T Dog’s Groovy Grab Bag

Another edition of T Dog’s Groovy Grab Bag:

– As you know by now, Jay Leno’s final Tonight Show was last night. Courtesy of TV Barn, here’s a short transcript of Leno’s monologue from his final program, and here’s an article on how Jay Leno’s reign of The Tonight Show didn’t change much during its 17-year run.

And the best part of the show… no Dancing Itos clips!

Conan O’Brien (who was a guest on Leno’s final program), is taking over The Tonight Show full-time beginning on Monday.

– Interesting article from The Root.com’s Mark Anthony Neal: He talks about why black radio has failed the African-American community.

– While TLC’s John & Kate drew all the publicity and ratings for their season premiere Monday, they were topped by Kobe Bryant.

Game 4 of ESPN’s Los Angeles Lakers-Denver Nuggets NBA Western Conference Finals drew 9.9 million viewers over Jon & Kate’s 9.8 million. Game 5 between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday drew a 5.6 HH rating and 9.2 million viewers on ESPN.

Ratings for the NBA Conference Finals are averging 8.6 million viewers and are up 43 percent from a year ago. As mentioned in an earlier post, the NHL’s ratings for its second season are up by double digits, too.

Playoff fever. Catch it!