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12/25/2012 10:12 am ET Updated Dec 25, 2012

Morning Shows 2012: 'Good Morning America' Beat 'Today,' Ann Curry's Ouster And Other Big Moments (PHOTOS)

2012 was a wild rollercoaster ride for the world of morning shows.

First, there was "Good Morning America" closing in on "Today," and threatening to knock its NBC News rival off its pedestal — which it finally did in April. The "GMA" win was historic: it marked the first time that the ABC morning show beat "Today" in sixteen years of weekly ratings.

Then, there was Ann Curry's ousting from co-host of "Today" — a role that she had aspired to for fifteen years. The explosive story broke late June, and she was gone a little over a week later. Curry said a tearful goodbye to her supporters on-air. Her departure left such a bad taste in viewers' mouths that some people have blamed it as the reason that they no longer watch "Today." It also resulted in terrible press for co-host Matt Lauer and other troubles for the show.

Spirits at "GMA" ran high over the victory, but the morning show also received devastating news that co-host Robin Roberts had MDS. Roberts announced her diagnosis for the rare bone and blood marrow disorder, prompting a flood of support from viewers. She underwent treatment for the disease, and we are happy to report that her body is responding positively to a bone marrow transplant from her sister Sally.

Things weren't quiet over at CBS News, either. The network debuted an entirely new morning show, hosted by Charlie Rose and Gayle King. The experiment would provide a newsier alternative to its rivals, according to the network. The show saw a shake-up in July. CBS News replaced co-host Erica Hill with chief White House correspondent Norah O'Donnell. So where did Erica Hill go? Well, she landed at "Today." And now we have come full circle.

Below, take a look at some of the most notable moments in the morning show wars from 2012.

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Morning Shows In 2012

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