Yes, I smiled when I read the official decree…but only for a moment.
NBC confirmed Sunday that after February 12th, “The Jay Leno Show” will no longer occupy the 10pm time slot Monday-Friday.
If you read this blog with any regularity — and if you do, well gosh darn, thanks — you know I started whining about Leno’s new show as early as September. So, as far as I’m concerned, it’s about time. The ratings have sucked, and as a result, the local news programs on the local NBC affiliate stations have seen their ratings slide, too.
And more importantly, Leno’s show was just lazy television programming. We cry all the time about how reality TV is taking over the airwaves. Well, having Jay Leno attempt to replicate late night programming for an hour each night in primetime was no better.
NBC tried to save money and placate Jay Leno who — for some reason that completely escapes me — the network has decided viewers can’t live without.
That’s the reason I only smiled for a moment. The network has decided to put Leno back on at 11:35pm for 30 minutes and slide “The Tonight Show” with Conan on after midnight — when the title no longer even makes good sense.
I hate to break it to you, NBC, but one of the reasons Conan’s ratings took a dive was Jay’s lead-in. Putting Jay back on in late night isn’t automatically going to fix the problem. And, if Conan has any pride at all, he will tell you take your 30 minute slide and…well, you get the idea.
Run, Conan, run. The whole network is crazy!!