Update 2: in the final numbers average viewers of the Jay Leno Show rose from 10.7 million to 11.1 million and from a 3.3/9 rating with adults 18-49 to a 3.4/9.

Update:  Though in overall viewers, the first half hour of the Jay Leno Show (11.6 million viewers) built on the last half hour of The Biggest Loser (10.5 million),  it didn’t retain all of The Biggest Loser’s 18-49 (4.2/11 for the last half hour of The Biggest Loser, 3.7/10 for the first half hour of Jay Leno).   Last night also brought drops for the second half hour of The Jay Leno Show (3.0/8, 9.88M)

The second night of The Jay Leno Show fell from the stratosphere of the premiere numbers to 10.7 million viewers and a 3.3/9 adults 18-49 rating in its second outing.  The show featured Tom Cruise and Michael Moore, among others.


NBC: The Biggest Loser (3.5/11, 9.33M)
CBS: NCIS (R) (2.4/7, 11.99M)
FOX: More to Love (1.6/5, 3.83)
ABC: Shark Tank (R) (1.1/3, 3.61M)
CW: 90210 (1.2/4, 2.42M)


NBC: The Biggest Loser (4.2/11, 10.41M)
CBS: Big Brother Season Finale (2.7/7, 7.93M)
FOX: More to Love (1.9/5, 4.76M)
ABC: Shaq Vs. (1.7/4, 4.34M)
CW: Melrose Place (1.0/3, 1.81M)


NBC: The Jay Leno Show (3.3/9, 10.74M)
CBS: Big Brother Season Finale (3.0/8,7.88M)
ABC: Barbara Walters Special (1.8/5, 6.06M)

Big Brother is a consistent solid ratings player for CBS in the summer.

The Biggest Loser is a strong ratings player for NBC in the winter, spring and fall.

The night wasn’t particularly surprising.  And yes, even the Leno drops were expected.  Everyone knew the show would premiere big.  What the ride to ~5 million viewers and a 1.5 in the demo looks like remains to be seen.   For now, there is still nowhere to go but down, and that is expected.

On the other hand, the CW probably didn’t expect Melrose Place to stink it up so bad.Even among its target demo of women 18-34, it lost to everything except Shaq Vs. The second episode of the CW’s 90210 (1.2/4) matched its premiere in adults 18-49 while Melrose Place (1.0/3) dropped -23% from last week’s series debut (1.3/3).


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