Savannah Guthrie

Resurgent 'Today' show has December ratings milestone

In what could signal a changing of the guard in morning television, NBC's "Today" show has eclipsed ABC's "Good Morning America" in popularity for the first month that did not include the Olympics in four and a half years.

"Today" averaged 4.79 million viewers in December to 4.69 million for "Good Morning America," the Nielsen company said. CBS' resurgent "CBS This Morning" had 3.77 million. (Nielsen counts the current week as January because Sunday is the first of that month).

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