Today Show is Just Fine

June 29, 2018 GMT

Matt who? NBC is marking six months with its new team of Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb at the “Today” show, a pairing made necessary by Matt Lauer’s firing on sexual misconduct charges.

By the numbers, it has gone well. The show is down 2 percent in viewers compared with last year at the same time, a rate of decline slower than rivals “Good Morning America” on ABC and “CBS This Morning.” Still, NBC consistently trails ABC for first place.

Guthrie said the new team has given “Today” the chance to be bold and not always be hemmed in by the way things used to be.

She wants a show that’s joyful and light, but also substantive and not silly.