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Carson tribute draws crowd for 'Tonight'

Jan. 26, 2005 at 2:24 PM

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" drew a huge audience Monday night for its tribute to the late Johnny Carson, The Hollywood Reporter said Wednesday.

According to the paper, the show was the fourth-highest rated edition of the "Tonight" show since Leno took over when Carson retired in 1992.

Carson died Sunday at the age of 79.

The "Tonight Show" tribute featured Carson's long-time sidekick, Ed McMahon, as well as frequent Carson guests Don Rickles and Bob Newhart.

"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" drew its largest audiences for shows following the "Cheers" and "Seinfeld" series finales, and the show during which Leno premiered as host.

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