Take That Matt! Ann Curry Pulls In Great Ratings For First Special Since ‘Today’
When Ann Curry was fired from the Today show last year, one of the reasons for her dismissal was the show’s sagging ratings. After years of dominating the morning TV news pack, Good Morning America began to surge. Now it seems Curry is proving her television pull. Her recent primetime special come in strong Friday night.
The Huffington Post says that Ann Curry Reports, which aired at 10 p.m. on Friday, beat out all the other shows on NBC, Fox, ABC and CBS in viewers ages 18 to 49 and 25 to 54. In all, it drew 5.98 million total viewers, landing it in second place right after Dateline.
The ratings made the folks over at NBC News more than happy. Curry’s special pulled in higher ratings than Rock Center with Brian Williams, which was just canceled after it was unable to find its footing at a couple of different days and times.
After leaving Today, Curry was named a roving national and international correspondent for NBC News. But her on-air presence has been limited to a handful of reports and a brief stint guest-hosting NBC Nightly News. We are sure this will change now that the ratings for Ann Curry Reports are in.
For the special, her first primetime special since leaving Today, Curry interviewed face transplant recipient Richard Norris. Ironically, the report aired a year to the day since Curry’s last day on Today.
Many viewers took it personally and rallied against Matt Lauer when Curry was fired, blaming him for her ouster. Lauer denied any responsibility. Ratings over at the morning show sagged. Things had gotten so bad at one point Today was beaten in the ratings by a local show. The program has seen some bounce back, and a clear win last week with Lauer’s interview with Paula Deen. (BTW, rumor has it that Deen could be headed for Dancing With The Stars!!) For the first time since Nov. 2, the show beat GMA in the daily ratings, The New York Daily News reports.
Did you watch Ann Curry’s special? Do you want to see more of her on TV?