March 2nd, 2010
02:50 PM ET

Leno's 'Tonight Show' takes top spot in ratings

Jay Leno Love him or hate him, people are still watching Jay Leno.

NBC did a special rush job to get Leno’s Monday-night ratings from across the nation, instead of going off the usual 25 markets they can cull overnight averages from. In both sets of ratings, however, the results are mighty positive.

Leno's first night back, which featured actor and musician Jamie Foxx as well as Olympic gold medal skier Lindsey Vonn, ranked No. 1 among major networks in his time slot, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Leno had 6.6 million total viewers in what Nielsen calls the "fast national" (that is, preliminary) ratings, in comparison to the 3.8 million who tuned in to David Letterman's "Late Show" and the 4.1 million who were watching "Nightline" on ABC. Leno had a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49, in contrast to David Letterman's rating of 1.1 in the same demographic.

Leno's first night back behind the "Tonight Show" desk had a positive effect for Jimmy Fallon as well. The host of "Late Night" came in at 2.1 million viewers, beating out "Late Late Show" host Craig Ferguson, who had 1.8 million viewers.

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  2. Mike

    I find a lot of people who have positive sentiment towards Leno have no knowledge of the evolution in late night television dating back (at least) to 1980. I'm only 36, and I understand this clearly.

    Letterman on NBC (best years 1983-1987) was revolutionary. He was fresh, edgy, had great wacky bits (Larry Bud, stupid pet tricks etc), and interviewed guys on the street. His best quality, however (and few people know this) – he challenged, and frequently with sarcastic wit – disrespected A-list guests. It was hilarious. You could always see a guest getting frustrated and wanting to leave due to Dave's needling. Unfortunately, the long run effect caused Dave to lose good guests, and he watered down his interviews as a result. By the time he moved to CBS, his show was far less edgy, and marketed for an older (i.e. Carson's existing) demographic. Go back and look at those great early NBC years. Dave would openly mock his star guests. There's nothing even close to that today.

    All talk shows today (by comprisson) have entirely bland interviewing segments. Nobody is seriously challenged on their positions, and they're all plugging something. Part of the problem is successful people today are less self-made (honing their crafts over a period of years against stiff competition) and character driven, and more lottery winners associated with big productions (such as blockbuster movies, American Idol etc). It's just boring.

    Now, interviewing aside, let's look at stand-up, improv, and segment creativity. Conan is hands down better than anyone today at the last 2. I don't know why people mention Craig Ferguson. He's just not funny at all. Firstly, he laughs hard at his own jokes, and secondly a Scottish accent is just not funny. Scottish is serious – think Connery.
    His banter with guests is as exciting as being on a treadmill.

    Leno's best quality is his standup. He has reasonably good delivery, but that's not saying much. His jokes are just not that smart or funny. He'd be better suited as a recuring guest on someone else's show. In fact, he was good at this in the early 1980s appearing on Carson and Letterman frequently doing standup, and sit down comedy.

    March 3, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jgreer

    class act jay is. he not so political. lettermen has his politics written on his face which is sad. if i want to listen to the news i will watch a news program. he doesn't know anything expect what he believes to be correct which he has no clue. i am so proud of jay for staying away from that. he will crack a joke about a politican but its not meant to be mean unlike lettermen. when he does that if i happen to turn it over while jay is advertising i just go back and listen to the commercials, a lot better than his jibberish. just a shame that lettermen has the nerve to downgrade someone, when he should look in his back yard. now thats funny. keep your political views to yourself.

    March 3, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Eric Fortnight

    The ratings Conan got said it all as to why the switch was made. I love Conan but there was something missing watching the tonight show with him leading it. Jay just seems to be more natural in that position because his 10 oclock show sucked. I still remember the car wash song from the first night it debuted. The song went on and on. There were other bits but that was a sign of bad things to come. I did like Jim Norton though (Opie&Anthony show) he is great.

    Good luck Jay

    March 3, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Arlene

    Hey, Doug, the other guy does have a name, Conan O'Brien remember, but he sucked big time anyhow. He is not funny at all and rather annoying. Anyhow, they should have never messed with the change anyhow.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Victor

    Still waiting for Conan's return.

    September seems so far away.

    Jay SUCKS!!!!

    March 3, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  7. whatever

    As I recall, his ratings at 10:00 were high the first night, too, then dropped dramatically. Of course people tuned in to see what he would say.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  8. Spiker715

    Love him or hate him? The premise of the question makes no sense. The Tonight Show was consistantly #1 for years when Jay was asked to give it up for Conan. Now, if I did a consistantly awesome job at work but was asked to move aside for someone else, what is the fairness in that? Conan comes along, Jay leaves and The Tonight Show ratings tank. It's just that simple. If someone replaced me in my job, failed to produce, then I was asked to come back, I doubt I would have been as nice as Jay.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. Tony

    Of course Jay LameO did well. It was his first show. His ratings will decline just like before. Why else do you think they gave him another show? He wasn't cutting it on the Tonight Show. just because he has The Palm Palin on doesn't mean anything.

    Did she mention that Trig (trisomy G) is the brains of the family? Probably not.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. William Gordon

    Of course everyone watched Leno on the first night back. I struggled with it. I wanted to see what he was doing but did not want him to get the ratings. I have loyalties. Mine were not specifically to Conant O'Brien, though I am Irish and reluctantly love the red head funny man, but they also aren't to an unabashed filthy rich car mongering egotist. Come trick my ride, Jay. I don't have one. Still, I flipflopped channels. Jamie Foxx is really what made me go back to Letterman. That was the most Ghetto performance I have ever seen. And I LIKE JAMIE FOXX. Letterman, though maybe out of date, is consistent. America needs that from somewhere. I also really liked his show against the new Jay 10 ways from Sunday. By the way, I am a hesitant Letterman fan, too. He's only nice when animals are on. But he beats Jay. Hands down.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  11. John

    jay has morals? lol lol you obviously know nothing about jay leno

    March 3, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  12. John

    jeez, let's all kiss jays a$$

    March 3, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  13. Gregg

    First show back? Check. Olympic medalist Lindsey Vonn? Check. High ratings? Of surprise there. Let's see what happens in a couple weeks, though. That's the real test.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. Virginia

    Glad Jay is back. Jamie Foxx was very annoying. Last night I watched Jay's monolog, but switched channels before Sarah the moose slayer came on. I can 't stand her and wish she always stayed on Fox where I would never have to see her.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  15. LISA ANN

    Jay Leno is different. David Letterman is the complete opposite. Jay will come back and hold onto his spot in the ratings once again.

    Jay is kind, loves his wife and has morals.

    The show was handed over to Conan five years ago. Conan took over and it lasted for seven months. The Tonight Show has always had hosts like Jay Leno.

    I watched Conan and I loved him too, just not as the host of The Tonight Show. Conan was in the right time slot..right after The Tonight Show. I must say there were a lot of times I felt uncomfortable with a lot of his "gay talk" and what appeared to be attractions to men, when he has a wife and two little children at home. I am not gay bashing, on the contrary, but I was just not comfortable when Conan would go there. I have heard a lot of other people feel that way too. If you watched the old Tonight Show, often the TV would stay until Conan would come on next. A lot of people turned him off or changed the channel. I grew to like him.

    I must say that I miss Conan. I feel sorry for him, but I feel the right decision was made. He was not making it as the host of The Tonight Show and it was wonderful to see his sidekick,, Andy, back with him once again. Boy Andy is one very smart man.....for those of you who didn't see him topple the other celebs on Jeopardy. ANDY IS VERY SMART !!! Conan and Andy are great together. I'd like to see them come back to TV together again....just not on The Tonight Show.

    I hope Jay Leno is successful being back with The Tonight Show. People only tuned into Letterman because Conon was just not cutting please don't be upset with Jay about that. It is not Conan's fault either. It simply did not work with Conan hosting The Tonight Show. Conan's type of comedy is not meant for The Tonight Show audience.

    NBC made a very bad mistake taking Jay off and giving Conan the show. Look at how much money was simply thrown away. I remember watching as Conan hacked up th set on his last Conan O'Brien show and gave pieces of wooden stage away to the audience. A FORTUNE was spent on Conan and for what ? He was given a brathtaking new set as the new host of The Tonight Show. It was like money was no object and then when Jay was given the 10 pm time slot, he was not even given a desk. Sometime just simply did not add up.

    NBC just needed to wake up and smell the roses before they took Jay off as host of The Tonight Show and gave his show away to Conan. The people had spoken.....just look at the ratings. The ratings talk.... The old saying is "If It Ain't Broke.....Don't Fix It".......NBC...listen the next time. You'll save yourself a lot of money and disrupt a LOT of families in the mean time. Look at how many people moved from New York to California to move with Conan. WOW...what a fiasco.

    It's a shame that things cannot go back to the way they were...but then you've got Jimmy Fallon. Jimmy got off to a really rocky start. Jimmy has grown on us and we're glad he is there. He also is a good guy and cares about people....just like Jay Leno. Jimmy has a very good heart and you can tell he would feel bad to even think of going after anyone like Letterman does.

    A lot of people used to switch channels back and forth if Jay had a guest that wasn't too appealing that night and I know the Letterman fans did that if Leno had a great guest too. On more than one occasion I would channel surf to see what guests Letterman would have on. There were many times that even if he had a good guest, if he was bashing them or embarrasing them to death.....I would turn the show off in anger. He treats people like CRAP !! No other word for it...unless he likes you. If he likes you, you are safe.

    He has been so rude to MANY young people and simply attacked them as they sat in the chair beside him. I don't know how he could even sleep at night after he did some of the "pre-meditated" jobs he did on some of his guests. He knew perfectly well what his plan was before the unknowing guest even sat in the chair. I guess he needs to think how would HE feel to watch someone rip up his own son, Harry, with their mouth and sit back and watch it happen.

    No wonder Jay Leno is on top. He would NEVER EVER even think of doing such a thing to his guests. His Mother raised him with morals. Something Dave's nice Mother, Dorothy, must have tried to do, but obviously failed.

    Harry don't grow up to be like your Dad. Turn on Jay Leno or Jimmy Fallon to see what perfect examples of "gentlemen" are. Something your Dad is not and never will be.

    Keep up the good work Jay. With all that has happened and with all of the attacks, we are all SO GLAD to see you back. It must be very hard but we are so proud of you. Hold your head high. No worries....Letterman is back to number 2 again. Easily....

    Conan is a good man too, but his time slot of 12:35 and his type of comedy was not what The Tonight Show has ever been all about.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  16. Jake

    I was glad to see Jay back on his old time slot. Can't stand Letterman who laughs at his own jokes. Can't stand Conan (Woody Woodpecker looking hair). I don't see what the young people see in Conan's type of humor.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  17. Chandler

    If it weren't for retirement villages Jay would have nothing.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  18. nightowl

    I find it funny that people think Leno caused this debacle. He had high ratings on The Tonight Show and O'Brien pouted until NBC forced Leno to an earlier slot. Then O'Brien got mediocre ratings at 11:35. O'Brien just did his exact same show but an hour earlier, despite all the hooplah about a brand new Tonight Show. Now Leno is back and he's doing the exact same thing he has always done. Some find it really funny some don't. IMO I like Craig Ferguson, Jay Leno, and Letterman in that order. Letterman just repeats a word over and over and makes faces – boring! Ferguson makes me laugh out loud.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  19. Geoff Hamilton


    I'm still proud to be one of 12 cheeky monkeys who stays up to watch Ferguson.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  20. Cyncan

    It was just the hype of the moment. They did a very good marketing campaign during the olympics to promote his comeback. I am sure his rating will come down once the hype is over..... Go David and Craig!!!

