Names in the News : ‘Here’s Johnny’ to Greet 27th Year

From Times wire services

Johnny Carson, who has hosted “The Tonight Show” for 26 years, will be back for at least another season after this one.

“The other day I was having lunch with Mr. Brandon Tartikoff, the president of NBC Entertainment and part-time actor,” Carson said during the taping of Wednesday night’s show. “We talked as we do about this time every year. He said ‘What are your plans?’ I said, ‘Maybe we should do another year.’ So we signed it and we’re going to continue for another year from September.”

“The Tonight Show” was rated No. 1 among late-night shows during the latest Nielsen ratings period last month.