Jay Leno

Measuring Rich People's Toys Against Average Incomes

The gap between America's super-wealthy and the rest of us has grown so vast it's hard to even comprehend the sums they spend on their luxuries. But if you measure, say, a $200 million luxury yacht in terms of the average U.S. family's household income, the picture comes back into focus.

Why the Time Is Right for Conan O'Brien

It's not just that his new talk show Conan is attracting a huge audience -- more than 2.4 million for its first night -- but they're young as well. And advertisers are willing to pay a premium to reach these viewers because they're so difficult to find.

Leno's Ratings Bump Isn't All Good News for NBC

Now that Jay Leno has returned to host NBC's Tonight Show, the show is climbing back to the top of late-night ratings. In March, Leno outdrew his main rival on CBS, The Late Show with David Letterman, averaging 4.9 million viewers compared with Letterman's 3.7 million viewers, according to Variety. But the top brass at NBC shouldn't feel vindicated in their decision to reinstall Leno in the 11:30 p.m. time slot quite yet.

Conan O'Brien Heads to TBS for Late-Night Show

TBS, the cable network owned by Time Warner, announced Monday that it will create a new late-night show for Conan O'Brien, who left The Tonight Show in January after NBC told him it was giving the 11:30 p.m. time slot back to Jay Leno.

Can Comcast Save the Peacock Network?

During Congressional testimony Thursday, top executives from Comcast and NBC Universal pledged to restore the luster of the beleaguered Peacock Network, which has suffered through low ratings, a dearth of hit shows, and most recently, the Leno-Conan debacle.

Conan and NBC Settle, Clearing the Way for Jay 3.0

Our long national nightmare is over: Conan O'Brien and NBC are parting ways in peace, if not amity. In a deal first reported in The Wall Street Journal and expected to be announced officially later today, the network will pay the Tonight Show host $32 million to walk away from his show, stay off television for an unknown duration and avoid saying anything disparaging in public about NBC or its executives.

Don't Blame Jay or Conan -- Blame Jeff Zucker!

The sniping among late night comedians has intensified over the last few days, as millionaire entertainers jostle for position in the great Jay Leno - Conan O'Brien conflict. A lot of fingers are pointing at one side or another, but the real blame lies with the NBC executive who started the whole thing.

GE Pays $40M to Bail Out Jeff Zucker

NBC Universal chairman Jeff Zucker is spending $40 million of General Electric's money to get rid of Conan O'Brien. NBC was contractually bound to give O'Brien $40 million if it canceled the show -- but it also buys Zucker a non-disparagement clause from the late-night comic.

Zucker Fails, but Conan Pays

NBC Universal chairman Jeff Zucker failed to anticipate that Jay Leno wouldn't want to take early retirement, or how audiences would turn him off in primetime. Now he's preparing to demote Conan O'Brien, once an indispensable talent, to coddle Leno, whose best days are clearly behind him.

Jay Leno Fiasco Has NBC Asking, Now What?

NBC has got quite a mountain to climb after the disastrous Jay Leno Show experiment. But getting consumers to give a second chance to a product they've stopped using is one of the biggest challenges in marketing.

Five Media Changes to Watch for in 2010

What media-industry developments and market forces will make headlines in the year to come? Pay-to-read online content, tablet computers, mom-and-pop newsrooms and, oh yes -- banks taking over the magazine and newspaper game.

Jay Leno's Fading Fortunes at NBC

Is a deal with Satan the kind of thing you're required to disclose in a proxy statement? If so, I'll be very curious to see the one filed after...