Official tally puts GMA on top for first time this century


ABC NewsABC News had already claimed victory for “Good Morning America” over NBC’s “Today” for the first time since 1995 based on preliminary Nielsen numbers. Now the final tally is in.

For the week of April 9, 2012, GMA drew 5.168 million Total Viewers, to rank No. 1 for the week, outperforming NBC’s “Today” (5.137 million) by +31,000 Total Viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research.  In the process, “GMA” outdrew “Today” during the course of a week for the first time in more than 16 years – since the week of December 4, 1995.

Additionally, ABC noted, had 14.8 million more unique users than in March.

“First and foremost, we thank our GMA viewers and online audience – a loyal and growing number who motivate us every single morning.  All of us at ABC News salute the dynamic team at Good Morning America who never sleep and who care so deeply about the program,” said Ben Sherwood, president, ABC News. “We also thank our ABC network colleagues and our powerhouse stations and affiliates for supporting the program in so many ways. Of course, we congratulate our friends at Today for the greatest winning streak in broadcasting history and for their excellence and leadership during this historic run.  It’s a special day for ABC News and, after a proper celebration 852 weeks in the making, we’ll get right back to work to be ready tomorrow to help GMA viewers start their day with a rewarding experience and big picture understanding of the world.”

Growing week to week in both Total Viewers (+5%) and Adults 25-54 (+8%), “GMA” drew its largest overall audience in six weeks – the best since the week of February 27, 2012. In fact, ABC said, “GMA” drew its 2nd largest Total Viewer count of the season.

“GMA” also improved on the year-ago week by +7% in Total Viewers and by +7% in Adults 25-54 (4.812 million and 1.845 million, respectively, on w/o 4/11/11). According to ABC, “GMA” stood as the only morning program to post year-to-year increases as both NBC’s “Today” (-9%/12%) and “CBS This Morning” (-6%/-4%) turned in losses.

Season to date, the Alphabet Network said, “GMA” is the only morning program to grow in Total Viewers (+5%) and Adults 25-54 (+8%) versus its year-ago averages (NBC’s “Today:” -2%/-7%, respectively; CBS’ “This Morning:” -9%/-11%, respectively). “GMA” is seeing its largest overall season audience in 5 years, since 2006-07.

Emmy Award-winning “GMA,” featuring the anchor team of Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Sam Champion, Lara Spencer and Josh Elliott, airs live Mon.-Fri. (7:00-9:00 a.m., ET) on ABC. Tom Cibrowski is senior executive producer.