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.
While surely a week NBC wouldn't want to repeat, Matt Lauer's firing lured viewers to the "Today" show. "Today" had more viewers than "GMA" every day last week - the first time that has happened since last December. "CBS This Morning", which saw host Charlie Rose fired on November 21, averaged 3.53 million. Kotb and Craig Melvin, the co-anchor of the Saturday edition of "Today", are getting serious consideration as Lauer replacements.
Since NBC terminated Matt Lauer from the network, several more women have anonymously came forward and accused Lauer of sexual harassment. Willie Geist, who has hosted "Today" in the past, is also being considered.
While the scandal has rocked the Today family to its core, it appears Lauer's departure from the morning news program has resulted in higher ratings.
Lauer made headlines on November 29 after he was suddenly fired from NBC after a female colleague came forward with a complaint of "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace".
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The Carol Burnett 50th anniversary show was a big victor for CBS on Sunday night, reaching 15.4 million viewers.
Lauer said in his statement that some of the accusations against him were "untrue or mischaracterized", without explaining further, but said that "there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed".
Lauer broke his silence last week, saying in part, "There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions". "As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC". "I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly", he continued.
"Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching and I'm committed to beginning that effort".
Insiders close to "TODAY" reportedly said that new addition Megyn Kelly would not be tapped for the job, as she recently had the "worst November sweeps ratings of any in the history of the 9a.m. hour of 'Today, '" reported Page Six. The last two days have forced me to take a very hard look at my own troubling flaws. He is my dear, dear friend and my partner and he is beloved by many people here. "I thank them for their patience and grace".