As part of the Today show overhaul, Deborah Knight made her debut as permanent co-host to Georgie Gardner on Monday.
However, ahead of reports that emerged on Tuesday the Nine breakfast program has its “lowest ratings in 10 years”, the presenter explained it is not in her job description to be concerned about ratings.
“That is for others to work at and worry about, my job is just turning up and being me,” the 46-year-old told Sydney Confidential on Sunday.
“I try to limit the impact that the chatter and the white noise has on me.”
The Nine presenter insisted she’s “just got to focus on the job at hand”.
As a part of the revamped Today panel, Deborah replaced long-time host Karl Stefanovic and new additions including newsreader Tom Steinfort, sports reporter Tony Jones and entertainment reporter Brooke Boney also joined the breakfast show.
However, it appears the attempted rejig of the morning program hasn’t paid off as the show has experienced its “lowest ratings in 10 years”, The Daily Telegraph reported on Tuesday.
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While Sunrise lured in a metro audience of 266,000, Today pulled in just 197,000 viewers from the five state capital cities across Australia – 69,000 less than their Seven rivals
At the end of last year, Karl – along with brother Peter Stefanovic and his wife Sylvia Jeffreys – was culled from Today in order for the show to take a “new focus” in 2019.
Richard Wilkins, veteran entertainment reporter for the show, has also taken a step back from his role on Today as a part of the shakeup – instead he is set to join Sonia Kruger on Today Extra on Thursdays and Fridays.
During the premiere with the post-Stefanovic Today panel on Monday, many viewers weren’t impressed with the new line-up.
“I’m not watching now Karl’s gone,” one fan wrote on Instagram. “He brightened up my mornings”.
“Tried to watch, cant do it. I’ll watch 7 instead now. Good luck guys (sic),” another said.
However it wasn’t all criticism, with many viewers stoked with Georgie and Deborah fronting the show.
“Ignore the haters. Love waking up each morning to you Georgie,” said one fan.
“Good going. Love the line up so far this year.”
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