Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Jay Leno: He's #1

Maybe NBC wasn't so crazy after all when they promised the 10 PM weeknight time slot to Jay Leno. Who would dare fire the most popular man on television?

That's according to a Harris Poll of American adults' favorite TV personalities, which says Leno moved up from #3 on last year's list. Talk show hosts are well represented in the top 10:

1. Jay Leno
2. Hugh Laurie
3. Ellen DeGeneres (last year's #1)
4. Oprah Winfrey
5. David Letterman
6. Jon Stewart
7. Charlie Sheen
8. Steve Carell
9. Stephen Colbert
10. Mark Harmon

"Papa Bear" (Fox News' Bill O'Reilly) dropped out of the top 10 (he was #8 last year). And for those who suspected that NBC wanted to attract a younger audience by putting Conan O'Brien on at 11:30, here's some ammunition: Jay Leno is tops among both Baby Boomers (those aged 44-62) and Matures (those aged 63 and older), while ages 18-43 voted for Laurie and DeGeneres.