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3.9 million: Total average viewers in 28 weeks of current season

Why they matter: Culminating in a ratings win the morning after the Oscars -- edging out The Ellen DeGeneres Show for the No. 1 spot -- Live continues to build on the appealing chemistry of its co-hosts. In particular, Strahan's shot of adrenaline to the show paid off in a busy year ahead for the former NFL star. Strahan, 42, will alternate among co-hosting Live, talking football on Fox Sports and appearing on the 7 a.m. hour of ABC's Good Morning America. Ripa also is enjoying gains outside the show, which is up 13 percent in total viewers year-over-year. Her production company, Milojo, which she oversees with her husband, Mark Consuelos, is developing two scripted comedies for ABC and a web series following a multigenerational Hispanic family with World Cup tie-ins.

Proudest accomplishments this year: "Being able to juggle multiple facets of entertainment, from sports at Fox to daytime at Live, and doing it at the level I've been able to do it at for the past two football seasons," says Strahan.

Big get: "Jack Nicholson backstage at the Oscars," says Ripa. As for future dream gets: "Who doesn't want the president? But Brad Pitt wouldn't be bad," says Strahan. "Angelina Jolie, Leonardo DiCaprio would be a great get. So if any of them are reading this … come on down."

Off-hours: "If I had a day off, it would be somewhere nice and sunny with a cocktail in my hand, my feet up, music playing and nothing else on my mind," says Strahan. Adds Ripa, "Prancercise."