Jay Leno’s Tonight Show Ratings Top Conan's From Last Season For 2nd Week Ever

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November 11th, 2010

I'm not certain how the Tuesday Tonight Show pre-emption skews the year to year comparison*, but for only the second time since he returned Jay Leno's Tonight Show ratings were above those of  Conan O'Brien's Tonight Show on a calendar week basis (2010 vs. 2009).

Leno's Tonight Show for the week of November 1-5 averaged a 1.0 rating with adults 18-49, while Conan's Tonight Show averaged a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating for the comparable calendar week last year (November 2-6, 2009).

Letterman's Late Show scored a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating last week.

*Note that due to the mid-term elections, Late Show Tuesday ratings were excluded from the averages and the Tonight Show was pre-empted Tuesday. No election effects last season.

Last season timing note: The Late Show staff member extortion story broke on October 1, 2009.

The chart shows the late night adults 18-49 weekly average ratings for 2009 and 2010.

Note: The week ending 7/2/2010, the Tonight Show was in repeats, and was delayed by Wimbledon coverage. The week of 7/9/2010 the Late Show was in repeats, and both shows Monday airings were excluded because of the holiday. For the weeks ending 7/16-8/6, Late Show was a repeat only on Friday.  The week ending 8/13, Late Show was encores all week.  Both Late Show and Tonight Show were repeats the week ending 8/20. For the week of 9/3/10, Late Show ratings were based on four days only. Note for the week of 9/10/10 NBC's Thursday telecasts were delayed by a primetime NFL overrun.  Friday's "Late Show" was an encore, Monday results are excluded from these averages due to the Labor Day holiday. Late Show was in repeats the week of 9/17/10. Note that due to the mid-term elections, Late Show Tuesday ratings were excluded from the averages and the Tonight Show was pre-empted Tuesday the week of Nov 1-5.

 
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