    March 3, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  21. rugarrr

    Looks like it's you and me, Dave, until Conan's return. Leno, enjoy it while it lasts.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  22. Robert

    Mediocrity sells.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  23. Happy Gilmore

    Come on..of course he's going to get "big" ratings opening night...people want to see how he handles his return....ratings will start to plummet when folks realize how lame and boring his show is...they will all go back to watching Letterman etc.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  24. anonymous

    It's obvious that everyone watched to see the Jersey Shore cast – hahahhaha. Long live Conan!

    March 3, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  25. Scott

    Jay Leno's humor is too soft and tired. Kevin Eubanks forced laughs just amplify the pathetic nature of the formula. Talk shows that are actually funny and edgy? Daily Show and Colbert Report. They don't have a worn out schtick, weak humor or annoying sidekicks. Late night became irrelevent the moment Johnny Carson retired.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  26. foothunter

    boo on leno, I want conando !

    March 3, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  27. LISA ANN

    I ADORE Jay Leno.

    David Letter makes a living out of bashing and trashing peple.....he STILL does it, but has calmed down since his own sex-capades.

    Jay is the BEST !!! He has done so much good, behind the scenes, and has the morals that would make David Letterman's Mother proud.....sorry Dave that you disappointed your own Mother.

    Jay Leno is just a good man. Bottom line and his show is GREAT !!!

    March 3, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  28. EJ

    LOL Kent – Howard Stern and David Letterman are idiots. Jay slammed Letterman his first night back and would mop the floor with Stern or Coco.

    March 3, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  29. JoePa

    Conan's first Tonight Show was a 7.1, Leno's first show back was a 6.6. If standards hold true, I think that means it's time to fire Jay, as the ratings are trending downwards.

    March 3, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  30. guest

    I guess I can't really comment about his show or Letterman's show since I only watch the monologue. The interviews and the live performance of all late night shows is just of no interest to me. ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX just have shi**y shows. The only shows I watch are Family Guy, Modern Family, and Two and a Half Men. Thank god there's DIRECTV.

    March 3, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  31. LolaPJ

    Welcome back Jay! Your 1st show back was great.

    March 3, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  32. guy

    Jay is a hackie joke thief and a horrible performer.

    The Jamie Foxx appearance was liking watching someone drown.

    March 3, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  33. Mika

    I watched it, but didn't like it at all. I want Conan back!

    March 3, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  34. KC

    Let's go back a few years and look at the FACTS, not what has been rumored around the blogosphere.

    2004, Conan is threatening to leave NBC if they don't promise him the 11:30 slot. NBC buckles to the pressure, promises him Tonight Show, tells Jay he's going to leave in 2009 whether he wants to or not.

    2009, Jay is still #1 in the ratings, but he has agreed to turn over the show to Conan, so he does what NBC wants.

    2009, NBC's prime-time can't get ratings, and rather than risk Jay going to another network to compete with Conan, they come up with the idea to put him in prime-time.

    2010, Conan has lost the traditional standing of Tonight as the #1 show. His humor is too edgy for Middle America, and the things he did at 12:30 that were actually funny had to be toned down for the earlier slot. NBC sees their mistake and makes the first intelligent decision in eons, restore the person who kept Tonight #1 and get rid of the person who tanked it.

    So, while Conan and his fans were trying to portray Jay as the brat who wanted his show back, the real story is 6 years ago, when most of Conan's viewers were too young to stay up that late, when it was CONAN who was the demanding brat who insisted "give me the job I want or I'm gone". If Conan had been willing to wait his turn till Jay was ready to retire, this fiasco would not have happened.

    You can google up these facts if you dare to find out that CoCo is not the innocent party in all this, as he would like you to think he is. Or, like me, you can be a grown-up who was already reading the newspaper in 2004 and remembers how the story developed from the very first.

    That Conan made the demand for the job in the first place didn't sit well with me. That he then whined and tried to make Jay the bad guy REALLY didn't sit well with me. I've lost all respect for Conan as a result. But then, I don't like any bratty little kid who makes demands with no consideration for anyone else.

    Now he's got what he threatened in 2004, the freedom to go to a new network, and now he doesn't like that he was given what he said he wanted. Let's see what the ratings tell us when he gets back on the air, but I'm guessing if he didn't make #1 on NBC, where most people are conditioned to watch at 11:30, he's not going to make #1 on any other network, either.

    March 3, 2010 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  35. Mark S.

    I love the comments from the youth that like Conan and Letterman. I am a Leno man for the monologue then I switch to whoevery has the better guests.

    For the youth complaining – if you take your heads outa you games and cell phone and Ipods and watch the show yourself instead of listening to what your firneds tell you, you might influence the numbers.

    March 3, 2010 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  36. Pradeep

    Americans are supposed to be the best looking race on the Planet. If it wasn't for David Letterman, they might be even better looking. He is ugly & a coward who picks on little girls & is NOT funny. It is a pleasure to have Leno back & see him kick ass !! Leno does appear to have lost some energy & needs to revitalize his show some more – maybe he needs to see some reruns of Johnny Carson to get some ideas, but I can now go back to watching some late night entertainment 'cause I never watched 'late night w/DL ( Da Loser)'.

    March 3, 2010 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
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  38. Common Sense

    Jay Leno is bland, inoffensive humor that is targeted at 55+ year olds who can only handle oatmeal, prunes and yelling at kids not to skateboard on the grass. It's funny, Jay is at his most entertaining when he's not doing comedy. Headlines, Stupid College Kids, etc. NBC is catering to an aging demographic and us "youngins" won't forget it. Good move NBC!

    March 3, 2010 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  39. Bob

    Other than Johnny, Jay rules!

    March 3, 2010 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  40. Shiz

    This says plenty about ratings...

    March 3, 2010 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  41. H Stern

    You are welcome Jay.

    March 3, 2010 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  42. Jeff

    The problem is..... he is NOT funny.

    March 3, 2010 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  43. shabaz

    Does Leno deserve to be back on top ? Probably.. initially due to curiosity, then we'll see how him and Letterman stack up. They both have their strengths. One is intelligently funny and the other is funny and nice.

    Re Conan. Yes, it was awful and criminal what they did to him. He is a nice guy (seemingly), but come on! As an act he was more like a slapstick Keystone Kops going for cheap, childish jokes which were well....Cheap.. I tried watching once or twice, but it was like watching a clown in a suit minus the pie in the face. I hope he does well , and maybe he should go back to Late, Late Night, cos at that hour... vulgar in your face comedy may be easier to absorb... Just look at Jimmy Kimmel.

    March 3, 2010 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  44. keith

    I was always a fan of Conan when he had the Late Show, I really enjoyed the show.
    I found him incredibly boring when he had the Tonite Show, but I suffered through it hoping it would improve. It didn't.
    Now crybaby Conan is blaming all his troubles on Jay Leno.
    Not in my book. He brought this on himself when he threatened to walk if he didn't get the Tonite Show.
    Co-Co The Spinning Clown and Boring Andy can stay off the air forever as far as I'm concerned.

    March 3, 2010 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  45. John M

    Coco's first show was 9.2 million, last show 10.3. Is NBC releasing, early and not industry recognized, ratings of 6.6 million suppose to make everyone feel rosy that the big execs made the right decision? These numbers is like the fox guarding the hen house and after eating a third of the chicken's telling the farmer that the fox is doing a good job because you still have more then half of the chickens left. Wether you like Jay or Coco, these numbers really are NOT good for Jay and good for Conan as leverage for a new show.

    March 3, 2010 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  46. Kyle

    You're KIDDING. So Jay took himself out of the crappy lead in slot for the tonight show, re-inserted a huge lead in (the closing ceremonies) and still did wayyyyyy less than conan's last couple shows.

    In Jay's first night he had 6 MILLION more viewers in the 10 0clock lead in for his show than Conan had in 7 MONTHS with Jay at 10. This is a win for NBC how???

    March 3, 2010 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  47. Jared

    I love Jay welcome back man!!

    March 3, 2010 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  48. Larry Sanders

    ***********TOP TEN LATE NIGHT HOSTS********************************
    1.Johnny Carson-epic untouchable
    2.John Stewart-the funniest semite in show biz
    3.Stephen Colbert -probably the best interviewer ever
    4.Conan O'Brien-hillarious
    5.Craig Furguson (scottish Connan guy)-very funny
    6.David Letterman-losin it
    7.Jimmy Kimmel-eh
    8.Jimmy Fallon-good... (for me to poop on)
    9.Carson Daily-even MTV doesn't want this guy any more
    10.Jay Leno--go back to selling doritos you no talent butt-puppet

    March 3, 2010 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  49. Bill

    "People have hard time turning their eyes away from a train wreck."

    Is that how Conan and Dave have lasted so long??

    March 3, 2010 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  50. Dave

    I'm not old and I prefer Leno over Letterman or Conan. 6.6 million people would tend to agree with me.

    March 3, 2010 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  51. Raja

    Leno deserves this since, simply said, he IS funny without trying.

    March 3, 2010 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  52. Anneka

    Jay, so relieved you are back. Away with that weird dumbing down sense of humor of the others and welcome to charm and a laugh based on some intelligence.

    March 3, 2010 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
  53. Mark

    I love how people somehow think Leno screwed Conan. NBC screwed these guys, both of them. Leno didn't quit, NBC told him to leave.

    Leno didn't demand his job back, Conan flopped.

    Blame NBC.

    March 3, 2010 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
  54. kingrk

    I'm with Coco!!!!!! Jay is lame and I won't watch him.

    March 3, 2010 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
  55. DJ

    Long Live the Undisputed KING of late night TV! To all you haters and morons who think the number one rating is because it's the first night or first week need to get a clue and some class. Jay was, is and has always been the man, the show to watch and the number one rated show in late night entertainment. Like it or not, this is an indisputable fact; And reading the comments from you haters only confirms that you are the same type of people that are the stars of the show's "JayWalking" segment.

    March 3, 2010 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
  56. Paul

    Leno is safe, that's why most people like him. He's the Pat Boone of comedy. He softens up other peoples work.

    March 3, 2010 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
  57. Andrew Baker

    Just when I thought it was over and someone funny was taking over....lame.

    March 3, 2010 at 6:10 am | Report abuse |
  58. drcraw1

    Who the hell watches that crap. At least O'brien was funny. I think there is something seriously wrong with the way the nielson ratings are done. Because out of everyone I know or have ever met, none of them like Jay, or thinks he knows how to tell a joke.

    March 3, 2010 at 6:09 am | Report abuse |
  59. ken

    Give it a few weeks.

    March 3, 2010 at 6:05 am | Report abuse |
  60. jim

    so he is back. BIG DEAL! In comparison to Conan, he is sorley lacking! After Johnny Carsdn left the show, it should have gone into oblivion!

    March 3, 2010 at 5:44 am | Report abuse |
  61. harryx

    Jay is and always will be a tool.

    March 3, 2010 at 5:35 am | Report abuse |
  62. bgg

    I dont believe those numbers. Its not a big deal for him to return to something hes done for almost 20 years. So I dont think people cared that much and someone did some creative estimates. There would have to be some major anticipation for his return for that many people to watch a late night talk show and he was doing a show just weeks ago so its no big deal. No way!

    March 3, 2010 at 5:31 am | Report abuse |
  63. RennTiki

    Jay was NOwhere NEAR as much fun as Conan nor entertaining as Letterman. I just do NOT get the appeal of this guy. He's also so bizarre looking to the point of distraction... which is great for a stand-up comedian – but not so great in an interviewer.

