(NEW YORK) — It’s official: Good Morning America has broken Today’s 852 week long streak to become the No. 1 morning news show on television.
During the week of April 9, ABC’s GMA drew 31,000 more viewers than Today, marking its first full-week victory over NBC’s morning show since 1995.
ABC News president Ben Sherwood congratulated the show and thanked its viewers in an email to ABC News’ staff Thursday morning.
“First and foremost, we thank our GMA viewers and online audience — a loyal and growing number who motivate us every single morning,” he wrote. “All of us at ABC News salute the dynamic team at Good Morning America who never sleep and who care so deeply about the program.”
“We also thank our ABC network colleagues and our powerhouse stations and affiliates for supporting the program in so many ways,” he added. “Of course, we congratulate our friends at Today for the greatest winning streak in broadcasting history and for their excellence and leadership during this historic run. It’s a special day for ABC News and, after a proper celebration 852 weeks in the making, we’ll get right back to work to be ready tomorrow to help GMA viewers start their day with a rewarding experience and big picture understanding of the world.”
Preliminary Nielsen ratings released Monday signaled GMA’s triumph over Today. That day, Jim Bell, the executive producer of NBC’s Today, congratulated the GMA team.
“Today’s 852-week winning streak had taken on a life of its own and as odd as it is to see it end, we should acknowledge just how remarkable it has been,” he said. “So as we tip our caps to the team at Good Morning America, we can also take a bow ourselves and recognize the work done by countless staffers for so long.”
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