'Today Show' Ratings Increase After Matt Lauer Firing

Sex Therapist Claims Matt Lauer Sought Advice on His Marriage, Was Given Sex Toys

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. Ann Curry's name has been mentioned in passing and, unrelated to Curry but still interesting, the Today show has enjoyed a ratings spike in the days since Lauer has been let go.

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

Those solid ratings could explain why an NBC source told DailyMail.com that Hoda Kotb would be Savannah Guthrie's co-anchor for the 'foreseeable future'. That episode's audience jumped to 5.7 million viewers - 1.5 million more than the previous day.

The 38-year-old "MSNBC Live" host is being considered to fill in behind the desk, according to Entertainment Tonight. "And, I am heartbroken for the courageous colleague who came forward with her story and any women who have their own stories to tell", Guthrie said at the time. CBS This Morning came in third place averaging over 3.5 million weekly viewers.

Lauer responded to the allegations by acknowledging his behavior was inappropriate, but he denied some aspects of the claims - which he claimed as being distortions of the truth.

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

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NBC News has not announced who would be the person that would permanently join Guthrie, Kotb, stalwart weatherman Al Roker, and Orange Room host Carson Daly helming the 7 to 9 a.m. hours. "As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC", he said. "To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry".

The former Today host was axed after 20 years at the helm of the show following claims from a former NBC employee that he sexually harassed her.

"Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching and I'm committed to beginning that effort".

Lauer's good-guy image has taken a major hit from the stories about his behavior toward women that have surfaced since his departure.

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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