Faillon isn't as cranky as Dave but does have Lorne Michaels in his corner so I don't think he's going anywhere anytime soon. Other than the week when he first moved to 11:30, no. (See the chart in the article I posted about ratings) Leno still beat him in demo most of the time. However, Leno's lead was shrinking and as I stated earlier in this thread, I don't think he could have maintained it for more than another year or two. (His lead in demo took a significant hit in the Conan fiasco.) I've been mulling over similar thoughts. I'm not sure that even the Great Carson would do so well in today's environment with everything else that's available. I'm guessing that you didn't watch Leno's final show but at the end when he was saying goodbye, you could tell that he absolutely loved, loved doing this job. For him, it's not so much the money but the fact that this was his dream job. And by his employer's metrics (ratings), he did the job very well, made them a lot of money, and didn't cause them a lot of problems (ala Charlie Sheen) and was a good soldier for them. And his bosses rewarded him for all his good work and loyalty by taking his dream job away from him, twice. On that level, I felt sorry for him.