When the New Third Hour of ‘Good Morning America’ Will Air
We’ve just received some new information about the upcoming third hour of Good Morning America.
According to Deadline, ABC has confirmed that the all-new hour of the show will be hosted by Michael Strahan and Sara Haines, and it will premiere on Monday, September 10th.
Good Morning America currently airs from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., being followed by LIVE with Kelly and Ryan. So you might assume that Kelly and Ryan are moving to 10:00 a.m., with the third hour of GMA taking over their slot.
But actually, the new third hour is going to be at 1:00 p.m., the slot that is currently occupied by The Chew. So the schedule will be Good Morning America, then LIVE with Kelly and Ryan, Rachael, The View, local news, and then another hour of Good Morning America.
Since it’s a bit weird to air a show with the words “good morning” in it at 1 p.m., the title of this new block of programming is going to be GMA Day.
ABC needed something in the early afternoon slot after canceling its cooking talk show The Chew back in May. In December of last year, one of the hosts of that show, Mario Batali, stepped down after being accused of sexual misconduct. The following May, ABC canceled the show after seven seasons.
Sara Haines’ presence on the expanded hour of Good Morning America means that she will be leaving as co-host of The View after about two years on the air. She announced as much on Monday’s episode, describing this as bittersweet and saying that she always wanted to be on The View.
“I never thought in a million years I would be leaving one dream job for another dream job,” she said.
SARA'S BIG NEWS! @sarahaines announces she will be leaving @TheView at the end of the season to join @michaelstrahan to host @GMA's #GMADay: "I never thought in a million years I would be leaving one dream job for another dream job." https://t.co/MPcQlsoIy9 pic.twitter.com/Sa1JFxyqdS
— The View (@TheView) July 23, 2018
The Haines news came less than a week after it was announced that Paula Faris would also be leaving The View in order to focus on breaking news reporting for ABC News.
Deadline had reported back in May that ABC would replace The Chew with more Good Morning America. At the time, Deadline noted that the reason was in part because GMA is cheaper to produce than The Chew.
ABC’s decision to expand Good Morning America brings the show a bit closer in length to NBC’s Today, which is currently four hours long, beginning with Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb, moving into an hour with Megyn Kelly, and then concluding with Kathie Lee and Hoda Kotb. NBC made the decision to expand Today to four hours in 2007; Kotb joined Guthrie at the 7:00 hour after Matt Lauer was fired amid accusations of sexual misconduct last year.
Back in April, several big changes came to Good Morning America, with both Amy Robach and Lara Spencer spending less time on the show.
In terms of raw viewers, Good Morning America continues to top Today in the ratings. However, Today has been number one among adults 25 to 54 for 133 weeks, which is its best streak in six years, according to TV Newser.