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President Obama’s Appearance on Leno Nets Highest Ratings in Four Years

barackobamajayleno-032109President Barack Obama’s appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Thursday night gave the show its highest ratings in four years.  The episode drew an 11.2/26 HH rating/share (in the overnight metered markets), matching the number that Leno pulled in a January 2005 tribute episode following the death of Johnny Carson.

The highest rated episode of the series came on the night of the Seinfeld finale in May 1998 (a 12.4 HH rating). To put the number in perspective, it’s 187% above the show’s average this season of a 3.9 HH rating.  The episode also lifted lead-out Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to its highest numbers in three weeks (a 3.9/13 HH rating/share in the overnights).

Source: Variety

  • Jax

    He has hurt many families in America. He needs to say he is sorry in the public, not to an organization.

    In addition, someone who claims to have experienced prejudice and stereotypes throughout life, and has written about them in great detail, should be more sensitive and refined from life’s lessons.

    Furthermore, Obama claimed he was going to have the world think ‘highly’ of America again. Will this joke help?

    For someone who spoke of equality as a creed. Does this joke match that philosophy?

    For someone that said he would stand for all people. Does this stand up for those that participate in the Special Olympics?

    The fact is Obama claimed a higher standard. To much is given, much is required.

    Obama has just showed us that ‘yes we can’ destroy what a campaign stands for with a single joke.

    During the campaign for the White House in 2008, the media criticized Palin for being ‘common,’ ‘not-polished,’ ‘not-compassionate’ and ‘not presidential.’ However, compare Sarah Palins attitude in this video created three weeks ago for the Special Olympics in Boise, Idaho.

    You decide the more ‘presidential’ among them. Watch: http://tinyurl.com/ccz6nj

  • Jax

    He has hurt many families in America. He needs to say he is sorry in the public, not to an organization.

    In addition, someone who claims to have experienced prejudice and stereotypes throughout life, and has written about them in great detail, should be more sensitive and refined from life’s lessons.

    Furthermore, Obama claimed he was going to have the world think ‘highly’ of America again. Will this joke help?

    For someone who spoke of equality as a creed. Does this joke match that philosophy?

    For someone that said he would stand for all people. Does this stand up for those that participate in the Special Olympics?

    The fact is Obama claimed a higher standard. To much is given, much is required.

    Obama has just showed us that ‘yes we can’ destroy what a campaign stands for with a single joke.

    During the campaign for the White House in 2008, the media criticized Palin for being ‘common,’ ‘not-polished,’ ‘not-compassionate’ and ‘not presidential.’ However, compare Sarah Palins attitude in this video created three weeks ago for the Special Olympics in Boise, Idaho.

    You decide the more ‘presidential’ among them. Watch: http://tinyurl.com/ccz6nj

  • In all honesty as these ratings prove it shows that obama is popular despite these potentially offensive jokes, the only people that get angry is extremists who live by the code of been politically correct and also politicians who need some press combined with the apapers who need a story to fill its pages.

  • In all honesty as these ratings prove it shows that obama is popular despite these potentially offensive jokes, the only people that get angry is extremists who live by the code of been politically correct and also politicians who need some press combined with the apapers who need a story to fill its pages.

  • Faux-outrage is all the rage these days. And he didn’t make a joke at the expense of Special Olympics, he made a joke (poorly executed while it may have been) at the expense of himself. It was an innocent mistake, one which he apologized for immediately after he said it, and one that I believe not to be worthy of the over-reaction. Sometimes we say things we shouldn’t. That’s human, not offensive. Unfortunately we live in a society that is held at bay by a small group of vocal dissenters (who are deeply in the minority, not the majority) who believe they speak for us and over-react on every instance they deem fit, feigning outrage in the vain hopes of latching on to one thing that just may, may stick.

    And by the way, I’m not being insensitive, as you likely may claim. I’m being grown-up and realistic. There’s a significant difference.

    We have more important things to worry about. Although I’m so glad to see the vocal minority get so outraged over such a minuscule mistake, while they blindly followed President Bush’s huge blunders that put at risk our American ideals and contributed to the deaths of many (THAT is where I hurt). And what about President Bush’s WMD joke? How did you feel about that joke?

    And Gov. Sarah Palin?! Don’t get me started on her so-called compassion. More realistically, it’s just a rehash of the fake “Compassionate Conservatism” nonsense peddled by President Bush and his gang and trumpeted by those who hold no true compassion for their fellow man and woman.

    You see, that is why political discussions should stay off of non-political sites. While traffic is high here, the amount of comments I get are few. I’d hate for some of those already few to be so political in nature. I run this site purely for fun, and strictly for entertainment-related news and comment, so let’s live our political beliefs out of our entertainment-related discussions.

    In the future I hope that holds true. Political/Religious discussions almost never end well, and I wish I had put a note in the article to explicitly ask against such talk.

  • Faux-outrage is all the rage these days. And he didn’t make a joke at the expense of Special Olympics, he made a joke (poorly executed while it may have been) at the expense of himself. It was an innocent mistake, one which he apologized for immediately after he said it, and one that I believe not to be worthy of the over-reaction. Sometimes we say things we shouldn’t. That’s human, not offensive. Unfortunately we live in a society that is held at bay by a small group of vocal dissenters (who are deeply in the minority, not the majority) who believe they speak for us and over-react on every instance they deem fit, feigning outrage in the vain hopes of latching on to one thing that just may, may stick.

    And by the way, I’m not being insensitive, as you likely may claim. I’m being grown-up and realistic. There’s a significant difference.

    We have more important things to worry about. Although I’m so glad to see the vocal minority get so outraged over such a minuscule mistake, while they blindly followed President Bush’s huge blunders that put at risk our American ideals and contributed to the deaths of many (THAT is where I hurt). And what about President Bush’s WMD joke? How did you feel about that joke?

    And Gov. Sarah Palin?! Don’t get me started on her so-called compassion. More realistically, it’s just a rehash of the fake “Compassionate Conservatism” nonsense peddled by President Bush and his gang and trumpeted by those who hold no true compassion for their fellow man and woman.

    You see, that is why political discussions should stay off of non-political sites. While traffic is high here, the amount of comments I get are few. I’d hate for some of those already few to be so political in nature. I run this site purely for fun, and strictly for entertainment-related news and comment, so let’s live our political beliefs out of our entertainment-related discussions.

    In the future I hope that holds true. Political/Religious discussions almost never end well, and I wish I had put a note in the article to explicitly ask against such talk.