Jay Leno‘s return to his old stomping grounds gave “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon” its biggest Friday night in eight months.
The episode averaged a 3.3 rating, 8 share in metered-market households, in preliminary numbers, making it the top-rated Friday telecast of “The Tonight Show” since March 7 when it earned a 3.4/8 during the third week of Fallon’s tenure as “Tonight” host.
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Among the 25 markets with Local People Meters, it scored a 1.2/6 in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, equaling the show’s highest Friday figure since the March 7 (1.5/6) episode.
The comedian, who will be back on television early next year with CNBC car show “Jay Leno’s Garage,” ended his 22-year run as “Tonight Show” host with the Feb. 6 episode.
Friday’s guests also included Lucy Liu and Kevin Delaney, as well as Dave Davies sitting in with house band, The Roots.
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Leno is also set to be Craig Ferguson‘s final “Late Late Show” guest when the CBS host airs his last episode on Friday, Dec. 19.