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Amidst Robin Roberts Health Battles GMA Tops The Today Show As Number #1 Morning Show By Widest Margin in 18 Years!

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It’s been a heartbreaking and emotional few weeks for Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts, her fans, and loyal viewers to the morning program. Roberts had abruptly left the series in anticipation of an upcoming bone marrow transplant in her battle with the blood disorder myelodysplastic syndrome.  Thursday, she told her Twitter followers that she was: “Back home in NYC. Will rest a few days.  Doctors orders to put on a lil weight. That’s a first. Transplant now scheduled for next week. Onward.”   Roberts had delayed her transplant a week in order to attend the funeral of her 88-year-old mother.  Earlier this week, Roberts wrote a heart-tugging post on her mother’s passing: “Today I was supposed to be admitted to the hospital… instead I am here in Mississippi standing proudly with my family as we honor our beloved mother and celebrate her life. When I return to NYC and walk through those hospital doors next week momma will be right there with me.”

A week ago, she left for medical leave a day early in order to be with her dying mother. Roberts rushed from New York to rural Mississippi, which was just starting to clean up after being battered by Hurricane Isaac.   But throughout Roberts’s personal turmoil, Good Morning America rose to new heights for the ratings week of August 27-31! In fact, GMA bested The Today Show.  Below is the official press release from ABC and the interesting numbers on GMA’s stellar performance!

Good Morning America won the week of August 27, 2012, ranking as the No. 1 morning newscast in both Total Viewers (5.386 million) and Adults 25-54 (1.969 million), according to Nielsen Media ResearchGMA outperformed NBC’s Today Show (4.503 million and 1.817 million, respectively) by +883,000 Total Viewers and +152,000 Adults 25-54, scoring its largest margins over Today in more than 18 years in both measures – since w/o 5/16/94 and w/o 8/15/94, respectively.

GMA has ranked No. 1 in Total Viewers for the last 3 weeks and in 8 of the last 10 (trailing an Olympics-fueled Today during the other 2 weeks).  GMA has also ranked No. 1 in Adults 25-54 in 3 of the last 7 weeks.

GMA was completely dominant in its victory over Today during the week, not only beating the NBC program in all 5 head-to-head telecasts in both Total Viewers (Mon: +714,000, Tues: +1.018 million, Wed: +728,000, Thurs: +989,000 and Fri: +971,000) and Adults 25-54 (Mon: +39,000, Tues: +153,000, Wed: +155,000, Thurs: +204,000 and Fri: +213,000), but owning the Top 5 telecasts of the week in Total Viewers and Top 4 in Adults 25-54.  Furthermore, for the first time in more than 18 years, GMA beat Today in all 5 telecasts in both Nielsen measures since w/o 8/8/94.

Do you think GMA is the better show than Today Show at this point in time?  Have you been following the heartbreaking turn events for Robin Roberts and her ongoing health battle and the loss of her mother?  Share your thoughts here!

 

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Cathi
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Cathi

GMA has the talent, style and information that those of us just waking up needs. It doesnt preech but informs the viewer. Great show, great people and they like and support each other. Today has separate people not a team and the abrupt firing of a true talent Ann Curry is going to continue to hurt them for a long time to come.#GMA#TeamRobin

EventsDiva
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EventsDiva

I agree. Once they let Ann go, I left also. Today has become very “silly” in their programming. I am looking for more mature news program in the mornings not who is cooking and singing on the plaza.

NewGMAfan
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NewGMAfan

After 17 years of viewing, I stopped watching the Today Show when they unceremoniously dumped Ann Curry. Completely disrespectful to her and she was the least of their problems. Now, I love GMA; they genuinely seem to like each other and have fun together, and their format and segments are a lot sharper than the Today Show. The Today Show got stuck in a style and was late to change with the times, while GMA just kept getting better and better. I had wanted to switch earlier this year but felt loyal to Today… until they showed zero loyalty to… Read more »

larkin
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larkin

Was a Today fan back to Brokaw/Pauley. No more. Ann was treated shamefully. Who are they going to blame now?

MattsPlace
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MattsPlace

I watched Today for 20 years, but they changed and began doing “entertainment” news, so I stopped watching. When I have a chance to watch, I catch GMA — and I’m enjoying it! Seriously I just could no longer enjoy the Today show — with Matt and Al being chuckle buddies, with Ann being dumped (I could tell Matt and his pals did NOT like her) and then long tall Sally-vannah being promoted . . . it was just too much drama and not enough news. GMA fills in nicely and has already surpassed my expectations! Biggest problem at Today… Read more »

aria
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aria

GMA and Robin Roberts are far supperior the the Today show, in fact Matt Laur has no appeal, they should of gotten rid of him.

Sandy
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Sandy

The sight of Matt Lauer makes me sick!
Poor Ann Curry, dumped because of him!
I like Al and Natalie, but refuse to watch
because of poor Ann!

MattsPlace
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MattsPlace

I was seeing too much Kardashians and such every morning on Today. Don’t they know that every time I hear the name Kardashian, I turn the channel!

SZima
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SZima

I haven’t watched the TODAY show for years. I really don’t care for Matt Lauer, can’t stand Al Roker and that other “100th Birthday Guy.” Much as I like Ann Curry, she really wasn’t a good fit as morning show host.

So why has this show been #1 for so long? I’ve always liked GMA or, at times, CBS Morning Show better. It’s nice to see GMA finally beating out TODAY.

Matt
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Matt

GMA is my favorite. NBC needs to bring in an all new team to the Today Show. GMA has the younger viewers, while the Today show has the older viewers.

