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Lena Dunham Latest Instrument In NBC’s Symphony

Late Night with Seth Meyers - Season 1 “Symphony” is NBC parent Comcast-speak for “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.” It involves various properties of the company promoting each other. In the case of the star of HBO’s Girls Lena Dunham‘s, the music started when the network booked the creator-writer-star to guest host Saturday Night Live for the first time, this weekend. This week, Dunham showed up on NBC’s Late Night, now hosted by former SNL head writer and Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers, to help keep up his second-week ratings, during which she plugged this weekend’s SNL . Today, NBC News sent out info about a Dunham interview, taped for tomorrow morning, on Today – from the set of Saturday Night Live — during which she talks to Savannah Guthrie about the fact that she is hosting SNL for the first time, and her love of SNL. In the course of that conversation, which will be broadcast tomorrow, she also plugged Late Night, while answering a question as to whether she came to SNL with any sketch ideas of her own. In that conversation, which will be broadcast tomorrow, Dunham said she asked new-host Meyers for advice about pitching the SNL writers, because she “didn’t want to be the person who shows up for the first day of school with, like, all their pencils sharpened, already knowing all the answers.” Read More »

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‘Kimmel’ Ratings Rise As Fallon Slips; ‘Late Night With Seth Meyers’ Falls From Debut

KimmelFordThe beginning of the third week of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon saw the NBC host dip while his ABC  rival Jimmy Kimmel Live! shot up. In metered markets results, Kimmel drew a 2.5/6 rating last night compared to Fallon’s 4.2/11. While the NBC show was No. 1 in the 11:35 PM slot, Kimmel’s results mark a 19% rise over last Monday’s 2.1/6 and the best the ABC show has done on a Monday against Fallon since he took over The Tonight Show on February 17. With NBC’s powerful primetime of The Voice and The Blacklist helping to lead him in, the first show of Fallon’s third week hosting The Tonight Show slipped 6% from February 24’s 4.5/12 MM rating.  Still Fallon’s show last night was ahead of the 2.9/7 that Conan O’Brien got for the first show of his third week hosting Tonight on June 15, 2009. Last night’s Tonight Show also topped the 3.6/9 that Jay Leno pulled on the comparable night of his 2010 return to the late night franchise on March 15 that year.

Related: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford To Guest On ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

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‘Tonight Show’ & ‘Late Night’ Bounce Back

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tonight show fallon logoIf NBC brass needed another message that they need to fix the disastrous Thursday primetime lineup, they got it this week. Both Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night With Seth Meyers took a tumble behind the low-rated NBC primetime series on Thursday but rebounded last night. There were mitigating factors as primetime usage on Friday is generally lower. Fallon, and by extension Meyers, were helped by the fact that Jimmy Kimmel, who tightened the race significantly on Thursday night, was in a repeat. (Additionally, The Daily Show and Colbert Report air Monday-Thursday, leaving younger viewers with fewer late-night alternatives on Friday.) ABC does very well in primetime on Friday, and would Kimmel have been an original, it would have certainly complicated things for Fallon. Last night, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon drew a 3.8 rating in the metered markets, up 9% from Thursday. Late Night (2.2) shot up 29% vs. Thursday to log its best number since the Monday debut. Meyers also matched his best Fallon retention of 58% posted on premiere night. Both Fallon and Meyers finished well ahead of their late-night competitors: David Letterman (2.7), Kimmel (2.2 with an encore), Craig Ferguson (1.3).

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‘Late Night With Seth Meyers’ Falls Below Fallon 2009 For First Time, ‘Jimmy Kimmel’ Tightens Race With ‘Tonight Show’

Late Night with Seth Meyers - Season 1With Lena Dunham as the main guest, it was literally Girls night on NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers on the fourth night of the former SNL anchor’s launch as host. The show drew a 1.7/6 in metered-market ratings, down for the first time from what Jimmy Fallon pulled in during his comparable Late Night premiere week in 2009. Fallon was 17% better on March 5, 2009, drawing a 2.0/7 in metered-markets results with a 0.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 2.128 million viewers. Fallon’s fourth night hosting Late Night actually saw a rise from the 1.8 metered-market result of his third night as well as the 0.7 rating in the key market and the audience of 1.897 million. Meyers had been ahead of Fallon’s results all week in terms of metered-market ratings, and the former SNLers have been reasonably close among 18-49 results with the two Late Nights basically on par on their respective second nights. Anthony Mackie, who plays the Falcon in Disney/Marvel’s upcoming Captain America sequel, and John Mayer were the other guests on Thursday’s Late Night.

