Jay Leno went out with a bang.
According to preliminary Nielsen numbers, 14.6 million people watched Leno hang it up as host of NBC's "Tonight Show." It was the biggest audience Leno has had in more than 15 years.
The last time "The Tonight Show" averaged more viewers was the night of the "Seinfeld" series finale in May, 1998. That episode, which featured Jerry Seinfeld as a guest, brought in nearly 15 million people.
It was Leno's fourth-largest "Tonight Show" audience ever. Besides the "Seinfeld" finale telecast, the only stronger pulls were the night of the "Cheers" finale (22.4 million) and Leno's 1992 debut (16.1 million).
For the final bow, "The Tonight Show" brought on a plethora of celebrities, including longtime friends and mainstay punchlines of the veteran host.