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Leno Kills Letterman In The Ratings!

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Just one month after his return to The Tonight Show, Jay Leno is beating late-night rival David Letterman in the ratings!

"I'm surprised," said Horizon Media's Brad Adgate. "(82%) of his audience is back from a year ago. … Despite all the bruises he got, Leno is still a very resilient host."

Although not everyone is watching those two duke it out!

Younger viewers have ditched the mainstream options for shows on Comedy Central and Adult Swim, so it's just the old people who love Leno.

Both hosts are down total viewers from last year. Leno is down 24%, while Letterman has declined 9%.

Makes us wonder about the future of late night!

What do U watch?!

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26 comments to “Leno Kills Letterman In The Ratings!”

  1. 1

    I just watch Craig Ferguson now.

  2. 2

    Chelsea Lately is the way to go!

  3. buck says – reply to this


    Letterman always looks like he has one hand on his computer mouse while the other is working his peenis.

  4. 4


  5. 5

    Jay is for trailer parks and idiots….of and old people and their dying out quick…wait till Coco comes back…with a vengeance.

  6. 6

    chelsea lately! shes way more entertaining

  7. 7

    Letterman has turned into a grumpy old man. Hard to watch these days…

  8. 8

    Team LENO, LENO, LENO!

  9. 9

    I watch anything but Leno. If he's doing well in the ratings it's because he's so milquetoast that those who are bored late at night can't find much to dislike about him, even though there's very little that makes them like the man all that much.

  10. 10


  11. 11

    My Golden Girls lol

  12. 12

    Craig and David. People inhabiting the earth who think Leno is funny is what's wrong with this place.

  13. @v@ says – reply to this


    Leno is a consummate professional. He wasn't handpicked to replace Johnny for no reason. A couple of other individuals could have indeed replaced Johnny Carson successfully as well, but it happened to be Jay. Watch him and learn, hopefuls.

  14. 14

    TEAM LENO!! Dirty ole man Dave uses women and hurt his wife and son. Dave needs to retire and try to be a father and decent husband.

  15. 15

    Real Time with Bill Maher, John Stewart,& Chelsea Lately (once in a while). None of those 'late show' hosts you mentioned are entertaining or funny. Some of them have interesting guests once in a while (maybe that's why some audiences still tine in). I think their shows aren't intellectually stimulating enough for viewers of all generations.

  16. 16

    Jon Stewart!!!!!

  17. 17

    Team Chelsea!

  18. 18

    I don't watch either anymore. I tape em and fast forward through all the same pathetic Tiger Woods/Larry King/Obama material until I see something interesting…. then fast forward to find out what guests are on… then fast forward through them until I see what band is playing… then delete it. Can't wait for Conan to come back.

  19. 19

    I used to watch the Jay Leno show just to watch Ross the Intern, but after the Conan fiasco I refuse to watch anything that has to do with Jay. Can't wait till Coco comes back!

  20. 20

    I will never understand how people find Leno in the least bit funny.

  21. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: Roccomagoo – Middle America constitutes the viewer curve, and Leno appeals to that largest demographic. I actually prefer Jon Stewart, too, but not all people are politics lovers.

  22. 22

    I was a Leno fan, but always a bigger Conan fan. I'd also watch Letterman occasionally.
    I'm not watching any of these dudes anymore, I can't stand their faces and douchebaggetry.

  23. 23

    i will watch late night again when conan comes back…haven't watch leno since he screwed over coco.

  24. 24

    I watch Jon Stewart on The Daily Show for Comedy Central. Then, I go to Letterman. I LOVE Letterman. Then I go to Kimmel. That's it. I cannot stand Leno.

  25. 25

    Team Dave and then off to Team Craig!!! Thank goodness for DVR's.

    How can anyone respect Leno at this point?????

  26. 26

    who watches either of them anymore?
    Jon Stewart and Colbert is where the comedy is.
    I wold never watch Leno.