places silver in the morning show ratings, but he's gold at NBC ... because the network has just re-signed him for multiple years.
Lauer has been through a rough few years, playing the role of scapegoat for NBC's botched firing of Ann Curry
. And the show slipped from ratings dominance.
But the criticism has subsided and the show's rating have gone up some ... so NBC just re-signed Lauer with just a few months to go before his contract expired.
Lauer was earning around $30 million in his last contract, and it's a safe bet he got a raise.
This could be an interesting summer for the show. Savannah Guthrie
is on maternity leave, and the plan was for Katie Couric
to temporarily re-team with Matt.
Another good lesson ... you can never take a snapshot of someone in troubled times and assume things won't get better.