President Obama’s visit to The Tonight Show last night gave the show its best Wednesday ratings in more than two and a half years — though it was down from the last time the President was on. Last night’s show drew a 4.0/10 in metered-market households, the best Wednesday since March 3, 2010, the week Leno returned to host the NBC late-night show. Improving on The Tonight Show’s Wednesday season average by 48%, last night’s show was tied for the fifth-best overnight household rating since Leno’s return. Yesterday’s appearance was Obama’s third since taking office; his October 25, 2011 visit, a Tuesday, got a 4.1/11. That 2011 was the fourth best overnight Tonight has had since March 1, 2010. The President’s numbers last night also surpassed his wife’s last visit with Leno, when she drew a 3.3/8 for an August 13 appearance with Olympian Gabby Douglas. The Tonight Show has been averaging 3.4 million viewers on Wednesdays.
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