Turmoil at 'Tonight' Hasn't Hurt Jay Leno's Ratings EW
Amid reports that NBC will replace Jay Leno with Jimmy Fallon at "The Tonight Show" when Leno’s contract expires, the show's ratings have reached a seven-week high, reports EW.com's Inside TV.
For the week of March 18-22 the show drew 3.52 million viewers, Leno's best week since Jan. 28-Feb. 1, and reached a four-week high with viewers 18 to 49, the story says.
The piece adds, "The ratings bump for the week of March 18-22 came as Leno began taking nightly jabs at his employers -- like referring to them as snakes -- as news hit that a succession plan was in the works to replace him with Jimmy Fallon."
NBC hasn't yet confirmed the plan for Fallon to take over, the story adds.