"TODAY your love, tomorrow the world?" as MATT LAUER stands by HIS gal, co-anchor SAVANNAH GUTHRIE as ratings nosedive continues.

"Matt is absolutely standing by Savannah despite the fact that Good Morning America has routinely been beating the TODAY show in the ratings,” a souce close to the situation told

“Matt believes that the audience just needs to get comfortable and familiar with Savannah, and viewers will return to the show that had been counted on by the execs at NBC as ratings gold," a source close to the situation tells us.

"Matt, Savannah and fellow cast membe Natalie Morales are all extremely close and have been referred as the Three Musketeers.

“They often go to press movie screenings and can often be found in Matt's office discussing stories and just goofing off. Matt has a very adoring female fan club in Natalie and Savannah," the source added fuel to the fire.