The local ratings numbers for the morning network newscasts are very different from the national numbers and the news that Matt Lauer is gone from "Today" on NBC could have a further impact.
Nationally, ABC's "Good Morning America" has been ahead of "Today" in viewers for some time.
Locally "Today" has been a big winner, with its 6.8 rating on Channel 2 this November beating the combined rating for "GMA" (3.2) on Channel 7 and "CBS This Morning" (2.9) on Channel 4.
But those numbers came out before Lauer was been fired by NBC News after an allegation of "inappropriate sexual behavior," weeks after Charlie Rose was fired from CBS' morning show.
Matt Lauer has been terminated from NBC News. On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment. pic.twitter.com/1A3UAZpvPb
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 29, 2017
"Today" co-anchor Savannah Guthrie struck just the right chord in announcing the firing of Lauer. Appearing to hold back tears alongside co-anchor Hoda Kotb, Guthrie acknowledged being "devastated" by the news for both Lauer and the complainant.
Guthrie added it was tough to reconcile the friend and partner she knows with the bad behavior Lauer is accused of. She also added how important it is to continue to focus on the issue of sexual harassment.
It was hard to see how anyone could have handled the difficult situation better than Guthrie did, especially since she said she learned of Lauer's firing shortly before going on air.