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Jay Leno's 'Tonight Show' Return Is a Ratings Winner

by Gary Susman, posted Mar 2nd 2010 2:30PM
Jay LenoMeet the new boss, same as the old boss.

To no one's surprise, Jay Leno's much-heralded return to 'The Tonight Show' on Monday was a ratings success, at least according to early overnight numbers. According to the Hollywood Reporter, advance numbers show Leno winning his timeslot with a 5.4 rating in metered market households and a rating of 2.0 among adults 18-49. That easily beat the 3.0 household rating for 'The Late Show With David Letterman' on CBS and the ABC ratings (cited by Entertainment Weekly) of 3.4 for 'Nightline' and 1.8 for 'Jimmy Kimmel Live.'

Leno's return had coattails too. Following 'Tonight,' NBC's 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' posted a 2.1 rating, twice its fourth-quarter 2009 average and enough to beat usual timeslot victor 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson' by 40 percent.

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Jay Leno Celebrates 'Tonight Show' Return With Betty White

by Kelly Woo, posted Mar 2nd 2010 9:00AM
Tonight Show with Jay LenoIt was mostly business as usual when Jay Leno returned to 'The Tonight Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET, NBC) Monday night. The late night host joked, "I'm Jay Leno, your host ... at least for a while," alluding to the battle for the coveted NBC time slot with short-lived tenant Conan O'Brien.

Leno even mocked his return with an opening skit paying tribute to 'The Wizard of Oz,' in which he awoke saying, "There's no place like home." Eventually, Betty White who brought him back to reality.

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Letterman Unveils the New Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Model

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 9th 2010 7:52PM
Are you the kind of guy who waits with nervous anticipation to find out who's on the cover of the new Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue? Do you find who can't focus until you know who's covered boobs are gracing the cover? If so, please seek professional help immediately.

Also, enjoy this unveiling of the new cover on last night's 'Late Show with David Letterman.' WARNING: don't remove your pants until the very end of the video.

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The Late Night Wars: Winners and Losers

by Gary Susman, posted Jan 22nd 2010 9:00AM
Now that the battle over 'The Tonight Show' is officially over, with Jay Leno taking back his old job and Conan O'Brien all but out the door with an eight-figure severance check, it's time to sift through the rubble to see who's come out on top. Surprisingly, the debacle has turned out to be a win for almost everyone involved, with three glaring exceptions.

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Jimmy Fallon gears up for late night gig

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 6th 2008 9:29AM
Jimmy FallonNext year marks a changing of the guard for Conan O'Brien from Late Night to The Tonight Show. It'll be an easy transition for the fair-skinned one since he's already got a recipe for success: a die-hard audience, smart and inventive writers and puppets that curse.

The real challenge will be for Jimmy Fallon, Conan's Late Night successor, who hasn't had much TV time since he left Saturday Night Live for a movie career that made Chevy Chase's lineup look Lawrence Olivier-ian.

Variety reports that Fallon will first test the airwaves' waters instead of doing a full-blown cannonball by starring in some "webisodes" on NBC.com starting Monday.

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Porn star wants to talk to Leno

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 21st 2006 1:27PM

Mary CareyJay Leno has been getting some heat for refusing to have Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides on his show after having Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on many times, and now he's getting a, um, different kind of heat from another person in the race...porn star Mary Carey.

The buxom woman wants equal time on Leno's show, but Leno hasn't made any comment about it yet. Carey says that she is a very popular search term on the web, so that proves her popularity. Of course, how many of those people are in California? She says "our polling results have shown my name to be more recognizable than any other candidate in the race." I doubt her name is more known than Ahnuld's, but feel free to laugh like Beavis and Butthead when you read the words "polling results." Heh heh heh heh heh.

She ran for Governor in 2003, but this year she got her teeth replaced and got new breast implants.

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Talk Talk: Who's on the late night shows tonight

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 27th 2005 3:59PM
  • Charlie Rose: WSJ columnist Walter Mossberg, and NetFlix CEO Reed Hastings (repeat)
  • The Late Show With David Letterman: Steve Martin, Michael Sessions, and the Teutuls (repeat)
  • Jay Leno: George Clooney, Steve Schirripa, and Trey Anastasio (repeat)
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Cedric the Entertainmer and Kenny Chesney (repeat)
  • Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Ben MacKenzie, Jarod Miller, and David Feldman (repeat)
  • The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Dennis Quaid, Bill Nye, and Brian Stokes (repeat)
  • Last Call With Carson Daly: George Lopez, Natasha Bedingfield, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (repeat)

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Talk Talk: Who's on the late night shows tonight

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 23rd 2005 4:40PM
  • Charlie Rose: director Rob Marshall and actress Diane Keaton
  • The Late Show With David Letterman: Jay Thomas and Darlene Love
  • Jay Leno: Sienna Miller, Gary Gulman, and the Paulist Chorists of California
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Ryan Seacrest and Brian Wilson
  • Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Bonnie Hunt, Matthew Broderick, and the John Mayer Trio
  • The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Regis Philbin, Katey Segal, Colin Hanks, and Brian McKnight
  • Last Call With Carson Daly: Johnny Knoxville, 311, and Roselyn Sanchez

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