We can moan and groan all we like about the fact that Conan O’Brien is a funnier and more likable personality than Jay Leno. People can protest all they want, but it doesn’t matter what this relatively small minority believes. Jay Leno’s version of The Tonight Show was popular until the day it ended, in early 2009. Myself and other passionate media fans can act outraged and be upset that Leno is about to take the reins back from O’Brien, but the fact is, we make up a tiny number compared with the people who would rather watch Leno host The Tonight Show. As noted during all this controversy, the outpouring of TeamConan sentiment would have come in handy when his version of the show was trying to find its footing. Not enough of us watched the show, because we’re too busy. Guess who’s not too busy? The millions more in America who will happily stay up late to watch Leno in the exact same time slot. Leno’s audience is bigger, and that’s what changes the game. Taste means nothing, compared to television ratings. Leno will deliver, because Conan’s fans couldn’t, when it mattered.
Leno and O’Brien: It doesn’t matter what we think.
Leno and O'Brien: It doesn't matter what we think.
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