Though last night I suggested Jay Leno‘s shitty guests and shitty jokes would result in David Letterman‘s deserved surge in the ratings, last night this wasn’t so. The dueling shows’ (reviewed here by EW’s Ken Tucker) ratings are in:
The Tonight Show: 7.2 million viewers (43% higher than season average)
The Late Show: 5.5 million viewers (45% higher)
I hope the viewers who watched Leno’s lamefest featuring newly crowned Iowa GOP winner Mike Fuckabee decided to change their ways today. I actually just watched Letterman (and Leno in commercial breaks), and the show was a huge improvement over last night’s good-but-not-great-but-still-way-better-than-Leno outing, mostly due to the non-presence of Robin Williams and the presence of Bill Maher. Add that to Ellen Page, who though she seemed nervous and out of place in that dress, gave countless shout outs to Canada and hit a few “whorehouse” jokes out of the park Juno-style (see clips of both Maher and Page below), and I don’t know who would choose Howie Mandel (also Canadian, unfortunately) on Leno? But I guess the sad many people that would vote in Huckabee might really like Deal or No Deal and definately really hate Bill Maher, and probably are never doing anything better at 11:30 every night.
Ah, well. I overestimated ye with Neilsen boxes yet again.