The NBC spokeswoman said the show's budget increased when it made a short-lived move to prime time in 2009, and that the cuts brought it back in line with previous levels.
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Even back at its 11:35 p.m. ET time slot, however, the show remains buffeted by competition from fellow late-night programs and online content. An NBC spokesman said the program was pulling in an average of 3.66 million viewers each night, down 5% from the previous season.
NBC is a division of NBCUniversal, in which Comcast(CMCSA) owns a majority stake.