- The Washington Times - Friday, March 20, 2009

NEW YORK (AP) - Nielsen is giving high approval ratings to President Barack Obama’s appearance on NBC’s “Tonight Show.”

Obama’s visit with Jay Leno, the first by a sitting president, scored an 11.2 rating in metered-market households. That’s the highest number since January 2005, when “Tonight” paid tribute to the late Johnny Carson. The last time “Tonight” logged a higher rating was following the “Seinfeld” finale in May 1998.

Thursday’s telecast nearly tripled the show’s season-average 3.9 household rating.

These preliminary numbers measure Nielsen households in 56 U.S. markets.

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