‘GMA,’ ‘Morning Joe’ Among Most Googled News Shows of 2016

Viewers flock to Google for morning TV information

Last Updated: December 28, 2016 @ 7:33 AM

ABC’s “Good Morning America” tops the list of Google’s 2016 Year in Search Top Trending TV News Shows, while MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” finished as the most-search show on a cable news network.

HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” finished No. 2 after “GMA,” although it’s technically not an actual “news show.” The Joe Scarborough-hosted morning show finished third, followed by “Fox & Friends” and “Meet the Press.”

The annual list showcases the people, topics, events and news that captured the world’s attention this year. Google’s Year in Search uses data from multiple sources, including Google Trends, and explores trending topics from more than 70 countries.

CBS’ “60 Minutes,” “Access Hollywood” and “CBS Sunday Morning” failed to crack the top five but finished No. 6-9, respectively.

According to Google, “Year in Search looks at the trending terms of the year, unlike many other lists that look at the most popular terms, or use another methodology. This difference in methodology means that our lists are really a measure of growth – how much a term’s search interest has peaked in 2016, as compared to 2015, and so the terms are likely to be very different than a list of, say, most popular terms by volume, which would favor more established terms.”