NBC Confirms Leno's Move to 11:35pm

Primetime experiment will end Feb. 12 with start of Winter Olympics
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 10, 2010 12:38 PM CST
A car leaves NBC Studios as Studio 11 where The Jay Leno Show is taped sits in the background, Friday, Jan. 8, 2010, in Burbank, Calif.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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(Newser) – NBC confirmed that the Jay Leno primetime television experiment is over, saying today that Leno's nightly primetime show will end with the beginning of the Winter Olympics on Feb. 12. NBC exec Jeff Gaspin says NBC wants Leno to do an 11:35pm show, a return to his old time slot.

NBC wants Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Fallon's shows to shift back a half-hour. Gaspin says that's not a done deal, but he hopes to have NBC's late-night lineup cleared up by the beginning of the Olympics. Gaspin said Leno's show performed well enough in the ratings for the networks, but it did not meet the needs of NBC's affiliates.

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