Related: ‘Late Night’s Third Night Up Strong From Fallon 2009; ‘Tonight Show’ On Par With Conan 2009

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, in the fourth show of its second week, pulled a 3.5/9 in metered-markets results. That’s a drop of 16% from the 4.2/11 MM result from the night before. Last night also saw Fallon’s 11:35 PM rivals closing in after a week and a half of being far behind: Late Night With David Letterman got a 2.4/6 while Jimmy Kimmel Live had a 3.0/6. With Kerry Washington, whose Scandal had its season premiere earlier in the night, as its main guest, ABC’s late-night show hit season high in metered-market ratings with a 43% surge upwards from its February 26 result.

(UPDATE, 10:42 AM: The late night fast nationals are in and it’s pretty much the same landscape as the metered-markets earlier this morning.  Late Night With Seth Meyers had 0.7 ratings among adults 18-49 and 1.962 million viewers. That’s his lowest result of the debut week so far and is a bit behind the 0.8 rating and 2.128 million viewers that Jimmy Fallon had on his fourth night hosting Late Night on March 5, 2009.
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UPDATE: ‘Late Night With Seth Meyers’ Third Night Up Strong From Fallon 2009; ‘Tonight Show’ On Par With Conan 2009, Bests Leno 2010 Return

seth meyers fake or floridaUPDATE, 11:42 AM: Both late-night newcomer Seth Meyers and veteran Jimmy Fallon had a very good Wednesday. With fast nationals in,  Late Night With Seth Meyers pulled in a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49 with a total viewership of 2.659 million. That’s a 28% and 40% rise over the comparable night Fallon had back in 2009 for the third show of his Late Night debut week. Not that Fallon had much to complain about last night: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon drew a 1.7 rating in the key demo with an audience of 5.387 million. That a slight rise over the 1.64 rating in the key demo that Conan O’Brien got on the third show of his second week hosting The Tonight Show. Still, Fallon’s total viewership did beat O’Brien’s 4.088 million on the comparable night by 31%. Last night’s Tonight Show result also tops the 1.27 rating among adults 18-49 with a total viewership of 4.322 million that Jay Leno received for the third show of the second week of his 2010 return. Last night’s Tonight Show was down from the 2.4 rating among 18-49s and 7.274 million viewers that Fallon’s February 19 show had — but then again while last night was on at 11:35 PM not midnight, it didn’t have the Olympics as a near-lead-in. 

PREVIOUS, 7:28 AM It took a couple of days but it looks like NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers has found its own footing with the introduction last night of the Fake Or Florida mini-game show segment. The self-explanatory bit wasn’t the only thing working for Meyers at 12:35 AM last night.
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UPDATE: ‘Late Night With Seth Meyers’ 2nd Night Ratings On Par With 2009 Fallon, ‘Tonight Show’ Tops Comparable Conan & Leno’s 2010 Return

seth meyers late night kanye westUPDATE, 11:24 AM: Looks like Seth Meyers is virtually right where Jimmy Fallon was on Late Night. Fast nationals have last night’s second show of Late Night With Seth Meyers getting a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49. While a 21% drop from his debut the night before, Meyers is basically on par with the 1.0 result among the key demo that Fallon pulled in for his second night hosting Late Night on March 3, 2009. However when it comes to total viewers Meyers is just a bit ahead of Fallon with 2.722 million viewers to his predecessor’s audience of 2.507 million on the comparable night 5 years ago. As for Fallon himself, the second show of his second week hosting The Tonight Show garnered a 1.9 rating among the 18-49s and 5.636 million viewers. A 9% dip from February 24′s show and down 17% ratings-wise from Fallon’s Olympics fueled second show of February 18, last night’s Tonight Show still topped the 1.46 rating and 3.469 million viewers of the second show of the second week of Conan O’Brien hosting the show back on June 9, 2009. Last night’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon also beat the 1.10 rating among the key demo and the 4.218 million viewers that Jay Leno’s March 9, 2010 show got – that was the second show of the second week of Leno’s return to hosting The Tonight Show.

