Jay Leno's Final “Tonight Show” Scores Big in Ratings
(LOS ANGELES) -- Jay Leno's final Tonight Show Thursday night earned the former late night host high marks with a 9.2 rating, according to preliminary Nielsen data, says The Hollywood Reporter.
The last time The Tonight Show, which will be hosted by Jimmy Fallon starting Feb. 17, had such high ratings was when President Obama made his debut on the show in March 2009.
Leno's final episode also bested the last time he left the show in 2009, which scored an 8.8.
Variety adds that for Leno's final week, he beat his competition on ABC and CBS, averaging 4.99 million viewers, an increase of 30% from the same week last year.
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