The Late-Night TV Melee of 2014: Who’s watching whom, and when?

When Jay Leno took over The Tonight Show from Johnny Carson in 1992, there was no visible late-night TV war to be waged. At 11:30 p.m. Eastern/Pacific, there was The Tonight Show, or there was Arsenio Hall. Leno’s ascension over David Letterman, however, revealed a civil war within NBC that wasn’t at all civil for the next two years, as Letterman bolted Late Night for the greener pastures of CBS, the Ed Sullivan Theatre and the Late Show. NBC hoped by remembering its history, it would not repeat it in 2009, giving Leno a five-year warning before giving his...

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