Obama Spikes Ratings for ‘Leno’

Garners its biggest audience since Johnny Carson’s death in January 2005, and boosts “Jimmy Fallon” in the process.

Anger over the AIG bonuses don’t seem to be hurting President Barack Obama’s popularity any, if his Thursday night appearance on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” is any indication.

The show drew its highest ratings in five years, thanks Obama. It pulled in an 11.2 household rating and 26 share in Nielsen’s overnight metered markets – and 187 percent increase over the show’s season average of 3.9. The last time Leno hit that number was back in January 2005, following the death of Leno’s predecessor, Johnny Carson.

And Obama also boosted “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” which follows Leno on NBC. Fallon pulled a 3.9/13 in the overnights.

The president was in Southern California to boost his economic stimulus package.

Here’s the full video of his appearance: