The high-profile firing of Matt Lauer has done nothing to affect the Today show’s position in the winners’ circle: The NBC show is currently enjoying its best streak in over five years by topping the competition in viewers and the key demographics, according to Nielsen results.
Season-to-date, Today with Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb is No. 1 among adults 25-54 and adults 18-49. Compared to the same week last season, Today improved its 18-49 lead over the second place Good Morning America by 16 percent (165,000 vs. 142,000 last year), Nielsen says.
Today bested the other morning shows among adults 25-54 for 110 straight weeks, its best run in more than five years. It also won the 18-49 demo for a consecutive 130 weeks.
In November, Lauer was fired from NBC over sexual misconduct allegations. In a statement, read by Guthrie on Today, NBC News Chairman Andy Lack explained that a complaint about “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace” was lodged against the longtime anchor of NBC’s morning show. Despite it being the first complaint of its kind against Lauer at the network, Lack added, “We were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.”
After his ouster, Lauer released this statement that was read by Guthrie on Today: “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. 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. I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly.”