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UPDATE: ‘Late Night With Seth Meyers’ Debut Beats Fallon’s 2009 Ratings, ‘Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ Tops Conan Week 2 Start & Leno’s 2010 Return

Late Night with Seth Meyers - Season 1UPDATE, 11:34 AM : Looks like Seth Meyers has moved very nicely from the Weekend Update desk on SNL to NBC’s Late Night. In fast nationals, last night’s debut of Late Night With Seth Meyers drew a 1.4 ratings among adults 18-49 and 3.417 million viewers. That’s a nice jump from the 1.2 rating and audience of 2.86 million that Jimmy Fallon got for his Late Night premiere on March 2, 2009. Overall, last night’s results are the best Late Night has done on Monday since the 1.9 rating and 3.935 million who watched a January 24, 2005 encore that ran after a Tonight Show tribute to Johnny Carson, who died the day before.

As Meyers launched strong, fellow former SNLer Fallon had a good start to his second week hosting The Tonight Show. With a 2.1 rating and 6.257 million viewers, Fallon topped the 1.69 rating and 4.112 million viewers of beginning of the second week of Conan O’Brien’s Tonight reign on June 8, 2009. He also beat the 1.12 key demo rating and 4.554 million watching on March 8, 2010, the beginning of Jay Leno’s second week after his return to The Tonight Show desk.

PREVIOUS, 6:59 AM: They didn’t have the Olympics to give them a boost but Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers had a pretty good night Monday. The debut of Late Night With Seth Meyers drew a 2.6/9 in overnight metered markets for NBC, up 63% from Late Night’s season average. Meyers’ debut is 13% better than the 2.3/8 that Fallon pulled in when he debuted as the Late Night host on March 2, 2009. That launch, which did not have the Vice President of the United States as a guest as Meyers did with Joe Biden last night, went on to get a 1.2 among adults 18-49 and 2.86 million viewers. Of course, five years ago the key demo watching NBC, ABC and CBS was 40% higher in the tine period from what it is today — a point that will undoubtedly be made on many sides once the flourish of Meyers’ and Fallon’s debuts begin to normalize. Last night’s Late Night was the best the show has done on a Monday in metered-market ratings since the 4.2 of January 24, 2005, when it followed a much-watched tribute to Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show just after his death.

Related: Seth Meyers’ ‘Weekend Update’ Background Shows In ‘Late Night’ Debut: Video
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Seth Meyers’ ‘Weekend Update’ Background Shows In ‘Late Night’ Debut: Video

By | Monday February 24, 2014 @ 5:01pm PST

Late Night with Seth MeyersIf you can imagine a hybrid of Saturday Night Live‘s “Weekend Update” with a traditional weekday late-night show, then you have a pretty good idea what to expect from the first half-hour of the first Late Night With Seth Meyers on NBC. The former SNL star came to his debut show armed with lots of topical jokes following an opening that showed him writing a Thank You note to his predecessor, Jimmy Fallon, vowing to treat Late Night “with respect and dignity and to only use it for original comedy pieces … starting now.” Later he said that he’s going to “shake stuff up and open this thing with a monologue,” in which he poked fun at the Olympics and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and riffed on odds and ends from the news including a 101-year-old man running for Congress. (He “has a good chance of appealing to younger voters because that’s all there is.”) Meyers’ former SNL colleague Fred Armisen does double duty as a leader of the 8G Band and comic sidekick.

