Sawyer Back But ‘GMA’ Slides

Despite Diane Sawyer being back in the co-host chair after a vacation, ABC’s morning magazine “Good Morning America” saw an even bigger audience decline during the week ending April 15 than the 20% drop it posted the previous week.

The show drew 3.9 million viewers, down 22% from the same week last year. NBC’s “The Today Show” was again No. 1 with 5.7 million viewers, down 9% from last year. CBS’ “The Early Show” continues to feel a “Survivor: The Australian Outback” bump, averaging 2.5 million viewers, up 4% vs. last year, according to Nielsen Media Research.

In late-night, CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman” posted an 18% gain in total viewers vs. last year, averaging 4.2 million vs. 5.4 million (down 7%) for NBC’s “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” the slot leader. CBS’ “The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn” got a nice present for its second anniversary, posting a 24% increase in total viewers to 1.7 million. The show’s rival, NBC’s “Late Night With Conan O’Brien,” won the hour with 2.4 million viewers.