Week of Oct. 17 Morning Show Ratings: GMA Remains No. 1 in Total Viewers, Today Improves to No. 1 in Key Demo

By Mark Mwachiro 

ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today shared the spoils at the top of the morning show ratings race as GMA averaged the most total viewers, while Today ranked No. 1 among adults 25-54.

According to live-plus-same-day data from Nielsen, GMA averaged 3.05 million total viewers and 697,000 viewers in the adults 25-54 demo for the week of October 17. That’s +2% in total viewers compared to the previous week but flat in A25-54.

When comparing GMA’s performance to the same week in 2021, however, the morning show saw declines in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo at -6% and -13%, respectively.


For the week of Oct. 17, NBC’s Today averaged 2.84 million total viewers and 704,000 viewers in adults 25-54. The 704,000 represents the show’s largest A25-54 audience in six weeks.

Compared to the previous week, Today gained +2% in both total viewers and A25-54. When looking at the numbers from the same week in 2021, however, Today is down -11% in total viewers and -24% in adults 25-54.

CBS Mornings remained the No. 3 morning show, but trended in a positive direction with 2.43 million total viewers and 535,000 adults 25-54 viewers during the week of Oct. 17.

CBS’ national morning show gained +4% in total viewers and +1% in A25-54 compared to the previous week. Looking at the same week in 2021, CBS Mornings is up +4% in total viewers and grew by +1% in the adults 25-54 demo.

Nielsen live-plus-same-day numbers for the week of Oct. 17:

• Total Viewers: 3,051,000 2,841,000   2,432,000
• A25-54: 697,000 704,000   535,000




Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 Live + SD Current Week (w/o 10/17/22), Previous Week (w/o 10/10/22) and Year-Ago Week (w/o 10/18/21).Most Current Data Stream: Season 2022-2023 (9/19 – 10/23/22), Season 2021-2022 (9/20 – 10/24/21). Beginning 8/31/20, national ratings also include Out of Home (OOH) viewing. Averages based on regular telecasts.