Late night with...
Most nights I watch fifteen or twenty minutes of the Tonight Show and a smaller piece of the David Letterman Show before switching to reruns of Scrubs—a show that actually makes me laugh out loud once or twice a night.
I picked up the habit from my mother, I think, who always stayed up late and watched Jack Paar, Steve Allen, David Frost and the other late night hosts.
Tonight both shows were back after a two-month layoff due to the Writers' Guild strike, but Letterman had settled and had his writers back, while Leno was writing all of his own material. I switched back and forth between them and couldn't see much of a difference other than Letterman's beard.
Leno's monolog was OK—he didn't embarrass himself. Both shows had a lot of writers' strike jokes, albeit with a different emphasis. Leno had Mike Huckabee on for way too long, but then he didn't have too many guests to choose from since a lot of the stars won't cross picket lines. Letterman had Robin Williams on, a no-brainer when you need some laughs.
So I'd call the first night back a draw, with a slight edge to Dave simply because I'd rather listen to Robin Williams than Mike Huckabee.