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Conan O'Brien Leaves 'Tonight Show' on Top

by Andrew Scott, posted Jan 29th 2010 12:52PM
The Tonight Show With Conan O'BrienAlthough he's no longer host of the 'Tonight Show,' at least Conan O'Brien can say that he went out on a high note.

Last Friday's episode (his last) was the funnyman's most-watched ever, taking in a solid 10.3 million viewers, according to the LA Times. That number even topped his premiere episode on June 1, which drew 9.2 million total.

'The Tonight Show''s ratings have slowly increased over the weeks, due to the ongoing -- but finally kaput -- controversy between O'Brien, NBC and O'Brien's successor, Jay Leno. According to the report, O'Brien's audience averaged 5.3 million viewers last week, his second-best performance since his first week on the job. Letterman, meanwhile, averaged a distant 3.9 million.The Tonight Show With Conan O'BrienAlthough he's no longer host of the 'Tonight Show,' at least Conan O'Brien can say that he went out on a high note.

Last Friday's episode (his last) was the funnyman's most-watched ever, taking in a solid 10.3 million viewers, according to the LA Times. That number even topped his premiere episode on June 1, which drew 9.2 million total.

'The Tonight Show''s ratings have slowly increased over the weeks, due to the ongoing -- but finally kaput -- controversy between O'Brien, NBC and O'Brien's successor, Jay Leno. According to the report, O'Brien's audience averaged 5.3 million viewers last week, his second-best performance since his first week on the job. Letterman, meanwhile, averaged a distant 3.9 million.

As we previously reported, Leno -- who yesterday sat down for an exclusive interview with Oprah Winfrey -- will take over the 'Tonight Show' reigns on Mar. 1; his prime-time gig, 'The Jay Leno Show,' ends Feb. 9.

In the meantime, it looks like Jay has his work cut out for him.

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