'Good Morning America' wins season for first time in two decades

"Good Morning America" has been regularly beating NBC's long-dominant "Today" in morning show ratings for a while now, and that streak has finally put the ABC show on top for the season.

On Friday, ABC announced that "GMA" was the No. 1 morning show for the 2012-13 TV season, beating "Today" in total viewers and in the key adult demographic. It's the first time "GMA" has been No. 1  in 19 years.

"GMA," which has received a boost from the likability and medical travails of co-anchor Robin Roberts, averaged 5.3 million viewers last season. By comparison, second-ranked "Today" averaged 4.6 million. It's the widest margin "GMA" has had over "Today" since at least 1991, when Nielsen's electronic database began.

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It's the third straight year of growth for the ABC morning show, which saw its audience grow by 9% over last season.

"Today's" run atop the morning show ratings heap came to an end in April 2012, and though it returned to the top a few times after that, "GMA" has consistently beaten it the last 51 weeks.

Third-ranked "CBS This Morning" averaged just 2.7 million viewers during the season.


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