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Letterman Beats Leno In The Ratings For The First Time in 17 Years!!

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In your face!!

Ha, kidding! We're fans of both of you.

Seriously though, we are super happy for David Letterman because he just beat Jay Leno in the ratings for the first time in 17 years!!


The Tonight Show has managed to hang on to its number 1 ranking among adults ages 18-49 for several years, but finally, during the period of October 27 to November 23, 2011, the Late Show had a 13% better rating than the Tonight Show.

That's huge!!! And we're really happy for Dave. He is the original late night king since Johnny Carson and totally deserves this win.


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12 comments to “Letterman Beats Leno In The Ratings For The First Time in 17 Years!!”

  1. 1

    I don't see why people watch David, he's not that funny. Jay used to be funny but his jokes are lame cause he lets the writers do his work. I don't watch either of them but between the two I rather watch Jay.

  2. 2

    Team Dave!

  3. 3

    yaha! team Dave!!!

  4. 4

    jay is for the idiots who have under developed senses of humor and can stand jay's awful, insicere, fake interviews, and all the ripping of he and his writers do actual talented people like howard.

  5. 5

    I watch both Jay and Dave, and lean towards Dave. Letterman had amazing guests almost every night October and November.

  6. 6

    Re: stickrat – YUP Jay's a no talent hack!! You can really tell a lot about a person that likes Jay or watches him over Letterman. As far as I'm concerned there is no comparison to be made

  7. 7

    Was Justin Bieber on that night?

  8. 8

    Letterman should enjoy it while he can..it will be very short lived!
    there are reasons that Jay has been consistently beating him in the ratings
    -Jay isn't nasty, rude, caustic, or unfaithful to his wife
    -Jay didn't have a decades long fued with Oprah, he doesn't alienate stars/celebs or his fans
    -Jay is firstly a stand up comic who is on the road each weekend which gives him more an idea of the pulse of Americans in different areas- he's approachable and doesn't play "elusive" like Letterman does
    -Jay realizes that at that hour of the night people want something light, fun and friendly before they sleep
    -Jay doesn't carry bitter long term grudges like Letterman does, airing them every chance he gets…Letterman has hated Jay and NBC ever since NBC chose to give The Tonight Show to Jay and not to him. Shows that NBC was right in their choice since Jay wins the ratings which translates into advertising dollars and profits for NBC..it's a business..all about the money
    -Jay doesn't make inappropriate comments about teens (Sarah Palin's youngest daughter) etc. like Letterman does
    -Jay doesn't promote his own political agenda.. it's obvious how much Letterman hates Republicans..and the country is pretty well half republican/half Democrat.. so why would they want to watch him?
    -and you could probably add to the list
    ….just saying

  9. 9

    Mr Jaw was and still is a cocksucker!!

  10. 10

    Jay makes me cringe. His nervous habit of repeating the punchline of his jokes drives me crazy. Dave has the talent to be funny in the moment. This is something Jay could never do.

  11. 11

    Team Dave, no offense Jay, he just has "smarter" "jokes". Besides if that hurts your feelings, you can go hug one of your cars that could buy what?, maybe 4 people like me homes? Yes, I know Dave has money too, but I was afraid I might hurt Jay's feelings.

  12. 12

    I like David better than Mr. Chin. David has a better articulation. He is funnier, while Jay is not funny. David has Paul who is talented and amazing so I rather stay awake to watch David than Mr. Chin.