Jay Leno surprises Arsenio Hall by announcing second-season renewal of The Arsenio Hall Show

“Actually, on the second season, I’m going to be hosting. They didn’t tell you that part.”

— Jay Leno, right before hugging Arsenio Hall, who has that reaction (above), after Leno first read a certified letter on-air during Wednesday night’s Arsenio announcing his late-night TV show had been renewed for a second season.

The Arsenio Hall Show is syndicated and distributed by CBS Television Distribution, and produced by Eye Productions Inc., Octagon Entertainment Productions and Tribune Broadcasting.┬áIn addition to Tribune Broadcasting, which airs the show on 17 of its stations — WPIX in NYC, KTLA in LA and WGN in Chicago — it airs on The CW affiliates and other stations in the Sinclair Broadcast Group, CBS Television Stations, Cox Television Stations, LIN Television and Post-Newsweek Stations station groups. Go to arseniohall.com for a complete station lineup.

Stats from the official press release: The Arsenio Hall Show is watched by 6.7 million unique viewers weekly. (Note that the official release went with unique weekly viewers instead of a nightly Nielsen rating) The median age of an Arsenio viewer is 50.1, which is the youngest among late-night talk shows on broadcast TV season to date.

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Back in 1992, when Jay Leno became host of The Tonight Show for his first time, his main/primary/only competition in late-night TV was Arsenio Hall, who claimed he’d “kick Leno’s ass.” By the time Leno had moved briefly to primetime, that rivalry already had smoothed over, with Hall even serving as one of Leno’s correspondents.

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