    Will be watching Dave or Conan who have much more entertaining and enjoyable repartee with their sidekicks.

    March 3, 2010 at 4:15 am | Report abuse |
  64. Glow

    What a loser!! I hate the way he has changed since taking over the Tonight Show in the beginning. Just not funny anymore! 🙁

    March 3, 2010 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |
  65. Amit

    I absolutely love Jay Leno. However JL was not the only reason for high ratings; partial credit should go to Lindsey Vonn OMG she looked hot!!! 🙂

    March 3, 2010 at 3:57 am | Report abuse |
  66. Delphine

    More of the same, isn't that typical american tv annyway.Llink tv must be a relief for you, guys.

    March 3, 2010 at 3:24 am | Report abuse |
  67. zak

    This still doesn't change the fact that Jay is a duche bag.

    March 3, 2010 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
  68. Eric

    Jay may have the numbers but Dave's advertising dollar is more valuable.

    March 3, 2010 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
  69. Mike

    Leno has always been bland, self-important, and cowardly.

    Notice he just loudly repeats his jokes while the audience has already appreciated the original? It's intellectually vacant.

    I remember one time Leno happily volunteered to a guest that he lived (currently) beside Bruce Springsteen. I'm sure Bruce appreciated this. Is he so insecure that he has to boost his profile by mentioning celebrities he lives near?

    Anyone familiar with the history of late night also knows Letterman invented interaction with the average guy on the street. Carson never did that. Now everybody does it – thanks to Letterman.

    I also remember after the 911 attacks, Letterman was the first late night host to come back after 2 weeks hiatus with a candid (albeit somewhat sobbing) Dan Rather. Letterman made a great speech, as he always does in times of crisis – his or anyone else's.

    What did Leno do? He waited to see how Dave would do before he did anything. Dave was a smash hit. Of course, Leno just went right back on the air the next day, and practically copied Dave's text word for word.

    March 3, 2010 at 3:10 am | Report abuse |
  70. JR

    No surprise there, I'm willing to bet that the Leno crowd is the same set of mouthbreathers that find Two and a Half Men to be hilarious. Sophomoric, double entendres about intercourse and bodily functions.........*yawn*. If you are saying to yourself " I find both of those shows funny", then yes, you are the problem with America.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
  71. Billy

    Jay may have the ratings now but his show is only going to go downhill from here. People only tuned in because its his first week back.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
  72. busiB,DC

    what can i say. a douche is still a douche. and that is what u r long chin Jay Leno. we miss u Conan!!!

    March 3, 2010 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
  73. John_NM

    OK, my weeknights are finally back to normal, Jay Leno followed by Craig Ferguson.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
  74. Steve

    Leno crows, Coco knows Fire Jeff Zucker, NBC blows.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  75. Leno Fan

    I dunno how many morons does it take to realize hey...Leno is #1. Has been #1 for seventeen years and no one can beat him at it. It's a true fact. So stop crying and face reality...

    March 3, 2010 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  76. Kevin

    I'm 47 and I watched Johnny in his time and I have watched Leno since his first show in 1992. I also watched Conan when he was on after Jay. Jay's show at 10pm was missing something. NBC decided on to go cheap. The second guest was via satellite and there was rarely a musical act. It was something different, but not exactly what was needed for the time slot.

    For those of you who say Conan wasn't given time....remember Leno wasn't given time either. He was guaranteed at least a year. His numbers were what was expected in the time slot. NBC thought that he would start bringing in larger numbers in the Spring and Summer when CBS and ABC have mostly re-runs on.

    I Tivo'd both Leno and Conan's shows. I watched most of Leno's and found Conan's to be too juvenile. I think the network told Conan to make his show more "G" rated for a larger audience and Conan just seemed a little off. Remember the masterbating bear and the more foul mouthed dog. I never was fond of Andy Richter and once again think Conan would have been better off with just Max Weinberg.

    I wish Conan the best as his humor has it's place. I like him just not his new show.

    As for Letterman, I never found him funny... 17 years ago or now. What's with the white socks anyway?

    March 3, 2010 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  77. Bob

    Returning from the debacle and with the push he got during the Olympics, I'm not surprised that Leno won his first night back. The question is whether he can maintain that lead. The real challenge will come if Fox or someone else gives Conan a show. In my house, we watch Letterman and Ferguson and will continue to watch them rather than Jay or Conan..

    March 3, 2010 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  78. Kyle

    I miss Conan O'Brien 🙁

    March 3, 2010 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  79. Yedidya

    Great to see you back! Mazal tov!

    March 3, 2010 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  80. Sheela

    I am back to watching Jthe Tonight Show. Love the guy!! I had stopped watching after a few shows of Conan. What was all the strange things he did with his hands and face about? Was that supposed to be funny? Yeah for 2 year olds!! Also really happy to see Kevin too! Way to go Jay!!

    March 3, 2010 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  81. John Murray

    I guess only us "old folks" actually read the news and know the real story.
    Jay Leno was forced to agree to giving up the show 5 years ago. NBC in their usual ignorant way decided that the ratings would not keep holding up for Leno and wanted Conan to replace him. They also made Leno take the earlier show because they didn't want him to depart. He took the show so his staff would have jobs. I really doubt he needs the money. Conan bombed partially due to NBC's decision to put Leno in prime time, causing affiliates to lose money due to a weak lead in. Also Conan is not all that funny. But I'm sure you kids like him. He is very sophomoric. But in fairness, he is ten times funnier than Lettermen. You "kids" should less time tweeting and more time checking the facts.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  82. Mike H.

    Between the two, Conan is by far the more original and entertaining. NBC messed this one up.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  83. Cameron

    Yeah, a lot of people checked him out on the first night to see if he still sucked. He does! Now they'll stop watching.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  84. NikkiD

    Sure people watched. They wanted to see the wreck. Viewers will soon find out that Leno is not funny nor is he original. COCO Rocks!

    March 3, 2010 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  85. Yawning

    Just watched it on tivo. Wow, that was boring!

    March 3, 2010 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  86. Pete

    Jay was, and is, still the best, Conan was just a buffoon !

    March 3, 2010 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  87. Axel

    Leno is so lame that if he was a horse they would shoot him and ship his carcase off to the nearest glue factory. Which is why I have called him "Jay Lamo" for the last decade or so...

    March 3, 2010 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  88. Dave V

    Finally, I can watch late night talk shows again. Jay Leno is a stand-up guy and always takes the high road. I just couldn't bear to watch Conan..that's torture waiting for him to actually say something that is funny.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  89. George

    How old are these people that are calling him the king of late night? Johnny was, is, and always will be, and I am only 30. There will never be another Johnny or Jackie Gleason again.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  90. George

    Watch Johnny...Watch Johnny again...then see....Jay is not funny...It was the same tired old show. I used to like him, but there is no edge left. Conan already did that desk tired.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  91. Curt F

    It was all just curiosity as to why the ratings were so high for the first night. And as the old saying goes "Curiosity killed the Cat". Let's see how he is doing around October. My guess is his numbers will not be better than Conan's were and Letterman will be on top. Jay is not funny, has no originality and is a lame interviewer.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  92. Dick

    Why are people making comments like 'welcome back Jay' and 'glad you are back'? He was on only an hour earlier. Boy his fans are sheep. Stupid sheep at that. Sorry to insult actual sheep.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  93. advani

    I didn't enjoy watching Conan while he was on the Tonight Show. But why do I miss him ?????

    March 3, 2010 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  94. Tim Greer

    Joe, calm down. Just making things up to try and discredit me because I made too many valid points, isn't helping your argument. Clearly, I don't take it personally, I simply put out the facts and events in the order they happened, which is public knowledge.

    You act like I had to be personally offended by Leno to state the facts of the matter, yet you act like you have some big issue with me and try and mock me, because... why, exactly? Because you don't like what I said.

    Who's having serious issues with this? Me for outlining what people dislike about NBC and Leno, or you, who is attacking me personally, by suggesting I suffer from some emotional trauma over the Late Night war? Who are you trying to fool? You're just taking a different approach to respond to my points, and doing so by trying to mock and belittle me, rather than respond to the valid points I had laid out.

    Also, who the heck ever said that I thought Leno or Conan would care what I had to say? What makes you think they care what you say? Do you think they will read these comments? I sure don't. Again, you sink to a low level to try and mock me, I guess what I said somehow threatens you?

    The person that needs to "let it go", is you. You're making this personal, I'm not. Who's taking it personally? I guess you are. Ridiculous that you'd suggest this is something so "important" in my life. You have no basis to make such a claim. It's pathetic when people like you respond the way you do, trying to act like someone else is "crazy" because you disagree with that they said. You think that makes you appear emotionally stable?

    Also, what makes you conclude that because I posted facts as they happened and as the public knows them to be, that they are "BS", yet you feel comfortable making nonsense up about me, because YOU are so worked up about it? Sad.

    Oh, right, and you end your rant with the generic "you need mental help soon". I guess you're new to the Internet. What a joke (and a jerk) you are. You are way too worked up about such a trivial issue to be commenting, I hope you seek help soon before your problem festers even further... you arrogant wacko!

    March 3, 2010 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  95. Suzie

    Welcome back, Jay!
    I am soooooo happy that you are back!

    March 2, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  96. bk

    I can see why the under 50 demographic isn't a fan of leno but if they hate leno so much and love letterman and conan then why didn't they just watch them and improve their ratings instead of complaining about the situation?
    Shows live on ratings and thats it.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  97. prankster

    I'm really glad that Jay is back!

    March 2, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Trevor

    It's a sad statement of the intelligence and sense of entertainement value held by the average

    March 2, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Chris

    The way Coward Stern skewers Jay is a total disgrace. One thing Howard forgets is that this all went down BECAUSE OF THE RATINGS!!!!!! even Howard Stern, in all his supposed freedom to say what he wants, is a slave to the ratings. Without ratings he NEVER would have gotten a $500 million contract with Sirius. And he cowardly doesn't address that this was the single reason for dumping Conan.

    Howard, i used to listen to you every day for years because you were funny. Ddue you have gone wayyyyyy downhill.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  100. extremecenter

    Overall Jay is the best. Of course he has jokes that aren't funny but he is still number 1. And the people who don't find him funny just don't have a high enough IQ go get his jokes.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Lawrence

    Jay's great! He endured one of the toughest transitions in the history of television; when he took over The Tonight Show from Johnny Carson. Jay made his show a great late night destination with funny, topical monologues and the hilarious Jaywalking. Face the facts Conan was a dud. Completely not funny. Jays back were he belongs: The King of Late Night.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Mike Dywat

    and why is NBC cooing about ONE NIGHT's worth of data?? They must be desperate to keep their jobs. "hey boss, look at the ratings! We were right after all!!" Let's revisit this in a week or two and THEN make a judgement about how successful this hack is.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Mike Dywat

    but wait! NBC didn't give any credence to the 'lead in' effect from Jay's 10 pm show, but Fallon is now benefiting from jay? WOW. NBC must think that we are dumb. Jay;s terrible lead in at 10 killed local affiliate newscasts which was obviously detrimental to Conan. This big Jump in ratings for Jimmy F proves it. God Damn! Jay is sooo boring. There is nothing compelling about his show; nothing original. In fact his 'original' bits are mostly pilfered from other actual compelling shows like Howard Stern (love him or hate him; it's a fact) and Top Gear on the BBC. I find it funny that even with these swiped, compelling bits, Jay STILL can't make them work. It seems that because of this, it stands to reason that he is truly a poor host and that his execution of said bits is also poor. But I guess if my IQ hovered around 100, I might find it funny too...

