UPDATE: Refined numbers are in, and the final episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon drew 6.6 million viewers, its largest audience ever. In an encouraging sign for Fallon‘s prospects at The Tonight Show, he delivered the largest viewership for the Late Night franchise since the final show of David Letterman on June 25, 1993 (7.5 million). Fallon outdrew every episode of his predecessor, Conan O’Brien. In adults 18-49, the final Late Night with Jimmy Fallon posted a 2.2 rating, the highest ever for a regularly scheduled episode and the second highest behind the special post-Super Bowl show in 2005 (2.5), which also held Late Night with Jimmy Fallon‘s previous viewership record with 6.1 million.
UPDATE, 11:46AM:Jay Leno’s last Tonight Show has outdone the host’s first departure in 2009 to hit its highest viewership numbers since 1998. Last night’s farewell was seen by 14.637 million viewers, numbers not seen since the 14.962 million that watched when Jerry Seinfeld showed up as a guest on May 14, 1998 when his hit primetime show ended. With a 3.8 rating among adults 18-49, last night’s Tonight hit its best demo result since the 4.4 of January 22, 2010 when Conan O’Brien ended his brief stint fronting the late night show. Leno drew over 11.9 million viewers when he first signed off Tonight on May 29, 2009.
Last night’s show was the 4th best viewership result since Leno took over from Johnny Carson in 1992. The all-time top Tonight Show of Leno’s reign was the 22.4 million who watched on May 20, 1993 with the Cheers cast after their finale. Number #2 was Leno’s May 25, 1992 debut, which had 16.1 million viewers and number #3 was that May 14, 1998 visit by Jerry Seinfeld. Leno’s last show was up 283% from The Tonight Show’s season viewership average of 3.822 million. Lead-out Late Night With Jimmy Fallon garnered 6.014 million viewers last night and 2.0 rating. That’s the best Late Night has ever done with the exception of the 6.087 million viewers the show got in a post-Super Bowl 2012 special. In regular weekday broadcasts last night’s Fallon is a record for the former SNL cast member and the best an NBC Late Night show has done since David Letterman’s final show on June 25, 1993.
PREVIOUS, 6;32AM In the end, Jay Leno left The Tonight Show on top — way on top. The longtime host bid farewell to late-night with his highest ratings since March 2009. Last night’s finale pulled in a whooping 9.2 household rating in the metered markets. That’s the best the show has done since March 19, 2009, when President Obama made his maiden appearance on the show as the first sitting president to do a late-night program. It also was higher than Leno’s previous The Tonight Show finale in May 2009, which drew an 8.8 rating. Leno almost tripled Tonight Show‘s delivery from last Thursday, when the show posted a 3.5 rating. The rating caps a strong last week for Leno, in which he had been building in the ratings every night, with a 3.9 on Monday, 4.2 on Tuesday and 4.3 on Wednesday.
It was Jay Leno’s third-to-last time fronting The Tonight Show last night but ratingswise it was like he was starting all over again. In his best result of any night of the week since the first week of his return to the show back in 2010, Leno pulled in 4.2/10 in metered-market households on Tuesday. That’s just behind the 4.2/11 Leno got on March 3, 2010, which was a Wednesday, and down from the 4.6/12 his Tuesday March 2, 2010 show drew. On the flip side, last night’s result is way up from the 3.1/8, The Tonight Show got last Tuesday on January 28. Last night’s Tonight Showhad Oscar-nominated Dallas Buyers Club actor Matthew McConaughey, NBA legend Charles Barkley and Lyle Lovett as guests and a lot of highlight clips. Tuesday’s high ratings come following a very strong showing on January 31 and a near four-year high on Monday. Once again, Leno’s late night rivals were far behind with CBS’ David Letterman getting a 3.0/7 and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live drawing a 1.8/5 last night.
