If “Today” show fans are missing Matt Lauer, it isn’t showing up in the Nielsen ratings.
NBC’s morning program was the most watched in its slot for the week of Dec. 4-8. It was the second consecutive week that “Today” topped ABC’s “Good Morning America.” The ABC program won all but one week of 2017 before the scandal over Lauer engulfed its competition on NBC.
“Today” averaged 4.6 million viewers, putting it ahead of the 4.4 million for “GMA” and 3.6 million for “CBS This Morning.”
Most morning TV observers anticipated that “Today” would take a hit in its ratings with the departure of Lauer, who was fired on Nov. 28 for inappropriate behavior involving a female employee...