    March 2, 2010 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Doc Dave

    All you young folks out there making tacky comments about "the old people" watching Leno.... guess what?? You too will someday be "old". Getting old is 1) inevitable, and 2) better than the alternative.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  105. ross

    kent – you are a babbling crybaby! face it – carrot top sucked as do you!

    March 2, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Jeannette

    Glad Jay is back! He is the name brand comedian of late night....Letterman just isn't very tactful, or tasteful and Conan just couldn't keep me interested.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  107. MR

    I love Jay – Massachusetts loves Jay, US loves Jay.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Mrs. Davis

    I will watch now that I won't have to look at Palin.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  109. VoodooMike

    Its a new thing, him being back – that accounts for the ratings. Lets see what the ratings are like in two months and THAT will give us the real picture.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Dani in AZ

    of course it got high ratings there are more old people than anyone else right now

    March 2, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Mark

    Glad Jay Leno is back.....he's the man!!!

    March 2, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Tot

    I guess all the Leno haters forgot to mention that the audience was down from over 5 million with Leno to about 2.5 million with Conan.

    It may be show business, but it's still business

    March 2, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  113. William

    It's not surprising; Letterman lost his funny voice when he grew into a grumpy and bitter old Dem. It's like he totally just forgot about being funny.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  114. nasnan

    eh, i don't really need to watch leno – he lifts all of his stuff offline, anyway.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Glenda

    SOOOOO GLAD Jay is back – It's like he never left – Good decision NBC!

    March 2, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Christina

    All is well with the world again!

    March 2, 2010 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Marie

    Why are some people so hateful? Leno is just doing what he loves doing and that is why he is so good at it. As long as he has the support of his viewers he should continue his work.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Flynn

    Leno is a tool.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  119. digthevols

    Let's face it: Who would you rather watch if the host was 60? Johnny or Jay? Case closed .... I'll watch reruns, Letterman, and Conan. At least when they walk/walked out on stage, you have/got the feeling you were watching a star, not a grumpy, frowning old man who has to get a rush by everyone shaking his hands before the monologue. That's so fake!

    March 2, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Ralph

    Dave is a pervert. Jay is funny.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Chin strap

    Give it time, he will fade back to the ratings he had at 10pm once the changing of the guard hoopla is over.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  122. digthevols

    Of course the ratings were good/better, 5 reasons: #1: Curiosity #2 Watch people you love to hate (at least once) #3 He had a better lead-in & more people watching local affiliate news #4 Everyone's TV is still set to NBC from the Olympics #5 The majority either fell asleep with the TV on before the show started or definitely after Leno came out, but you still get the ratings if the TV is on.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Eric Morales

    Jay Leno is the best of them all...conan was just stupid...happy to see Jay back!!!!

    March 2, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Maya Puskovic

    Appreciating quality requires a sophisticated taste. Jay Leno is what the masses like.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Tracy

    Jay Leno – was never a fan ..... and not one of Conan's either. So I think the majority of us really could care less. One night of top ratings does not make anyone a winner because in the end, people (not Conan) lost their jobs.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  126. futurekid

    Its good to see Jay back where he belongs. Conan was good, but Jay had nothing to do with the whole mess, it was NBC. Jay is #1 for a reason.
    Dave is # 3 for a reason. And Howard shouldn't even be on the air. Both are not funny or entertaining.
    I don't have any probs with Conan. Jimmy Fallon is good too.
    Jay is easy, just has fun and doesn't laugh at all his jokes like Dave does. So what if he is old fashioned or not crude or rude or just plain insulting, like Dave or Howard. I can take Dave sometimes, but Howard is just not entertaining or funny, all he wants is girls and stuff, who cares. He disrespects anyone who doesnt agree with him.

    Plus ratings already show you that he is better and back where he belongs.
    Thanks for reading.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Marie

    I am glad Jay is back! ...good comedy is back!

    March 2, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  128. The Trainer

    Jamie Foxx is awesome!!!. Loved him in The Soloist and Law Abiding Citizen.

    March 2, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Carl

    I'm with Coco!

    March 2, 2010 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Ray Jay

    I just realized I only 4 shows on NBC and all of them appear on Thursday Night. I don't watch CBS at all, I only watch Modern Family on ABC. Fox is the only network channel I watch more then once a week.

    March 2, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  131. somebody

    I have never cared for Leno but once in a blue moon I will switch over and watch. No more, Leno is unbelievable, with all his money, what is the point. i will never watch the tonight show ever.

    March 2, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  132. sheri

    If being 'Young and hip' is all about finding Conan's humor actually funny....and texting while driving is cool...then it means the younger population is headed for the toilet...Most of them are in their 30's plus and still live with their Mommys and consistantly whine because Jays not edgey or dirty enuff for their childish minds..... .................................................
    .I am Thankful that the Mature Majority finds Leno to be a Genuine Funny~Pleasant~Intelligent~Decent~Respected Human Being...and if that is Boring........well I stand with the Decent`~Intelligent~MAJORITY~that chooses to watch Leno.............anyhoo...the immature coco-babies should be in beddy-bye so conan can sing his lulabyes to them.....

    March 2, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Sam

    Long live Coco.

    Leno is so lame and old fashioned; the only people who watch him are the dinosaurs still watching NBC. I mean, have you seen their latest "show" the Marriage Ref or whatever it is called? NBC is hurtin' and reaching for anything that might make people tune in.

    March 2, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Christine

    YAY! Love Leno! Welcome back, man!

    March 2, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  135. Chandis

    Until last night I stopped watching TV.. Jay's earlier show was too early for me. Thank goodness NBC came to their senses Don't screw it up again NBC. Keep Jay until he says he has had enough.

    March 2, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Llib Setag

    People are just looky loos...OK we've seen this before...move along now, nothing to see here.
    OF COURSE Jimmy Fallon's rating were up, after CoCo "left" & just old CoCo reruns & interuption due to Olympics for two weeks...his ratings had to be LOW then.

    Check back next week & Jay will be in the tank where the turd belongs.
    Go Letterman, Go Jimmy Kimmel, Go George Lopez, Go Jimmy Fallon!

    Boycott Leno & NBC...The Tonight Show is dead & they killed it...sad.

    March 2, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  137. Brenna

    He can have on guests I want to see but I will only dvr their portion. I am not interested in his monologue or Leno, himself, in any way. He is not funny at all. He never was. Craig Ferguson's show is the BEST hands down. If you saw his interview with Stephen Fry last week, you know this. That was a knockout show.

    March 2, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  138. gary d

    NBC paid out cash(to Conan) and got the clunker(Jay Leno) back ! Sorry some clunkers aren't worth restoring or putting back on the road.

    March 2, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  139. janet

    The only reason he got good ratings was because it was the first night and some just had to watch how the worm would handle it. I did NOT watch, nor will I ever watch NBC's Tonight show ever again!

    Conan was screwed out of his rightful place–and he is the BEST!


    Support Coco, follow him on Twitter 🙂

    March 2, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  140. Patt

    I miss Conan, and will continue to watch Letterman. Conan was treated unfairly, so I'm not too pleased with NBC and refused to watch Leno's return. Conan has a great sense of humor. Jay's interviewing skills are lacking.

    March 2, 2010 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  141. KK

    I enjoyed the show and will continue to watch it now that Leno is back. If you are going to slam people's intelligence for watching Leno, you should probably first learn to correctly spell your words. This was business – like any other corporation in America. I wish people would get this fed up and engaged when it came to real corporations and real people's jobs. Perhaps our economy wouldn't be in the shape it is if you took an interest in real life and not just a TV show. But what do I know – I like Leno.

    March 2, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  142. mushymushroom

    Hahaha! Really NBC??? It was the first episode of course it's gonna rate...but let's wait and see if he can hold on to that kind of ratings after some months...

    But I'm very happy with JimMy Fallon's show...!!!!!!!! Wanna see that Robert Pattinson interview... 🙂

    March 2, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  143. Gerry

    To rebutt Binn last comment, Leno's face is stupid looking enough without having to mugg for the camera. Leno's stuff is stale and old. Conan was finding his niche and being creative to do it. In the 7 months of Conan I watched the Tonight Show more than the in the previous 10 years with Leno.

    March 2, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  144. Tom

    For all those Leno haters out there, please remember, Jay didn't fire Conan, NBC did. They made a business decision to move Jay back to the 11:35 p.m. slot based on the numbers. NBC should never have made the move in the first place, they made a mistake and corrected it in their eyes. And lets face it the "Coco Loco's" didn't watch Leno before and they're not going to watch him know.Congratulations to Jay and good luck!

    March 2, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  145. Motown Babe

    You go, Jay ! We know people will want you as their nightcap. And thanks so much for the free concerts you gave us in Michigan last year. We were out of work, and had eight bucks left one week last year when we heard you were giving free performances near Detroit. We had a chance to forget our troubles for a little while. It was so fun ! Stern runs off at the mouth- he's really a creep. He talks about feeling for the average Joe, but Jay, you put your money behind the idea. Thanks from the heart, buddy. You're welcome in Motown anytime. We got some great new Fords here to show you too.

    March 2, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  146. Gerry

    Didn't watch him before, won't watch him now. He's stiff, a terrible interviewer and shows no charisma. Long live Letterman!

    March 2, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  147. LS

    Maybe it was best the Conan left the Tonight Show.
    Won't it have been a shame if he had to be as lame and unfunny
    as Leno to keep the show ?

    March 2, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Alan

    He has never been funny. Letterman is the best.

    March 2, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  149. Binn

    The King of Late Nite is back!!!!!!!
    Welcome back Jay, we love you and your wonderful sense of humor.
    No one can top Jay Leno, NOT that stupid conan or letterman. When you have to make stupid faces at the camera to get a laugh like conan and david , then no wonder Jay is the KING!!!!!!!. He has a natural way to make people laugh. Jay Leno, Jay Leno, Jay Leno!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 2, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  150. Deege

    Oh yeah, by the way Conan's first night hosting The Tonight Show had better ratings than Jay's first episode back, last night.

    March 2, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  151. Jo

    Welcome back Jay!!! glad to have you back.

    March 2, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  152. dave

    Along with Jay, it's good to see ABC News Nightline keeps beating Letterman's show. Yea, people in Los Angeles are watching Nightline.

    March 2, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  153. JillJ

    I'm getting tired of people assuming all older people prefer Jay to Conan. I'm pushing 60, and find Conan way funnier than Jay.

    March 2, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  154. yodacat

    Jay is back where he belongs........and last night so was I – tuned in to NBC and the Tonight Show. First time in a looooooooooooong time.

    March 2, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  155. Pen

    Love Leno, but I don't HATE Conan or even Letterman. I get Leno's humor and think he's hilarious, therefore I watch Leno and not Letterman. I enjoyed the Conan OBrien show as well, but for some reason he didn't do it for me on The Tonight Show.

    Bill Mahr was interviewed by Larry King and said something that I agree with. He said something to the effect that 'this is Hollywood and if you don't work here, you won't understand. Don't hate Leno for accepting a promotion. If you want to hate anyone, hate NBC.'

    Also, at what age are you considered old? Just curious.....

    March 2, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  156. elmer mucenfuzz

    Welcome back Jay, kick Lettermans butt

    March 2, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  157. DallasMarine

    I can see why Leno beat out Letterman, but Fallon beating Craig? It's probably because are just too lazy to change the channel. Fallon is as funny as Dane Cook. They both try too hard and go for sympathy laughs.

