The ratings from yesterday’s morning show battle are out, and as expected, the Today Show with Governor Palin beat Good Morning America with Katie Couric quite handily.
Breitbart News reports:
According to Nielsen Fast National Data
, “Today” drew 5.497 million viewers while “Good Morning America” had 5.141 million on Tuesday. With Palin co-hosting on Tuesday, “Today” bested “GMA” by 356,000 viewers. That margin was greater, by 8 percent, than the 333,000 viewer advantage “Today” had on Monday, when Palin was not on the show…
Palin’s victory proves not only her mega-wattage star power but also shows that conservatives like her can appeal to mainstream audiences. In addition, Palin’s numbers for “Today” are more impressive when one takes into consideration that “GMA” usually over-performs in the ratings on Tuesdays and Wednesdays because people tune in for “Dancing With The Stars (DWTS)” storylines. The highly-popular “DWTS” airs on Monday and Tuesday nights, which gives “GMA” a thumb on the scale on those mornings, something which Palin more than offset for NBC.
Governor Palin commented by email to Kate O’Hare at Zap2It:
“The people backstage who make the ‘Today’ show happen are top-notch! Todd (husband Todd Palin) said to let you know, Kate, that ‘…they put my home TV crew to shame’ (That would be my crew of Todd and a buddy — and sometimes the kids helping out — in our Wasilla studio located in the back of Todd’s airplane hanger).
“Really, it was a lot of fun to work with every single one of the folks at the ‘Today’ show. I have so much respect for the workerbees at my FOX job, and to see this network support staff working just as hard to produce their network’s product reinforces my belief that it’s the good people with their elbow grease and nose to the grindstone who make the world go ’round. They make the talent look good!
“And, frankly, I’m ecstatic we beat the ‘perky one,’ although I wouldn’t have gone up against ABC’s vacationing Robin Roberts, because she’s such a good egg. By the way, both Robin and Matt Lauer have traveled the long journey to Alaska and dealt with unglamorous, rugged conditions to see more of our world; they’ve shown respect for a more unconventional Americana lifestyle, and we appreciate that.”