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NBC’s ‘Tonight Show’ Beats ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ On NBA Finals Nights For First Time Since 2011

NBC’s ‘Tonight Show’ Beats ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ On NBA Finals Nights For First Time Since 2011After ABC’s late-night host Jimmy Kimmel got some ink last week for winning an NBA-boosted night two weeks back, NBC’s Jimmy Fallon won both NBA Finals nights last week –  for The Tonight Shows first adults 18-49 wins on NBA nights since 2011 (Jimmy Kimmel Live had been beating Tonight Show on every NBA night in the demo, going back that far). Fallon delivered a decisive win in late-night ratings for the week of June 9-13, beating the combined rating of JKL and CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman in the demo (Fallon: 1.24/6; Kimmel: 0.79/4; Letterman: 0.43/2). NBC’s Friday results were excluded due to a lengthy NHL overrun; Kimmel was in rebroadcast two days last week; Letterman ran an encore Friday). Read More »

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EMMYS: Lorne Michaels On ‘SNL’s Rebuilding Year & NBC’s Latenight Reboot

Nellie Andreeva

There is no one who has had more success and holds more influence in late-night at the moment than Lorne Michaels. Lorne Michaels Emmys 2014 InterviewNext season will mark the 40th anniversary of the Canadian native’s signature series, Saturday Night Live, which redefined variety shows. He has executive produced NBC’s Late Night since 1993 and last year added oversight of The Tonight Show, which he helped bring back to New York. Hosted by his SNL pupils Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers, the new Tonight Show and Late Night have been ratings powerhouses. In a rare interview, Michaels, 69, talks about his longtime connection to The Tonight Show that goes back over 50 years when he first saw it live, shares behind-the-scene SNL stories of how he almost became the host of Weekend Update and how his recurring cameos on the show came about and reflects on SNL’s “hard” rebuilding season and possible casting changes.

DEADLINE: When did you become interested in late-night?
LORNE MICHAELS: I think probably in high school. I would stay up to watch The Tonight Show, first with Jack Paar and later Johnny Carson. They were 90-minute shows then. I’d have early classes, so I’d Awardsline logo_use this onewatch the first 15 minutes and say, “I’m just going to watch the monologue, and then maybe I’ll see what Johnny does at the end.” And then, it’d be 1 in the morning, and credits would be rolling. Read More »

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NBA Finals-Fueled Jimmy Kimmel Beats Original ‘Tonight Show’ For First Time Ever, But ‘Tonight’ Takes The Week

jimmy-fallon-vs-jimmy-kimmel-650ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live beat an original episode of NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in the demo for the first time ever on Kimmel’s NBA Finals-fueled Thursday night last week. With its NBA Finals lead-in, Thursday’s Kimmel-cast clocked 1.482 million demo viewers to Fallon’s 1.226 million. But, despite Kimmel’s NBA lead-in on Thursday night, Fallon beat Kimmel, and CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman, in every key ratings measure for the week, including more overall viewers every night.

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UPDATE: ABC’s NBA Finals Game 1 Up From 2013; ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ Logs First Demo Win Against Jimmy Fallon

2014 NBA Finals - Game OneUPDATE, 2:29 PM:  Viewership for Game 1 of the Miami Heat-San Antonio Spurs NBA Finals rematch is up on ABC, according to Nielsen. Thursday’s game averaged 14,846,000 viewers –  up 4% compared to last year’s 14,241,000 viewers. It also averaged a 9.0 U.S. household rating, up 2% from an 8.8 for last year’s Game 1. The 9.0 rating matches the second-highest-rated NBA Finals Game 1 since 2004. ABC reported the game also is up “in every key demo”: men 18-34 (8.0 vs. 7.5), men 18-49 (7.9 vs. 7.4), men 25-54 (7.8 vs.7.6), adults 18-34 (6.0 vs. 5.8), adults 18-49 (6.0 vs. 5.7) and adults 25-54 (6.1 vs. 5.9). Female demos were not included; draw your own conclusion.  The NBA Finals on Twitter was the most-tweeted NBA game of the year with more than 3.2 million tweets and up 18% when compared to Game 1 last season.  Additionally, the game was the most-talked about television program of the day, accounting for 76% of all television conversation on Twitter, according to Nielsen Social.