MattsPlace
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MattsPlace

Today ignore moment of silence for 9/11 to do live interview with Kardashians’ mom, Kris Jenner. What is going on over there?! Another example of why I no longer watch — and never will watch again.

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AW and OLTL Alum, Robyn Griggs Dead at 49

In more heartbreaking soap news this weekend, Robyn Griggs had lost her battle with cancer.  The actress, best-known to daytime viewers as Stephanie on One Life to Live and Maggie on Another World, passed away at age 49.

The news came on Saturday via Griggs’ official Facebook posted, where in a statement it noted: “Hi everyone, With a heavy heart, I am saddened to announce Robyn’s passing. However, she is no longer suffering and would want us to remember that and the good memories. I will never forget how open she was to telling her story, and accepting of me helping her tell it. She wanted to help people and spread the word of her story to do it. I was honored to do so. RIP my friend, I love you and smile when I think of you.”

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From 1991-1992, Griggs found her first soap success playing the part of One Life’s Stephanie Hobart.  Later, in 1993-1995, she played AW’s Maggie Cory.  Robyn was also a singer and signed a recording deal with RCA Records.

Robyn had been battling stage 4 Endocervical Adeno cancer.  Back on July 7th, Griggs had taken a turn for the worse, sharing on Facebook, “Unfortunately, I have 4 new tumors …2 new tumors on my liver, one on the abdominal muscle, and a large one on the right side lymph node.” On August 11th, her father shared Robyn was put into hospice care.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Robyn Griggs Riley and her loved ones in the comment section below.

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Anne Heche, ‘Another World’ Alum and TV and Film Star, Dead at 53

Following a catastrophic brain injury from crashing her car into a home last week and suffering severe burns, actress Anne Heche has been declared brain-dead at the age of 53.

In a statement from a rep for Heche’s friends and family, they expressed: “Today we lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend.  Anne will be deeply missed but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy. Her bravery for always standing in her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact.”

Heche is legally dead according to California law, although her heart is still beating she has not been taken off life support in order to allow for organ donations to take place and to find the right recipients.

 

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Anne’s eldest son, Homer 20, said in a statement to PEOPLE on his mom’s passing:  “My brother Atlas and I lost our Mom. After six days of almost unbelievable emotional swings, I am left with a deep, wordless sadness. Hopefully my mom is free from pain and beginning to explore what I like to imagine as her eternal freedom. Over those six days, thousands of friends, family, and fans made their hearts known to me. I am grateful for their love, as I am for the support of my Dad, Coley, and my stepmom Alexi who continue to be my rock during this time. Rest In Peace Mom, I love you.”

The talented actress is best-known to soap opera fans for her Daytime Emmy-winning dual roles as twins, Vicky and Marley Hudson on Another World.  She had two sons, Homer with her ex Coley Laffoon and Atlas, 13, with actor James Tupper.

Throughout her career Heche appeared on TV shows and films includingL Men in Trees, If These Walls Could TalkDonnie BrascoI Know What You Did Last SummerSix Days, Seven Nights, and Gus Van Zant’s 1998 remake of Psycho. Back in 2020, Anne became a celebrity contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

Heche’s stormy relationship with Ellen DeGeneres made headlines throughout her career, and today, DeGeneres shared: “This is a sad day. I’m sending Anne’s children, family and friends all of my love.”

Michael Fairman chatted with Anne back in 2020, in a memorable conversation for You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel touching upon her career start on Another World, being a champion for the LGBTQ community, her relationship with DeGeneres, the ups and down in her career, and her demons and childhood past.

You can watch the conversation below.

Now, share your thoughts, condolences, and remembrances for Anne Heche via the comment section.

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Anne Heche ‘Not Expected to Survive’; Suffered Severe Brain Injury From Fiery Crash

In just heartbreaking news, Daytime Emmy-winner, Anne Heche (Ex-Vicky/Marley, Another World), is not expected to survive after days in the hospital following being severely burned in a fiery car crash when her vehicle struck a home in Mar Vista, California last Friday.

According to family and friends of the motion picture and television star in a statement, “Unfortunately, due to her accident, Anne Heche suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma, in critical condition. She is not expected to survive. It has long been her choice to donate her organs and she is being kept on life support to determine if any are viable.”  Deadline notes, the actress will be taken off life-support.

The statement went on to say, “We want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers for Anne’s recovery and thank the dedicated staff and wonderful nurses that cared for Anne at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills hospital.  More than her extraordinary talent, she saw spreading kindness and joy as her life’s work — especially moving the needle for acceptance of who you love. She will be remembered for her courageous honesty and dearly missed for her light.”

There are plans for Heche to get an Honor Walk, which is a hero’s goodbye donor patients receive by hospital staff as they are wheeled into the operating room in their final journey.

Heche will be featured on Lifetime’s Girl in Room 13, set to premiere this fall in September. Lifetime’s Executive VP  and head of programming, Amy Winter, revealed earlier this week at the TCA press tour, “As many of you know, Anne remains in critical condition and all of us here at Lifetime are deeply concerned for her and everyone affected. This project is important to Anne, along with each and every one of us. We all sought to make a film that would bring attention to this appalling issue of human sex trafficking.”

In addition, TMZ had reported that following toxicology reports, Cocaine was found in Heche’s system following the crash. They also found fentanyl. However,  sources say fentanyl can often be used as a pain medication in hospitals, so there is no confirmation that it was in Anne’s system at the time of the crash.

Anne was an amazing actress with such a tortured life.  We send thoughts and prayers to all her loved ones during this difficult time.  Share your thoughts on the latest update on Anne in the comment section below.

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