ABC News' 'Good Morning America' Poised to Win the November Sweep

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November 26th, 2012

via press release:

“GMA” Poised to Win November 2012 Sweep:

First Time in 18 Years Among Adults 25-54 for Any Sweep and

First Time in 17 Years in Total Viewers for a November Sweep

“GMA” is #1 for the Week of November 12 Outperforming NBC’s “Today”


Season-to-Date, “GMA” Leads “Today” by Largest Overall Viewer and Demo Margins

in More Than 20 Years


“GMA” Continues to Grow Year-to-Year and Season-to-Date Among Adults 25-54

and Total Viewers While “Today” Declines by Double-Digits


ABC News’ “Good Morning America” is poised to win the 2012 November sweep in both Total Viewers (5.348 million) and Adults 25-54 (2.034 million), with only 3 days left to be counted for the month, according to Nielsen Media Research. In ranking No. 1 for the month in Adults 25-54, “GMA” is taking the top spot during any sweeps in the key adult news demo for the first time in more than 18 years – since July 1994. In addition, “GMA” is leading the November sweep in Total Viewers for the first time in 17 years – since November 1995.


For the week of November 12, 2012, “Good Morning America” ranked No. 1, in both Total Viewers (5.329 million) and Adults 25-54 (2.006 million), respectively, according to Nielsen Media Research. “GMA” has stood as the morning’s No. 1 newscast in Total Viewers for the 8th time in 8 weeks this season and in 7 of 8 weeks in the key adult news demo.


“GMA” outdelivered NBC’s “Today” (4.810 million and 1.969 million, respectively) during the week by +519,000 Total Viewers and by +37,000 Adults 25-54. On Thursday (11/15/12), “GMA” aired the No. 1 morning telecast of the week in both Total Viewers (5.538 million) and Adults 25-54 (2.173 million).


For the 3rd straight week, “GMA” improved year to year in both Total Viewers (+8%) and Adults 25-54 (+4%) – 4.936 million and 1.920 million, respectively, on w/o 11/14/11. In fact, the ABC program stood as the only morning newscast to build on the same week last year in both measures, as “CBS This Morning” was mixed (+3%/-6%), while NBC’s “Today Show” tumbled by double-digits (-14%/-20%).


Season to date, “GMA” stands as the No. 1 morning news program in both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54. In fact, “GMA” is leading “Today” by its largest season margin in overall viewers (+542,000) in more than 21 years and in the key adult news demo (+142,000) in 21 years – since at least the 1991-92 season and the 1991-92 season, respectively; Nielsen’s electronic database started on September of 1991.


Season to date “GMA” is up in both Total Viewers (+5%) and Adults 25-54 (+3%) versus its year-ago averages, growing the most year to year in the key adult news demo (NBC’s “Today” is down -15%/-24%, respectively; CBS’ “This Morning” is mixed +4%/-3%, respectively). “GMA” is seeing its largest overall season audience in 7 years and best Adults 25-54 performance in 5 years – since the 2005-06 and 2007-08 seasons, respectively.


“GMA” doubled the performance of “CBS This Morning” in both Total Viewers (+100%) and Adults 25-54 (+100%). In addition, “GMA” turned in its largest Total Viewer advantage over the CBS program (+2.659 million) of the season.



NOVEMBER 2012 SWEEP (10/25-11/18):




ABC 5,348,000 1.7/12; 2,034,000 4.0/14

NBC 4,885,000 1.7/12; 1,991,000 3.7/13

CBS 2,789,000 0.9/ 6; 1,068,000 2.1/ 7




ABC 5,329,000 1.7/12; 2,006,000 4.0/14

NBC 4,810,000 1.7/12; 1,969,000 3.7/13

CBS 2,670,000 0.8/ 6; 1,003,000 2.0/ 7


Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 Live + SD weeks of 11/12/12, 11/5/12 & 11/14/11. Most Current - 2011-2012 Season (9/24 – 11/18/12) and 2011-2012 Season (9/19 – 11/20/11). November 2012 Sweep (10/25-11/18/12). All averages based on regular telecasts.



Emmy Award-winning “GMA,” featuring the anchor team of Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Sam Champion, Lara Spencer and Josh Elliott, airs live Mon.-Fri. (7:00-9:00 a.m., ET) on ABC. Tom Cibrowski is senior executive producer.

  • a p garcia

    BYE-Matt Laurer

  • RJ

    Good Morning America has an all-around solid team. When very-likable Robin Roberts returns, I expect even higher numbers.

  • Joseph

    In many markets, the top-rated TV program between 7 and 9 A.M. on weekdays is not “Good Morning America”, “Today”, or “CBS News This Morning”.

    It’s a local morning news show (usually, but not always) on a Fox-owned or affiliated station.

    For the network morning shows, “the competition” is increasingly local morning shows.

  • robert

    Love GMA. Matt Lauer is ruining Today. The only way Today will ever have a chance of beating GMA is to fire Matt. GMA has amazing chemistry, and I love watching them. I will never watch Today again until Matt is fired.

  • Ginger Eliz

    Matt and Savannah are a horrible team. Go GMA!

  • Dimitrios

    I watch GMA beacause I love Josh Elliot. George Stephanopoulos, I dont care for. As a whole, the show works. The Today Show used to be a staple every morning. I just cringe when I see Matt and whatever her name is… even the Thanksgiving Day Parade was hard to watch. Ann Curry should have never been let go.

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