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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.

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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
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
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
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 Ann so I figured why should I bother.

larkin
larkin

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

MattsPlace
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 could be Matt Lauer (or GE owning NBC?!) Anyway congrats GMA!!!

aria
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
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
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
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
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
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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Y&R’s Eric Braeden Lip-Syncs For A Good Cause

Now here’s something you might not expect from Eric Braeden, The Young and the Restless‘ iconic Victor Newman!  Braeden lends his name and some pretty good lip-syncing to the tune “U.n.I (You &!)” as he participated in a fundraising campaign that benefits UNICEF.

“U.n.I (You & I)” is a song and video from the son and granddaughter of Sir Roger Moore, an organization the Bond star was passionately involved with for many years. The video features more than 50 celebrities lip-syncing the song’s lyrics, in honor of their friend Roger and to support a great cause close to the actor’s heart.  You can check out the wall of celebrities who have posted viral videos in support of UNICEF lip-syncing to the song here.

Braeden posted his video to social media sharing: “The only way we can make a difference is by coming together. What a pleasure to be a part of @theunisong project to raise money & awareness for @UNICEF  “

See the video below.

So, will you check out and download “U.n.I (You &!)” and help Eric and other celebrities make a difference? Comment below.

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AMBITIONS Returns With All-New Episodes In November

More backstabbing, more twisted people, more sexcapades, and of course, Stephanie Lancaster (Robin Givens) in all her glory, are in store for viewers of OWNs hit primetime soap, Ambitions.

When the back-half of Ambitions first season kicks-off on November 12th look for: Stephanie and Amara’s (Essence Atkins) rivalry over Titus (Kendrick Cross) to reach a fever pitch; Evan (Brian White) and Rondell (Brely Evans) to face a tragic family death, and Bella (Erica Page) struggling as her worst nightmare appears to have come true.

In addition, be on the lookout for soap opera favorite, Rick Hearst (Ex-Ric Lansing, GH) to appear in upcoming episodes.

Check out the first look trailer below of the action to come when Ambitions returns on Tuesday night’s at 10PMEST only on OWN.

So, have you been enjoying Ambitions thus far? If so, who is your favorite character and who is the hottest? Comment below.

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Felicity Huffman Reports To Prison To Serve Sentence For College Admissions Scandal

Former Desperate Housewives star, Felicity Huffman, reported to a federal prison to start to serve her 14-day sentence for her participation in the college admissions scandal that saw affluent parents use illegal means including bribery to get their children into elite educational institutions.

On Tuesday, Huffman surrendered herself to authorities at the low-security Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California which is said to be 35 miles east of San Francisco.  Felicity actually entered the prison facility earlier than her court-ordered date of October 25th.

Coincidentally, the prison that Huffman is serving her sentence also housed very well-known inmates including: Patty Hearst, Heidi Fleiss, and Sara Jane Moore, who attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford in 1975.  Forbes Magazine named the facility one of America’s top 10 “cushiest” prisons back in 2009.

Unlike former Edge of Night actress, Lori Loughlin, who was also caught up in the scandal and has plead not-guilty to charges levied against her and her husband, Huffman did pleaded guilty to paying $15,000 to arrange for her daughter’s SAT score to be falsified.  In addition, Huffman was fined $30,000, and must perform 250 hours of community service and spend a year on probation.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling of the District of Massachusetts, who is the the supervising prosecutor, said Loughlin should expect a tougher sentence than Huffman if she is convicted during an interview on a Boston TV station expressing: “I don’t think I’d be giving away any state secrets by saying we would probably ask for a higher sentence for her than we did for Felicity Huffman.”

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Felicity actually was the first parent sentenced in the entire admissions scandal that broke several months ago.

Huffman told the judge during her sentencing, “I was frightened. I was stupid, and I was so wrong.”

So, what do you think of the 14-day sentence and that Felicity is already beginning her jail time? Comment below.

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