In preliminary Nielsen ratings, NBC’s "The Jay Leno Show" got a fast start, doubling the network’s average rating over the past year in the 10 p.m. timeslot, according to TVNewscheck.com. Jay had an average rating of 12.1 and a 19 share in Nielsen’s 56 metered markets.
NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker, speaking at the annual Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference, lauded Leno’s Monday night debut, but said the show’s success will be judged over the long term, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Leno drew roughly 17.7 million viewers for a 5.1 rating/13 share in adults 18-49. according to preliminary fast national data from Nielsen, says TheWrap.com. Among adults over 50, the NBC show notched a massive 10.8 rating.
–Allison J. Waldman