‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’ Finale Hits Ratings High, Draws Franchise’s Largest Audience Since David Letterman

By | Saturday February 8, 2014 @ 11:30am PST

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon - Season 5UPDATE: 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 … Read More »

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UPDATE: Leno’s ‘Tonight Show’ Exit Gets 14.6M Viewers, Best Result Since ‘Seinfeld’ Finale Visit In 1998

LenoUPDATE, 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.

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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.

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‘Tonight Show With Jay Leno’ Has Best Tuesday Since 2010 Return; Jimmy Fallon Ties Best Tuesday Result Ever

By | Wednesday February 5, 2014 @ 7:23am PST

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno - Season 22It 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 … Read More »

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‘Tonight Show With Jay Leno’ & ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’ Hit Highs On Leno’s Final Friday

By | Saturday February 1, 2014 @ 11:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

jay_leno_jimmy_fallon_horizontal_a_lThere 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 … Read More »

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Jimmy Fallon Hands Over Legendary Pickle To His ‘Late Night’ Successor Seth Meyers

By | Tuesday January 28, 2014 @ 7:00pm PST

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 … Read More »

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Mitt Romney Slow Jams The News On ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’: Video

By | Saturday January 25, 2014 @ 9:50am PST

Mitt Romney was game for some self-deprecating self-promotion last night when he hit the late night stage to slow jam the news with Jimmy Fallon. Romney’s on the campaign trail for Mitt, the new Netflix docu tracking his two bids for Presidency. … Read More »

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Live Commercials Coming To ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’

By | Wednesday September 18, 2013 @ 3:59pm PDT

NBCUniversal and Lexus are partnering on a unique advertising campaign — a series of live commercials that will air during NBC’s Late Night With Read More »

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Ben Affleck Talks Batman Backlash: Video

By | Tuesday September 17, 2013 @ 8:45am PDT

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:

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Tom Cruise Cracks It Up With Jimmy Fallon

By | Sunday April 14, 2013 @ 3:53pm PDT

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 … Read More »

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Jay Leno & Jimmy Fallon Sing Duet About ‘Tonight Show’ Rumors: Video

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 … Read More »

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Speculation On NBC’s Jay Leno-Jimmy Fallon Transition Intensifies As Fallon Plans To Move ‘Tonight Show’ To New York

Nellie Andreeva

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 »

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Esquire Network Acquires ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’

By | Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 9:36am PST
Nellie Andreeva

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, … Read More »

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Michelle Obama To Visit ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’

By | Tuesday February 19, 2013 @ 6:54am PST
Nellie Andreeva

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 … Read More »

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Jimmy Fallon Does ‘Who’s On First’ Routine With Billy Crystal & Jerry Seinfeld: Video

By | Friday December 21, 2012 @ 7:15am PST
Nellie Andreeva

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.)

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Louis C.K. On Hurricane Sandy, ‘SNL’: Video

By | Friday November 2, 2012 @ 2:15pm PDT

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.
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Tom Hanks Performs Sitcom Slam Poetry

By | Wednesday October 24, 2012 @ 7:04am PDT

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:

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Jimmy Fallon Debate Spoof: To Jim Lehrer “Shut The F*** Up”

By | Thursday October 4, 2012 @ 7:20pm PDT

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 … Read More »

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High-Brow Anderson Cooper On Low-Brow Honey Boo Boo & N.J. Housewives: Fallon

By | Wednesday October 3, 2012 @ 5:22am PDT

Anderson Cooper rocked Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last 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:

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NBCUniversal Unveils Super Bowl Blitz: Live Post-Game ‘Late Night’ With Jimmy Fallon

By | Wednesday January 25, 2012 @ 8:54am PST

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.

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