: NBC’s Today made the most of its big “get” this morning — Matt Lauer’s exclusive and chilling interview with Dottie Sandusky, wife of former Penn State assistant football coach/convicted sex offender Jerry Sandusky, in which she said the victims were “manipulated” when they “saw money,” did not scream from the basement of her house as one has claimed, and that her husband having showered with the boys is a generational thing. ABC’s Good Morning America, meanwhile, was touting its talk with ABC News’ Dan Harris about the on-air panic attack he suffered a decade ago – the result, he says, ofGMASocialSquare years spent covering wars abroad and his use of recreational drugs to deal with the emotional aftermath of that war coverage.

Coming out of the Sochi Games, the morning infotainment-show war has never been hotter. Today, which won the two weeks of the Winter Olympics – its first weekly victories since the 2012 London Summer Games – returned aggressively with a Love Your Selfie interactive campaign, a ribbon-cutting on its new outdoor space by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, and a make-up hug between de Blasio and Today weatherman Al Roker after their much-reported Twitter dust-up. Lauer’s Sandusky exclusive is Today‘s latest sit-down in that aggressive post-Sochi push that also included a chat with Toronto’s click-bait mayor Rob Ford. Even so, GMA jumped back on top in the ratings the very first week after Sochi, and has widened its lead each week, though the gap is still smaller than the 1.1 million lead GMA had on Today this season leading up to Sochi. “All this competition has been good for the viewer – we’re all trying harder, all fighting as hard as we ever have,” Today EP Don Nash told Deadline. “I’ve been at this show 25 years, and I’ve never seen anything like it. … We are fighting for every viewer.”

Related: ‘Today’ Takes February Sweep In Demo While ‘GMA’ Wins Overall Audience Again

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Al Franken Blasts Comcast/Time Warner Cable Merger On ‘CBS This Morning’: Video

By | Monday March 10, 2014 @ 11:30am PDT

image003[1]The most camera-ready opponent of Comcast’s merger plans with Time Warner Cable  — who, ironically, owes his big break to Comcast-owned NBC — went on CBS This Morning to again blast the proposed merger, saying “consumers will end up paying more, there will be less competition, there will be less innovation and, worse, even worse service.” Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) this morning said he sent out an email to his constituents to get their “feelings about what kind of service they get from Comcast” and whether they think the proposed deal “will be good.” “I got 60,000 responses, and believe me, people don’t like their service from Comcast, and they don’t think this deal is going to help them,” said Franken — who, before entering politics in a big way was a writer and performer on the now Comcast-owned NBC’s Saturday Night Live from its launch in the mid 1970s until 1980, returning in 1985 for another decade. Watch his appearance here:

Franken matters because he sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee which, later this month, will hold hearings on the reported $45 billion deal that would give Comcast 30 million subscribers in 43 of the nation’s top 50 markets — aka about 30% of pay TV customers. Franken reminded CBS This Morning anchors this morning he hadn’t been any too happy about the Comcast/NBCU merger either. Read More »

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Halloween, ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Deliver ‘GMA’ A Big November Sweep Win

abc-good-morning-america-jpg__121126184805A Halloween coup and a Dancing With The Stars pop catapulted ABC’s Good Morning America to its second consecutive November sweep win among the broadcast morning infotainment programs. GMA won the sweep in the news demo (2.226 million viewers) and among viewers of all ages (5.950 million). The win marks GMA’s first back-to-back November sweep wins in 20 years overall, and 21 years in the demo. The November victory extends GMA’s streak to six straight in total viewers and five in the demo.

Today, meanwhile, noted this morning is has now been No. 1 rated in the 18-49 demo for 77 consecutive sweeps overall and 22 consecutive November sweeps. News programming is not typically sold off that demo, but it is one that NBC targets aggressively in other dayparts. Read More »

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TCA: Charlie Rose On Balancing Four TV Shows And The Importance Of Napping

By | Wednesday August 7, 2013 @ 11:01am PDT

The trick to co-anchoring CBS’ morning show, contributing to 60 Minutes, and anchoring two programs for PBS is to “not read the book twice” – and two naps a day, Charlie Rose said this morning. “I’m worried about you, Charlie. I’m worried about your health and you’re doing too much,” one TV critic said during his Q&A for PBS. “I’m flattered you worry about me and I would like you to continue to worry about me,” Rose responded to her. His PBS exec producer calls him “an intellectual athlete.”

