Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Long Live Leno

Looks like Tonight Show host Jay Leno may not be done in 2009 after all. As the leader in late night ratings, Leno is a hot comodity as ABC, FOX, and Sony have all made it clear that they will be bidding for the comedian's services come next year. When NBC made the decision to promote Conan O'Brien to replace Leno as the Tonight Show host, they did so thinking that Leno would be losing popularity. Instead, he has gone on to dominate the ratings, even through the recent writers' strike. Other notable tidbits:

The Tonight Show earns an estimated $100 million per year.

Leno is estimated to earn about $25 million per year under his current contract with NBC.

Long Live Leno!