Queen of Soaps Susan Lucci (Genevieve Delatour, “Devious Maids;” Erica Kane “All My Children”) is adding one more accomplishment to her long list of admirable achievements: She’ll be returning as host for the 13th Annual UCP of NYC Women Who Care luncheon!
The benefit — which celebrates extraordinary accomplishments of women as professionals, caregivers and volunteers — is to be held at New York City’s Cipriani 42nd Street on Wednesday, May 7th. Lucci is a former Award honoree and has been deemed as the perfect fit to return as host.
“Susan’s longtime dedication and work on behalf of women, children, and families, combined with her own extraordinary accomplishments as an actress and author, made her the perfect choice to be our new host,” says Loreen Arbus, Disability Rights Activist/Producer and Founder/Chair of Women Who Care. “We are thrilled that Susan will continue to play a major role in helping us to shine a much-needed media light on the largest minority in the world: people with disabilities.”
In a message posted on her Facebook page earlier today, “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts for the first time publicly acknowledged her sexuality. The ABC News anchor posted her message one year to the day after reaching the critical stage of 100 days following the bone marrow transplant that saved her life.
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“GMA” IS #1 FOR THE WEEK: POSTS HISTORIC MARGINS OF VICTORY OVER NBC’S “TODAY” — LARGEST TOTAL VIEWER AND A25-54 MARGINS IN 18 YEARS
“GMA” on Top in 8 of Last 10 Weeks
“GMA” Grows Week to Week and Year to Year While “Today” Declines Versus Last Year
ABC News’ “Good Morning America” won the week of August 27, 2012, ranking as the No. 1 morning newscast in both Total Viewers (5.386 million) and Adults 25-54 (1.969 million), according to Nielsen Media Research. “GMA” outperformed NBC’s “Today” (4.503 million and 1.817 million, respectively) by +883,000 Total Viewers and +152,000 Adults 25-54, scoring its largest margins over “Today” in more than 18 years in both measures – since w/o 5/16/94 and w/o 8/15/94, respectively. Additionally, Goodmorningamerica.com on Yahoo! is the dominant morning news website, leading NBC’s Today.com by millions of pageviews and unique users. In July 2012, 24 million people visited Goodmorningamerica.com on Yahoo!.
“GMA” has ranked No. 1 in Total Viewers for the last 3 weeks and in 8 of the last 10 (trailing an Olympics-fueled “Today” during the other 2 weeks). “GMA” has also ranked No. 1 in Adults 25-54 in 3 of the last 7 weeks.
“GMA” was completely dominant in its victory over “Today” during the week, not only beating the NBC program in all 5 head-to-head telecasts in both Total Viewers (Mon: +714,000, Tues: +1.018 million, Wed: +728,000, Thurs: +989,000 and Fri: +971,000) and Adults 25-54 (Mon: +39,000, Tues: +153,000, Wed: +155,000, Thurs: +204,000 and Fri: +213,000), but owning the Top 5 telecasts of the week in Total Viewers and Top 4 in Adults 25-54. Furthermore, for the first time in more than 18 years, “GMA” beat “Today” in all 5 telecasts in both Nielsen measures – since w/o 8/8/94.
For the 3rd straight week, “GMA” built on the previous week (4.837 million and 1.778 million, respectively, on w/o 8/20/12) in both Total Viewers (+11%) and Adults 25-54 (+11%). Hitting a season high in Total Viewers, “Good Morning America” drew its largest overall audience in 16 months – since w/o 4/25/11, the week of the Royal Wedding. In addition, “GMA” turned in its strongest news demo performance in more than 3 months – since w/o 5/21/12.
“GMA” surged on its year-ago numbers (4.705 million and 1.747 million, respectively, on w/o 8/29/11) by double-digits in Total Viewers (+14%) and Adults 25-54 (+13%), standing as the only morning newscast to grow year to year – NBC’s “Today” (-9%/-18%) and “CBS This Morning” (-3%/-10%).
Season to date, “GMA” has cut its gaps with “Today” by more than half in both Total Viewers (-59%) and Adults 25-54 (-51%) versus its year-ago season gaps. “GMA” is posting its smallest margins with “Today” in 17 years in Total Viewers (301,000) and Adult 25-54 (343,000) – since the 1994-95 Season.
Season to date “GMA” is the only morning program to grow in Total Viewers (+4%) and Adults 25-54 (+6%) versus its year-ago averages (NBC’s “Today:” -5%/-10%, respectively; CBS’ “This Morning:” -6%/-8%, respectively). “GMA” is seeing its largest overall season audience in 6 years, since 2005-06.
“GMA” more than doubled the performance of “CBS This Morning” in both Total Viewers (+130%) and Adults 25-54 (+130%).
WEEK OF 8/27/12 TOTAL VIEWERS ADULTS 25-54 HOUSEHOLDS
ABC 5,386,000 1.7/12; 1,969,000 4.0/15
NBC 4,503,000 1.5/11; 1,817,000 3.5/13
CBS 2,338,000 0.7/ 5; 857,000 1.9/ 7
Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 Live + SD weeks of 8/27/12, 8/20/12 & 8/29/11, or as dated. Most Current: 2011-2012 Season (9/19/11 – 9/2/12) and 2010-2011 Season (9/20/10 – 9/4/11).
Emmy Award-winning “GMA,” featuring the anchor team of Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Sam Champion, Lara Spencer and Josh Elliott, airs live Mon.-Fri. (7:00-9:00 a.m., ET) on ABC. Tom Cibrowski is senior executive producer.
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ROBIN ROBERTS CELEBRATES THE GREATEST TWOSOMES IN TELEVISION HISTORY
ON “TV’S MOST DYNAMIC DUOS: PRESENTED BY THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA,”
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 ON ABC
“Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts hosts a two-hour countdown of couples who have graced television with their amazing chemistry, hilarity, friendship and, in many cases, sexual tension. Whether it’s Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon, Laverne and Shirley, Tony and Carmela Soprano, Homer and Bart Simpson, Mulder and Scully or Lucy and Ethel, there is no shortage of indelible duos on television. Who will be No. 1? Find out on “TV’s Most Dynamic Duos: Presented by The Paley Center for Media,” airing SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
This couples cavalcade includes all-new reminiscences by some of television’s most beloved actors and personalities including Megan Mullally, Edie Falco, George Wendt, John Ratzenberger, Cindy Williams, Penny Marshall, Garry Marshall (creator of “Happy Days,” “Laverne & Shirley”), Nancy Cartwright (voice of Bart Simpson), Ed Asner, Vanna White, Penn & Teller, Chris Hardwick, Tom Smothers, Adam Carolla, Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet.
The 30 duos were selected by a poll conducted by Nielsen Media Research. They are (in alphabetical order):