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Leno's Ratings Starting To Slide

Mar. 5 2010, Published 3:08 p.m. ET

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Jay Leno’s return to the Tonight Show is proving to be a ratings bonanza for NBC even though his lead is sliding, has learned.

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On Monday, when Jay returned to the 11:30 p.m. time slot, he almost doubled David Letterman’s ratings at CBS.

But by Thursday night, Leno’s lead slide to a 15 percent lead. For the record: Jay had over 4 million viewers. One of Jay’s biggest nights was Tuesday when Sarah Palin wowed the audience with a standup routine.

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Thursday night when Matthew McConaughey and Brett Favre visited the Tonight Show set. The Late Show With David Letterman had 3.6 million viewers.

Friday night, the late night shows will have the Battle of Invictus. Leno has Morgan Freeman from the Oscar nominated film. Letterman has Matt Damon.

May the best man win!


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