Today Show executives have privately decided that Matt Lauer has until the end of the May sweeps to boost the ratings of the Today Show or he will be replaced. Each day the numbers get worse and as bad as primetime has been for the network they always used to be able to count on Today to at least provide a bright spot. Now they have nothing. If the numbers don't dramatically rise, then Ryan Seacrest is on the top of the short list to replace Matt. They think Ryan will bring in a fresh audience while also hanging on to what is watching the show now.