Writers Strike Helping Ratings

January 3, 2008 By:
Writers Strike Helping Ratings

Who knew a Writers Strike would help ratings? Last night Jay Leno, David Letterman and Conan O'Brien came out of hibernation and decided to go back to work.

Leno returned without his writers and decided to write his own jokes, which raked in a 5.3 rating after two months off earning him his best ratings in two years, according to Nielsen Media Research. Leno's ratings were up 47 percent over what he achieved before the strike.

Meanwhile, a very hairry Letterman had a 4.3 rating and 10 share, or 39 percent better than his pre-strike average. Letterman came back to work with union writers after his production company (Worldwide Pants) struck a deal last week to bring his writers back to work. Conan O'Brien's "Late Night" on NBC and Craig Ferguson's "Late Late Show" on CBS all had similar results with higher ratings.

So what does this all mean? Does this affect the writer’s strike in a negative way? Were the ratings high due to all the media focus on the strike or are people sick of watching re-runs? I guess time will tell and until then check out David Letterman's monologue.