    March 2, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  158. jk

    how anybody can want to listen to, let alone watch, this talentless, wet noodle, i have no idea. he's not funny, his writers are horrific, its not funny. not funny. i watched the jamie foxx segment. boring, awkward, a giant snooze. i hope the ratings plunge like a duck in winter.

    March 2, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  159. Susan

    And all's right with world! Welcome back, Jay! Missed you!

    March 2, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  160. CONNIE

    Jay is a nice person and Dave is not. Dave is cruel and anti-women person. Every night he has something nasty to say about Sarah Palin get over it. It is nice to listen to someone talk that is nice and secure about who he is. Welcome back Jay as far as Howard Stern goes i notice the majority of people who like him are men and because they can relate to him because he is crued nasty and anti-women it makes his followers fell big about themselves.

    March 2, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  161. Susan

    Jay is damaged goods. I hope he and NBC go down together.

    March 2, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  162. Joe

    Hard to see those ratings holding up–even for the remainder of the week.

    March 2, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  163. Joe

    Tim Greer-Why are you taking NBC's decisions so personal. Did Jay cut you off in traffic with one of his cars? Did Conan promise you a stake in his earnings? Why are you having serious issues with what happened. I know everyone has an opinion and different tastes, but geez, you seem to be carrying a beast of burden with this. Jay and Conan do not care about your ramblings, really they don't. Let it go. If these are your major worries in your life, then I envy your life. Have you ever answered a question with "I don't know."? You seem to think you have this scenario all pegged out. Unless you are one of the NBC executives involved in this fiasco, then you comments are full of BS. I hope you know this. If you don't get help, quickly. You will be a happier person. Your comments sound like a cry for a hug.

    March 2, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  164. Europe

    Jay is too old

    March 2, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  165. Ray Jay

    Jay Leno is bland. Bland is comforting. Conan was creative and different and that is scary. Either way I don't really watch late night tv save for the Daily Show and the opening of Jimmy Kimmel.

    March 2, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  166. Rohina

    Jay you were, are and always will be the best!!! Welcome back. Now I can get back to watching "The Tonight Show" again!

    March 2, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  167. Brad

    Jay rocks. He has a working mans appeal and work ethic. He is always bringing something new to the table.

    March 2, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  168. NolaNative

    NBC you did good by bring back Jay. I hate Conan O'Brien. He's not funny and he's hard on the eyes. I did not watch one minute of his show. I watched reruns of Everybody Loves Raymond until last night. Thanks NBC and keep your "chin up" Jay. You did nothing wrong.

    March 2, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  169. Ronnie

    Leno is a snake and I wouldn't watch him if I was paid too!

    March 2, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  170. Larry Sessions

    Yea, Jay! Glad you are home! I'm especially looking forward to expanded "Headlines"!

    March 2, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  171. Srikanth

    Jay was always the best for this show.

    Conan was good and funny but his problem was, he could not help being goofy ALL THE TIME. He does not let the guest speak and the jokes are usually all about himself !!

    Jay has an excellent monologue and maintains a good balance between being funny and bringing a bit of soberness to the conversation when appropriate.

    March 2, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  172. TONY

    I'll say this about Conan.... he may have been the most awkwardly, self-conscious talk show host in television history.

    At least Jay is watchable without cringing.... and I can't STAND Jay!

    March 2, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  173. Bubba

    Jay is a thief who steals everything and produces nothing original. His appeal is like a warm unfunny, no thought provoking blanket for middle america. Congrats you can turn your brains off again.

    March 2, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  174. Scott Thrower

    Leno's lousy. Letterman's lousy. The funniest man on late tv is Craig Ferguson. Long live the robot skeleton army!

    March 2, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  175. Kent

    Jay's stuff has become completely mindless and is nothing but rhetorical empty calories. And, now, it has bad karma from the injustice it has inflicted on Conan, who was not even given a real chance to succeed. Realistically it would have taken people a year, or more likely two, to acclimate. Jay should have transcended the corporate debacle by refusing to go back to the 11:30 time slot until Conan was given a fair chance.

    The fact that Conan did not immediately prove popular goes to show the lack of intellectual vitality which is gripping American culture. Conan's progressive, creative and diverse comedy was too much substance for an America which wants only the same old staid and pre-masticated content every night. Yet another symbol of our imminent decline....

    March 2, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  176. buddy bird audio

    the only reason he rated so high is because it was his first show back and letterman is horrible. WE WANT CONAN

    March 2, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  177. anhthu lu

    So happy Leno is back. he is the best and will always be. Way to go, Jay.
    Nothing beats great laughters with Jay before a good night sleep.

    March 2, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  178. TR

    OMGosh George seriously your comment; Jay is as nice a guy you can get from show business. He is loyal to his bosses,part of the team,did what they "asked" him to do.

    You have got to be kidding me, Jay is a pathetic cry baby who totally stabbed Conan in the back. The man is a spineless ****y and that is putting it nicely.

    He knew what the time frame was to give the show to Conan, should have stepped down gracefully like Johnny Carson did and retired, but instead he agrees to do a prime time show, which we all new was going to take a nose dive, because Leno is NOT funny.

    Leno then proceeds to stab Conan in the back just like he did Letterman, this is the kind of guy you call nice and loyal, I guess I better check my dictionary again for that definition, because Jay Leno does not fit my description of nice or loyal.

    As far as ratings right now of course they were high, we all love watching a train wreck, which is exactly what Jay Leno is.

    Done with my rant and feel much better 🙂

    March 2, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  179. Kimmbo

    I must give credit to Jay for the result. Because I don't think there was much fanfare this time for his return and most people tuned in for curisosity was not aware. Plus, Jamie Fox was not a great guest with big draws. Vonn might have some drawing power fresh after the Olympics. I am not a big fan, so after the desk skit, I turned off the TV, but I feel comfortable that the show is like an old friend that you know it will be there when you need it. It was horrible when Connon was on, because when I need something, the only choice was letterman. Otherwise there was nothing to watch when letterman had a politician or boring guest on. So welcome back Jay. Best wish to Connan because whereever you go, I won't watch.

    March 2, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  180. robert

    Still was not funny.

    March 2, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  181. yeah right

    it was first night curiosity, he'll drop to a comfortable 3rd soon enough

    March 2, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  182. Man Guy

    Jay is merely okay, I'd rather watch Colbert or something. But Craig Ferguson is the best by far. If you haven't watched it, definitely check it out!

    March 2, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  183. Blu

    Maybe I'm wrong, but didn't The Jay Leno Show have an impressive first night thanks to public curiosity? I can't wait to read how The Tonight Show is performing in 6 months. If it soars, the network's controversial moves are vindicated. If it fails, NBC is backed into a corner. If results are mixed or average, it would still make for a newsworthy followup to the bizarre story.

    March 2, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  184. Pancho Lopez

    I don't like Leno
    I'd like to see a different program.

    March 2, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  185. Mike

    To summarize:

    – the media reported that O'Brien and Leno both had dismal ratings in their new timelslots. This is incorrect. O'Brien was low, but no lower than Leno was at the same point from the start of his Tonight run. Leno was absolutely off the map in Prime Time.

    – by comparrison, Nielsen figures averaged O'brien with 3 million viewers, while Letterman (the best in the time slot) had 6 million viewers. Contrast Leno's prime time show at 5 million viewers, while the best show – CBS's "The Mentalist" had 30 million viewers.

    – O'Brien didn't get anywhere close to the same amount of time as Leno to build his audience when they both started their Tonight runs.

    – regardless of ratings, O'Brien is simply wittier – smarter, quicker, and funnier than Leno. Just look at his vibrant interplay with guests, quick comebacks, and general improv

    – look closely at Leno for an extended period – he is positively a deer in headlights for a significant portion of the time

    March 2, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  186. Craig

    Jay is hilarious! Fantastic! He'll be around for a long time.

    March 2, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  187. CW

    Love Jay, can't stand Letterman. Conan seemed like he belonged on late LATE night television. Glad to have Jay back – I'll be watching him again (and I'm not over 50!).

    March 2, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  188. Jason

    I'm not sure how to organize the following list of dislikes anymore; Jay Leno, NBC and public opinion. What is wrong with our society? I'm reminded of Dax Shepard watching “Ow my balls.”

    March 2, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  189. mary

    Welcome back Jay – missed you at 11:30.
    To those who think old people are in bed at 7:00 p.m. no way – you young'uns are in bed by 9 and 10 because you have to be up at 5:00 a.m. to get kids ready for school or daycare and yoursefl for work. Been there, Done that now I get to stay up with all the old fogies.

    Oh yes, for those of you who think Jay had a choice about leaving the TONIGHT show – he did not!!! You all know after this whole debacle that he was told five years ago the show was Conan's. Jay should have said stuff it but apparently his contract would not let him and NBC would not let him out. My quarrel with Jay was agreeing to the 10:00 shot and thinking that we would give up our 10:00 dramas. As much as I love Jay, THAT was never going to happen.
    So for all the writers and actors who hopefully will now come back and be writing for this incredibly mismanaged network we can only wish you the best and save your paychecks because with this Network you never know.

    March 2, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  190. David R

    Seriously? Why is this news? Of course there's going to be a ratings spike the first night he's back after the Conan debacle. Let's see what his ratings are in six months.

    March 2, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  191. Sharon

    Very disappointed.

    March 2, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  192. Tim Greer

    Out of all of this, I don't disagree that Leno had good ratings for The Tonight Show. The problem was, NBC needed (wanted) to keep Conan from leaving, where he might have gotten a better deal (and the network he moved to may have kept their promise and allowed him time to build his audience), They had to promise sometime in the future, even if Leno didn't like it. What were they going to tell Conan, knowing Leno would, at some point, get poor ratings or actually retire?

    They couldn't say "some day", and they backed out of their promise after 7 months without giving Conan a chance. No doubt, they should have let Leno stay the host while Leno was popular, but they'd have lost Conan. Apparently, Conan was valuable enough to them then, and because he didn't get such huge ratings that would never have happened to any new host of The Tonight Show, ever, even though he was in-line with that they expected and knew he needed time, he was suddenly not worth keeping over Leno.

    Okay, but now what they've done, and what Leno allowed them to do (he played his part in it by not saying "Look, NBC, I might be under contract, but I made a promise, I'm not going to take part in ruining The Tonight Show franchise, because it still means a lot to me"), and because of that, NBC and Leno have less viewers (once the "he's back" excitement and interest wears off). Like someone else said, this stunt, on both NBC and Leno's part, did not gain them any NEW fans, it only cost them old one's. Still, I'm sure we all agree that enough old fans will stick around and watch (roughly the same, maybe less, but certainly not much more/any more, once things settle down over the coming months). So, that's it.

    Once Leno does retire for real, or die, apparently the plan is to either shut down The Tonight Show, or give it to someone that's far worse than Conan, if you think Conan wasn't a good replacement, you wait until Leno retires and NBC does some other foolish move. The whole thing bugs me, and a lot of other people according to more general polls, so to think things will just be great now that Leno has his fans back, you're in for a surprise. But, enjoy the ride while it lasts. NBC and Leno have nothing that interests me (and according to the polls, the majority agree). That said, it doesn't matter much what the actual majority think, so long as Leno keeps his ~2M normal nightly viewers. I can't enjoy Leno or NBC, big time fails and frauds in my mind, the rest I couldn't care less about.

    March 2, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  193. WhoCaresCNN

    leno sucks. I have to laugh at the person who actually enjoy this turds humor.

    I can safely say, his great fortune was helped by my pocket.

    March 2, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  194. mikke

    That fart joke Jay did last night was classic!!! hahA!

    GO JAY!

