Last Updated: 11:46 PM, May 3, 2012
Posted: 11:23 PM, May 3, 2012
I wrote several stories last week, for The Post's TV section, about
the back-and-forth battle between "Today" and "Good
Morning America." The folks at "GMA" predicted their
show would win the week -- for the second time in three weeks -- if
the numbers held up.
Well, they held up.
The official numbers, released yesterday, show that "GMA"
beat "Today" by 180,000 viewers for the week of April 23
(compared to its historic, 31,000-viewer margin of victory the week
of April 9, when "Today" co-host Matt Lauer was off).
"Today," though, maintained its lead in the all-important
demo of adults 25-54 (by 104,000 viewers), while the shows tied with
a 3.9 household rating.
("CBS This Morning,"
by the way, averaged 2.6 million viewers.)
And that's about it, for now. The "GMA" vs. "Today"
dustup seems like a battle that will seesaw quite a bit in the foreseeable
future, so fasten your seat belts -- and stay tuned.
May is National Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month, and, in that vein,
last year's "American Idol" finalist James Durbin -- who
battles Tourette's Syndrome -- is featured in the PBS documentary
"Different is the New Normal," narrated by Michael J. Fox.
The film, which premieres
Sunday, May 20 (at 7 p.m.) on Ch. 13 here in New York, focuses on
high school teen Ariel Small (whose mother, Robin Small, produced
the film) -- and the uphill struggles he's faced dealing with the
stigma that often accompanies Tourette's sufferers (who deal with
uncontrollable facial and vocal tics, among other symptoms).
Ariel is shown having a conversation with Durbin about dealing with
Tourette Syndrome (the doc's title was inspired by Durbin's catchphrase),
while a song from Durbin's upcoming album, "Memories of a Beautiful
Disaster," is featured in "Different is the New Normal."
May is also shaping up as an extremely busy month for Gene Simmons,
whose A&E series, "Gene Simmons Family Jewels," will
return for its (believe-it-or-not) seventh season on May 28 (at 9
p.m.). The show, in which the KISS front man appears with his family,
including now-wife Shannon Tweed (they finally tied the knot), averaged
a franchise-best 1.8 million viewers last season.
And while this won't happen until the fall, it's also been announced
that Simmons will also appear at David Fishof's Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy
Camp at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas this October 10-14 (according to