The premiere of ABC’s nine-week run of Good Afternoon America drew 1.923 million total viewers and 359,000 women 18-49 on Monday, according to fast national data released today. The one-hour extension of Good Morning America hosted by Lara Spencer and Josh Elliott improved on the season average of its predecessor, the canceled The Revolution, by 40% in viewers and 21% in the demo.
Meanwhile, on TNT, the final season opener of The Closer drew 6.1 million viewers and 1.2 million adults 18-49, followed by the series premiere of the drama Perception, which drew 5.6 million total viewers to rank behind the network’s Dallas as cable’s best series bow numbers year-to-date.
ABC News has finalized its lineup for the nine-week run of Good Afternoon America, the one-hour extension of Good Morning America that will run nine weeks beginning July 9. Josh Elliott and Lara Spencer will co-anchor the show, which Deadline first told you about back in April. It will act as a bridge between the end of the run of the freshman daytime series The Revolution (it was cancelled) and the start of the syndicated Katie Couric talk show Katie on September 10. For the GMA extension, the network said Sam Champion, Robin Roberts, and George Stephanopoulos will join in with special appearances on a show expected to be generally broader and lighter than the regular GMA; it “will feature the most-talked about celebrities, performances by the biggest names in the music industry, the latest pop culture news plus” among other things, ABC said.