Jay Leno's return to The Tonight Show was a disaster for CBS. Not only did Leno crush Dave Letterman in the ratings, with 6.6 million to Letterman's 3.8 million, but Leno's audience stuck around for Late Night With Jimmy Fallen: Fallen scored a rare win over CBS' Craig Ferguson, 2.1 million viewers to 1.8 million. By the way, Letterman's show lost not only Leno but to ABC's Nightline, which pulled in an audience of 4.1 million.
Everybody's saying Leno's victory the first night out was a given, and it's the long run that counts. And that's true. But if you don't think there were a lot of upset stomachs around CBS this morning, you're very, very mistaken.