That’s second only to the 22.4 million who watched on May 20, 1993, after the Cheers series finale, according to the network.
The final Tonight Show posts a 9.2 metered-market household rating, triple its season average and the best since 2009. Late Night with Jimmy Fallon hits a series high.
Calling himself “the luckiest guy in the world,” Jay Leno went out on top, which was where he stayed for most of his stretch as the successor to “King of Late Night” Johnny Carson. His exit, not entirely by choice, now clears the deck for yet another chapter of the 60-year-old talk show, with Fallon taking over as NBC’s Tonight moves back to New York from its longtime Los Angeles home on Feb. 17. “You’re very kind,” Leno told his audience at the start of his last monologue. “I don’t like goodbyes. NBC does. I don’t care for them.”
Despite the diminished state of latenight television, and technology that has altered viewing habits, NBC’s Tonight show remains one of the signature franchises of broadcasting and still carries unusual resonance.
Jay Leno’s final week as host of The Tonight Show got off to a strong start Monday night. Tonight matched its best metered-market household rating in 15 months, as well as the show’s best Monday rating in almost four years. Tonight posted a 3.9 household rating at 11:35 p.m., tying with last Friday as the show’s highest-rated program since President Barack Obama visited on Oct. 24, 2012, a night Leno drew a 4.0.
“It’s been a wonderful job but this is the right time to leave,” says Leno, whose once-dark mop of hair is now a neatly groomed silver. “I’m at that age where I don’t really listen to the [current] music anymore. I’m not a big tweet guy. A 63-year-old guy reading Miley Cyrus’ tweets is a little creepy. Move on.” Leno is planning to expand the comedy club gigs he never abandoned and various outlets for his automotive passion, including the Web show “Jay Leno’s Garage,” and the magazine and newspaper pieces he writes. He insists his schedule won’t include another latenight show,
NBCUniversal plans to lay off the entire Tonight Show staff — all 164 Burbank employees — when the late-night talk show moves from California to New York City next month, All 164 employees are being encouraged to apply for positions in New York.
He’s far ahead of David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel in total viewers and 18-49s this season, a lead he’ll hand off to replacement Jimmy Fallon next year.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno continues to be the top late-night show for the week of the new TV season. For the week ending Sept. 27, NBC’s Tonight earned a Nielsen 0.9 rating/4 share among key 18-49 viewers (1.2 million viewers) and 3.7 million overall latenight viewers in its 11:35 p.m. timeslot.
The Jay Leno-hosted Tonight Show will air its last episode on Feb. 6 and, per terms of his show exit deal with NBC, the cast and crew will be paid until his contract expires in September. Tonight EP Debbie Vickers made the announcement today to the staffers at the show, informed sources report.
He’s a little more than six months away from passing the Tonight Show baton — again — but Jay Leno is very much still on his game ratings-wise. In Nielsen numbers for the second quarter of this year, NBC’s Tonight Show With Jay Leno was easily the top-rated hour in latenight.
During his monologue Friday, the Tonight Show host asked his Burbank studio audience if they’d heard about his “alleged feud” with NBC and kept making cracks as the monologue went on. Leno started taking on-air potshots at the network this month amid reports that the network plans to replace him at Tonight with Jimmy Fallon.
A night after calling network executives “snakes,” the Tonight host takes another shot at NBC, just days after a report that entertainment chief Robert Greenblatt is angered over his ribbing.
With Jimmy Kimmel attracting younger viewers, Jimmy Fallon seems a logical choice to move into the coveted 11:35 time slot in 2014.
The payroll purge affected about 10% of the roughly 200 people who work on The Tonight Show, still the top-rated latenight program.
BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Michelle Obama is headed back to Jay Leno’s stage. NBC announced Monday that the first lady will make her third appearance on “The Tonight Show” on Aug. 13 to talk about the London Olympics and life with President Barack Obama and their children at the White House. On her last stopover […]
President Barack Obama’s approval ratings may not be great, but he can still draw a TV audience. Obama’s appearance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno lifted the show to its highest Tuesday ratings since March 2, 2010, the night after Leno returned to the show.