"Today" has always been the top-rated show among viewers ages 25 to 54, the audience advertisers seek when they buy commercials on news programs. It's said that the NBC program racked in an average of about 4.9 million viewers - a 14% increase from their average this season. 3, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NFL Football: Philadelphia at Seattle, NBC, 19.69 million; NFL Football: Washington at Dallas, NBC, 15.6 million; "Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special", CBS, 15.36 million; "The Big Bang Theory", CBS, 13.84 million; "Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick", NBC, 13.82 million; College Football: Ohio St. vs Wisconsin, Fox, 12.92 million; "Young Sheldon", CBS, 12.11 million; "60 Minutes", CBS, 11.46 million; "This is Us", NBC, 10.94 million; "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 10.6 million.
"Today" delivered an average 4.9 million viewers, while ABC's "GMA" registered 4.36 million.
NBC has not publicly announced a timeline to find Lauer's replacement.
The show had 5.2 million viewers for Thursday's show, during which Lauer issued a statement about his behaviour.
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Prior to that, he served as chair of the House Republican Conference and was a member of the House of Representatives. The news of friction between Trump and the Pences was received with interest on Twitter.
"There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry", Lauer said after being silent on the matter on Wednesday. "I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly", he continued. "As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC".
While Bush was effectively let go after his involvement with a lewd conversation between himself and Donald Trump was made public, he was at one time considered the most likely candidate for the job. It's been humbling. I am blessed to be surrounded by people I love.
Finding a replacement for Matt Lauer on "TODAY" could be harder than NBC execs thought if this latest behind-the-scenes rumor is true.
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.