May 23, 1992
Preliminary ratings indicated an estimated 23 million people – 42 percentof the viewing audience at that hourâ€”watched. Final ratings won’t be available until next week. The highest rated Tonight Show was in 1969, when an estimated 45 million people saw singer Tiny Tim marry Miss Vicki.
“We’re outta here tomorrow,” Carson gasped, throwing up his hands.
“What do I care, what are they going to do â€” can me?”
Midler brought out the handkerchiefs with her show-ending rendition of One More For My Baby.
Even the normally stoic Carson blinked back tears.
Carson also took note of the clock that was winding down on his Tonight Show career.
“It’s almost over,” he said.
“You know what I feel like? A chicken.
“And the Colonel is whipping up 11 herbs and spices.