‘Good Morning America’ Beats ‘Today’ Ratings Streak

Good Morning AmericaAfter over 16 years (or 852 weeks) of playing second to The Today Show‘s ratings, Good Morning America has finally managed a win. For the first time since 1995, GMA has beaten Today in a ratings week.

During the week of Apr. 9 through Apr. 13, ABC’s GMA beat NBC’s Today by 31,000 total viewers. The Nielsen numbers were published today, following a forecast on Monday from the ratings institute that predicted a GMA victory of approximately 13,000. A possible contributing factor to the shift in viewership includes Today anchor Matt Lauer’s week-long absence from his broadcast.

GMA showrunner James Goldston celebrated with the following Tweet: “It’s official GMA wins the week for first time in 16 years-viewers, tweeters, commenters, Facebook fans we love you and salute you all x”


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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.