Here are the preliminary ratings from Jay Leno’s "Tonight" show finale that aired last night, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. This is from an NBC press release:
In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday Night (note that the Philadelphia market is excluded from these averages):
• Jay Leno’s final telecast hosting “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” has delivered the show’s highest overnight rating in nearly five years, since March 2009.
• Leno averaged a 9.2 rating, 22 share in households in the 56 markets metered by Nielsen Media Research (with the Philadelphia market excluded last night), best since March 19, 2009 (the night President Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to appear on a late-night talk show, 11.3/26).
• The final “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” more than tripled the show’s season average in metered-market households, 2.8 /7 heading into this week.
• “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” followed last night with its highest rating ever, a 4.6/15 in metered-market households. That tops the prior record of a 4.2/12 with a special 11:56 p.m. ET telecast on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012. The prior high for a weeknight “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” was a 3.9/13 on March 19, 2009, the night of President Obama’s appearance on “Tonight.” The 4.6 is also the highest for the “Late Night” franchise since “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” earned a 4.6/20 on Thursday, May 14, 1998, the night of the “Seinfeld” finale.
Now, here’s the musical tribute to Jay from his "Tonight" show finale, featuring Oprah Winfrey, Billy Crystal, Jack Black, Kim Kardashian, Carol Burnett, Jim Parsons, Sheryl Crow and Chris Paul: