Based on preliminary stats, Good Morning America’s Wednesday announcement of the new Dancing With The Stars cast is on track to have scored the biggest morning infotainment-show audience this week – about 5.3 million viewers. Demo-wise, it’s the same story, only with 2.2 million viewers 25-54. Still, Wednesday’s Dancing cast reveal did not match the nearly 6 million who’d watched GMA unveil Dancing‘s most recent previous lineup, and ABC was trying hard to get the biggest crowd tune in possible as it looked to resuscitate the stumbled franchise. Maybe that’s why the network is said to be investigating who leaked so many of the names to TMZ in advance of Wednesday’s announcement, cutting at least 20% of the drama. Among the names TMZ spoiled was Valerie Harper, who was supposed to be the Big Surprise, what with her battling cancer that has moved to her brain, and Harper having said in January that doctors had given her three to six months to live. With Harper’s participation a foregone conclusion by the time of the Wednesday reveal — ditto multiple sclerosis patient Jack Osbourne, former The Talk co-host Leah Remini, Glee’s Amber Riley, and others — The Reporters Who Cover Television were left scrambling to name a “big surprise” in their coverage of Wednesday’s casting news. Several went with Bill Nye the Science Guy.
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From the brave to the blah, Mary Tyler Moore Show/Rhoda actress Valerie Harper and a mess of Disney alums were this morning revealed on the next round of ABC’s struggling dance competition series Dancing With The Stars. Harper was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in January and given three to six months to live but is now said to be “nearing remission,” as she and her doctor explained it to NBC’s Today recently while plugging Valerie’s Story — A Meredith Vieira Special, set to air September 19 on that network. Speaking of NBC, Sharon Osbourne’s son Jack — who was yanked from a reality competition series on that network when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis — is joining Harper on Dancing. His sister Kelly was a finalist on the show in 2009.
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Many of the celeb dancers’ names had been leaked before this morning’s reveal on ABC’s morning infotainment show Good Morning America. Bill Nye the Science Guy was in none of those reports and he’s maybe the morning’s biggest surprise. Not at all surprising was Leah Remini, whose name was first leaked. Remini, maybe best known for starring in CBS’ sitcom King Of Queens has more recently been making headlines for her exit from Scientology. She appeared on this morning’s reveal via satellite, looking very subdued. Glee’s Amber Riley, no longer a regular on that Fox series, is looking for her next career move on Dancing; ditto Jersey Shore alum Snooki and The Voice social media correspondent Christina Milian. Ironically, it’s The Voice’s move to Dancing’s time slot that’s been giving it such a ratings headache the past several seasons. Read More »
ABC News continues to pound away at NBC News. World News With Diane Sawyer just broke NBC Nightly News’s 243-week winning streak in the news demo. Di’s newscast ranked No. 1 for the week of … Read More »
David Zinczenko is joining ABC News as nutrition and wellness editor. Formerly a contributor on NBC’s Today, he made his debut this morning on Good Morning America and will appear on the division’s other shows and … Read More »
UPDATE, 10:06 AM: One day after Today‘s Paula Deen “get”, ABC’s Good Morning America was back on top, nearly 600,000 viewers ahead of Today and 31% in front in the adults 25-54 demo, which is the currency of news programming ad sales.
PREVIOUSLY, THURSDAY AM: NBC News boasted this morning that its Paula Deen interview on Today beat ABC’s genre-leading Good Morning America on Wednesday morning. It’s the first time Today has outstripped GMA since the Friday of Hurricane Sandy week, in November. According to early calculations, Today averaged 4.84 million viewers and GMA 4.67 million. To put this in perspective: One day earlier, GMA had clocked nearly 800,000 more viewers than Today, using the same early measurement system.
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Today may have had disgraced TV chef Paula Deen on its show today, but ABC’s Good Morning America had weather man Sam Champion to talk about the Supreme Court’s decision striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Champion wed Brazilian photographer Rubem Robierb in December. … Read More »
David Friedman has joined ABC’s morning infotainment program Good Morning America as special GMA Creative Executive, working full-time for several months to help the show ramp up in the fall, GMA senior exec producer Tom Cibrowski announced today. GMA, of course, is now the genre leader in the daypart, besting NBC News’ once dominant Today. Friedman used to be exec producer of CBS’ The Early Show, and started his career at Today. But, these days, he’s maybe best known for the seven years during which he created, launched and exec produced Carson Daly’s late-night show. Most recently, he’s been one of the industry’s go-to guys for live special event programming, including The Biggest Loser finale on NBC. Here’s Cibrowski’s announcement to staff: Read More »
It’s the get of the day on the story of the day: ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos has netted the first TV interview with Jason Collins, the veteran NBA center who today … Read More »
Once is bad, twice is worse for Today. For a second consecutive month, the NBC morning show was beaten in its home market by Fox station WNYW’s Good Day New York. In the February sweep, Good Day New York won over Today with an average 1.3/9 rating compared with the NBC show’s 1.2/8. That marked the first time that’s happened since Nielsen’s Local People Meters were introduced in 2003. With the close of the March frame, Good Day New York garnered a 1.4/9 to Today’s 1.3/9. The local show had 115,000 viewers in the adults 25-54 demographic on average in March, compared to Today’s 105,000. The local show is up 23% versus its performance with adults 25-54 last March. Today, on the other hand, is down 27% from last year. The spread this month was similar to the February difference: Last month, Good Day New York had an average of 112,500 viewers in the demo, while Today had 102,700.
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Robin Roberts this morning co-anchored her first Good Morning America since leaving more than five months ago to undergo a bone marrow transplant to treat a rare blood disorder. “I keep pinching myself and I realize that this is real. This is really happening,” Roberts said. She already … Read More »
On today’s Good Morning America telecast, George Stephanopoulos announced that his co-anchor Robin Roberts will be back on the air February 20, with her return and the countdown to it happening during the current February sweep. She will resume duties part-time, gradually expanding to hosting the show five … Read More »
Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts today made her first visit to the set of the ABC morning show since her bone marrow transplant in September. She arrived at the studio at 5 AM for … Read More »