HomeTVTalk ShowsWho Will Ascend to Matt Lauer’s Throne at Today? Luke Kerr November 7, 2013 Talk Shows, The Today Show, Today, Today Show 6 Comments Matt Lauer's Today contract is up in 2015. Whether NBC will extend his tenure or replace him with one of the men the network has waiting in the wings is a growing topic of discussion — especially with Good Morning America beating Today in the ratings. According to The Hollywood Reporter, David Gregory and Willie Geist are the leading in-house contenders, along with CNBC's Carl Quintanilla. Reportedly, Carson Daly is also a dark horse possibility. Data provided to THR by Q Scores, which measures audience sentiment toward stars, reveals that Geist and Gregory have higher positive ratings than Lauer; among adult women — the key demographic against which morning TV ads are sold — Gregory's positive Q Score stands at 18, compared with Geist's 14. Lauer this year dropped to a positive Q Score of 7, compared with 15 in 2012. Other names periodically mentioned include Anderson Cooper and Ryan Seacrest. Photo by PR Photos 6 Responses FoxCrane June 17, 2014 Apparently, no one will ascend that throne … Since it’s now been reported (June 16, 2014) that NBC “struck a deal with Matt Lauer that will keep him onboard for ‘multiple’ years. ‘There is nobody I would rather have in the Today anchor chair than Matt,’ said Deborah Turness, president of NBC News.” Log in to Reply luverica November 7, 2013 2015? Damn! I want Matt gone now. Willie Geist would be awesome. I would prefer David Gregory stay with Meet the Press. He’s doing a great job with that. Log in to Reply Ryan-Scott November 8, 2013 Don’t care. It ain’t no hair outta my bush. Log in to Reply RealityCheck 33 November 8, 2013 Dump Lauer now. Willie is NBC’s best bet. David Gregory is horrid. Log in to Reply goyankees November 8, 2013 I love Lester Holt. On the weekends…… Monday through Friday its GMA, baby! Log in to Reply blake3b November 9, 2013 Matt needs to go ASAP! No matter how fun they try to make the show Matt and his reputation is hurting the show. I like Willie and he could replace Matt, even if it’s temporary. When GMA beats Today with the Halloween episode then you know something is wrong. Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.