Wednesday marked the triumphant return of Robin Roberts to the Good Morning America desk after an almost six-month absence as she dealt with personal medical issues.
And not only was that day a victory for Roberts, but for ABC as well. Preliminary Nielsen ratings for February 20 have GMA with its highest audience since November 7. A total of 6.1 million viewers watched the episode.
In the key adults 25-54 demographic, the show achieved its highest since the morning after the election with 2.28 million viewers.
Roberts, who received a bone marrow transplant during her time away from the show, also appeared this morning but doctors and the network have cautioned her to be slow in returning. Good Morning America producer Tom Cibrowski told her to “take tomorrow morning off,” she revealed on today’s episode of The View.
“It’s easing my way back in,” she added.
In the coming days, Roberts will be filming an interview with First Lady Michelle Obama, which will air next Tuesday. She also will be flying to Los Angles to appear on the network’s coverage of the Academy Awards and co-hosting the show from location on Monday. So much for her taking it easy.
Good for her. Welcome back, Robin!