'Jay Leno Show' Ratings High While Reviews Are Low
The Jay Leno Show, the title comedian's new prime time TV venture, posted high ratings yet the reviews left little to be desired. The Jay Leno Show premiered Monday, September 14, 2009 at 10 p.m. on NBC with 17.7 million viewers tuning in.
Some 17.7 million Americans tuned in for the closely watched debut of "The Jay Leno Show" at 10 p.m. on Monday, preliminary numbers from Nielsen Media showed.
That compares to the roughly 5 million strong audience that used to regularly watch Leno's old "Tonight Show" and puts the new chat show's first outing on a par with crowd pleasers like the "CSI" crime franchise on rival CBS
But critics weren't quite so keen on the show, calling it stale and old. The opening show featured Jerry Seinfeld and Kanye West, who apologized for his VMA outburst, as well as skits featuring Oprah and even President Barack Obama.
"Five nights a week of 'Jay Leno' presents a too-high risk factor to deviate too far from the norm -- and what's left is an unsettled sense that they're throwing things on the wall to see what sticks,"
Leno's first show posted 70% higher ratings than Conan Obrien's debut when he took over Leno's role at The Tonight Show.