Ratings Are In for NBC’s Thursday Comedy Experiment

NBC’s attempt to mount a three-hour block of prime-time comedies came out pretty much as expected Thursday night, with each show performing at or around their usual viewership levels. The experiment faces long odds of succeeding. Throughout television history, broadcast networks have rarely tried airing comedies in the third hour of prime-time (10-11 p.m./9-11c). Conventional […]

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Exiting NBC Chief Has No Regrets About Failed ‘Jay Leno Show’

Hey, you can’t be faulted for trying. That is pretty much what outgoing NBC Universal chief Jeff Zucker had to say about his failed experiment to give late-night vet Jay Leno a ‘Tonight Show‘-like talker weeknights at 10 pm. New Book Details ‘The War’ Between Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien “I don’t regret what we […]

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Conan’s ‘Tonight Show’ Feels Emmy Love As Leno Is Overlooked

It’s Conan 4, Jay 0! If you’re keeping score, that’s the tally of Emmy Award nominations for the short-lived “Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien” versus “The Jay Leno Show,” NBC’s even shorter-lived experiment with a nightly prime-time variety/talk show. What a huge embarrassment for NBC. The network yanked Conan’s “The Tonight Show” in January, just […]

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Strong Ratings for Leno’s Return to Late-Night

NEW YORK — After a smashing return, Jay Leno appears headed to a battle with David Letterman for late-night television supremacy. The Nielsen Co. says Leno averaged 5.6 million viewers last week, his first back at NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show‘ following the ill-fated prime time experiment. Letterman had 3.7 million at CBS. Leno took advantage […]

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