Good Morning America Greets Savannah Guthrie with Ratings Victory

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Savannah Guthrie to the rescue? Not after one installment of The Today Show at least.

The new anchor's debut episode was met with a resounding response by her program's chief rival this week, as Good Morning America scored its first ratings win on a Monday since 2006.

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  • Savannah Guthrie Photo

Fast affiliate numbers show GMA garnering an advantage of 6,000 households over Today in the key demographic of 24-54-year olds (1.68 million over 1.674 million), along with a 356,000 lead in total viewers (4.425 million over 4.069 million).

It's very, very early, but the dismissal of Ann Curry certainly has not paid immediate dividends for NBC.

It looks like the 100 Meters at this month's Olympics won't be the only race that network is heavily invested in this summer.

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Anne is a world class professional whose compassionate interviewing, connecting with an audience of varying ages, always having the right tone for the nature of the news,and stylish beauty will be irreplaceable. NBC, where is your class? How obtusely ratings problems are solved! The newest anchor had to go? How about the higher ups responsible for the overall show. They could have looked to update by infusing some life from somebody else to help Anne out. That dynanamic GMA team format is working, especially that very sharp, fun, vivacious young blonde. The rGAM anchors have no charisma and little skill compared to Anne, but are not expected to carry the whole show. Anne will continue to excel. I hope she enjoys not being such an early riser, and remembers the proverbial new door opened for her may be surprisingly blessed and lead to untold wonderful outcomes. She is a beautiful, special lady.

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