    March 2, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  195. Leno Fan

    Bob wrote "If all the people on here who say they love Jay had watched him at 10PM, he'd still be on at 10PM."

    ... Not true Bob. The reason they took him off at 10pm was because Conan sucked so bad he had to be replaced with Jay at 11:30

    ... and when you say Jay should "leave us alone" why dont you just go away – no one is forcing you to watch – just go to bed you big baby

    March 2, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  196. shawn

    Carson was much funnier and had perfect timing with the jokes. I would watch reruns of the Carson show than watch any of the guys. Leno is ok, Letterman is a total idiot and the other guys I haven't seen so I can't comment on them.

    March 2, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  197. tdbyaya

    I love you Jay. I am glad the naysayeers are silence.

    March 2, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  198. BC659

    He's not called the King of Late Night for nothing. Altho I must say, he began strong and funny last night, but when Jamie Foxx (who I like normally) came out it was a terrible segment, That's when I switched to Letterman and Bill Murray - WEIRDER than usual - was hysterically funny.

    March 2, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  199. ralph

    While Leno was back at work-Letterman was also back at work-WITH the interns---Clinton, Woods and Letterman–the "new" three stooges

    March 2, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  200. Isay

    Welcome back, Jay Leno!!! Love Ya!
    Keep up the good job!!!

    March 2, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  201. Invisible

    It's sad when people are so enthusiastic when the status quo is successful. NBC had some sense 20 years ago when they gave Seinfeld a fighting chance instead of canceling them after six months of unimpressive ratings. Conan was fresh and different and will do much better with a different network. Leno is safe and hacky and predictable; just what Americans love. Personally, I think the problem is the format. It's a 60 year old programming concept and how can that possibly still be interesting. It's too bad the major networks have to pander to a conservative and uneducated audience in the first place. Good comedy is always the result of taking chances, and the major networks refuse to take chances. Just look at SNL versus the Daily Show. A network like Comedy Central has well written, thought provoking, relevant comedy and NBC has fart jokes. The problem is deeper than Jay or Conan or Dave, and everyone knows it.

    March 2, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  202. MM

    Jay is unworthy to sit behind the Desk of Carson

    March 2, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  203. TheSim

    "There is no doubt that Leno is the number 1 stand-up comic alive today."

    No sir, YOU are the best comic alive today, because that was hilarious.

    March 2, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  204. Steven

    These numbers are honestly think with the fiasco that NBC created with Conan and Leno that they would tell you that Leno lost in the ratings....

    March 2, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  205. Annia

    I'm not old, but I like watching Jay. I would count my blessing if I live to be old age. No need to pick on old viewers. I watched his show long before and after the mess. Now that he's back in his old post, it works out perfectly for me. I don't have to rush home after work to watch him. Just take my time to unwind & watch his show while having dinner. Whether you are a fan of his or not, no need to put anyone down or calling names. Grow up!

    March 2, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  206. Mike

    Leno is hilarious, Letterman is old fart & boring as hell !

    March 2, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  207. Shawn

    It's not because of Jay – it's because people want to see Jamie Fox and Lyndsey Vonn. He has great guest this week. But so could have Conan! The ratings are a given that they'll be good... post-Olympics!

    March 2, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  208. Neil JW

    It is a grand day, Jay is back in his rightful spot. From the first frame, it was what I love and expect. I am set for now, keep up the good work, you are number one in my book!

    March 2, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  209. Anne McNeff


    Conan is crying into his millions!!! too bad.

    March 2, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  210. frodq

    i am a fan of both. conan is and always will be funnier than leno. during his monologue he seemed extremely nervous, pulling my attention from what he was even saying. i am looking forward to seeing conan on fox.

    March 2, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  211. Jorge

    It is just the curios people tuning in. It will not last.... JAY IS NOT FUNNY. – He needs more training on how to read the jokes on his tele prompter and not make it so obvious that he is reading.

    March 2, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  212. Tim

    Jay Leno makes me want to PUKE! Its hard to believe that, after all this BS, anyone would tune in, much less perpetuate all the hype.

    March 2, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  213. dl60

    Tried Conan. No go for me. Glad Jay is back!

    March 2, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  214. Gary G.

    Leno is a HACK! Stick to stand-up, man, that way you don't have to be on TV anymore. Seriously, he's the unfunniest of any late-night show host I've seen. Even Carson Daily is funnier.

    His interviews are terrible and he's about as fresh as a five year-old rotten piece of fish. He should've STAYED retired like he said he would when his run was over, but no, he had to be a sore loser and stick around.

    March 2, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |

    To Brian: I'm old and I'm up until 11 or 12PM every night now that I'm retired. I laughed harder than I have in a long time at his Speed joke and the Bachelor Joke and a few others. I needed a good laugh and he gave it to me.

    March 2, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  216. Daniel

    Just goes to show that if you whine like a little baby, you can get anything....
    I miss Conan.
    Screw Leno.

    March 2, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  217. Bob

    If all the people on here who say they love Jay had watched him at 10PM, he'd still be on at 10PM. NBC never fired Jay, they asked him what his plans would be at the end of his contract. He indicated he wanted to do something else. Apparently that meant to fail in prime time. Sorry, but his voice sounds like Edward G. Robinson as a Mousketeer. Pffffffft. He should buy some Sham-Wows, rub his cars, and leave us alone.

    March 2, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  218. JT

    Glad to see Jay is back although he could have picked a better celebrity to be his first guest...Jamie Foxx seemed to be on coke or he's a little too old to be dressing with tennis shoes like that..laces loose and all...isn't he in his 50's already..that's a style for 25 and under.

    Jay's style is much more appealing to middle america because he seems like a regulary guy who says funny jokes that everybody gets and interviews celebrites in a very basic conversational style. Coco and Dave appeal to a more targeted group, usually younger crowd who enjoys the quirky stuff they say and do...their show is more about them than about their guests.

    March 2, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  219. Obsidiousrex

    Jay Leno is the King of late night without question. Follow his show up with Jimmy Fallon and you've got a great mix of wit and much needed humor.

    March 2, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  220. M.R. in L.A.

    I don't think anyone expected anything different. – good and popular aren't mutually exclusive...but they certainly seem that way pretty often. Leno wins the ratings and everyone else is nominated for an Emmy. The Hurt Locker makes $13mil at the box office but Transformers2 makes $402mil. You choose if you want to attract the lowest common denominator or do work you can be proud of that attracts enough of an audience that you can sustain your endeavor. Leno and Letterman made two different choices.

    March 2, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  221. nicole

    All of you conan and letterman fans are jealous. Go ahead and like those LOSERS!!!!! They both suck!!!!! glad to have you back Jay!!!!

    March 2, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  222. Linda

    Jay is GREAT!! Conan and Jay appeal to two different audiences. Jay fits that time slot the best. Love them both!

    March 2, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  223. Sarah

    I boycott late night tv because of Jay. His jokes are old, his face is old and I would rather watch Late Night with Carson Daly...that is saying A LOT! boooo.

    March 2, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  224. d low

    I don't understand jay Leno is funny. Conan is not watching conan show was like watching a kid on ADD. Leno is number one for a reason.

    March 2, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  225. George Sales

    Conan, not funny ever!!! Go twitter the squirrel in your back yard and leave funny to the pros.

    March 2, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  226. emef

    Letterman sux...he is not funny at all...really most of all the late shows are not worth watching, Leno's monologue is about all i see, and on infrequent occasion at best, then it's flip to cable shows.

    March 2, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  227. I hate Jay!

    His monolog was horrific! Jay just is not funny at all! Seriously, that tight pants and Alan Greenspan crap was terrible. How can you laugh at that CRAP!

    March 2, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  228. Tim Greer

    I get that people have their own tastes, so I won't say Leno sucks and that those people should like Conan. It's fine if they don't, but to act like Leno didn't do anything wrong, is not true or relevant. If you like Leno enough not to care what he partakes in that costs people jobs, then just say so. I know it's easy to say "Who cares" because you see Conan as rich enough, but he has a lot of staff that are out of work. It's easy to blame NBC, but NBC didn't cancel Conan, they canceled Jay's primetime show.

    Conan didn't have time to built the ratings in such a short time, and NO "new guy" would, regardless of what you think of Conan's style (it took Leno a long time to get ratings when he took over for Carson). NBC knew this and didn't threaten to cancel Conan, but Leno refused to NOT have a show and pushed his way into an 11:35 slot, which would have pushed the 60 year-old Tonight Show slot back into the next morning (and ruined it). You think starting at 12:05 AM doesn't make a difference for the average working US citizen? Of course it does, and few people want to be FORCED to DVR or watch online, when they want to watch on TV what the jokes were that night, when they are most relevant.

    Leno might have been under contract, but that didn't mean he had to INSIST he get a show. He said in 2004 on his own Tonight Show episode that Conan would be taking over in 2009 and that Conan should have a chance to build the ratings, just like he did, he even said so himself. He said Conan should have the same chance he did and he wished him well. Then, 2010 comes along, Leno's show is canceled and he forgets and stops caring and says "Well, I guess Conan should have gotten better ratings, it's just business". Wait a second, Conan WASN'T in danger of being canceled by NBC, ever! In other words, Leno was saying "You should have gotten better ratings sooner, and then NBC wouldn't allow me to ruin my old show's time slot".

    Leno ceased caring about The Tonight Show, he just wanted A show. He was willing to move a 60+ years established time slot back 30 minutes into the next morning, all so he could stay on TV. He could have been the better man and said "I did this for 17 years, I made $500 million, I can do something else, at a different time", in fact, that's pretty much what he said in 2004 on his own show. So, regardless of which person you happen to think is funny or not, it's irrelevant.

    What is relevant, is that Leno is not just a victim of NBC, he didn't care what happened to Conan, whom he wished well, nor what happened to The Tonight Show. Conan was the one that didn't want to ruin the franchise, so he left. Yeah, a lot of money, until you consider that The Tonight Show is a well established, guaranteed gig, so rightfully so, Conan bought a $10+M home in LA, and his staff bought homes as well. You consider how many justifiably bought homes and then divide the money and a lot of those 200 people don't get much and are now unemployed in this economy.

    Sorry, but I find this troubling, and giving back The Tonight Show after all of this time, and to a guy like that (whom didn't even care about the show itself) that's just stupid. Yeah, his viewership is up, for now, with popular guests and people interested to see what the big deal is about, but that will change. If you like the Tonight Show and Leno, then enjoy, but for a lot of people the show is history, and the way things are going it'll be gone completely in 5 or so years. Also, consider the Nielsen families are not always accurate, so we don't really know how many viewers Conan or Leno had or have now, or will have. What we do know, is that by all general polls open to everyone, showed Conan favored by most, so time will tell.

    March 2, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  229. Boyd

    Leno was #1 one in the ratings since he did the interview with Hugh Grant after he picked up the transvestite hooker. Him being back at #1 is no surprise. Everyone upset with Jay for taking Conan's job are clueless. NBC messed up by removing Jay and then needed him to come back and save the time slot after Conan couldn't carry the numbers Jay had posted previously. I don't find a lot of what Jay does that funny but he does seem to pull in the ratings and I doubt it will change. Letterman's numbers didn't really spike when Jay left, it was just that Conan's numbers were that bad.

    March 2, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  230. John

    I also think that Conan's final show ratings were better – definitely among 18-49 year olds. Since both are "events" it seems CoCo comes out on top

    March 2, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  231. Preds Fan

    I guess all these people who are saying "old people" like to watch Jay didn't read in the article where he had more young people watching him then Dave. I guess these people can't read

    March 2, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  232. Shane in Columbus

    ...and I'm sorry, but I have to say it – Conan is a nice guy but he wasn't funny his first night back in the '90s, nor on his 200th night, nor at all on the Tonight Show.

