Jay Leno's five highest-rated shows


1. May 20, 1993
Leno celebrates the series finale of NBC's "Cheers" with a live telecast from Boston's Bull & Finch Pub featuring the show's cast, several of whom are noticeably drunk, if not downright plastered.
Household rating: 16.1*

2. May 25, 1992
The big debut. Billy Crystal guests. Controversy ensues after Leno fails to acknowledge or thank Johnny Carson.
Household rating: 11.8

3. May 14, 1998
Featured guest is George magazine founder (and son of JFK) John F. Kennedy Jr.
Household rating: 11.0

4. March 19, 2009
President Barack Obama guests, marking the first time a sitting U.S. president has appeared on a late-night talk show. Garth Brooks performs his 1991 hit "Rodeo."
Household rating: 9.7

5. Jan. 24, 2005
The return of Carson sidekick Ed McMahon, along with appearances by Drew Carey, k.d. lang and Brent & Shane Kinsman, identical twin moppets from ABC's "Desperate Housewives."
Household rating: 9.5

* In millions.
Source: Nielsen Media Research