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Tuning Into TV: Matt Lauer tells viewers he’s staying at ‘Today’
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“This is my family,” he said on the air as the “Today” crew and co-anchors burst into applause.
For broadcast networks, morning represents one of the most important parts of the day. The shows are hugely profitable at a time of declining TV viewership, and none has been more of a cash cow than “Today.”
The morning scene drew increased attention this week as the NBC and ABC programs featured dueling celebrity co-hosts: “Today” had Sarah Palin for a day, while Ms. Couric spent the week filling in at “GMA.”
Flagged in advance, Mr. Lauer’s announcement Friday was likely to also serve as a ratings stunt against his onetime colleague.
Mrs. Palin, the former Alaska governor, helped “Today” maintain its winning streak against “GMA” on Tuesday, but Wednesday proved a cautionary tale for NBC. With Ms. Couric on board, “Good Morning America” was able to claim a one-day victory in viewership over “Today.”
About 5.24 million viewers watched “GMA,” while 5.15 million viewers tuned into “Today,” according to the Nielsen Co.
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A new TV competition series that tests celebrities against the demands of military exercises will be produced for NBC.
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