Report: Summer ratings not so hot for Leno
September 3rd, 2010
03:29 PM ET

Report: Summer ratings not so hot for Leno

It hasn't been the best summer for Jay Leno.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, ratings this summer for "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" have been the lowest on record, and drew smaller numbers among the coveted 18- to 49-year-old demographic than when Conan O’Brien hosted the show.

Since the end of the broadcast season, Leno has been averaging 3.8 million viewers and a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating, which is a 12 percent improvement in total audience compared with O'Brien’s performance but 23 percent less in the targeted demographic, according to THR. Those numbers also represent a decrease in both ratings stats compared with Leno's performance two years ago.

Yet even with the reduced numbers, Leno still beat his main rival - CBS' "Late Show With David Letterman.”

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  1. Rastas

    These old-time talk shows are done. No one wants to see these clowns kiss the flavor of the week starlets a$$ or prop them up to tout their current project.

    September 7, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. rs

    Folks – these are Summer Ratings – of course they are lower! What a slanted article. A fairer comparison would be Leno's 2010 summer ratings vs Conan's 2009 summer ratings. Or better yet – wait until Fall ratings when people are actually watching TV again. Nobody watches in the summer. Hence, nobody (of importance) cares about these summer ratings, either.

    September 6, 2010 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jay Leno

    Ok guys, I'm going to take your advice and retire 🙁

    September 5, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RR3

    Craig Ferguson is simply the best !!!!....
    Jay Leno's time has passed...he should retire while he's ahead of Letterman...
    Dave Letterman should retire, while he's behind, and let Craig Ferguson take over the late night show crown...
    ABC is even worst than everyone...Lopez Tonight, had his good times...that also is way gone...and now is boring...will not last another full season, and now past midnight...competing head on against Craig Ferguson...DOA...
    The so called CoCo....on Cable! ! !TBS...he's going to flop...excellent writter...below average, more like poor, comedian...bad monologues, excellent sketches...full of himself...and that's it...the Tv is off!!...

    September 5, 2010 at 4:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. scott

    F U Jay Leno and F U NBC you are a bunch of morons.. CONAN 4 LIFE glad he left you sad pieces of crap

    September 4, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. HarvN

    Is Bristol Palin really the best Leno can do for a guest? Maybe it's time Jay retire, and CoCo take over...

    September 4, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeremy

    To me The Tonight Show stopped being The Tonight Show the day Johnny left. After that it became a shell of what it once was; now I'm grateful that there is The Daily Show & The Colbert Report for late-night viewing,

    September 4, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jamie Prescott

    The reality is that all the late night numbers are down, and key of the whole article is the last sentence.
    Dave is just bitter because the only time in more than ten years he had been above CBS in ratings, was when Conan was there.
    Now even Jimmy Fallon is above Craig Fergusson (which I personally enjoy – but whose show is owned by Letterman), Dave is more bitter than ever.
    Never heard Jay making jokes about Dave, which is quite telling about the class.

    September 4, 2010 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
  9. platypus

    Jay and Dave's old talk show formats and skits are outdated and boring. I can't wait for both to retire. There are so many other options out there now. They both had their time in the spotlight.

    September 4, 2010 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. Chris

    What do you expect when the best guest's that Leno can get come off the Jersey Shore and other crappy reality shows.

    September 3, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. cydne35150

    Wish he'd just go away! Hate it when a would-be comedian thinks repeating a punch line will make it funny. If I didn't laugh the first time, I'm sure not going to the second time.

    September 3, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Be Quiet

    Good. Jay Leno, you SUCK!

    September 3, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. willblogforlols

    The Problem with Late Night.

    September 3, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Danielle

    L. O. L.

    Wow...Jay Leno is really, REALLY fug. Not to mention really, extremely unfunny. Can NBC just fire his lame a** already?

    September 3, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |


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