For Leno’s lead-out and successor Jimmy Fallon, it was one of the best nights in over four years. Late Night With Jimmy Fallon had a 2.1/7 in household metered-markets last night with its Best of”Digital Originals” show. That’s the best Fallon has … Read More »
There will be a lot of NBC late-night lasts and highs over the next few days as Jay Leno wraps his second and likely final turn on The Tonight Show and Jimmy Fallon prepares to succeed him. Last night was the final Friday edition of The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, which bows out February 6, with both Tonight and Late Night posting big ratings. Despite lower viewership levels on Friday, Tonight Show scored a 3.9 in metered-market households, a season high and its best result in 15 months; since Wednesday, October 24, 2012 when President Obama was a guest (4.0). It was the highest Friday Tonight rating since July 27, 2012, the night of the London Olympics Opening Ceremony (4.0). Leno boosted his successor, with Late Night With Jimmy Fallon logging a 2.2 in households, the show’s highest rating for any night of the week in four years, since February 12, 2010, the night of the Vancouver Olympics Opening Ceremony (2.5).
Jimmy Fallon carried on the Late Night host tradition, handing off the legendary plastic pickle to his successor Seth Meyers during Meyers’ appearance Tuesday on Late Night. The pickle was passed on to Fallon from Conan O’Brien when Fallon took over Late Night in 2009. O’Brien had received it from David Letterman‘s staff. Meyers takes over as host of Late Night on February 24 after Fallon moves to The Tonight Show.
Here’s Fallon talking about the pickle on February 24, 2009 when he first started Late Night.
NBCUniversal and Lexus are partnering on a unique advertising campaign — a series of live commercials that will air during NBC’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Late Night viewers will be invited to suggest ad concepts for the new Lexus IS in real time via social media early in the broadcast. Then, during the last commercial break of the episode, members of an improvisational comedy troupe will perform a spot live based on or inspired by the audience’s submission. The commercials will run live for the next four weeks during the Thursday night episodes of Late Night, beginning tomorrow night September 19. Each Thursday’s ad will be broadcast live from under the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. A 15-second promotional teaser will air tonight in NBC’s late night programming commercial pods in anticipation of the campaign launch.
Ben Affleck told Jimmy Fallon last night he thought he could handle any rough handling after Zack Snyder cast him as Batman in Warner Bros’ Batman vs. Superman pic. “I handle sh*t,” he cracked. Apparently he has rethought his stance:
The global superstar proved his dedication to the Oblivion campaign trail with a game of “Egg Roulette” Friday on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. It won’t be the only egg on Cruise’s face if domestic box office fails to follow Oblivion‘s stellar global headstart when Universal’s pic debuts, virtually unchallenged, this week:
UPDATE: If this isn’t a shameless play for late-night ratings by both hosts, hard to imagine what is. Tonight NBC released this video early of Jimmy Fallon and Jay Leno addressing those rumors of who will take over as host of The Tonight Show. (Fallon seems to answer them by asking Jay, “Are we still friends?”) Anyway, the two sing (um, lip-sync) a duet of their version of the ballad ”Tonight” from West Side Story. The network flacks point out “this video marks the first time both shows have collaborated on one piece that aired as a seamless bridge between them”. Oh barf:
Somehow, another NBC late-night transition has turned into a public drama. And this time, the two hosts involved are not even feuding. The network has found itself in a groundswell of speculation surrounding The Tonight Show host Jay Leno and Late Night‘s Jimmy Fallon. The network is staying mum on its plans, but a few things appear settled: Fallon is poised to replace Leno on The Tonight Show. When he does, he is not expected to copy his predecessor Conan O’Brien’s cross-country move from New York to Los Angeles. I hear Fallon and his producers had been lobbying for staying put in New York. Fallon’s current studio is being renovated, which sources say was part of a planned refurbishing of 30 Rock, and it will likely house the future Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, marking the show’s return to the East Coast after more than four decades in Burbank. Leno’s current contract, which is up in September 2014, will likely be late-night host’s last one. In an interview with GQ, Late Night executive producer Lorne Michaels also hinted at the inevitability of Fallon’s anointment as new Tonight host. “I’m not allowed to say it — yet,” he said. “But I think there’s an inevitability to it,” He added: “He’s the closest to Carson that I’ve seen of this generation.”
