The last time the network tried that, it was a spectacular failure for pretty much everyone involved. Leno was still riding high with "The Tonight Show" in 2009, and scared he'd bolt to another network, NBC undermined Conan O'Brien and torpedoed its 10 o'clock timeslot with "The Jay Leno Show."
Leno has been fine since returning to "Tonight" in 2010, but the show is no longer the dominant player in late night, and ABC's move of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" to 11:35 p.m. has made it a three-way race.
Related: 11 great Tina Fey quotes
During February sweeps, "Tonight" (3.5 million viewers) led CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman" (3.3 million) and "Jkl" (2.5 million) in total audience. It was also in front in the adults 18-49 demographic, »
Similar News Items"Saturday Night Live" (1975)
- Christine Baranski Gets Recognized More as ‘Leonard’s Mom!’ from The Big Bang Theory Than Any of Her Roles (From PEOPLE.com. 26 February 2017, 7:12 AM, PST)
- Announcing the 2017 Spirit Award Winners! (From BuzzSugar. 25 February 2017, 4:30 PM, PST)
- Spirit Awards: ‘Moonlight’ Wins Best Feature Film Award (From Variety - Film News. 25 February 2017, 1:46 PM, PST)
- President Trump Skipping White House Correspondents' Dinner (From TVLine.com. 25 February 2017, 4:24 PM, PST)
- Hugh Jackman Breaks His Wolverine Diet in the Most Delicious Way (From E! Online. 25 February 2017, 12:43 PM, PST)
- Hugh Jackman Breaks His ‘Wolverine Diet’ in the Most Epic Way with Help from Mario Batali (From PEOPLE.com. 25 February 2017, 11:46 AM, PST)
- Bradley Whitford Joins Busy Philipps in NBC’s Tina Fey Pilot ‘The Sackett Sisters’ (From Variety - TV News. 24 February 2017, 11:00 AM, PST)
- ‘Sackett Sisters’: Bradley Whitford Cast In NBC Comedy Pilot Produced By Tina Fey (From Deadline TV. 24 February 2017, 11:00 AM, PST)
- Scarlett Johansson to Host ‘Saturday Night Live’ for Fifth Time (From Variety - TV News. 23 February 2017, 11:28 AM, PST)