He’s still got it! In his first visit to The Tonight Show since his last show in February, Jay Leno helped his successor Jimmy Fallon score the the strongest Friday showing since March 7. Fallon and Leno together drew a 3.3 rating in the metered-market households, the highest since Match 7’s 3.4. In adults 18-49, Tonight posted a 1.2 rating, equaling the best Friday result since March 7. Coincidentally, Fallon’s guest on that March 7 show was his future 11:30 PM rival on CBS, Stephen Colbert. Overall, this was Tonight‘s best showing since Wednesday, Sept. 17, the night of the America’s Got Talent finale (3.4).
It was a throwback to Tonight Show‘s old days, with Leno, looking casual with no tie on, doing an opening monologue (watch it below) and leading the conversation with Fallon as well as Fallon’s second guest, Lucy Liu. Leno ribbed Fallon on masculinity. He recalled how Fallon asked him for advice on buying an “old-timey” car. (Leno is a classic car aficionado.) Leno’s advice — Fallon is not suited for the challenge. “Look at these hands ladies and gentlemen. That’s like a puppy’s paw,” Leno said, raising SNL alum’s hand. ‘This is the hand of a five-year-old and it’s actually pink!’