The three major television networks seem to be in a morning talk show race. NBC was ahead of ABC and CBC for 16 years until ABC ended the streak in 2012, and NBC's "Today" show lost its title of being the most-watched program in morning television. Since 2012, ABC was on top, but its ratings began going downhill five weeks ago.

ABC's 'Good Morning America'

Over the last year, the gap has closed considerably among the three networks' morning talk shows. “Good Morning America” is still the most popular show overall in the current television season. "GMA" averaged 4.65 million viewers compared to "Today" show's 4.53 million.

However, NBC has topped ABC twice in overall viewers in the last five weeks.

Since the ratings are slipping for "Good Morning America," ABC’s officials are rethinking their decision to add Michael Strahan to the team alongside veteran anchors Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos. Ratings were expected to go higher or at least remain stable when Strahan joined the anchors to report hard news. That hasn't exactly been the case.

NBC's 'Today' show

NBC's "Today" show is closing in on ABC's "Good Morning America." Some changes have been made in the last few years, but the show seems to be stable with anchors Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie. Both anchors have recently signed new contracts that give them job security for at least two more years.

'CBS This Morning'

Let's not leave "CBS This Morning" out of this race. It is having its best competitive showing in more than 20 years. The ratings are up and closing the gap that has existed before this year. Viewers are turning to Gayle King, Norah O'Donnell and Charlie Rose to get what they are not getting from the other morning anchors.

King recently signed a $5.5 million a year contract for three more years.

Even though "CBS This Morning" is in third place, the show has closed the gap with the "Today" show by 762,000 viewers and narrowed the gap with "Good Morning America" by 611,000 viewers. It is interesting that CBS is winning in advertisements.

For instance, Toyota Motor Corps. once sponsored the outdoor concerts on the "Today" show, but the car dealership has moved to "CBS This Morning."

Which talk show do you watch on a regular basis? Is it ABC's "Good Morning America," NBC's "Today" show, or "CBS This Morning"?

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