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Strong Finish for Leno on 'Tonight': The Show Chalks Up Its Biggest Weekly Average in More Than 20 Years THR

Jay Leno left “The Tonight Show” to huge ratings, as his final week gave the show its biggest audience since 1993, when NBC benefited from the finale of the long-running comedy “Cheers,” The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports.

“Tonight” averaged 8.3 million viewers for the week, surpassing every other week since “Cheers” went off the air, when "Tonight" drew 9.1 million viewers, the story reports.

The rating in the key 18-49 demo was less impressive, the piece notes. “It was only the biggest week for adults 18-49 since Conan O'Brien's abrupt 2010 exit," THR reports. "That week averaged a 2.3 rating in the targeted demographic, while Leno's last week averaged a 1.9 rating."

Leno’s final show on Thursday, Feb. 6, drew the show's biggest audience since May 14, 1998, when Jerry Seinfeld appeared after his show’s finale, as we reported previously. The Leno finale delivered 14.637 million viewers, vs. 14.962 million on the night of the "Seinfeld" finale.

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