Nearly 14 million of viewers recently bid farewell to
Johnny Carson, who retired as host of NBC's "Tonight Show" in 1992, was named by 25% of 2,105 adults polled by Quinnipiac University the week of May 19–26. The poll questions were open-ended, allowing for any answer.
Carson was followed by Letterman, whose final late-night show for CBS aired on May 20. He was named by 13% of respondents. Carson's successor, Jay Leno, scored 7% while Fallon, the current “Tonight” host, pulled 6%. ABC’s
Asked about their favorite current host, Fallon was named by 20% of respondents, followed by Kimmel (11%) and O'Brien (6%).