December 24, 2010
David Letterman made a run at "The Tonight Show" in October and early November, but in recent weeks Jay Leno has reclaimed his No. 1 spot in the late-night rankings. Last week his program registered its largest audience in more than eight months, figures from the Nielsen Co. showed Thursday. NBC's "The Tonight Show" averaged 4.2 million viewers for the week of Dec. 13-17, while CBS' "Late Show" drew 3.6 million. NBC said Leno's show also had a 22% advantage over Letterman's among viewers in the 18-to-49 age bracket that many advertisers covet.
November 5, 2010
Has the balance of power in late-night TV shifted yet again? CBS' "Late Show With David Letterman" has beaten NBC's "Tonight Show" in viewers and the key demographic groups for the first time since Jay Leno returned to the latter program in March. Last week, Letterman averaged 3.8 million viewers, compared with 3.6 million for Leno, according to figures published Thursday by the Nielsen Co. In adults ages 18 to 49, the group most sought by the majority of advertisers, Letterman averaged a 1.0 rating/4 share, compared with a 0.9 rating/4 share for Leno.
August 21, 2012 |
Jay Leno worked in some jabs at his bosses at NBC and its corporate parent Comcast on Monday's "Tonight Show," the first show taped since the late-night program had to lay off roughly two dozen employees and Leno himself took a pay cut. Leno kicked off the program telling the audience, "Welcome to 'The Tonight Show,' or as Comcast calls us, 'The Expendables!'" He continued, "As you may have heard, our parent company has downsized 'The Tonight Show.' And we've been consistently No. 1 in the ratings.
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April 9, 2013 |
For the second time in less than a week, comedian Jay Leno turned to Stockton for material. The California city again made headlines this month when it was deemed eligible for bankruptcy protection , allowing it to move forward in reorganizing its debt. In June, the 300,000-person city became the largest in the U.S. to fail financially. On Monday , "The Tonight Show" star pounced. "Stockton is so broke, the founding father is now demanding a paternity test," Leno joked.
March 13, 2013 |
Olivia Wilde learned a valuable lesson about Justin Bieber fans: Don't talk smack about the most-followed person on Twitter. "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" actress, who appeared on "The Tonight Show" Tuesday, unleashed a tweet March 2 after photos surfaced documenting the pop star walking around shirtless in frigid London, which kicked off his very, very bad London trip. "Bieber, put your ... shirt on. (unless you lost all your shirts in a fire in which case my condolences and please purchase a new shirt.)
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April 3, 2013 |
Burbank officials Wednesday treated news that “The Tonight Show” was leaving for a new host in a new city like a painful breakup. And as with most epic breakups, the rumor mill had been whirling for weeks. On Wednesday, NBC ended weeks of gossip and speculation by confirming that Jimmy Fallon will succeed Jay Leno as host of "The Tonight Show" in the spring of 2014. Although Leno is still the most-watched late-night television host, NBC is making the move because it thinks Fallon will do better with younger viewers in the years to come.