Back in May, PBS, home of Rose’s syndicated Charlie Rose program since 1993, announced Rose also would host a new Friday night primetime show (Fridays at 8:30 PM) titled Charlie Rose Weekend, debuting in July. It replaced the net’s Need To Know newsmag. The program combines highlights from the 71-year-old host’s late-night program with new interviews and discussions of topics in politics, science, business, culture, media and sports. Read More »

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‘Good Morning America’ Wins First May Sweep In Almost 20 Years

By | Friday May 31, 2013 @ 9:53am PDT

Good Morning America‘s ratings hot streak has continued right through the May sweep. The ABC morning show won the key period for the first time in 19 years in the adults 25-54 demo (2.102 million viewers) and the first time in 18 years in total viewers (5.704 million). Those numbers were up 2% and 10% year-over-year, respectively, the network said today. Previously, those May sweep top spots had been held by NBC’s Today, which finished second overall among the morning shows this year, behind GMA by 921,000 in total viewers and 110,000 in 25-54, the largest margins in 21 and 19 years, respectively. Today did edge GMA in 18-49 viewers (1.507 million vs. 1.512 million), and the shows tied in 18-49 ratings (1.2/10). GMA nearly doubled the performance of CBS This Morning during the month in viewers and 25-54. Overall, the May sweep was GMA’s fourth sweep victory in a row in viewers and third in a row in 25-54. (See the full rankings below.) Read More »

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‘Good Morning America’ Set To Win First November Sweep Since 1994

By | Monday November 26, 2012 @ 10:53am PST

ABC’s Good Morning America looks like it will win the November sweep in the key 25-54 demographic and total viewers for the first time since the middle of the 1990s. The early morning show pulled in 2.034 … Read More »

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‘CBS This Morning’ Adds Producing Pair

By | Monday November 26, 2012 @ 9:55am PST

Brian Applegate has been named senior broadcast producer and Matthew Glick senior producer at CBS This Morning. Applegate had been executive producer for CBS News’ overnight Up To The Minute newscast and the 4 AM broadcast CBS Read More »

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Ted Turner: Being “Maneuvered” Away From CNN Was His Biggest Regret In Biz

By | Thursday October 18, 2012 @ 8:33am PDT

The founder of Turner Broadcasting — and, arguably, the cable programming industry — tells Charlie Rose today on CBS This Morning that he wishes CNN had “a little less fluff.” But he lost control of the news channel when Time Warner merged with AOL, his biggest regret as … Read More »

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Paul Thomas Anderson On ‘The Master’ And Harvey Weinstein: Video

By | Friday October 12, 2012 @ 8:49am PDT

The director tells CBS This Morning that yes, his The Master is loosely based on L Ron Hubbard and Dianetics and “investigating what that movement was”. Paul Thomas Anderson also fielded a question about Harvey Weinstein, who will push the buttons on The Master‘s Oscar campaign as … Read More »

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CBS Convenes ‘This Morning’ Co-Hosts

By | Sunday July 29, 2012 @ 6:04pm PDT

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Three days after being announced as a new co-host on CBS This Morning, former CBS News chief White House correspondent Norah O’Donnell joined her fellow hosts Charlie Rose and Gayle King along with her CBS News bosses on a TCA panel to promote the news division. O’Donnell replaces Erica Hill. It was made clear that the timing of the shakeup isn’t coincidental and comes as the Presidential election enters the homestretch. “It really is about Norah and her abilities,” said CBS News chairman Jeff Fager. “We just feel like in terms of where we’re going, and with Norah’s experience in reporting and where we’re going with our broadcast, that she’s just such a perfect fit. Especially going into the election, coming right out of the White House, she just adds so much. And Erica’s been a great pro for us. She helped launch this program. We hope she stays. We just think this is a better fit.” For her part, O’Donnell said that she was “thrilled” to be on the broadcast. “It’s an exciting time,” she added. “Two hours of live television. There’s nothing else like it. I think we’re now 100 days out from the election so we’ve got two conventions coming up, three Presidential debates, one Vice Presidential debate, so I’m excited to join them on politics and do what I do best. Also some new stuff. I made the decision this week.” Read More »

