I FIRST POSTED THIS AUGUST 12, 2013…and, as we approach his final show, I am reposting this: FOX BROADCAST (not Fox News Channel) should hire Jay Leno 7; of course no one is asking me …)

Jay Leno

I just read that Jay Leno’s last night on THE TONIGHT SHOW is February 6, 2014.   I have not followed the story about Leno and NBC very closely but I decided to dig a bit deeper when I saw the February 6th date.  

And guess what?  Leno is winning his timeslot (see below)…..so…in NBC’s ‘great wisdom’ they are upsetting the apple cart and forcing him to go.   They have a known winner and are ‘rolling the dice.’  If I were a shareholder, I would wonder about that one.

 Why fire the winner?

Go figure…in any event, I think Fox Broadcast should sign him up and compete against his old network.


“The Tonight Show,” “Late Night” Once Again Dominate ABC, CBS Timeslot Competition for Week of July 29-Aug. 2




Leno Defeats Letterman, Kimmel By Double Digits in 18-49, Total Viewers, While Fallon Delivers Biggest Audience in Six Weeks


UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – Aug. 8, 2013 – NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” have delivered commanding margins of victory versus their broadcast time-period competition for the week of July 29-Aug. 2 in adults 18-49, total viewers and other key measures.


For the week, Leno topped “Late Show with David Letterman” by a 36% margin in 18-49 viewers (1.0 million vs. 746,000) and by 24% in total viewers (3.5 million vs. 2.8 million), while beating “Jimmy Kimmel Live” by 48% in 18-49 viewers (1.0 million vs. 688,000) and 73% in total viewers (3.5 million vs. 2.0 million).


At 12:35 a.m. ET, Fallon generated his largest overall audience in six weeks (1.751 million, biggest since the week of June 17-21) and second-biggest 18-49 audience in six weeks (636,000, best since July 15-19 and before that since June 17-21). At 1:35 a.m. ET, “Last Call with Carson Daly” delivered its biggest 18-49 audience (376,000) since that week of June 17-21.


Note: CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” were in rebroadcast on Friday.


For the week, Fallon delivered more viewers 18-34 (261,000) than Letterman (218,000) and Kimmel (247,000), despite those shows starting an hour earlier when viewership levels are significantly higher. Fallon also out-delivered both those 11:35 shows last week in men 18-34 and men 18-49.


Leno has now delivered bigger 18-49 audiences than “Late Show” for the last 37 weeks in a row and topped “Kimmel” for 27 of their 30 head-to-head weeks. In total viewers, Leno has out-delivered “Late Show” for 41 weeks in a row and “Kimmel” for 30 of 30 weeks.