CBS The Morning Program-Rolland Smith and Mariette Hartley- Here's something. This show replaced a still failing CBS This Morning outfit that was hosted by Maria Shriver and Forest
CBS This Morning- For me, this was as good as CBS morning television got. In 1988 the powers that be actually paired two likeable and knowledgeable people as their hosts, Harry Smith and the lovely Kathleen Sullivan. I'd be remiss in not mentioning that Hartley/Rolland Smith vet Mark McEwen was the only thing rescued from that fiasco. Sullivan, while very mercurial, gave this morning show a sense of irreverence and charm. As Smith stated during Sullivan's 1990 exit, she taught him a lot. In 1990 CBS apparently didn't renew her contract. It was a sad, sad day.
An Educated Guess: CBS will be in 3rd place forever ever.