Jay Leno Back on Top, Beating Out Letterman

March 12, 2010

(ChattahBox)—-Jay Leno must feel somewhat gratified to learn, since his return as late night host, the latest ratings place The Tonight Show back in the top spot. At the end of Leno’s first week, sitting at The Tonight Show’s desk, he beat out Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Among total viewers, Leno dominated over Letterman with 5.58 million viewers compared to the gap-toothed comedian’s 3.66 million.

For the week ending March 5, Leno also won in the adults 18-49 category, which is coveted by advertisers.

His successful lead-in show also gave a much welcomed boost to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, which won the late, late night ratings battle, beating out Craig Ferguson. Fallon led the adults in the 18-49 category, as well as total viewers.

During Conan O’Brien’s short stint as Tonight Show host, he was consistently dominated by Letterman, averaging only 2.5 million total viewers. And the pompadoured comedian was frequently beat out by Letterman, even in the adults 18-49 category.

But Conan is not looking back, after his exit from NBC. He enjoys a rabid online fan base, dubbed team CoCo and he is about to embark on a 30-city nationwide comedy tour that is already selling out.

Source: Hollywood Insider


4 Responses to “Jay Leno Back on Top, Beating Out Letterman”

  1. Mike on March 12th, 2010 1:26 pm

    Eh, did you actually look at the ratings for THIS week? Letterman is beating Leno in 18-49 and barely behind in total viewers. lazy journalism.

  2. JD on March 12th, 2010 5:25 pm

    Who is Conan O’Brien?

  3. Angel on March 12th, 2010 8:48 pm

    Jay leno has ACTUAL shows with good ratings leading him in.

    Conan had the failing Jay Leno show.

    And even though Conan was on before Jay Leno even started, remember that it took Jay 2 years to get the top spot when he FIRST took the job.

    They gave Conan 6 months… and a show that bombed to lead him in…

  4. Brad on March 15th, 2010 7:01 pm

    Conan had 13 years on the Late Night show to hone his skills and to prepare for that day. Also he had very strong ratings in his last few shows AFTER the announcement was made that he is leaving. Only then, did people tune in; if only his fans like Angel and Mike were more supportive then and actually watching his show, and not on the streets protesting but not watching his show. If he was able to keep the ratings as he had in his first week and his last, he would still be on NBC today. Stop blaming this on Leno.

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