‘GMA’ inches closer but ‘Today’ still leads ayem

'Letterman' posts solid 2nd-place finish, averages 4 mil viewers

Though still well behind the “Today” show, “Good Morning America” saw its best second-quarter numbers since Nielsen began its electronic database in 1992.

According to Nielsen Media Research, ABC ayemer “GMA” averaged 5 million viewers during the frame, while 5.9 million viewers watched NBC’s “Today.”

ABC’s morning show did claim victory over “Today” in terms of growth, up 6% in total viewers compared with a year earlier. “Today” was down 3%.

CBS News’ “The Early Show” saw its second-best quarter in a decade, averaging 2.8 million viewers and enjoying a healthy 18% bump in women 25-54 compared with the same frame last year, according to Nielsen. Show also saw an 11% bump in adults 25-54 and 18-49.

On Sunday morning, CBS News’ “Face the Nation” with Bob Schieffer posted its second-largest margin of victory over ABC News’ “This Week With George Stephanopoulos.” Roughly 265,000 viewers separated “Face” from “This Week” (2.8 million vs. 2.5 million). In the 25-54 demo, “Face” also beat out “This Week” (0.8 vs. 0.6).

NBC News’ “Meet the Press” remained the overall king of Sunday ayem, averaging 4.2 million total viewers and posting a 1.1 rating in adults 25-54. Fox News’ “Fox News Sunday” averaged 1.6 million viewers and delivered a 0.6 demo rating, the same as “This Week.”

Year-to-year, “Face” saw the most viewership growth among the Sunday morning shows, up 11% compared with the second quarter of 2003. “This Week” was up 8%, “Meet” 5%. “Fox News” was down 2% in total aud but saw some growth in the demo, as did “Face.”

Still some shine for Letterman

In latenight, NBC’s “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” continued to wallop CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman,” averaging 5.8 million viewers and delivering a 2.2 rating in adults 18-49 during the quarter, according to Nielsen.

But all was not lost for “Letterman,” which still delivered its second-largest audience for the second quarter since 1997, averaging 4 million viewers.

“Letterman” also delivered its best second-quarter showing in the demo since 2002, posting a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49. This meant double-digit gains for “Letterman” in the demos — 15% in adults 18-49 and 22% in adults 18-34 compared with the same frame last year.

NBC’s other latenight host made a strong showing during the quarter, according to Nielsen.

The Peacock’s “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” delivered 2.5 million viewers and a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49 — the show’s best second-quarter performance in total viewers since it went on the air in the latter half of 1993.

“Last Call With Carson Daly” delivered 1.6 million viewers — NBC’s highest second-quarter result for that timeslot since 1992, excluding Friday nights.

ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” delivered 1.6 million viewers and a 0.7 rating in adults 18-49 during the quarter. CBS’ “The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn” averaged 1.5 million viewers and a 0.7 in adults 18-49.

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