Debuting on NBC in 1952, The Today Show is one of the longest-running television programs in America. In the early days of The Today Show, a mascot used from 1953 to 1957 was a chimpanzee named J. Fred Muggs. Notable Today Show faces include Hoda Kotb, Al Roker, Carson Daly, Matt Lauer, Tamron Hall, and Kathy Lee Gifford. In its genre, the Today Show is the top-watched morning news program with an average of 6 million daily viewers. Celebrity Today Show anchors of the past include Barbara Walters, Gene Shalit, Willard Scott, Ann Curry, Tom Brokaw, Hugh Downs, Katie Couric, and Jane Pauley.