Jay Leno’s second tenure on The Tonight Show started last week amid much controversy over the ousting of former host Conan O’Brien.
The first show on Monday 1st March gained a huge amount of viewers for NBC who have been struggling of late – not just in late night but across the board. He said “It’s good to be home. I’m Jay Leno, your host… at least for a while… I’ll admit I’m a little bit nervous, not because it’s my first night back, but because I know Dave [Letterman] and Oprah [Winfrey] are watching”.
However, since that first show The Tonight Show has been falling behind and the Late Show With David Letterman is now leading the ratings war.
TV By The Numbers report ““The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (3.2/8 in metered-market households) trailed CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” (3.5/9) while topping ABC’s “Nightline (2.7/) and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (1.3/4) in Nielsen’s 56 metered markets” and “◦In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (1.1/5) ranked #1 among the major networks in the time period over “Late Show” (1.0/5), “Nightline” (1.1/4) and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (0.9/4)”.
However, certain guests like Sarah Palin have helped boost ratings for certain shows.
Will The Tonight Show With Jay Leno stand the test of time? I guess we’ll wait and see.
Digital Spy – “Leno: ‘It’s good to be back on Tonight'”
Examiner – “TV Ratings News: Leno’s ‘Tonight Show’ now trailing Letterman…”
TV By The Numbers – “Early Tuesday Results Indicate Split Decision…”