By Frazier Moore, Associated Press
NEW YORK — It looks like George Stephanopoulos (stehf-uh-NAHP'-uh-luhs) didn't get a very hearty welcome from viewers as the new co-anchor of ABC's "Good Morning America."
Preliminary numbers from Nielsen Co. show that his first day on "Good Morning America" on Monday had questionable impact on the audience size. NBC's "Today" beat "Good Morning America" by 1.3 million viewers, widening its advantage from last week's average margin of 1.1 million viewers.
Nielsen says Monday's audience for "Today" was 5.9 million viewers, while "GMA" had 4.6 million viewers.
Earlier this month, "Today" marked 14 years of winning each week in the ratings.
Stephanopoulos, taking over from Diane Sawyer at the "GMA" anchor desk, is partnered with Robin Roberts.
ABC News statement:
"Our strategy has been to cover the news and not be concerned with hype. We are extremely pleased with content of our first two broadcasts and the obvious ease with which Robin, George, Sam and Juju have undertaken this exciting challenge."