Jay Leno Is Going Out On a Ratings High

The Tonight Show hits 15-month peak in viewership a week before Leno exits

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Just days before his final Tonight Show airs on Feb. 6, Jay Leno is having one of his best weeks ever.

The Tonight Show hit a 15-month high in overnight ratings, with Friday’s show averaging a 3.9 rating and 9 share among households, according to the Hollywood Reporter. That’s Leno’s best Friday showing since NBC’s Olympics boost in July 2012, and he hasn’t approached those numbers since President Obama joined him for an interview during the 2012 presidential election.

Friday night’s boost comes after Leno’s second-highest rated week of the season with adults 18-49, averaging 1.249 million of the key demographic between Jan. 20-24.

[The Hollywood Reporter]

10 comments
RudolphDavis
RudolphDavis

... Leno is more watched than CONAN, 4.3 Million vs 800 000

HCarlSperrIII
HCarlSperrIII

I wonder what NBC will do if the ratings tank like they did the last time he left. I know I won't be watching after Thursday night.

SukMadiq
SukMadiq

Cletus:  "Hey Honey lets watch dat Leno Show"


Leno to J-Walker:   "Who is buried in Grant's Tomb"


20 something trying to get on TV:  "Uh Justin Beiber"?


Cletus:  "Hahahahahahahaha, Can U believe da liberuls are dis stupid?, can't make this stuff up!"

AmusedByItAll
AmusedByItAll

NBC has finally decided to jump into the hole it’s dug for itself and repeat its past mistake of replacing Jay Leno this time with Jimmy Fallon. Unlike Jay Leno with his softer brand of humor, Jimmy Fallon hosts his show with an edgy brand of comedy. Unfortunately, in the “Tonight Show” time slot Jimmy Fallon will go head to head with a master of edgy humor, Stephen Colbert. Since the lead in to Colbert’s show is the “Daily Show” hosted by Jon Stewart, Colbert is from the get-go at competitive advantage.

Since Leno is leaving on a rating’s high, it’ll be interesting to see whether NBC experiences the same painful lesson that Coca Cola encounter when it decided to replace its time tested classic coke with its “new” coke. In that situation Coke was able to correct its mistake with only a small amount of financial damage. NBC may not be so lucky.

nimart
nimart

@AmusedByItAll  Fallon is edgy? Well, I guess next to Leno he is. Actually they experienced the same ratings disaster when Leno replaced Carson but the gave Leno 3 years to get the ratings back up. How long did they give Conan? Oh yeah, only 7 months.

MichaelHornbackII
MichaelHornbackII

But it wasn't Conan's ratings that got him dumped. It was Jay's, remember? The ten o'clock time slot wasn't working so they offered him his old time slot back. And poor Conan got kicked to the curb.

AmusedByItAll
AmusedByItAll

@nimart @AmusedByItAll

Your statement, “How long did they give Conan? Oh yeah, only 7 months”, implicitly contains the unproven and dubious supposition that Conan would eventually match Leno’s rating given enough time. In fact, if ratings of the TBS Conan show, which airs Monday through Thursday beginning at 11:00 pm ET/10:00 pm CT and debuted on November 8, 2010 are compared over the same 3 year period with those of Leno’s Tonight Show, then it’s obvious how really tenuous your supposition is.

JAYLENO1
JAYLENO1

@MichaelHornbackII No poor Conan ..he was not ever funny just stupid and if you are not funny in 7 months...you are never going to top JAY ...SOUR GRAPES ..It was never Jays idea to leave then or now...get your facts straight

nimart
nimart

@AmusedByItAll @nimart  Well and we just don't know, just like we didn't know whether Leno would ever brings his numbers up either. The bottom line is, they didn't give Conan the chance or the time they gave Leno.

nimart
nimart

@AmusedByItAll @nimart  Cable is a whole different animal than network. Conan has no high rated prime time shows ahead of him and no late local news as a lead in plus those that don't get cable can't watch him. The amount of people that still don't have cable or satellite may sound small by percentage but it is still a lot of people and I would wager to guess they makes up a substantial amount of Leno's and the other network guys' audience since there is no HBO, Sports Center Tonight, Adult Swim, Daily Show or Conan to watch instead. TBS just renewed Conan's contract for 3 more years so they must be happy with him. Would Conan have matched Leno's numbers? Maybe not his gross numbers but he would have most likely beat Leno's young demo numbers which is what they're after in the first place.