The previous week, CBS This Morning saw mild bumps for their own fallout of Charlie Rose getting the ax for similar reasons - though it still ranked No. 3. The show had 5.2 million viewers for Thursday's show, during which Lauer issued a statement about his behavior.
"Today" has regularly held the top spot in the key 25-54 demographic that advertisers covet but invariably is beaten by GMA in total viewers.More news: Time reveals shortlist for Person of the Year
While we're told that ousted anchor Matt Lauer's intense, long-running jealousy about potential rivals has left the network with no male contenders for his empty chair, a disastrous November sweeps means that the network's banner hire Megyn Kelly isn't a viable replacement, either.
After firing Lauer, NBC News' human resources department said they're now sifting through Lauer's emails in an effort to bring more justice to any colleagues who may have suffered in silence. 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.
Lauer, who had just signed a contract past year that would put him in the anchor chair through 2018, had a contract worth a reported $20 million, according to Variety. "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. "It is now my full time job", Lauer said. It's been humbling. I am blessed to be surrounded by the people I love.