    I usually find myself watching Conan with the same apathy that you get after listening to someone too long that makes a feeble attempt to crack a joke. Coco??? And "In the Year 2000"??? Really? These are the mark of young, vibrant, intelligent people? Lord help us!

    I gave him a chance....REALLY! But sorry dude, it's just not there! In fairness, his quick runs of Walker Texas Ranger did make me laugh.

    March 2, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  233. J.

    Although I don't stay up that late, I'd rather watch Conan than Leno. Leno's just not funny!

    March 2, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  234. Janet

    Johnny!!! Come back and save us!!!

    March 2, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  235. Sarah

    YAY Jay! Loved you last night and always!

    March 2, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  236. stick

    Conan is funnier. Leno is BORING. It's amazing that people actually find him funny.

    March 2, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  237. John

    Night one is great. Lets check back in a week and a month. I think the story will be different then.

    March 2, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  238. mgm

    whatever happened to Lopez tonight!

    March 2, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  239. Nancy

    Just people being curious or forgot the Olympics were over. Jay sucks and I hope he goes away soon!

    March 2, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  240. GSD

    Welcome back, Jay, we missed you! Jay was number one before NBC created this mess and he's now back where he belongs!

    March 2, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  241. niknak

    LALA you made me laugh....."I thought his joke was funny".....

    March 2, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  242. R Edwards

    By the way Jay waanted to retire. Him leaving when he did was his idea not NBC's dumb ass. You need to know what you are talking about and or think, if possible, before you speak or type.

    March 2, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  243. Wayne Messer

    Jay WHO.

    I believe in very little but, since I've experience it. I do know that what goes around comes around and Conan was done wrong and all you fanboy's and girls who think leno had nothing to do with it are clueless.

    However, that said I'm done with "The Tonight Show" I never watched him and I never will.

    March 2, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  244. Dennis

    Didn't Conan O'Brien used to be somebody? Welcome back, Jay! Funniest guy on TV!!!!!

    March 2, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  245. Tim Greer

    Geez Michael, try and keep up. Saying "If Conan has the support people say, he'd never have been canceled". Well, you're right! Conan was NEVER canceled. Also, he had decent viewership for the new show, he was building his audience. Put ANY new guy as a host of The Tonight Show and in 7 months time, you not going to see any better ratings. NBC canceled Leno, NOT Conan. What is so confusing about this? Do you think you're making a good point by comparing one host that hosted for 17 years, to a new host that hosted for 7 months? Conan didn't get the chance to grow the audience that Leno did.

    If you want to really claim this is about ratings (which it is not, since Conan was never canceled), then you should see how poorly Leno did after he took over for Carson. If you think any new Tonight Show "these days" should magically get an unreasonably surprising number of viewers so soon into hosting the show, then you must think that when Leno does retire or die, that they should not give anyone a chance and should just shut down The Tonight Show, because you see it as "The Leno Show". Wait a second, they tried that, and it failed... miserably. Are the facts that anyone are commenting about helping you at all to understand the actual situation, or do you just want to stick with that attitude about it?

    March 2, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  246. Shane in Columbus

    It's clear that the Tonight show caters to a different crowd over Letterman types. Jay belongs on the Tonight Show. If all those shows had the same person on it, none of them would be good.

    There's no place like home....there's no place like home! LOL

    March 2, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  247. Jose Roy

    Welcome back Jay. For years, your show's ratings have been consistently high, beating out Letterman's show and that proves that you are the best..funny man. Keep up the good work and I wish you all the best...

    March 2, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  248. Ron

    I like Jay. Why are people so dumb to think he had anything to do with moving Conan out ?? It's business and Jay is just doing his job. Blame the NBC exec's. Conan is good as well and will be back....

    March 2, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  249. Brittany

    Leno is such an idiot. The people that like him can have him cause they are idiots too. They know nothing about what a jerk he is. His simple humor and lack of creativity is enough reason to hate him but when you find our what kind of man he is, I have turn him off out of principle. I hope someone gets on that time slot that can bury him. Wish Letterman could do it but I will accept anyone.

    March 2, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  250. Marie MD

    leno is an idiot and he is not funny. Regardless of what the ratings were for Conan (whom I don't think is funny) he quit!!! and now he is back. Glad Eubanks is leaving the show. I wonder who is going to laugh at his lame jokes.
    Then again . . . . he is having that ho of a quitter on his show tonight isn't he? They can talk about how quitting is not really quitting if you continue to show your face on TV over and over and over and over again until people want to hurl.

    March 2, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  251. Jo

    People only tuned in because BIB BUCKS were paid to stack the night with guests that are well liked.....nothing to do with pointy chin Leno who as you probably guessed is not my favorite.........I find him boring and am a Letterman fan all the way!!!

    March 2, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  252. Geri

    Welcome back Jay! Never should have left. Time will tell if the ratings will last. My bet would be YES. However, what's with Jamie Fox? What is he on? Tone down the silly acting. I like to hear guests sit and talk, but show they do have something to say that is worth while. Keep up the good work; nice to have you back...

    March 2, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  253. Mel

    Never liked Leno and the chin and speech impediment. And he milks the jokes that arent even funny, by repeating the punch line 3 or 4 times.

    March 2, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  254. js

    The only reason ratings dropped to begin with is because everyone turned off their TV's or fell asleep when the Jay Leno Show came on before Conan. Once Conan is on Fox he'll take back late night.

    March 2, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  255. George

    Jay is as nice a guy you can get from show business. He is loyal to his bosses,part of the team,did what they "asked" him to do.

    March 2, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  256. david

    Love your show. Always get a good laugh from you after a long exhausting day. Keep it up...

    March 2, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  257. MelissaF

    Welcome Back Jay!

    We missed you!

    March 2, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  258. sportsfreak2389

    whos conan?

    March 2, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  259. ntranger

    Jay will probably continue to get ratings for a few months, but it will definitely fall off. Its a fact that Jay avoids edgy stuff, which is why he attracts the older audience. I understand how some people may find what CoCo did, a bit outta control, which is fine, you can't please everyone all the time. Letterman has his moments, and I think Ferguson is hilarious, but I sure do miss Conan, and can't wait to see what happens. I hope he's back in Sept, as I will definitely watch, I just hope he's on a network that appreciates him.

    March 2, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  260. Sally

    I never found Conan appealing, and Letterman is just not funny (just tries to see how many times he can get away with saying "ass" and other words nobody used to say on TV). It's good to have Jay back in the right time slot again; hope his ratings stay high!

    March 2, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  261. Mark

    Coco had 59% more, and its too bad that Leno's core audience is in their early hundreds, in bed when most of us are having dinner, good luck Jay, your a class act

    March 2, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  262. david

    Craig is by far the funniest person on late night. The goodness for DVR..........

    March 2, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  263. Eric

    We miss you coco like everyone else i tuned in to just see the first show. After this week his rating will drop so low i hope his show fails.

    March 2, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  264. KarenB central Florida

    watched it for couple minutes to see if Leno was "same ole same old" and he was, and I put it back on Letterman. Craig Ferguson is hilarious, but probably a little "risque" sometimes for an earlier slot, they'd prob'ly make him tone it down and that would be worse than Co-nan and Leno combined. (tho' I don't care for Conan, did feel it was shabby treatment of him – but he can shed tears all way to bank – won't be in the soup lines!).

    March 2, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  265. mike

    Only 25,000 out of 114,000,000 million TV households take part in Nielsen ratings... the system is a joke. 99.9% of TV watchers have no say in the ratings.

    Even if they are accurate he won't maintain those numbers.

    March 2, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  266. KarenB central Florida

    watched it for couple minutes to see if Leno was "same ole same old" and he was, and I put it back on Letterman.

    March 2, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  267. Sean

    My guess is his ratings will slip soon enough. I'm guessing a number of people tuned in to see how it would go. I'm not a fan of Leno, but I was curious this morning to see what the results were for his first night back.

    Let's see how long he can hold the Number 1 spot (my guess is a week, tops).

    March 2, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  268. Steve

    Conan had 58% more viewers his first night.

    Bye Bye Jay!

    March 2, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  269. Paul

    Booooooooooo Hisssssssssssssss

    March 2, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  270. Michael

    The People have spoken

    If Conan's followers had been this loyal all along NBC would have never canceled Conan.

    Bunch of whiners! They didn't support him when he needed it! And now they moan blaming Leno and NBC when it was their fault.

    March 2, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  271. Joe

    I have always enjoyed the Tonight show w/ Carson and Jay. I still think Carson was the best. I think Conan tried too hard to be funny. I was impressed with Jay when he went toe-to-toe with his good friend Bill Maher and made him pause and think about some of his political views. I had never seen Bill speechless up to that point.

    March 2, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  272. Monica

    This show is perfect for people that have no understanding of real humor. It's ridiculously simple. Perfect for audiences that don't want to use valuable brain cells. Wait to go!

    March 2, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  273. cocorico

    Used to be a fan...not now, after the Conan debacle. The ratings will be high on the first night and NBC should not be forecasting or reading more than they should into the first numbers. I feel bad for Jimmy Fallon whose show I also used to watch and no longer watch as a result of all the mishandling. In fact, outside of the local and national news, I now stay away from NBC. If the majority of folks think like me, they will probably see this train wreck go off the rails within a year.

    March 2, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  274. Mike

    Whadda Do Baby.....Give Wavy his own Show ..Even he'd be better than Leno..Craig Fergsons much Better than Fallon the Child..Fallos like watching that Annoying Stupid kid on the Corner..He can make you smile by accident but you really just wish he'd go away

    March 2, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  275. Cap Noonan

    Conan who????????????????????????

    March 2, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  276. Mike

    WOW Imagine that 2 Great Hours of Law and Order lead into people hanging around for Leno...He Sticks if Conan had real Lead in Programming instead of Lenos Corny Garbage he would have topped them. Dave should Retire and Give Conan the Reigns..Then Leno can Lose Big Time....

    March 2, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  277. Aida

    Welcome back Jay. Right on CJ.

    March 2, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  278. Jason Meier

    Leno is just too predictable. I feel he gave up his show and the only reason he got it back is because the executives at NBC are his demographic viewer group and not hip with Conan's comic style. Both Letterman and Conan got screwed over by Jay. I can't wait until Conan turns up on another network by year's end. The only funny skit of Leno's is "Headlines" and even that is viewer supported.

    March 2, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  279. mishagothe

    Big deal, his ratings for the first couple weeks in primetime were not bad either...until people realized it was his same boring talk show. I always assumed folks only watch late night talk shows in lieu of taking sleeping pills. What is pathetic is that NBC is trying to make 6 million people tuning in some kind of national sensation. Yeah, 2% of Americans watched, whoo hoo.

    March 2, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  280. Mary

    Everyone just watching to see if he is still as unfunny as always. I never understood even when he was doing stand up how anyone could perceive him as funny.

    He is dull and boring and has the stalest and oldest jokes. And he is a lousy interviewer.

    Hope he crashes and burns. He doesn't deserve the show. Get someone new and intelligent. Give me Craig Ferguson, way funnier.

    March 2, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  281. LALA

    To be honest I tune in to see what the show would be like. I glad I did. I thought his joke was funny. I am tuning in for the rest of the week. Will want to see Apolo on his show on Wednesday. He did a great job.

    March 2, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  282. linda klima

    Good Job Jay!!!

    I really enjoyed watching you last night. Thought the skit was cute!!

