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‘Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ Keeps Loyal Leno Guest Arnold Schwarzenegger

By | Tuesday March 25, 2014 @ 6:38pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

schwarzennegerlenoThere are few other celebrities that are more closely associated with The Tonight Show With Jay Leno than Arnold Schwarzenegger. One of Leno’s favorite guests, Schwarzenegger visited the show a whopping 27 times. He even broke every rule in politics by announcing his run for Governor of California on Leno’s late-night talker. Schwarzenegger’s loyalty to Leno went beyond The Tonight Show — he also guested twice on Leno’s short-lived primetime NBC talk show. From 1985-91, Schwarzenegger frequented NBC’s Late Night With David Letterman, making three appearances there before Leno took over The Tonight Show. It’s been all-Leno since — 29 visits with him vs. one each on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Late Night With Conan O’Brien when it visited Los Angeles, Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Daily Show zero on David Letterman’s CBS show, O’Brien’s Tonight Show or CBS’ Craig Ferguson.

With Leno gone, Schwarzenegger was up for grabs, especially with The Tonight Show moving to New York. Schwarzenegger is the quintessential Californian, from his humble immigrant beginnings as a bodybuilder on Venice Beach to becoming a Hollywood star to serving as Governor of California. With Leno gone, Kimmel, whom Schwarzenegger visited five years ago, became the top late-night draw in Los Angeles. But in his first late-night appearance following Leno’s departure, Leno stuck with The Tonight Show, in its new New York locale and with its new host, Fallon. That is a pretty big coup … Read More »

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Stephen Colbert Visits ‘Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ To Plug ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’ And ‘Colbert Report’

By | Saturday March 8, 2014 @ 6:51am PST

Late-night competitor Stephen Colbert stopped by Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, discussed playing Paul Peterson in Mr. Peabody and Sherman, and tried to get Fallon to plug his Comedy Central show during a round of Truth or Truth. Watch here:

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UPDATE: Jimmy Fallon’s Debut Delivers ‘Tonight Show’s Most-Watched Week In 22 Years In Live + 3 Viewing

By | Thursday February 27, 2014 @ 1:33pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE, 1:20 PM: The debut week of NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon jumped nearly tonight show fallon logo30% in the demo and just under 2 million viewers overall, now that prelim time period-based affiliate Live + 3 viewing results are in. That first week logged a 3.6 demo rating (compared to its Live + Same day 2.8) and 10.418 million viewers (versus initial 8.493 million). The 10.418 million for Fallon’s week of post-Olympic telecasts is Tonight’s biggest week-long audience in Live + 3 results since before the era of DVR time-shifting. It was last topped during Johnny Carson’s final week hosting Tonight from May 18-22, 1992 (19.453 million). The 3.6 the demo is Tonight’s best week since May 11-15, 1998 (3.7, for the week of the Seinfeld finale).
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UPDATE: Night 3 Of Jimmy Fallon’s ‘The Tonight Show’ Hits 10-Year High For Wednesday Viewers

By and | Thursday February 20, 2014 @ 11:20am PST

Jimmy-Fallon-Bradley-Cooper-Charades-VideoUPDATE, 11:20 AM: Jimmy Fallon‘s first Wednesday as host of The Tonight Show may be one he will long remember. Certainly NBC will because with 7.274 million viewers, it marks the highest Wednesday Tonight Show has done in more than 10 years. The last time the late-night franchise had a Wednesday that good was on February 2, 2004, when 7.69 million tuned in. Also Fallon pulled off the rare trick of actually going up in the adults 18-49 demo from his second night to third night. Nielsen has last night’s show drawing a 2.4 rating. That’s better than the 2.0 of Conan O’Brien’s third night of his Tonight Show gig on June 3, 2009 , and it’s a 4% rise from the 2.3 result in the demo Fallon got Tuesday. A rise, however slight, is a feat that neither O’Brien nor Leno could pull off. Both O’Brien in 2009 and Leno in his 2010 return saw their demo ratings dip from night 2 to night 3. O’Brien was down from the 2.3 of his Night 2, while Leno slipped from a 1.6 on March 2, 2010 to a 1.5 on March 3 of that year. Read More »

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