Leno and Letterman Neck-and-Neck in Ratings

By Andrew Gauthier 

The New York Times

Was restoring Jay Leno to the “Tonight” show worth it for NBC?

The results of the first week of the new television season offer a decidedly mixed answer to that question, which is being avidly followed in some quarters of the television business.

By the simplest of standards, NBC got something from Mr. Leno in premiere week that it did not get from Conan O’Brien, the host it decided was not cutting it last fall: a ratings win over David Letterman on CBS. More…