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.
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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, »
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