Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

'Today' show dominates in ratings with Lauer firing

'Today' show dominates in ratings with Lauer firing

"CBS This Morning" was in third for the week with 3.5 million.

Today also won the key demo for the week with an average of 1.723 million viewers.

The Nielsen company said "Today" had more viewers than "Good Morning America" all five days last week — the first time that has happened in almost a year.

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On Wednesday, the morning after Lauer was sacked, 5.742 million viewers turned in to Today, the most since the 2012 London Olympics.

Lauer reportedly has not been paid past his last day at work, which was November 28. Season to date, "Good Morning America" is the most-watched morning program TV - but by just a hair.

"Today" co-anchors Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb announced Lauer's firing during the "Today" broadcast on Wednesday. Melvin might be a bit of an unknown quantity to the non-MSNBC viewership, but as Entertainment Tonight reports, he's incredibly qualified and seems to be a good fit with the rest of the Today show's affable and competent team. A decision is not expected until after the new year.

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While the scandal has rocked the Today family to its core, it appears Lauer's departure from the morning news program has resulted in higher ratings.

NBC News executives will be watching the Nielsen numbers carefully in the coming weeks as the realization sinks in among faithful "Today" fans that Lauer is permanently gone.

Zucker, the former chair of NBC Universal, roasted Lauer at an event in 2008 at the New York Hilton for his odd sexual behavior in the workplace, and did so in front of a number of media elites.

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Lauer said in his statement that some of the accusations against him were "untrue or mischaracterized", without explaining further, but said that "there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed". "I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly", he continued. "It is now my full time job", Lauer said. It's been humbling. I am blessed to be surrounded by the people I love.

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