    Keep up the good work


    March 2, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  283. Ryan

    I have nothing against Jay, but I'll never watch his show: I can't reward NBC for ruining Conan's show.

    March 2, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  284. Jim

    Glad Leno is back. I like him! Glad Conan is gone; he is just silly. How can people watch him? However Jamie Fox was not a good choice for a Leno guest. He is just not funny. Better luck next time, Jay! Yes, Liam, I am over 50, and you are a crude jerk!

    March 2, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  285. Brian

    All this about Jay or Dave or Conan.... Jimmy Kimmel is by far the funniest of them all. He rivals Dave for quickest wit during interviews, and has the best monilogue, skits, band and musical quests. If you're under 40 and not watching Kimmel you don't know what late night funny is.

    March 2, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  286. yep

    I think Conan had more viewers than the ratings showed. It's just that his demographic isn't nielsen families.

    March 2, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  287. JB

    These ratings don't mean a thing. Lots of folks, like me, tuned in last night just to see what the new show would be like and frankly I thought it was a total bore and very disappointing. Give us the ratings in a couple of weeks when reality sets in. Time to retire Jay.

    March 2, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  288. Lou

    Liam, your tolerance for opinions other than your own is underwhelming. You have the right to think Leno sucks, but a lot of other people like his humor. There is no right or wrong. Your choice in women, music, cars, literature, etc. may differ from mine – that does not make either of us bad, stupid or out of touch. The country I live in, the USA, was founded by people who wanted the freedom to have their own beliefs without being persecuted for them. It may have been people with thought processes like yours that necessitated the creation of such a country.

    March 2, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  289. Manda81305

    Of course everyone tuned in. They all wanted to hear what type of Conan bashing was going to go on. Give it a week, the fans will fade. I don't care for Leno, I really don't find him funny at all.

    March 2, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  290. Leno Fan

    you youngins are so silly with all the digs you make about old timers

    i guess you'd rather be dead than old ? Go for it !!

    March 2, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  291. My O My


    March 2, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  292. CherylS

    Bravo! Jay does it again! I expect he will continue to beat Letterman and Nightline on a regular basis. I'll keep watching him.

    March 2, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  293. Dave

    Pleezze!! COCO was boring and goofy. But there is nich audiance out there for him. He just doesn't belong in Jay's chair, NBC screwed up, not COCO or Leno. Go Jay Go... Maybe Foxx was on PCP.. Little out there wasn'r he?? But Lindsey?... Wooh Hot!!!

    March 2, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  294. VL

    At least I have a reason to turn off my tv earlier and get some sleep. Seriously, how does anyone with half a brain find Jay funny or even entertaining?

    March 2, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  295. Joel T.

    He was number one because we Americans like a good train wreck.
    NBC is just that – one huge late night train wreck.

    March 2, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  296. Jeff

    With the dictionary entry for the word "lame," there is a photograph of Leno. It's true–look it up!

    March 2, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  297. whyseriously

    Anyone named loves to laugh must be a dope. Who doesn't love to laugh. But at Leno? Really.

    March 2, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  298. dedee

    Jay will beat Dave tonight too!
    cause Jay has talent

    March 2, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  299. David Estrella

    They all have good lines and sometimes they all sucks, but none of them is worth an hour every night.

    March 2, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  300. John

    Did you know that people who watch Leno have a higher IQ than those who watch Dave the whore. Would you let your wife work for Dave?

    March 2, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  301. Rick

    ...Glad to have Jay back where he belongs...
    I saw him in the '70's and '80's when he was
    a top notch and hilarious stand up...He is still
    as funny as ever, and a genuinely decent guy
    as well.

    March 2, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  302. John

    I can't stand Ferguson with that annoying british accent who in the hell would watch that guy on a nightly basis..with that being said Conan is by far the best followed by Leno and Letterman third...Ferguson seems like a douch bag also off the air

    March 2, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  303. Lou

    I like Leno a LOT. He is funny! I do not get Letterman. He spends more time making silly faces than telling jokes. I do agree that Letterman does a better job when it comes to interviews. But Leno has great stuff like Jaywalking, Headlines, etc.

    March 2, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  304. lucy2

    I'm surprised it was that many, but not surprised it was more than usual. I think a lot of people wanted to check out the first show back, just as a ton of people checked out Conan's last week or so, or when Letterman had all his drama going on.

    I think given a bit of time, he'll settle back in where he was before, with the same people watching him who did before. I very much doubt he picked up any NEW fans through all this mess, and may have even turned off a few previous fans, but we'll see.

    I don't find his sense of humor appealing at all, but I guess some do!

    March 2, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  305. Liam

    Leno sucks, anyone who watches him wouldn't know funny if it farted in your face, or you are over the age of 50....and maybe both....

    March 2, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  306. conchi

    Miss Coco my nights are not the same anymore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please get back.

    March 2, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  307. David

    Jay's the best. He is better at his age, 59, than Johnny Carson was at that age. He should outlast Carson's and stay at with the Tonight Show at least seven more years!!

    March 2, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  308. CJ

    Hello, Leno... oh, hello,'s so nice to see you back where you belong!

    March 2, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  309. Juanita

    I so glad he's back, missed you much!!!

    Hey everyone Jay's BACK!

    March 2, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  310. lizzyq09

    I was glad to see him back.....although, I'm sure his ratings were really high, because people wanted to see what his first show would be like. Not happy to have to see Palin on the show tonight, but, it's great having Jay back!

    March 2, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  311. Holly

    Jay was GREAT last night! My husband and I laughed and laughed.
    The Desk search was great.

    March 2, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  312. Ellie

    People wanted to see Lindsey Vonn and Jamie is always a big draw; Jay Leno not so much. He will not have that high of a rating in a few weeks or even tonight.

    March 2, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  313. Chris Henshaw

    Jay Leno is absolutely the least funniest man in show business.
    It does not surprise me that he won the ratings last night as it was hist first night back and the vast majority of his fans are Republican/COnservative Americans who don't need good smart humor to make them laugh. Fart jokes work best for them.

    Jay Leno is not funny never was never will be. PERIOD.

    March 2, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  314. Jon

    Curiosity only. Let's see if he can hold it. One night is one night.

    March 2, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  315. Jim

    Jay is a bore! He is nothing but a copycat! NBC asked him back because he appeals to middle America and is harmless!

    March 2, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  316. Joe

    Let's see if it lasts.

    March 2, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  317. camille

    Did not and will not watch Leno after the Conan mess. Hope things go way downhill from here for Leno/NBC!

    March 2, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  318. Guiliana Italiana

    This is brought to you by the same network that screwed over Joan Rivers and David Letterman. Did you forget? It is all about dollars, and whether you make 25K or 25,000,000. you are still an employee at will. Don't like the hours, find another job. As far as I am concerned Coco is loco and he is no better than any other Tom, Dick or Harry. They all put their pants of the same.

    March 2, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  319. james

    Of course people tuned in to see the highly touted return ! The show was much more of the same old thing, but with Leno somehow looking like like a spoiled little kid who has gotten away with something. He has lost something in the translation.

    March 2, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  320. Tim Greer

    It's not a surprise, because people wanted to see him back (not me, though, I didn't watch and won't). That initial interest will wear down. He'll probably be back at 80% of his previous Tonight Show viewership, and that will lesson over time. I'm sure he'll get enough viewers though, until they die off, and probably in 2-5 years, The Tonight Show will end its run completely. For enough people, it already has.

    It might depend on who is a guest that night, too, but reporting on the first "he's back" night from some Nielsen polls (and consider most people that agree to Nielsen polling/involvement, are likely older and Leno fans anyway) is not really relevant other than just for that one night. I'm not making excuses or suggesting it won't keep enough viewers, I'm just saying this report doesn't indicate anything/matter.

    For example, to compare, when Conan hits another network, the same thing will happen... at first. They'll both be fine with viewership, but really, enough with the fan base railing on about how "of course he's on top, he's the best", because most don't share that thought, as more general polling shows.

    March 2, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  321. Brian

    Old people love Leno. I thought they are usually in bed by 7pm?

    March 2, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  322. ondy

    I guess all the old people tuned in.

    Go COCO.

    March 2, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  323. Susan

    Welcome back Jay! I can't believe NBC put you (and us) throught this mess. What's that old saying..."if it ain't broke...

    March 2, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  324. anon

    the show was bad. jaime foxx was trying but leno just sat there with a very boring personality. he lost his wit. also have to mention jaime foxx was just strange to watch run around the studio like that while jay just sits there and doesn't even do anything but giggle.

    March 2, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  325. Stand-up Man

    There is no doubt that Leno is the number 1 stand-up comic alive today. His timing, delivery and material are tops. Conan is a great sketch writer, but his stand-up is just fair.

    March 2, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  326. travel girl

    I love Jay and I'm glad he is back. I thought last nights show was great. I wish people would leave him alone!

    March 2, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  327. Robert

    It's the first show. Of course it's going to get ratings.


    March 2, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  328. Pat

    we'll see how it holds up...i'm sure he won't get killed, but it's not surprise that people tuned in the first night to see how he handled the situation.

    March 2, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  329. Donna

    No one does it like Jay does!!

    March 2, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  330. steve

    High ratings wont was more of a "see what they replaced Conan with...oh ya same old jokes..."

    March 2, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  331. Deege

    Number one or not, he's still NOT FUNNY or remotely entertaining.
    Sometimes horrible movies are number 1 at the box office. Sometimes terrible music is number one on the billboard charts. Sometimes George Bush gets elected president. Still doesn't mean they're the best.

    March 2, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  332. John

    Leno is the best, I'm not surprised.

    March 2, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  333. Courtney

    letterman and ferguson will be on every night at my house!

    March 2, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  334. Jane

    It's a little too earlier to break out the champagne after 1 night. Let's see what his ratings are in 7 months (isn't that how much time NBC gave Conan).

    March 2, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  335. Kelly

    I'm just soooo glad he's back. NBC needs to learn...when it ain't broke, don't fix it!

    March 2, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  336. carol

    Love Jay. Show was great. Welcome back! Can't wait to see him tonight with Adam Lambert! I know it will be Sara Palin but even her can not spoil jay's show.

    March 2, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  337. Robert

    the old people love Jay.

    March 2, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  338. Andrew from West Palm

    I tried getting into it last night, but Conan's monologue is so much funnier. It's not even a comparison.

    Leno's skit on desks was somewhat entertaining.

    March 2, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  339. marianna

    welcome back jay!!!! we love you and!

    March 2, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  340. Keith Austin

    Just amazing. I STILL don't get the appeal. Other than the monologue, Jay falls way short for me as a natural ANYTHING other than doing standup.

    March 2, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  341. Doug

    He sucks, not sure why people watch him. I find him terribly annoying...I miss 'the other guy'!

    March 2, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  342. kent

    Of course it was number one, people tuned in to see what the show looked like. Loves to Laugh must be a moron, because even if 4 or 5 million Americans are dumb enough to find Jay entertaining, it doesn't mean he is the man.

    He steals ideas, but makes them lamer than the orginal. His interviews are bland and awful.

    Long live Letterman and Howard Stern.

    March 2, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  343. Alison

    People have hard time turning their eyes away from a train wreck.

    March 2, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  344. Esther McCoy

    We knew it all long!! Congrats Jay.

    March 2, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  345. Adguy

    Was Jamie Foxx on PCP last night?

    March 2, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  346. Alicia

    Bah. Not a fan of Leno.

    March 2, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  347. Loves To Laugh

    its no surprise to me that Jay came out on top ... he always was the Number One Late Nite guy till NBC screwed with perfection... Welcome back Jay !!

    March 2, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |

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