Jay Leno is getting bumped from NBC’s airwaves Tuesday — courtesy of the president.
NBC had lagged behind the other networks in announcing its coverage plan for President Obama’s speech on Afghanistan. It has now set its schedule for Tuesday, and the plan bumps “The Jay Leno Show” off the schedule for one night only.
NBC will join the other broadcast nets (see their coverage plans here) in broadcasting the president’s address on his Afghanistan policy at 8 p.m. ET. NBC will devote an hour of coverage to the address, then run “The Biggest Loser” from 9 to 11 ET. That takes Leno off the schedule for the first time since his show premiered in mid-September; NBC has aired just one repeat of the show, on the day after Thanksgiving.
Ratings-wise, NBC will almost certainly get a bump from airing “The Biggest Loser” at 10 p.m. The series is averaging just under 10 million viewers per episode this season, and it peaks in its second hour. The Tuesday-night “Jay Leno Show” is the best performer among its five weekly broadcasts, but it draws only 6.76 million people.
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