If recent ratings are any indication, "Good Morning America" needs a wakeup call. In January 1999 the ABC News ayemcast relaunched with a spanking new Times Square studio and new hosts Charlie Gibson…
ABC News' "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings" broke "NBC Nightly News' " 53-week winning streak last week, topping the Tom Brokaw-anchored newscast in total viewers.
The final appearance of Robert Downey Jr. on "Ally McBeal" boosted that series Monday to its best ratings since February, helping Fox win easily in key demos for a second straight night.
NBC scored a rather easy primetime victory among young adults last week, using a balanced attack to help compensate for its slightly less powerful Thursday lineup.
The season finale of "The Practice" powered ABC to an easy victory Sunday in total viewers while Fox walked away with demo victories, as all five of its shows won their timeslots.
Sweeps demo leader NBC scored another pair of victories on Thursday and Friday, but continues to be hounded on the former night by CBS.
NBC and CBS maintain comfortable ratings advantages at the halfway point of May sweeps, with each net fortifying its standing with strong Wednesday perfs.
The finale of "Survivor: The Australian Outback" gave CBS' "Early Show" and "Late Show With David Letterman" big ratings boosts last week.
Celebrity "Millionaire" isn't what it used to be, but it teamed with strong ratings for "NYPD Blue" on Tuesday to lift ABC to victory.
In the first week that included days from the May ratings sweep, four of the top six weekly hours gained week-to-week, and "Entertainment Tonight Weekend" improved 52% from last year.
The idea of President Bush as a bumbling husband straight out of a 1960s sitcom may be too offbeat even for the self-styled hip viewers of Comedy Central.