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A last minute change in the roster for NBC Olympic coverage. "Today" show host Matt Lauer will fill in for NBC primetime Olympic anchor Bob Costas Tuesday, after Costas developed an eye infection.

The sports anchor has had an infection in his left eye since the Olympic coverage began. It now has spread to his right eye, so Costas announced he will be taking the day off.

Lauer has mixed feelings about his new duties.

"I just feel bad for him, Al (Rocker) and I were in the breakfast room this morning, and Bob walked in from his shift on, you know, overnight here in Sochi, and he didn't look good. He looked like, you know, took third place in a fight."

So Lauer says he's filling in under duress.

"I know Bob would wanna be there.  He is the absolute best that's ever done the Olympics in primetime and I wish he could be there, but I will fill in until he is back."

Speaking of primetime, Nielson just released ratings for the week and the opening ceremonies program was the most watched in the U.S. with 31.69 million viewers. Sunday night and Saturday night Olympic coverage came in second and third place.

Click to the Olympic Zone for more on the tongue-in-cheek remarks Lauer and Costas made about the switch.

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