Hoping to halt the continued exodus of viewers, producers of The Jay Leno Show have returned it to a format resembling Leno's Tonight show, with "signature" pieces being brought forward to the beginning of the show, Broadcasting & Cable observed today (Wednesday). The decision runs counter to the producers' original decision to move the pieces, such as Headlines and Jay Walking to the end of the show in an effort to retain the audiences for the local NBC affiliates' 11 00 p.m. newscasts. In reporting on the format alteration, the trade publication remarked, "It looks as though NBC and Leno are taking the ratings and affiliate feedback seriously and tweaking the show. How it plays out will have to wait for another day."

11/11/2009