Tonight, with little fanfare, The Jay Leno Show will mark its final telecast, ending less than five months after it began.

Plans for the show were announced in late 2008, and so it turns out the hand wringing leading up to the show lasted almost  twice as long as the show itself.

Soon, at least briefly, focus will turn to Jay Leno returning to The Tonight Show on Monday, March 1. Sooner still, you’ll probably see a gazillion articles about how NBC is promoting that return during the Olympics.

Then the dust settles.    For us, at least, it will be interesting to see if and how NBC’s primetime ratings fates change without The Jay Leno Show, particularly in the 10pm hour.

The end of The Jay Leno Show is hailed as a great victory by and for creators of scripted content. But when the fall schedules are announced in May will there be much/any more scripted content on the schedule next fall than there was in Fall 2009 — and not just on NBC but across all the major broadcast nets?

Until then?

  • Will Jay Leno improve the ratings for The Tonight Show?
  • Will Jay Leno be able to improve the rating for The Tonight Show back to where they were before he left?
  • Will Jay Leno be able to recapture the significant lead The Tonight Show had over Letterman’s Late Show?
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