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Jay Leno's Tonight Show goodbye gets more viewers than first farewell

Published on Feb 8, 2014 6:02 AM
 
Jay Leno sits with guests Jack Black and Kim Kardashian on his final night hosting "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" in Burbank, California in this Feb 6, 2014 picture provided by NBC. Jay Leno's send-off as the host of NBC's late-night talk show the Tonight Show drew 14.6 million viewers, Nielsen Media Research said on Friday, topping the audience that bid adieu to the host when he left the show for the first time in 2009. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Jay Leno's send-off as the host of NBC's late-night talk show the Tonight Show drew 14.6 million viewers, Nielsen Media Research said on Friday, topping the audience that bid adieu to the host when he left the show for the first time in 2009.

Leno's emotional farewell on Thursday was the comedian's fourth-largest Tonight Show audience since he took the reins from Johnny Carson in 1992.

The finale attracted the same number of viewers who tuned in to watch Leno interview United States (US) President Barack Obama in 2009, in what was the first ever appearance of a sitting president on a late-night talk show.

Carson, who led the show for 30 years, attracted 42 million viewers for his final show in 1992, in an era when broadcast television commanded far greater audiences than today.

 
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