June 1, 2009 |
Jay Leno ended his 17-year run on NBC's "The Tonight Show" with one for the record books. His send-off drew the highest Friday overnight ratings during his tenure on the program. In the top 56 local TV markets, Leno scored an 8.8 rating / 20 share in households, according to early data from Nielsen Media Research. That more than doubled the 3.9 rating Leno has averaged in the second quarter of this year. And it was the highest-rated "Tonight" for any night of the week since President Obama visited the program on March 19. Final ratings, including total viewer numbers, will not be available until Thursday.
May 29, 2009 |
Although it drew its smallest audience since 2004, viewership for the "American Idol" finale significantly surpassed its competition last week and helped Fox end CBS' 11-week streak as the most-watched network. An average of 28.84 million people tuned in to see Kris Allen named "Idol" champion, 9% fewer than the 31.66 million who watched last year when David Cook won the singing competition. But it was still 8.5 million more viewers than for last week's most-watched non-"Idol" program, the finale of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."