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Michelle Obama makes her late night talk show debut as the First Lady of the United States on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Michelle Obama will make her late night talk show debut as the First Lady of the United States on NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (Monday – Friday, 11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET on NBC) on Tuesday, January 31.

The First Lady is expected to talk about her “Let’s Move” campaign, what life is like for her and her family in the White House and her upcoming book about the White House kitchen garden.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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The Tonight Show with Jay Leno gets big boost from President Barack Obama guest appearance

President Barack Obama’s guest appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Tuesday night gave the show a big boost. The show drew a 4.1 meter-market household rating, which was the show’s largest audience since March 2, 2010. It was also up by more than 50% over the current season average.

President Barack Obama to appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Tuesday, October 25

President Barack Obama will be visiting “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on Tuesday, October 25, marking his fourth appearance on the show, his second since taking The Office of President of the United States.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane announces he’s making a big band album

Last night on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane revealed that he signed a deal with Universal Republic Records to record a big band album:

“I’m working on an album actually for Universal Republic Records,” said MacFarlane. “I had an offer to do an actual big band album and I took it. I said yes.”

When Leno asked what fans could expect, MacFarlane teased: “Swing arrangements of classic tunes. We kind of deliberately touched stuff that the Deans (Martin) and the Franks (Sinatra) and the Sammys (Davis Jr.) didn’t do yet.”

Watch a clip from the show after the jump, where MacFarlane sings “You’re the Cream in My Coffee” from the musical “Hold Everything!”.

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Letterman overtakes Leno in key demos

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno has ceded its lead back to Late Show with David Letterman.  After Leno regained the reins of the show last week, he went on to beat ‘Letterman’ Monday through Friday — a five-day streak — among viewers, A18-49 and A25-54, but  that streak ended yesterday. ‘Letterman’ overtook ‘Leno’ […]

Conan O’Brien Ends Run As Tonight Show Host With Ratings High

Conan O’Brien’s final Tonight Show drew an impressive 4.8 A8-49 rating, a record-high for his program:

“Walking away from The Tonight Show is the hardest thing I have ever had to do,” O’Brien said. “I have worked with NBC for over twenty years. Yes, we have our differences right now and yes, we’re going to go our separate ways. But this company has been my home for most of my adult life. I am enormously proud of the work we have done together, and I want to thank NBC for making it all possible.”

Watch Conan’s farewell speech after the jump.  Jay Leno takes over as the new host — again — of The Tonight Show on March 1st.

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NBC and Conan O’Brien Finalize Tonight Show Exit; $45M to Conan and Staff; Conan Free to Host Elsewhere on September 1, 2010

NBC and Conan O’Brien have reached a $45 million exit deal. Under the deal, Conan will get more than $33M, while the rest of the money will go to his staff in severance (many of whom left with their families from NY to LA). Conan ends his run as the host of The Tonight Show on Friday, January 22nd.

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Reports: Jay Leno Back as Tonight Show Host; Conan’s Last Show Will “Likely” Be January 22nd

TMZ is reporting that Jay Leno has signed a new deal with NBC and will return as host of The Tonight Show airing from 11:35-12:35 a.m., which means Conan O’Brien is out:

As we first reported, under the contract Jay had been working under, he was guaranteed the 10 PM hour. By […]

Record Friday Night for Jay Leno Send Off

jayleno-060109Jay Leno’s final Tonight Show delivered the show’s best ratings ever for a Friday night telecast.  The episode drew an 8.8/20 household rating/share in Nielsen’s 56 overnight metered markets.  That’s a 126% increase over the show’s metered-market average during the past quarter (3.9).

NBC had a very successful final week for The Tonight Show, with the late-night show increasing its numbers throughout the week: a 4.1 overnight household rating for Monday, 4.6 for Tuesday, 4.9 for Wednesday and 5.2 for Thursday.

Jay Leno, of course, returns this September to NBC’s fall lineup with The Jay Leno Show Monday-Friday at 10:00pm.

More after the jump. Continue reading Record Friday Night for Jay Leno Send Off

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

President 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 […]

President Barack Obama Appearing on Leno This Thursday

The White House has announced that President Barack Obama, during a trip to Los Angeles on Thursday, will appear on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.  NBC will tape the program and air it that night, after the president has returned to Washington.