NBC has quietly indicated that its doomed franchise, The Jay Leno Show, will go off the air on Feb. 9 – two days earlier than expected. The network released an updated programming schedule for February today that announced plans to air a repeat episode of Law & Order: SVU at 10 p.m. on Feb. 10, followed by two back-to-back repeat episodes of The Office on Feb. 11. The network had originally said that Leno’s final day in primetime would be Feb. 11.
Ratings for The Jay Leno Show have remained largely consistent since NBC announced that he would return to 11:30 p.m. During the week of Jan. 18-22 – when just about every media outlet was focusing on the late night bruhaha at NBC – Leno averaged a 1.5 ratings among adults 18-49 and 4.8 million viewers, which was about equal to his season-to-date average. He attracted his biggest audience on Jan. 19, when an average 5.9 million tuned into hear him comment about the ongoing negotiations with Conan O’Brien.