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Sorry, Dave! Leno Beat Your Ass!

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For all the money NBC has put into the guy, he'd had better have premiered on #1. Otherwise, at this point, they might as well reincarnate Johnny Carson after Jay's been at it for seven months just to see if THAT will pull in ratings.

Jay Leno's return to The Tonight Show last night brought in huge ratings for the network, winning the night by 80 percent over The Late Show with David Letterman and ABC’s combination of Nightline and Jimmy Kimmel Live.

But will the numbers hold?

Better prepare the shovels, just in case.

[Image via AP Images.]


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46 comments to “Sorry, Dave! Leno Beat Your Ass!”

  1. 1

    Well duh he's the king of late night!.

  2. Shark says – reply to this


    dave had his ass beaten? of course leno coming back is news..novelty…what will be telling is time..for you to even judge an ass kickin after one single nite is completely useless…
    …like you

  3. 3

    It was comfortable to watch at best, Jay was Jay. Jamie Fox on the other hand. What possessed the brass to bring that no personality idiot on as the first guest for such a highly anticipated show. His turn dragged things to the depths!

  4. 4

    Glad he is back where he should have never left. I watched and it was really good!

  5. 5

    god im so sick of him, go away.

  6. 6

    Boy, it shows you the crap people will watch these days. The numbers WILL go down. However, uneducated middle America will probably keep this "safe" bore at #1.

  7. 7

    Well, he WAS the top dog before. No suprise here

  8. 8

    Everyone wants to see when he first comes back….nothing shocking.

    Jay is still a scumbag.

  9. 9

    Letterman is an ass! He deserves to be the loser thathe really is. Letterman is just more human filth on the boob tube.

  10. 10

    listening to howard rip leno a million new assholes this am was wonderful. jay leno is a subhuman scumbag.

  11. 11

    If it wasn't for all the "grandmas" and "grandpas" out there who love this douchebag.. it would have never happened.. seriously the ONLY people I know who watch Leno are 50+

  12. 12

    Dave didn't try..he had a repeat on

  13. Heh says – reply to this


    I hope he gets sodomized daily with a hot poker in hell when he finally gets there

  14. 14

    People…too soon to judge.

  15. 15

    Suck it Dave and suck it COCO.

  16. 16


  17. 17

    Re: tigrrrlilly
    Yeah I am sure that Leno is all broken up that a perverted deviant that no one cares about or listens to anymore said crap about him.

  18. 18

    who cares leno is still lame. karma will come around someday and hit leno in the rear.

  19. 19

    Numbers won't hold but I predict Leno will win the ratings war by the end of summer. It really depends how much advertising NBC does to promote The Tonight Show.

  20. 20

    No - Jay is an asshat - he'll get ratings tonight for having the freak-show Palin on, but after that, it will be down the tubes.

  21. 21

    Re: eicarr – Well put - it will be the uneducated that will keep Jay on. His "Reader's Digest" mentality is just right for, um, some people.

  22. 22

    Re: Angus8 – I am positive that Leno does care about what Howard has to say. He steals all his material from Howard and puts his g-rated spin on it. Does studdering John still have a job with jay? hmmm….

    Howard also has more listeners daily on satellite radio than Leno any day on tv.

  23. 23


  24. YUCK says – reply to this


    love jay, he was number when he left, why wouldnt he be number one now. I am sorry I missed it I was too tired to watch after such a long day but jay I love you and will definitely be watching tonight and every night.! go jay!

  25. 25

    I'm surprised the elderly stay up that late.

  26. 26

    it's like a circus freak show or an accident you can't help but look at — novelty — it will pass — Dave was always better — Leno's a better stand-up guy than host

  27. 27

    will not last.he just has some great guests booked

  28. 28

    Jay Leno being number is the biggest FU to all the haters. He's beaten David Letterman countless times before he was pushed into the 10pm timeslot. But of course people will find ways to insult him.

  29. Ofra says – reply to this


    I think a lot of people, like myself.. didn't watch Jay b/c it was too early. His 10:30 central spot was perfect.. allowed me for routine, get ready for bed and turn on the Tonight Show and cuddle up in bed. Can't stand Conan so that was not an option. I think people last night just got their old "routine" back. Numbers will definitely hold!

  30. 30

    Hey morons, the only reason they tuned in was to watch the trainwreak Palin.

    I didn't watch it of course…but since it's Jay Leno…bet he did the same stupid lame jokes and skits.

  31. 31

    What the hell was Jamie Foxx ON?!

  32. 32

    When is ABC going to fire that murder Martin Bashir. Honestly it just goes to show well you do in the media industry if you are a complete dishonest, self serving, unethical, sociopath.
    And ABC Nightline keeps getting the most viewers with the sociopath on board! Sickening! It says a lot about society. I hope everyone knows that they are hearing trash every night. They may as well watch a sci-fi movie, it is probably more non-fiction.

  33. 33

    Re: Lafemme22 – what did martin bashir do to piss you off? just curious. please tell.

  34. 34

    Re: tigrrrlilly – Being born.

  35. 35

    HA PEREZ! Sweet success.

  36. 36

    Jay Leno sucks

  37. 37

    Jay was funny last night (but I don't like the set). Welcome back. NBC was completely idiotic to boot Jay. I hate Jamie Foxx, wish he'd get run over by an ego train…

    but Kimmel is the best.

  38. 38

    Just wait until the novelty wears off. The show sucked like usual…same old crap.
    Fast forwarded through most of it before giving up half way through.

  39. 39

    hmm ratings or not he is still an ASSHAT !!!!!!!!!

  40. 40

    Yeah, yeah. His 10pm slot opened real big as well. Quickly dropped.

  41. 41

    This has to happen, his return had huge media buzz.
    I am sure Dave will beat him in a couple of weeks.
    America hates Leno.

  42. LA22 says – reply to this


    What the hell is wrong with people. You could not pay me enough to watch that fucking douchebag. To whoever watched him last night…you suck at life.

  43. Low says – reply to this


    All due to stupid American Rednecks……

  44. 44

    glad i missed it . but i heard he ripped off dave & ellen by doing there going door to door bit. I'm sure jay sucked the life out of it by having it all pre scripted . Jay couldn't ad lib a fart at a bean eating contest. I sure his rating will drop FAST. hope nbc loses another bundle of ca$h.

  45. 45

    I knew it, NBC's not stupid, they knew what they were doing with Leno. Plus they've got this new show with Guy Fieri called Minute to Win It which I'm kind of psyched about.

  46. 46

    WHERE do they get these 'numbers' ????

    It's bullshit. Letterman is more popular. Leno is shit, and now even shittier.

    How much did Leno spend to sneakily (his specialty) 'adjust' the 'numbers'.

    And whose closet was he hiding in now?