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TV Junkie: Obama-Leno Ratings; Leno on 'Top Gear'

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"Top Gear" on BBC America @ 8pm


"Top Gear" on BBC America @ 8pm
According to the LA Times, about 1 in 4 TVs were tuned to "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" when President Barack Obama made an appearance last week. Leno has had higher ratings only 3 other times in the past, but the media space is a lot more crowded than it was even 4 years ago, so it was a stellar night for NBC.In Renewal Land: IFC's "Media Project" will return this May with at least 5 new episodes. Chris Matthews has signed on to 4 more years of hosting "Hardball".

Last night's season finale of "Big Love" was pretty amazing - an excellent script, well-acted, and the previews for next season, of course, only raise a crap-load more questions. Although not as garish as the series finale of "Battlestar Galactica", it somehow felt better. Who are we kidding? It looks like BSG will be spawning spinoffs for quite some time.

Although "The Tonight Show" isn't highlighted, you can see Leno in this night's edition of "Top Gear" (8pm BBC America) - there will be a tour of his garage, and a lot of car talk, and Leno knows his cars and might show those Brits a thing or two. Plus: the boys put the Tesla on the test track!

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The TV Junkie: "Top Gear", "24", "Saving Grace", Letterman, Fallon

8:00pm The Secret Life of the American Teenager ABC Family - Season Finale

8:00pm Top Gear BBC America - James meets up with Jay Leno to check out the hydrogen powered Honda Clarity; Jeremy takes the battery powered Tesla on the test track.

8:00pm How I Met Your Mother CBS - Barney and Marshall conspire to keep Ted in the dark when a client cancels plans to build its new headquarters using Ted's design.

8:00pm Gossip Girl The CW - Vanessa gets an offer from Nate's grandfather she cannot refuse.

8:00pm Chuck NBC - Chuck finds the creator of the Intersect; a conflict breaks out between the Burbank Buy More and the Beverly Hills branch.

8:00pm Dancing With the Stars ABC - The remaining celebrities compete.

9:00pm 24 FOX - Day 7: 10:00PM-11:00PM The president's daughter becomes increasingly involved in the day's events

9:00pm Intervention A&E - Season Finale

9:00pm Heroes NBC - H.R.G. convinces Emile Danko to release Tracy, in hopes that she will lead them to "Rebel"

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9:00pm Roommates ABC Family - Series Premiere

9:30pm Sophie ABC Family - Series Premiere

10:00pm Saving Grace TNT - Grace and Ham investigate the murder of a woman found floating in a swimming pool

10:30pm Paranormal State A&E - Season Finale

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Hugh Laurie; actress Sarah Paulson; Bloc Party performs.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - TV personalities Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest; wrestler John Cena; Playing for Change performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Paul Rudd; comic George Wallace.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - TV show host Regis Philbin; TV personality Kat Von D; Morrissey performs.