Diane Sawyer’s Farewell and George Stephanopoulos’ Debut on ‘Good Morning America Fail to Top NBC’s ‘Today

On the morning of Friday, Dec. 11, Diane Sawyer said goodbye to Good Morning America viewers after more than ten years of co-hosting ABC’s morning show.

GMA producers marked the day with a series of mellifluous tributes, looking back at a decade of highlights. Ms. Sawyer wading through the high waters of Katrina. Ms. Sawyer interviewing victims of the tsunami. And on and on.

At one point, George Stephanopoulos materialized to say hello to his newly…