JAY LENO'S FIRST GUESTS
Friday, August 14, 2009
There's lots of buzz about Jay Leno's new show. Will it work in primetime? Who knows. But we do know that it will have a fighting chance based on its first guests. On his first show, Jay Leno will chat it up with Jerry Seinfeld. Jay-Z, Kanye West and Rihanna are all booked to perform. The JAY LENO SHOW starts on September 14th at 10pm/ET on NBC.
With Leno returning to late night, there's sure to be an even bigger battle for guests. Not just with the competition. Leno and O'Brien will have to compete for big names. Who will win? This could get interesting. For now, here's a look at the shows that have gotten the hosts their biggest ratings in the past:
May 20, 1993: 22.4 mil viewers; cast of "Cheers"
May 25, 1992: 16.1 mil; Billy Crystal (debut)
May 14, 1998: 15 mil; "Seinfeld" finale special
March 19, 2009: 14.6 mil; President Obama
Jan. 24, 2005: 13.4 mil; Johnny Carson tribute
May 6, 2004: 4.9 mil viewers; Brad Pitt
Jan. 24, 2005: 3.9 mil; Johnny Carson tribute
Nov. 27, 2002: 3.8 mil; Andy Richter/Snoop Dogg
Dec. 30, 1999: 3.8 mil; Darrell Hammond
Dec. 21, 2000: 3.5 mil; animated holiday special
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