Monday, August 16, 2010

Chin Up

Remember when the conventional wisdom about Jay Leno's return to late night was how he would take a sizable hit thanks to a souring in audience goodwill following the debacle of early this year?  Well, what a difference six months makes.  While initially things were much tighter ratings-wise, Leno has claimed the crown both in the demo and overall viewers for each of the twenty-two weeks since his return, and he's now beating perpetual rival David Letterman by a very comfortable margin. With Leno's Tonight Show again averaging roughly the same number of viewers he did during his first Tonight hosting stint, I doubt Conan O'Brien's return to late night in November will do very much to alter the late night landscape.  It looks like NBC got their mulligan after all.


Omar A. said...

Interesting! I guess things returned to "steady state".

Zaki said...