Related: Seth Meyers Says Goodbye To ‘SNL’s Weekend Update: Video

The program has several similarities with Fallon’s new Tonight Show, in addition to the fact that both are based in New York. There’s lots of wood in the new set that, with its simple, blue-hued panels, seemed to have been been ordered from Ikea. Also, like Fallon, Meyers kicked off his show without irony thanking Fallon, his parents, his brother, and his wife. He introduced a routine called “Venn Diagrams” in which Meyers finds common ground in two seemingly unrelated subjects. For example, snow and toilet paper are “things you won’t find in Sochi,” and Russia and the NBA are both “places that are more gay-friendly than Arizona.” Meyers loaded up on Olympics gags, including a bit poking fun at Bob Costas’ bout of pink eye.

Related: Jimmy Fallon Sticks With His Strengths For Hit ‘Tonight Show’ Debut: Video
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Joe Biden To Sit Down With Ladies Of ‘The View’ Morning After Launching Seth Meyers’ ‘Late Night’

By | Tuesday February 18, 2014 @ 9:25am PST

TPresident Obama And First Lady Welcome French President  Hollande To The White Househe morning after he helps Seth Meyers re-launch NBC’s Late Night, VPOTUS Joe Biden will visit ABC’s The View to discuss the Affordable Care Act and “the importance of signing up for health insurance through the marketplace before the March 31 deadline,” ABC said this morning. Biden will sit down with hosts Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd and Jenny BidenTheViewMcCarthy as part of the show’s continuing “Red, White & View” thread in which they interview political guests. Biden’s a fave of The View, having made three previous visits to the daytime talk show; he made history on April 22, 2010, when he became its first sitting Vice President to sit on the couch. He took the occasion to apologize for his hot-mike F-bomb during the heath care act’s signing ceremony. “I was just thankful my mother couldn’t hear it or see it, and it was a little embarrassing,” he said on the show. “I realized there was a microphone but I had no idea it was that sensitive.” Read More »

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VP Biden Set As Guest For ‘Late Night With Seth Meyers’ Premiere

By | Wednesday February 12, 2014 @ 3:15pm PST

BgQBfeAIUAAoH3xJoe Biden’s heading back to NBC. Calling it “Must-see TV,” the Vice-President’s office announced today via Twitter that Biden will be appearing on the premiere of Late Night With Seth Meyers on February 24. The Veep will be on the new show alongside Meyers ‘former SNL castmate Amy Poehler, who had already been announced as the show’s first guest. This is not the first time the duo have been on screen together. Biden did a cameo back in November 2012 on Poehler’s Parks And Recreation. Rumored to be seriously looking at a 2016 bid for the Oval Office, Biden got a little bit of fictional political stardust last night at the White House State Dinner for the French President. The real life Veep sat with HBO’s Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus last night at the gathering. The Emmy-winning actress tweeted a pic of the two Veeps together Tuesday. The two last publicly meet up last April for the real VP’s Being Biden social media series.

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Fred Armisen To Lead Seth Meyers’ ‘Late Night’ Band

By | Monday February 10, 2014 @ 1:58pm PST

Seth Meyers tweeted out the news today that his former Saturday Night Live castmate Fred Armisen will lead the band on the new Late Night With Seth Meyers. Armisen, who plays a mean drums (check on the video below), currently stars on IFC’s sketch series Portlandia opposite Carrie Brownstein — another musician who fronted the excellent rock band Sleater-Kinney. She’s not in Meyers’ shot of his new band from his show’s Twitter feed but here’s hoping she’ll sit in at some point. As for Armisen, he “will curate and lead the band, and continue to run it even when he’s off shooting Portlandia”, Meyers wrote. Meyers’ Late Night debuts February 24:


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Seth Meyers Says Goodbye To ‘SNL’s Weekend Update: Video

By | Sunday February 2, 2014 @ 1:31am PST

Seth Meyers SNLSaturday Night Live‘s Seth Meyers bid farewell to his Weekend Update desk ahead of his move to Late Night, where he’ll debut as host February 24. Meyers was handed the baton – rather, the pickle – last week by Jimmy Fallon. His first slated Late Night guest, ex-Weekend Update co-anchor Amy Poehler, stopped by for the occasion along with fellow alumni Bill Hader (as Stefon) and Andy Samberg in the episode hosted by Melissa McCarthy, who made her third visit to SNL.

