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A Party Tonight, Before the Today Celebration

The party’s still going at the Edison Ballroom in Times Square as the “Today” show celebrates its 60th anniversary. The morning milestone began with a welcome from “Today” frontman Matt Lauer before singer Pit Bull took the stage.

Fourth hour hosts Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford were early arrivals, with Kotb (below) front and center during Pit Bull’s set. We spotted NBC News president Steve Capus and “Today” EP Jim Bell working the room, as longtime EP and, later NBCU president Jeff Zucker was deep in conversation with former “Today” anchor Meredith Vieira.

“Today” senior broadcast producer Don Nash, who’s been with the show more than a third of its life — 23 years — tells TVNewser tomorrow’s anniversary program is not to be missed. All former living on air talent — save for Joe Garagiola and Gene Shalit who aren’t able to make it — will be a part of the show. And we spotted many of them at the party tonight, including Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric, (above) Barbara Walters, John Palmer and Hugh Downs.

NBC spared no expense flying in correspondents from other NBC bureaus including Andrea Mitchell, Kerry Sanders, Kevin Tibbles, Janet Shamlian and Luke Russert.

Brian Williams stopped in after “Nightly News.” And we chatted with “Today” anchors Savannah Guthrie, Jenna Wolfe and Amy Robach, here with husband Andrew Shue, and said hello to Willard Scott on our way out. Other “Today” regulars celebrating  included Jill Rappaport, Martha Stewart, the Scotto family and Bobby Flay. We chatted with Andy Cohen (mostly about NeNe Leakes) who later tonight will be interviewing Rosie O’Donnell on his Bravo show, “Watch What Happens Live.”

Rounding out the crowd: Willie Geist, Jeff Rossen, Martin Bashir, Carl Quintanilla, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Tyler Mathisen, MSNBC president Phil Griffin and CNBC president Mark Hoffman and many more I may have missed. Because, as I said, the party is still going. Then, tomorrow at 7am, “Today” takes the party nationwide.

Andrea Mitchell and Jeff Zucker

Kerry Sanders and Jenna Wolfe

(Photos: Chris Ariens)

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Morning Show Ratings: Week of May 30

On Meredith Viera‘s final full week as “Today” show co-anchor, NBC continued its reign as the number one morning show, leading ABC’s “Good Morning America” by more than 600,000 total viewers.

Year-over-year, “Today” and “GMA” both experienced growth, with “GMA” up the most, +10%. “GMA” is seeing its largest total viewer audience in four years.

With 3.3 million total viewers, the third hour of “Today,” on at 9am in most markets and which saw the addition of Savannah Guthrie this week, topped “The Early Show” in Total viewers (+35%) and the A25-54 demo +(25%).

The averages for the week of May 30:

  • Total Viewers: NBC: 5.27M / ABC: 4.62M / CBS: 2.45M
  • A25-54 viewers: NBC: 2.41M / ABC: 1.79M / CBS: 945K

Star Anchors Search for Profits On Their Own

The New York TimesBrian Stelter has a front page story today about the massive amount of talent changes going on at the networks recently.

Meredith Viera bid farewell to viewers on “Today” this morning. Scott Pelley anchored his first “CBS Evening News” Monday night. Jim Lehrer, who has been with PBS since 1973, broadcast his final “News Hour” on Friday. Later this month, Keith Olbermann will begin a new show on Current TV. Stelter points out that this is indicative of a rapidly-shifting industry:

It seems like the most tumultuous time on the small screen in a generation, but much of the tumult is off the screen, in business meetings about how the media industry is transforming.

“The changes have been seismic — so seismic, in fact, that the next generation needs to work even harder to try to put the pieces back together or get some semblance of an audience,” Jonathan Wald, EP of “Piers Morgan Tonight” tells Stelter.

Meredith Vieira: ‘I’ll know when it’s time to go, and I’m not afraid to go’

“Today” co-anchor Meredith Vieira opens up to Ladies Home Journal about why this could be her last year on the show.

“I’ll know when it’s time to go, and I’m not afraid to go,” says Vieira whose contract is up next year. “If I were to leave the show at the end of next year because it’s time for me, I wouldn’t jump into another show. I would look forward to not working, to traveling with Richard and carving out time for us.”

Vieira, who joined “Today” in Sept. 2006, says she wasn’t immediately sold on the joining the show. “It was a pretty bad summer before I took this job. I felt like I was going to fail.”

Meredith Vieira talks with George Clooney on the “Today” show Tuesday. (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC)

For Meredith Vieira – If It’s Monday, It’s Washington

Last week, the Today show’s Meredith Viera was in Los Angeles sitting down with Susan Boyle (airing Wednesday), today Vieira was in Washington sitting down with Pres. Obama (airing tomorrow) and by next Monday she’ll be sitting in a canoe in Lake George, NY as part of “Today Takes a Vacation.”

But wait. There’s more. Vieira also talked with Ryan O’Neal this morning for his first interview since the death of Farrah Fawcett. That interview also airs tomorrow.

As for the vacation series, the “Today” anchors are heading to four destinations across the country.

• On Monday, Vieira and Ann Curry will be at the Sagamore Resort in Lake George.
• Tuesday, Matt Lauer and Al Roker head to the southernmost point in the United States, Key West.
• Wednesday, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb will be live in San Antonio.
• On Friday Natalie Morales and Amy Robach broadcast live from Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.