ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ vs. NBC’s ‘Today’: A 19-Year Milestone Is Chalked Up in Morning Ratings Wars

May 24, 2013  •  Post A Comment

The ABC morning show "Good Morning America" is celebrating a ratings achievement that set a 19-year mark — and it’s all about beating its NBC rival, the "Today" show.

“GMA” beat “Today” by 1.6 million viewers Wednesday morning, giving "GMA" its largest single-day margin over its rival in total viewership since May 18, 1994, reports Deadline.com.

"GMA" was helped by featuring the winners of "Dancing with the Stars" that morning, although, ironically, the prime-time dancing show had its lowest-rated finale ever on the previous night.

ABC’s morning show drew 6.1 million total viewers, while "Today" was watched by 4.5 million. Until Wednesday, the biggest spread between the two shows in recent times was on Nov. 28, 2012, when "Good Morning America" drew 1.3 million more viewers than its NBC rival.

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