June 30, 2006

Gibson goodbye is top o’ the morning

By Paul J. Gough

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - It wasn't the 8
million-plus viewers who said goodbye to Katie Couric on
"Today," but Charles Gibson got his own Nielsen-winning sendoff
with Wednesday's farewell on "Good Morning America."

Wednesday's "GMA" averaged 5.6 million viewers and a 2.1
rating/17 share in the adults 25-54 demographic, according to
preliminary data released Thursday by Nielsen Media Research.
That was ahead of the usual No. 1 show, "Today," which averaged
5.1 million and a 2.0/15 in adults 18-49, and CBS' "The Early
Show," which averaged 2.4 million viewers and a 0.8/8 in the

"GMA" was up 981,000 viewers from Tuesday's show and beat
"Today" by 741,000 viewers.

Meanwhile, the margin between "Today" and "GMA" was about
that number (but the other way) in last week's ratings. "Today"
averaged 5.1 million viewers to "GMA's" 4.4 million viewers and
CBS' 2.4 million.

The demo race also went to "Today," with NBC's 2.4 million
viewers to ABC's 2 million and CBS's 970,000.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter