Morning TV remains a surging sea of staff changes, with no end in sight.
Now ABC’s Good Morning America will have less Lara Spencer under her new contract, which keeps her on the morning show on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Amy Robach is about to be announced to a headliner on ABC News’s 20/20, where Elizabeth Vargas plans to exit at the end of TV season, though Robach will continue to have GMA role for breaking news.
GMA has been in a ratings death match with NBC’s Today show, especially since latter jettisoned Matt Lauer last November after two decades, over credible allegations of sex harassment, and ratings went up, not down. (Same month, CBS showed the door to CBS This Morning star Charlie Rose after complaints about him on production of his PBS program; John Dickerson replaced Rose on the CBS morning show.)
For the Q1 of 2018, Good Morning America finished No. 2 in the morning show race, with Today squeaking past it in total viewers and also besting it in the news demo; GMA clocked the biggest year-over-year total viewer decline, on a percentage basis.