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Today topples Sunrise in the morning show ratings wars for the first time in three years 

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Today topples Sunrise in the morning show ratings wars for the first time in three years


Today has finally defeated morning show rival Sunrise for the first time in three years.

According to TV Tonight, Today pulled in 248,000 metro viewers, while Sunrise lagged slightly behind with 237,000.

It’s the morning show’s first ratings victory over Sunrise since Karl Stefanovic & Alison Langdon teamed up as anchors. 

Winners are grinners! Today has defeated morning show rival Sunrise for the first time in three years. Today pulled in 248,000 metro viewers, while Sunrise lagged behind with 237,000

Winners are grinners! Today has defeated morning show rival Sunrise for the first time in three years. Today pulled in 248,000 metro viewers, while Sunrise lagged behind with 237,000

Today has slowly been gaining on Sunrise in recent weeks, although Sunrise did recently best Today by an impressive 55,000.

In June, Karl and Ally admitted that beginning their tenure during the catastrophic Australian bushfires – followed by the pandemic – was ‘the best thing’ for the Channel 9 morning show in an interview with TV Week. 

‘The focus was the story, as opposed to us and our relationship,’ Langdon said. 

Karl meanwhile described the timing as ‘probably the best thing for us to try to cement what we were going to be to the Australian public’.

Better luck next time! It's the morning show's first ratings victory over Sunrise since Karl Stefanovic & Alison Langdon teamed up as anchors. (Pictured: Sunrise's Natalie Barr)

Better luck next time! It’s the morning show’s first ratings victory over Sunrise since Karl Stefanovic & Alison Langdon teamed up as anchors. (Pictured: Sunrise’s Natalie Barr)

The veteran journalist then explained he wanted to be serious first, and entertaining second. 

However, the duo conceded that despite making some inroads, they were still trailing their Channel 7 rival Sunrise in the ratings.

Stefanovic, who is already on his second go-around on the breakfast show, admitted if they don’t start winning the ratings battle, he’ll ‘be off the show again’.

Gaining: Today has slowly been gaining on Sunrise in recent weeks, although Sunrise did recently best Today by an impressive 55,000

Gaining: Today has slowly been gaining on Sunrise in recent weeks, although Sunrise did recently best Today by an impressive 55,000

Channel Nine sacked Stefanovic shortly after his ‘lavish’ second wedding in Mexico amid speculation women did not like him leaving his first wife for a younger woman.

The TV anchor had been married to journalist Cassandra Thorburn for 21 years and he has three children aged 13 to 20 with the 50-year-old.

The couple split in 2016 and in 2018 he married shoe designer Jasmine Yarbrough, who is now 37.

Team: In June, Karl and Ally admitted that beginning their tenure during the catastrophic Australian bushfires - followed by the pandemic - was 'the best thing' for the show

Team: In June, Karl and Ally admitted that beginning their tenure during the catastrophic Australian bushfires – followed by the pandemic – was ‘the best thing’ for the show

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