jimmy-fallon-vs-jimmy-kimmel-650PREVIOUS, 8:20 AM: Thursdays Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC ranked as the night’s No. 1 talk show in late-night, in households (3.1/9) and adults 18-49 (1.5/8), according to early stats, beating an original telecast of NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for the first time ever in both Nielsen measures (2.6/7 and 1.0/5). It’s also the first time Kimmel’s show has enjoyed an NBA Finals lead-in since Fallon took over Tonight Show. Game 1 of the NBA Finals on ABC delivered a 10.4 overnight rating, peaking with a 12.7 in the final quarter. The game, in which the San Antonia Spurs defeated the Miami Heat 110-95, won the night for the 38th consecutive time, nearly doubling the broadcast competition in overnight ratings. Read More »

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Jonah Hill Apologizes On ‘Tonight Show’ For Slur: Video

Jonah Hill, making the rounds to plug 22 Jump Street, opened his Tonight Show visit last night with an apology for the homophobic slur he hurled at a paparazzo over the weekend. “Unfortunately, this isn’t a joke,” Hill began as the audience revved up, expecting some funny business, sobering them up quick. ”I didn’t mean it in a homophobic way,” he said of the slur he’d used, which was caught on tape. “That doesn’t matter… words have weight and meaning.” Watch here:

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Jimmy Fallon Unveils NBC Anchor Brian Williams’ Performance Of Snoop Dogg’s ‘Gin And Juice’: Video

Tonight Show Jimmy Fallon logo Jimmy Fallon introduced his latest Brian Williams video on The Tonight Show — this time the newsman rapped Snoop Dogg’s classic “Gin And Juice“. After the performance, the NBC Nightly News anchor stopped by to complain about this and all previous videos: “I’m downstairs,  I’m doing the [Nightly News] broadcast that pays for your ‘hobby,’ and people think I have somehow colluded into the making of these videos. Let’s be clear– I’ve never said ‘hippity’.”

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Jimmy Kimmel Hits Season High & Tops Late Night With ‘Scandal’ Finale Show

KIMMEL RHIMES APRIL 17 2Over at ABC‘s Jimmy Kimmel Live! this morning they’re likely celebrating with two words: “Scandal!” & “Victory!” For the first time since Jimmy Fallon took over The Tonight Show this year, the other Jimmy was the King of Late Night thanks to his Scandal Season 3 finale-themed show — though NBC’s and CBS’ late-night shows were repeats. In metered-market household results, Kimmel drew a season-high 3.4/8 rating. That beat The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’s 2.1/5 and Late Show With David Letterman‘s repeat, which drew a 2.1/5. Among adults 18-49 in the 25 LPM market ratings, Kimmel had a 1.4/6 to Fallon’s 0.8/4 and Letterman’s 0.4/2. Last night’s Tonight Show replayed its February 20 show with First Lady Michelle Obama and Will Ferrell as guests. Other than Thursday’s show, JKL has been in repeats all this week. Last night’s result actually is the best JKL has done since the show’s move to 11:35 PM in January 2013.

