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September 13, 2011 in broadcast news, pop culture news, tv ratings | Tags: Amy Winehouse, Amy Winehouse dad, Anderson Cooper, art of the interview, brother's suicide, Club 27, Curt Kobain, Dr. Oz, katie couric, Oprah, replacing Oprah, talk show wars, TVNewser, Warner Brothers | by Shelley Ross dailyXpress | 2 comments
THE WAR FOR THE OPRAH SPACE BEGINS
Yesterday the first shot was heard around the new talk show world as Warner Brothers officially entered the high risk/high reward battle to replace Oprah.
Even the queen of the talk placed a stake in the outcome when she launched her own heir apparent, Dr. Oz, under her Harpo banner.
Katie Couric follows next year as will Ricki Lake, Bethenny Frankel and I’m sure many more.
The first kid on this scary new block turns out to be Anderson Cooper who, as bravely as he has waded into snake-infested flood waters, has now stepped into the fierce competition of syndicated talk. Read the rest of this entry »
June 24, 2011 in broadcast news, pop culture news, tv ratings | Tags: ABC Good Morning America, CBS' The Early Show, crunching the numbers, Jeff Zucker, Lady Gaga, morning show competition, morning show ratings, NBC's Today, sleight of hand, TVNewser | by Shelley Ross dailyXpress | 3 comments
THINK LADY GAGA IS THE ONLY ONE GAMING THE NUMBERS?
This week, ABC News sent out an exciting press release on the growing success of GMA, contents of which TVNewser ran online today:
Meanwhile, #2 “Good Morning America” is attracting its largest audience in four years. The ABC show is still more than 600K Total Viewers behind “Today” but had its smallest Total Viewer gap with the NBC show in four years.
The averages for the week of June 13:
- Total Viewers: NBC: 5.15M / ABC: 4.53M / CBS: 2.21M
- A25-54 viewers: NBC: 2.30M / ABC: 1.64M / CBS: 824K
Finally, so it seems, the Today Show is being challenged after 809 weeks at #1. And this isn’t the first signal from one of the TV industry’s most visited websites:
TV Newser on June 6th: Meanwhile, the No. 2 morning show, ABC’s “Good Morning America,” had its best overall sweeps in five years and best May sweep since 2005, posting the smallest Total Viewer gap with “Today” (780K) in 4 years.
TVNewser’s report for the week of May 30th: Year over year, “Today” and “GMA” both experienced growth, with “GMA” up the most, +10%. “GMA” is seeing its largest total viewer audience in four years.
But is it really? In a business that has more dirty tricks than a Donald Segretti pizza party, there is a new sleight of hand in the morning show ratings war.
Since the end of April, ABC’s Good Morning America has moved its last network commercial higher up into the broadcast. To cut through the inside baseball, this stunt officially allows them to report an earlier end to the show, shaving off as many as 15 (lower-rated) minutes when the audience is usually in decline. Without those lower-rated minutes, the average rating of the show, calculated by the Nielsen company, is obviously going to be higher. Read the rest of this entry »