With Ratings Lower than Conan’s, Leno’s Future Questioned

By Andrew Gauthier 

New York Post

Jay Leno may be the next high-profile late-night host looking for a replacement.

Four months after taking back the “Tonight Show,” Leno’s ratings are actually behind those of Conan O’Brien.


The reality is starting to sink in at NBC that Leno is not only getting fewer viewers, but that his show is costing the cash-strapped network between $10 million and $15 million more a year than Conan’s show did.

Leno’s higher salary — $30 million per year vs. Conan’s $15 million — plus the cost of his bigger production staff is pushing the show into the red, according to insiders. More…