Related: ‘Scandal’ Finale: Shonda Rhimes On ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

Last night’s “Behind The Scandalabra” broadcast, featuring an interview from the Scandal set with Shonda Rhimes, creator of the politically themed soap, did 36% better than Kimmel did last week. On April 10, the ABC host pulled in a 2.5/6 rating in metered-market household results. Fallon’s April 10 show got a 2.9/7 result in the 56 metered markets. Last week’s Late Show was an encore delayed by coverage of The Masters golf tournament and drew a 1.6/4. Read More »

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Jimmy Fallon Repurposes Dave Letterman’s Top 10 List: Video

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon“I love that guy,” Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon effused tonight of David Letterman — one night after Letterman announced he would retire next year. “It’s hard to imagine late-night TV without him, ’cause he revolutionized it. He made it what it is today. And, after I heard the news, I kind of started thinking about reasons why Letterman is retiring. … If you want, I could just read my Top 10.” Here’s the clip:
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Jimmy Fallon Continues To Rule Late-Night; Travel And ‘Trouble’ Become Jimmy Kimmel

Tonight Show Jimmy Fallon logoNBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon continues to handily dominate late-night in overall audience, last week clocking 4.26 million viewers to Jimmy Kimmel Live‘s 2.83 million on ABC and David Letterman’s 2.78 million on CBS. In the demo, Fallon (1.32/6) beat Kimmel and Dave combined (0.76/3 and 0.55/2, respectively). Fallon hung on to 99% of his previous week’s demo and was up 81% compared to same week last year when Leno was hosting and was No. 1 and doing just fine in the ratings. That’s good news for Tonight Show as it’s still seeking its new normal, four weeks into its new era with new host Fallon. Under the heading “Not So Good”:  Fallon’s 1.32 demo rating came in short of Conan O’Brien’s Week 4 demo rating of 1.4; Fallon’s overall crowd is about 569,000 viewers ahead of Conan’s Week 4.

Kimmel EsquireKimmel put up a stiff fight for the spotlight last week, broadcasting from Austin to coincide with SXSW. That was followed by the release of the latest Esquire magazine, in which Kimmel is featured as “Mr. James Kimmel, Troublemaker.” While in Austin, Kimmel logged a third consecutive week of growth in total viewers (2.830 million vs. 2.744 million the previous week) and the demo (0.76 compared to previous week’s 0.73) which are his best stats since November. Kimmel’s camp noted JKL clocked gains over the same week last year, though same week last year Kimmel was not only not traveling — viewers love traveling late-night hosts — he was in repeats.  Kimmel also aired an original on Friday last week — a night on which he often airs encores. It was, in fact, the first Friday that Kimmel’s show has aired an original since Fallon debuted as Tonight Show host the week of  February 17.   “JKL’s” final telecast from Austin on Friday, featuring Willie Nelson, Lil Wayne and Los Lonely Boys, snagged 3.457 million viewers — its third most-watched broadcast ever, behind only the Matt Damon takeover episode on January 24 of ’13 and the return of ‘Scandal Thursdays’ this past February 27. Read More »

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ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ Wins Big With Oscars While ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ Enjoys Oscar Glow But Can’t Outshine ‘Tonight Show’

ABC’s Good Morning America – one of this year’s biggest Oscar winners.the-academy-oscars-new-logo-1 The morning infotainment program enjoyed its biggest overall audience — 6.3 million viewers – at least since Nielsen’s electronic records debuted in 1991, and outperformed NBC’s Today by nearly 1 million viewers for the week immediately following the network’s Academy Awards broadcast.  GMA’s news demo haul of 261,000 viewers for the week of March 3 is its best delivery in eight years, handing the show its biggest weekly demo lead over Today in 10 weeks.

Related: ‘Ellen’ Breaks Ratings Records With Post-Oscar Show: Video

JimmyKimmelABC’s late-night show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, also got an Oscar shot in the arm — posting a 14-week high in overall audience and an 11-week best in the demo, while NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon came down week-to-week in the demo as that program finds its new normal with Fallon as host. That said, Fallon’s overall crowd of 4.537 million for the week handily beat Kimmel’s 2.744 million and CBS host David Letterman’s 2.761 million. In the demo, the Tonight Show not only topped JKL it beat its ABC and CBS rivals combined. Read More »

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EMMYS: ‘Tonight Show’ With Hosts Jay Leno & Jimmy Fallon Both Submitted For Consideration

