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Critics may have hated it, but Monday's premiere of "The Jay Leno Show" got a warm reception from viewers.

Thanks in part to a newsworthy appearance from rapper Kanye West -- who drew widespread scorn for his behavior during the MTV Video Music Awards the previous night -- the former "Tonight Show" host's 10 p.m. comedy-variety show drew a surprisingly large crowd of 18.4 million total viewers, according to data from Nielsen Media Research. That's more than three times what he averaged on "The Tonight Show."

Among the key demographic of viewers aged 18 to 49, "Leno" scored a 5.3 rating/14 share, easily the night's top-rated program. It was NBC's most-watched program in the time period since last year's Summer Olympics. [LA Times]

That widespread scorn even reached President Obama who was taped calling Kanye West a jackass.

Meanwhile, as Kanye promised a few weeks ago, he's going out on tour with Lady Gaga who was also a big star at the VMAs. The'Fame Kills' tour runs from November into January 2010, and includes two (for now?) NYC-area shows: December 22 at the Izod Center and January 3 at Nassau Coliseum. Ticket info TBA. All tour dates, and videos from the Leno show, are below...

Kanye West & Lady Gaga - 2009 Tour Dates
Nov. 10 - Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Center
Nov. 11 - San Diego, CA @ Vegas Arena
Nov. 13 - Las Vegas, NV @ Madalay Bay Events Center
Nov. 15 - Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
Nov. 16 - Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
Nov. 18 - Sacramento, CA @ ARCO Arena
Nov. 19 - San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
Nov. 24 - Vancouver, BC @ General Motors Place
Nov. 26 - Calgary, AB @ Pengrowth Saddledome
Nov. 28 - Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
Nov. 29 - Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre
Dec. 2 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
Dec. 4 - St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
Dec. 9 - Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
Dec. 11 - Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
Dec. 12 - Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum Complex
Dec. 13 - Norfolk, VA @ Scope
Dec. 16 - Worcester, MA @ DCU Center
Dec. 18 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Center
Dec. 19 - Baltimore, MD @ 1st Mariner Arena
Dec. 20 - Buffalo, NY @ HSBC Arena
Dec. 22 - E. Rutherford, NJ @ IZOD Center
Dec. 26 - Hartford, CT @ XL Center
Dec. 30 - Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
Jan. 3 - Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
Jan. 6 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
Jan. 8 - Kanata, ON @ Scotiabank Place
Jan. 11 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
Jan. 14 - Auburn Hills, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills
Jan. 16 - Chicago, IL @ United Center
Jan. 19 - New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Arena
Jan. 21 - San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
Jan. 22 - Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
Jan. 24 - Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center

(dates via RS)

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Comments (35)

I watched Leno for the first two shows, and while the first one was far from good, it was much better than last night. Last night was abysmal. The Tom Cruise/Cameron Diaz segment was absolutely awful.
It is just going to go downhill. This was an awful idea. People used to watch Leno because at 11:30 that was the only thing on other than Letterman.

The ratings dropoff is going to be massive.

Posted by Kurt C. | September 16, 2009 10:36 AM

Yeah, Leno has always sucked. I don't understand this move at all. He should make sure he has dorito commercials to fall back on.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2009 10:40 AM

10:36pm NBC may be able to take the hit though because its a cheap way to fill a timeslot.


Anyway I wish Lady Gaga was touring solo and not with Kanye although his stage set up looks cool. Probably not worth the $100 ticket tho.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2009 10:41 AM

Kanye likes FishSticks.

Posted by TXn | September 16, 2009 10:48 AM

I hope this New Year's Eve show at MSG isn't Kanye and Lady Gaga......

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2009 10:51 AM

Kanye also likes balls across the nose

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2009 10:51 AM

Who would pay to hear this jerk speak!? I am not Gaga for Kanye!

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2009 10:51 AM

yo, MEH commenter, i'm really happy for you and imma let you finish.. but the "what time does daft punk" joke was one of the best BV jokes of all time.

Posted by kanye | September 16, 2009 11:00 AM

pretty sure this year's NYE MSG show is going to be Phish.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2009 11:01 AM

Lady Gaga was probably happy pairing up with Kanye before the VMAs. Then she won 3 awards and he cemented his place as biggest dick in showbiz. Now he is only going to hurt her ticket sales.

Posted by Kurt C | September 16, 2009 11:11 AM

Imma let chu finish but...

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2009 11:12 AM

"pretty sure this year's NYE MSG show is going to be Phish."

That would make me so happy, even though that comment had no context whatsoever.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2009 11:20 AM

Kanye West doesn't care about white people.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2009 11:22 AM

oh my god 11:00 AM.

no further bv comments necessary. ever.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2009 11:22 AM

ive heard mmj reprise for nye.


phish will be in miami.

Posted by beast | September 16, 2009 11:24 AM

please let it be MMJ again. best show i saw all last year.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2009 11:26 AM

I'd be all over MMJ at MSG this year

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2009 11:30 AM

kanye was a dick but he was right.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2009 11:34 AM

come join us in a prayer
we'll be waiting waiting where
everything's ending here

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2009 11:52 AM

MMJ last year at MSG was amazing.

Beast... where did you hear that Phish will be in Miami?

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2009 12:13 PM

and why is anyone giving this a$$hole Any attention?

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2009 12:39 PM

12:39... you don't need to censor yourself here. "Asshole" is OK to say on BV!

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2009 1:51 PM

mmmm assholes

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2009 2:54 PM

people are giving this asshole attention because he put out the college dropout, late registration, and graduation three super great hip hop albums. also, i want an apology from taylor swift.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2009 3:27 PM

phish will be in miami this year, and MSG for the next 3 years after that for NYE.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2009 3:41 PM

I also had heard rumors of December Phish tour with some dates in NYC the first week of December..and NYE in Miami.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2009 5:48 PM

Daft Punk at MSG for New Year's

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2009 9:11 PM

Phish fans dont care about black artists

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 6:39 PM

Kanye likes the cock

Posted by fishsticks | September 17, 2009 7:56 PM

LIVE NATION ANNOUNCED THIS TOUR HAS BEEN CANCELLED... THANK JEEBUS

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2009 7:36 PM

Wow, the whole tour just got cancelled.

Posted by Matt | October 1, 2009 8:20 PM

and why is anyone giving this a$$hole Any attention?

Posted by luis vuitton | October 17, 2009 12:12 PM

check this out: http://www.90bpm.net/users/monox/mp3/spirit
kanye west - school spirit - sample

Posted by billabong TAschen | November 12, 2009 10:59 AM

another one here: http://www.90bpm.net/users/monox/mp3/arc
jesus walks - kanye west

Posted by billabong TAschen | November 12, 2009 11:01 AM

ohohoh, delicious, here is the "kanye west - two words" sample:
http://www.90bpm.net/users/monox/mp3/mandrill

Posted by billabong TAschen | November 12, 2009 12:21 PM

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