Late Night Blues

The last time NBC had such a weak primetime lineup, back in the late ’70s, Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show accounted for something like 20% of the network’s total revenues. Today, Jay Leno can’t even stay on in Boston:

WHDH Channel 7, Boston’s NBC affiliate, is refusing to air host Jay Leno’s new talk show in the lucrative 10 p.m. hour in favor of its own hour-long local news show, and NBC doesn’t like it one bit.

I miss Johnny.