NBC Ratings Keeping Pace After Olympics

By Andrew Gauthier 

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The Hollywood Reporter

NBC’s first week after the Winter Olympics may not have won the gold, but at least the network didn’t fall off the podium.

Coming off its coverage of the Vancouver Games, NBC rolled out two new series and relaunched Jay Leno as host of “The Tonight Show,” and Peacock execs have reason to feel some cautious optimism.

Leno has slipped back into his “Tonight Show” role without a hitch. After debuting to a solid 1.6 adults 18-49 rating on Monday, Leno followed with another 1.6 on Tuesday with guest Sarah Palin, followed by a 1.5 on Wednesday and Thursday, all while beating David Letterman by a 50% margin. More…