With the players and the framework set, the biggest uncertainty in the transition appears to be the exact timing. There is speculation that NBC brass may have settled on an end date for Leno and that Leno and Fallon, who regularly chat on the phone, have discussed the issue in a call initiated by Fallon — though all sides are denying that there is a plan in place. For now, sources at NBC indicate that the network has no plans to announce Leno’s Tonight exit at NBC’s upfront presentation in May, though the rampant speculation may force their hand in the decision-making. An announcement of Leno’s retirement is tied with the introduction of Fallon as new Tonight host, something he has not been contracted for yet. I hear NBC has not started or is in very early stages of making Fallon’s deal for The Tonight Show. Read More »
The newly revamped Esquire Network (formerly G4) has reached within NBCUniversal for its next acquired property, picking up exclusive cable television rights to NBC’s late-night talk show Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Starting Wednesday, April 24, episodes will air on Esquire Network Monday through Friday at 7 PM, one week after they first premiere on NBC. Late Night marks the first talk show addition to Esquire’s programming slate, joining recent off-network acquisitions Parks And Recreation and Party Down, which launch April 22. The cable network, targeting upscale male viewers, also has originals Knife Fight and The Getaway on tap. “Jimmy’s sharp wit, relaxed style and natural charm make him exactly the kind of guy Esquire Network viewers want to spend time with, and his show the perfect choice to lead in to our primetime,” said Adam Stotsky, general manager, Esquire Network.
This is the first time Late Night With Jimmy Fallon will air on cable. The show’s previous incarnation, Late Night With Conan O’Brien, was once a staple on Comedy Central, also airing at 7 PM.
First Lady Michelle Obama, a regular on the late-night talk show circuit, will guest on NBC’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Friday. This marks Obama’s first late-night appearance since her husband was sworn in for a second term and her first sit-down with Fallon. She previously did a comedy sketch with Fallon for his show a year ago to mark the second anniversary of her Let’s Move! initiative. Her upcoming visit is for the initiative’s third anniversary. Last year, Michelle Obama payed visits to Jay Leno and David Letterman in August and Jimmy Kimmel in October.
On his show last night, Jimmy Fallon re-created a comedy classic with a new take on Abbott and Costello’s Who’s On First? routine where we finally get to meet the team’s first baseman Who, second baseman What, and third baseman I Don’t Know. (you can watch the original skit below the new one.) Joining Fallon onstage are Billy Crystal and Jerry Seinfeld (as well as Fallon announcer Steve Higgins as Costello and Fallon head writer A.D. Miles as What.)
Louis C.K. dropped in on Jimmy Fallon’s show last night to talk about his hosting Saturday Night Live tomorrow. He also offered a typically blunt message for Hurricane Sandy for the storm’s devastation of New York City.
His comments about Saturday Night Live are on the jump. Read More »
He did it on Jimmy Fallon last night about the 20-year-old sitcom Full House. I’ll say this about Tom Hanks: he’ll do anything to promote his movies. His latest, the Wachowskis’ Cloud Atlas, opens on Friday:
SPOILER ALERT!SPOILER ALERT!… Check out this hilarious sketch that airs tonight on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Fallon plays Mitt Romney in this debate spoof in which he and Barack Obama tell Jim Lehrer (not the real one) to “Shut The F*** Up”. The show airs at 12:35 AM on NBC.
Anderson Cooper rocked Late Night With Jimmy Fallonlast night with must-see reality TV imitations and observations (“Andy Cohen has got to get tranquilized”) – and why Wolf Blitzer is about to say he’s gay. Enjoy Parts 1 & 2:
When a network falls to 8th place, it’s going to be hard to get eyeballs for its programming. So little wonder that NBCUniversal is planning a company-wide promotional blitz for massive coverage of Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis on the sports, news and entertainment front. It will also utilize Spanish-language programs, kids news services, theme parks, and in-flight programming to cover and promote the game. For the first time in the show’s history, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon will go on the road for a total of four shows from Indianapolis, the first-ever post Super Bowl Late Night live. Looking at this list, it’s clear this kind of omnipresence would have been frowned on by regulators once upon a time. No more. Here are the plans:
Coverage of Super Bowl XLVI from Indianapolis on Sunday, February 5 begins at Noon, ET with the Super Bowl XLVI Pre-Game Show. The following NBCUniversal properties and programs will have live presence in Indianapolis to cover Super Bowl XLVI: TODAY Show, Weekend TODAY, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, E! News, Access Hollywood, Bravo’s Top Chef, CNBC sports-business reporter Darren Rovell, Weather Channel’s Al Roker, Jim Cantore and Stephanie Abrams, Style correspondents, Jeannie Mai and Alexa Prisco, Golf Channel’s Feherty Live, • Telemundo, NBC SportsTalk, Scholastic Kids press corps reporter.