Last May NBC announced that Jay Leno was going to be airing at 10p weekdays starting in the fall. It was suppose to be an experiment. Well now after 4 months I think we can all call this a failure. He averages only about 5 million viewers, which while not bad is actually a decline for the peacock network.
NBC of couse denies any of this with a statement "Jay Leno is one of the most compelling entertainers in the world today. As we have said all along, Jay's show has performed exactly as we anticipated on the network. It has, however, presented some issues for our affiliates. Both Jay and the show are committed to working closely with them to find ways to improve the performance."
They anticipated him not being funny?Ok, in seriousness it is cheaper to produce a talk show than a scripted show but I really want those 5 hours of scripted tv back.
The rumor floating around is that During the Winter Olympics Jay will return to The Tonight Show and Conan O'Brien will be out of a job. If thats the case then Conan can return to The Simpson