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It's Been the Worst Summer Ever for 'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 3rd 2010 7:10AM

Jay Leno, August 2010Funnyman Jay Leno won't have much to laugh about when he sees the new ratings figures for 'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno'. After a chaotic year of changing hosts, multi-million dollar pay deals and very public feuding between the Leno and Conan O'Brien camps, it seems as though viewers have voted with their remotes and switched off this summer.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Leno's attracting far fewer viewers in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic than Conan O'Brien did whe he hosted the show. And, just to pile on the misery, the show has also hit a new record summer low in 'Tonight Show' history.

However, it's not all dire news for Leno. He's still ahead of CBS's 'Late Show With David Letterman' in the ratings, though CBS has pointed out that unlike Leno, Letterman's ratings have held steady since last summer when he -- ahem -- also reached an all-time low.

Other late-night talk shows have also been holding steady, with NBC's 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,' CBS's 'The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson' and ABC's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' maintaining their demographic averages, and Fallon and Kimmel even increased their audience numbers.

Network executives are reportedly hoping that the upcoming fall season will boost late-night ratings. An influx of new, primetime, scripted series like 'The Event' and 'Law & Order: Los Angeles' (NBC), and 'Hawaii 5-O' and 'Blue Bloods' (CBS) have been scheduled for the weeknight 10PM ET slot in the hope of attracting a larger audience to stay tuned for the late-night shows.

'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno' airs weeknights, 11:35 PM ET, NBC.

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Steven McDevitt

Leno is so completely LAME and not funny, i am truly amazed that anyone can watch his pompous fathead reading his monologue etc..

His whole career he has thrown anyone he needs to under the bus to try and make himself the "one"

Totally pathetic and a paper bag could out interview him every day of the year!!

September 10 2010 at 2:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The moon face and speech impediment and the non-substantive show needs to go. Put something constructive on in its place.

September 07 2010 at 5:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The simple truth is that Conan never had it and Jay has lost it. When did Leno start that annoying screaming? It makes him look foolidh. Fallon would kill both of them in the slot.

September 07 2010 at 4:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm just glad Jay Leno is back in the same time slot so I don't have
to go searching for his show.All those other talk shows are a waste of
time as far as I'm concerned.The Jay Leno show or Tonight Show is the
only one I want to watch.I did watch Conan because it used to come on
right behind Leno.I'm glad Leno is back and I know what channel he's
on and the time he's on.."HIS SHOW ROCKS"

September 07 2010 at 3:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I used to be a Leno fan and supporter. He was no Carson (no one will ever be), but of the crop he was the best. But, he has changed over the years. Forgotten where he came from. Grown to be very patronizing and elitist. I mean, sure, a white-trash or trailer park joke can be funny, but to relentlessly trash those who are in the lower income brackets is tasteless. Some people have crappy lives, don't rub their noses in it. Humor at the expense of the weak is not real humor. It's cruel. Maybe Leno can't see that as he walks through his multi-million dollar car collection. I watched for the first time in a long time last week and saw him interview Bristol Palin. Sure, I'm sure a few libs out there thought it was great. But he was mean-spirited and kept leading in with inuendos in his questions and basically mocking her. Joking about "how she got pregnant" was tasteless and you could see took her very off-guard. Kind of creepy for someone his age to talk to a young woman like that. Basically, he's just gotten ugly. Too bad. He was once pretty good. Trying to spice up the show with gays and weirdos that are fringe even for the majority of young folk does not make him any more "hip" or relevent. It just makes him a sad and pathetic figure who is no longer able to hold his own with his identity so has to look for others. And no, I have nothing against anyone being gay--but when it is obvious certain people are there just to fill a perceived needed demogaphic, it's desperation showing.

September 07 2010 at 3:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to DC's comment
Former sailor

Leno stopped being funny many years ago, and is now greatly restricted to finding "humor" in "jokes" making fun of those with whom he is not capable of identifying, such as Star Trek fans (too intelligent for him), people who live in "trailers" (too poor for him), Republicans/"conservatives" (too non-elitist for him), etc. For Jay, humor has become a hypocritical attack medium - he THINKS it makes him look cool, while it actually makes him look very small and petty.

September 07 2010 at 4:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Linda McNally

At least I'm not alone-more smart people out there-yes, it was Jay Leno who got screwed-by NBC and Conan. When he was top of the late night show ratings, NBC pushed him out-with Conan's all too eager blessings. Not to roll over and disappear, Jay held out-thank God. He got his show back and not just out of default. No...his proven track record and the fact that he's just plain good-and funny-and a class act. Not surprisingly his ratings for the summer are slow-they'll come back. For one thing I think it's because he's lost his side-kick and band-he looks alone out there. I miss Kevin and the old band-so does Jay...you can tell. Good luck,Jay....you're the best.

September 07 2010 at 2:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Reality bites. It is so over for Leno. His place in the sun has passed. Simply stated, that's the way it is.

September 07 2010 at 1:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

TV, in general, reached an all-time low this summer. Does anyone still watch it?

September 07 2010 at 1:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
L Clancy

No surprise here........the writers suck! These guys have no original material of their own anymore. Neither Leno or Letterman are very funny at all. What happened to the great days of Johnny Carson...does anyone think he would do the dumb, unfunny stuff these guys do?? Give me fresh, funny Craig Ferguson any day...though he needs to lose the stupid robot.

September 07 2010 at 1:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am a senior citizen -- SNL fan since it began --
Jimmy Fallon is the best - he can write, he is witty,spontaneous and the true winner. He entertains whereas the other late night hosts are "selling the product". What a waste of time.
Conan is talented but his humor is not in sync with mine. I am sure he will land on his feet - he already has.

September 07 2010 at 1:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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