Related: Seth Meyers Lines Up First ‘Late Night’ Guest, Sets ‘Weekend Update’ Exit

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TCA: Seth Meyers Lines Up Amy Poehler As First ‘Late Night’ Guest, Sets ‘Weekend Update’ Exit

By | Sunday January 19, 2014 @ 5:51pm PST

Seth Meyers Late Night key art“I’m one of the few SNL cast members who managed to parlay my acting ability into being a writer,” quipped Seth Meyers Sunday afternoon at TCA, where the ex-SNL head scribe announced that his first Late Night guest will be fellow SNL alum Amy Poehler. Late Night With Seth Meyers premieres Monday, February 24, and Meyers will sign off from Weekend Update on Feb. 1, he said, calling the departure “heartbreaking”. Meyers and producer Mike Shoemaker are still hammering out details of the show’s lineup. But Meyers, who ran the Weekend Update desk during his tenure at SNL, said he aims to include a similar news-oriented segment and interview fictional people in addition to real-life celebrities from showbiz figures to authors, athletes, and politicians. Keeping in late-night tradition the new show will run a long monologue, two or three comedy bits, musical guests and talent interviews, and stand-up acts. Read More »

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Seth Meyers Talks ‘Late Night’ With Jimmy Fallon: Video

By | Tuesday August 6, 2013 @ 11:26am PDT

Seth Meyers paid a visit to the Late Night stage last night for an early passing of the torch from Jimmy Fallon, who Meyers will be replacing when Fallon graduates to The Tonight Show next year. The ex-SNLers will be floors apart in NYC’s 30 Rock when they move up the NBC chain after the Winter Olympics:

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Comic-Con: Seth Meyers Says NBC Talk Show “Getting Ramped Up”

By | Saturday July 20, 2013 @ 4:55pm PDT

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Ex-Saturday Night Live regular Seth Meyers is hard at work as the replacement for Jimmy Fallon in the new NBC late-night talk franchise that will be titled Late Night With Seth Meyers. Appearing at an afternoon Comic-Con panel for the new animated superhero comedy series The Awesomes that he co-created — and which premieres exclusively online at Hulu on August 1 — Meyers responded to a question about his new talk gig by noting: “We’re just getting ramped up, building the sets and staffing up. We’re excited to be doing it and to be shooting out of 30 Rock in New York City.” Also featured on this afternoon’s panel were Meyers’ Awesomes co-creator and talk show exec producer Mike Shoemaker as well as series voices Judd Winnick, Bobby Moynihan, Josh Meyers, Keenan Thompson, Taran Killam and Ike Barinholtz.

Related: Hot Comic-Con TV Trailer: Hulu’s ‘The Awesomes’

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Seth Meyers Named Host Of NBC’s ‘Late Night’, Lorne Michaels To Exec Produce

By | Sunday May 12, 2013 @ 11:00am PDT
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The real winner here is Lorne Michaels, who now controls all three NBC late night shows. NBC completed its late-night revamp by naming Seth Meyers host of Late Night. He will succeed Jimmy Fallon who is taking over The Tonight Show next spring, replacing Jay Leno. Michaels will executive produce Late Night with Seth Meyers, and Michael Shoemaker will remain with the franchise as producer. Late Night with Seth Meyers  will originate from 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York which also houses Saturday Night Live and where The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon also will be based. “We think Seth is one of the brightest, most insightful comedy writers and performers of his generation,” NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt said. “His years at SNL‘s Weekend Update desk, not to mention being head writer of the show for many seasons, helped him hone a topical brand of comedy that is perfect for the Late Night franchise”. Meyers had been the frontrunner to succeed Fallon since NBC announced last month Fallon’s ascendance to The Tonight Show. His appointment means that both The Tonight Show and Late Night will be hosted by former SNL Weekend Update anchors. Additionally, it solidifies Michaels’ status as NBC’s late-night king as he will executive produce The Tonight Show, Late Night and SNL. “I only have to work for Lorne … Read More »

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