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‘GMA’ Finishes No. 1 In Total Viewers & Adults 25-54 For First Time In 17 Years

By | Thursday July 26, 2012 @ 9:23am PDT
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Good Morning America RatingsThe London Olympics could not come soon enough for embattled NBC morning show Today. Rival Good Morning America tied Today in adults 25-54 (1.737 million) for the week of July 16 and logged its … Read More »

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Shakeup At ‘CBS This Morning’: Norah O’Donnell To Replace Erica Hill As Co-Host

By | Thursday July 26, 2012 @ 8:47am PDT
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Norah O'Donnell CBS This MorningThe only face on CBS This Morning from CBS’ previous morning program, Erica Hill, is now gone. CBS News has named its Chief White House Correspondent Norah O’Donnell co-host of CBS This Morning. O’Donnell, who was once considered a possible successor to Meredith Vieira on Today, will join co-hosts Charlie Rose and Gayle King beginning this fall. The news comes after O’Donnell recently substituted for Hill, sitting next to Rose and King on the CBS morning program. Here’s what O’Donnell said about her guest stint on the show just last week: “I told Erica Hill who is letting me fill in for her, I promised not to leave too many crumbs in her keyboard; I won’t mess up her office too much.” Ironic, huh?

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Oprah Winfrey Wouldn’t Have Launched OWN If She Knew Its Challenges: Video

By | Monday April 2, 2012 @ 7:42am PDT

Now she tells us: Oprah Winfrey‘s struggling network, OWN — a joint venture with Discovery — wasn’t ready when it launched last year. In a guest appearance this morning on CBS This Morning the talk show host and OWN chief tells her good friend Gayle King and … Read More »

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Oprah Winfrey To Visit ‘CBS This Morning’

By | Wednesday March 28, 2012 @ 9:22am PDT
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Oprah Winfrey Gayle King CBS This MorningThree months after her BFF Gayle King started on CBS This Morning, Oprah Winfrey will make an appearance on the revamped morning program. She will sit down with King and her co-hosts Charlie … Read More »

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‘CBS This Morning’ Debut Week Down From Last Year, ‘Today’ Also Down While ‘GMA’ Up

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Not very encouraging news for CBS’ rebranded morning show: In its first week, CBS This Morning, hosted by Gayle King, CHarlie Rose and Erica Hill, averaged 2.7 million viewers, 1.1 million of them in the adults 25-54 demographic. It finished … Read More »

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‘CBS This Morning’ On “Cliche” Weather Guys, Oprah: TCA

By | Wednesday January 11, 2012 @ 3:23pm PST

Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

Change in the weather at CBS: At today’s CBS This Morning TCA panel, executive producer Chris Licht talked about why the new morning competitor has eliminated that longtime staple of morning TV: national weather reports. While the show builds four local weather segments into each program, Licht, also VP of news programming, said local audiences identify with their local news personalities. He said the show does not want to introduce a “cliché weather guy.” However, “when weather is news on a national level, we will absolutely cover it,” the executive said, Appearing via satellite with the program’s co-hosts — Charlie Rose, Erica Hill and Gayle King — Licht also fielded questions about why CBS continues to try to compete in the morning talk program arena when the network has found little success against NBC’s behemoth Today and ABC’s Good Morning America. “It is the daypart that has the most upside, the most opportunity to make a lot of money,” Licht said. “To not try would be very foolish.” The question was asked: How much money? “A lot. I mean, not ’60 Minutes’ money, but a lot,” Licht replied. Read More »

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Bob Woodruff’s Wife Lee Joins ‘CBS This Morning’ As Contributor

By | Monday January 9, 2012 @ 10:01am PST

CBS This Morning, which launched its new format today with anchors Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Erica Hill, also announced that Lee Woodruff has been hired as a contributor to the show. She is the wife of ABC News anchor … Read More »

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