Nellie Andreeva

Tonight Show Emmys Jimmy Fallon Jay LenoWith NBC’s The Tonight Show making a transition from host Jay Leno to Jimmy Fallon midway through the season, both versions are eligible for Primetime Emmys. The same goes for Late Night and its incarnations hosted by Fallon and Seth Meyers. I’ve learned that both The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Emmyslogo_newand The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon are being submitted by NBC along with Late Night With Seth Meyers, Last Call With Carson Daly and the network’s venerable late-night sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live. NBC was in a similar situation during the 2009-2010 season when both The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien, which aired through January, and Tonight Show With Jay Leno, which succeeded it, were submitted (O’Brien landed a nomination). Given the fact that Fallon just moved into Tonight Show and is looking to establish himself as host, it makes sense for him only to be submitted for that show. For Leno, this could be the last time he is up for a late-night Emmy. His Tonight Show has been nominated 10 times for Best Music, Comedy Or Variety Series, winning once. Fallon and Meyers’ previous shows, Late Night and SNL, also have been nominated in the top variety category. 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

Nellie Andreeva

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).

UPDATE: For the week, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon averaged 5.5 million viewers, down from the record 8.5 million who watched Fallon’s premiere run last week. It was … Read More »

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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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Jimmy Fallon Sticks With His Strengths For Hit ‘Tonight Show’ Debut: Video

Fallon DeskOne week in, Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show looks a lot like Jimmy Fallon’s old Late Night – and people couldn’t be happier.

Biggest difference happened on Monday night when Fallon did two opening monologues – the first in which he introduced himself and set up the show’s storyline for the next (NBC hopes) 20 years or so, trying to put at ease the many Jay Leno viewers who heard Jay say he’s good with being shown the door while still No. 1 in the ratings, but who may not feel so hot about it themselves. That night, Fallon described himself as a guy who grew up in a small town and lives with his “beautiful wife” and six-month old daughter Winnie who he loves so much.  He noted his announcer Steve Higgins is from Iowa and lives with his wife and great kids, and that his band The Roots, had backed up Tony Bennett.

Not coincidentally, Fallon’s opening mirrored Leno’s Tonight Show finale in many ways. Both men’s shows included a parade of celebrities paying tribute to the host (weirdly, Kim Kardashian appeared in both parades, though it may not be so odd, what with her Keeping Up with the Kardashians being produced by Ryan Seacrest — an important member of the NBC-parent Comcast family).  Jay Leno ended his final broadcast talking about losing his mother and father in the first year he hosted the program; Fallon began his tenure on Tonight with a wave to his mom and dad in the audience, saying how happy he was they are still around, and telling them he hoped they were proud of him, adding “thanks for being there, you guys, I love you.” Read More »

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‘Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ Gets Ratings Bump With Guest Michelle Obama

Nellie Andreeva

Michelle-ObamaAs expected, the visit by First Lady Michelle Obama gave The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon a bump, with the broadcast drawing a 5.3 household rating in the metered markets, up a tenth from Wednesday. In comparison, both Conan O’Brien and Jay Leno saw their ratings steadily decline every night during their first week starting/returning to The Tonight Show in 2009/2010. What’s more, Fallon’s ratings have been steady after the second-night drop from the 7.1 for the premiere: 5.3, 5.2, 5.3. Interestingly, Fallon accomplished a similar feat during the premiere week of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, with his Thursday household rating (2.0) rising from Wednesday (1.8) to match the Tuesday performance. Tonight once again dwarfed the late-night broadcast competition, though ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live (2.0 in households) was up 25% from Wednesday with the “Wolf in Sochi” hoax, while CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman (2.0) was down 9%. In the markets with Local People Meters, Fallon averaged a 2.4 rating in adults 18-49, up from both Wednesday (2.2) and Tuesday (2.3) to post the highest demo result since the premiere (3.4). The show’s highlight was a Saturday Night Live-style skit featuring Fallon, and guests Obama and Will Ferrell:

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