The Today Show's Ratings Rise After Matt Lauer's Exit

Is This MSNBC Anchor Matt Lauer's Today Show Replacement?

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

For the week, Today tallied 4.9M viewers, besting usual frontrunner GMA, which averaged 4.4M.

"Today" for the first time in three months was the nation's most watched morning-news program, defeating its main rival, ABC's "Good Morning America", by more than 539,000 viewers for the five days ending December 1st, or 12.4%.

According to Nielsen data for November 27 through Friday, "Today" averaged 4.9 million viewers, topping ABC's "Good Morning America", which had 4.4 million.

On Thursday, Guthrie read a statement from Lauer on the air in which he apologized for "troubling flaws".

Lauer reportedly has not been paid past his last day at work, which was November 28. But the NBC show typically finishes second to ABC's "Good Morning America" in overall audience.

Worldwide President Jeff Zucker denies knowing anything about former NBC host Matt Lauer's sexual escapades while he was at the network, but jokes Zucker made publicly tell a completely different story.

That was first reported by CNN, who noted that Lauer's morals clause likely allows NBC to withhold his salary.

Lauer exited NBC as the highest-paid anchor in broadcast news at an estimated $25 million per year.

Craig Melvin is reportedly being considered to replace Matt Lauer on the "Today" show.

"There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions".

The woman said Lauer engaged in inappropriate behavior throughout 2014. "As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC".

"Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed". Two alleged victims of Lauer's say he would use it to ensure privacy once they entered the room.

It was also noted that Lauer could choose to sue the network in an attempt to receive additional pay, but they will not agree to hand over any money to the disgraced anchor.

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