Show pulls out all the stops
"Today" said goodbye to Katie Couric on Wednesday after 15 years of moments and memories on TV's No. 1 morning show.
With only a few nods to the news and weather during its three-hour run, "Today" threw a big party on the plaza at Rockefeller Center that featured Couric, longtime co-host Matt Lauer, Couric's two daughters and parents as well as the rest of the cast and crew and several surprises.
Couric said in April that she would be leaving "Today" for the anchor/managing editor job at "CBS Evening News." Couric will be replaced by "The View's" Meredith Vieira, but NBC has, since early April, devoted increasing amounts of time to honoring Couric, who has been -- with Lauer -- the face of "Today" for years. The Boston Herald has details.
Couric's farewell special on NBC's "Today" was watched by 8.4 million people, according to Nielsen Media Research figures. It ranked as the biggest audience for a single "Today" telecast since the morning after the 2004 elections, when 9 million watched. Since 1987, the only other "Today" shows watched by more viewers were those that followed the 1989 San Francisco earthquake and the 2000 election.
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