The broadcast marked the first time images of Suri, the daughter of Cruise, 44, and his fiancé Holmes, 27, have been made public since her birth in Los Angeles on April 18 — ending months of speculation about the celebrity baby.
Photos of Suri with her parents in a photo shoot by Annie Leibowitz will appear in print in the pages of Vanity Fair magazine out Wednesday. Some were shown on air.
The cherubic-looking infant, who sported a full head of jet-black hair, was being held by her parents in the two shots shown on the newscast. Contrary to tabloid speculation, little Suri appears to be quite normal.
The public's insatiable need to catch a glimpse of baby Suri has been fueling the tabloids ever since her birth. Unlike other many other celebrity babies' parents — like Shiloh, daughter of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt who made her debut in People magazine shortly after her birth — Cruise and Holmes stalled in releasing photos of their new addition.
The absence of pictures sparked discussion on blogs and stories in tabloids about why the couple was keeping the baby out of the public eye. A July cover of Star magazine read: "What's Wrong With Baby Suri? — & Why Is Katie Hiding Her?"
In recent months, celebrity pals of the couple (dubbed "TomKat" by the tabloids) came forward, seemingly trying to debunk rumors that the parents were hiding their child because there is something wrong with her.
"King of Queens" star Leah Remini, who first saw Suri at Cruise's home in July, said there was nothing mysterious about the youngster.
"Suri is just like every other baby," she said. "She pees in her diaper, she sleeps, she wakes up every couple of hours. This is what babies do, OK; there's nothing abnormal about her."
Remini also defended the couple's decision to keep their baby out of the public eye.
"I think it's really scary," Remini said in a recent E! news interview. "It's their baby, you know what I mean? Unless you've been in a situation with these paparazzi, I fully support to not take your baby out in that environment — I support people who go — look it's my kid, I don't have to show you a picture, I don't have to do anything."
Suri is "gorgeous," Pinkett Smith told People magazine in July.
"She's one of the sweetest babies I've ever met in my life, She's an absolute beauty, and she's Daddy's little girl."
The magazine reported that the couple visited Suri twice, both times at Cruise and Holmes' Beverly Hills mansion.
"She's beautiful and they're very happy and they need to be left alone," Pinkett Smith told the magazine. "She's the cutest little baby. She's got a head full of black, beautiful hair."
Cruz, who dated Cruise from 2001 to 2004, declined to offer details of her meeting with Suri this summer, but praised her as a special baby.
"She's really beautiful. She's one of the most beautiful babies I've ever seen," the 32-year-old actress said. Cruz was in London Thursday night to attend the British premiere of her new film, "Volver."
It seems people will do anything for a look at today's celebrity babies. At Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in New York, a wax statue of Pitt and Jolie's daughter, Shiloh, was a popular site for tourists.
The "Where's Suri?" debate even became fodder for the morning shows. Katrina Szish, a contributing editor for Us Weekly magazine, appeared on The Early Show in July for a "TomKat Chat."
Us Weekly's Web site was equipped with a "Countdown Clock," calculating how many days, hours, minutes and seconds it has been since Suri was born without the public seeing her.
"I don't think we're going to be seeing her any time soon," Szish told co-anchor Renee Syler at the time. "I think the clock is going to keep ticking away. I don't guess we'll see her before she is 1 year old."
That prediction would be in line with Cruise's Scientology beliefs, which call for keeping children safely removed from outside influences. It was several years before photos were made available of Isabella and Connor, the two children who were adopted by Cruise and his ex-wife, actress Nicole Kidman.
"It's not out of character for Tom to be very protective of his children," Szish said, acknowledging the public's hunger to see the baby.
"Especially with the TomKat situation," she added. "His courtship of Katie Holmes was so public, engagement so public, pregnancy so public. They really did make us hungry, and now they're not … following through on that. That's what makes this one extra delicious. We're just waiting to see that baby."
Well, the wait is finally over.