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Jimmy Fallon Continues To Rule Late-Night
Deadline Hollywood ^ | 03/21/2014 | By LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist

Posted on 03/22/2014 12:00:01 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon continues to handily dominate late-night in overall audience, weeks after he replaced Jay Leno as host, 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 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.

In his Esquire cover story, Kimmel says his only complaint about Fallon “is the first name: Jimmy. People get us mixed up all the time. No one remembers which Jimmy is which. Or they think I’m him, which can only make you feel like you should be him. Actually, he says the same thing happens to him. Jimmy. He’s like an athlete out there. He can jump high, act, sing. He’s a true performer. I’m a broadcaster. That’s how I come at this. Not a stand-up, not an actor, not a commentator. A broadcaster.” Of his ABC late-night gig, Kimmel told Esquire: “This is The Job. The only job for a person like me. I mean, I like to draw. I’m really good at it. I’m a good artist, and I think that’s what I would have done had radio not worked out for me. But here I am. You won’t see me doing anything else in the next 25 years.”


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment; Society; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: fallonisanobamabot; jimmyfallon; tonightshow

1 posted on 03/22/2014 12:00:01 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Letterman is just sad. He should have left 10 years ago.


2 posted on 03/22/2014 12:01:39 PM PDT by DManA
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To: SeekAndFind

Jimmy Fallon continues to bring fresh ideas and skits to late night.

Jimmy Fallon outlaws dancing via formal proclamation, and Kevin Bacon makes a grand entrance to save the day! Of course, in the end, Jimmy rips up the proclamation.

It’s the 30 year anniversary of Footloose people

Watch here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3T2FpCDlyNg

Are you having a bad day? Even if you aren’t this video of Jimmy Fallon and Billy Joel singing the doo-wop classic “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by the Tokens (Also sang in the Lion King) will cheer you up.

Billy and Jimmy sing in 4 part harmony thanks to the magic of an iPad looping app. It looks so easy! The performance is from last night’s Tonight Show.

Watch here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cU-eAzNp5Hw


3 posted on 03/22/2014 12:03:44 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (question is this)
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To: DManA

Jimmy Fallon continues to bring fresh ideas and skits to late night.

Jimmy Fallon outlaws dancing via formal proclamation, and Kevin Bacon makes a grand entrance to save the day! Of course, in the end, Jimmy rips up the proclamation.

It’s the 30 year anniversary of Footloose people

Watch here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3T2FpCDlyNg

Are you having a bad day? Even if you aren’t this video of Jimmy Fallon and Billy Joel singing the doo-wop classic “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by the Tokens (Also sang in the Lion King) will cheer you up.

Billy and Jimmy sing in 4 part harmony thanks to the magic of an iPad looping app. It looks so easy! The performance is from last night’s Tonight Show.

Watch here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cU-eAzNp5Hw


4 posted on 03/22/2014 12:04:06 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (question is this)
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To: SeekAndFind
Late night TV is dead.

As for Billy Joel, this is probably his best work.
5 posted on 03/22/2014 12:06:01 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: SeekAndFind

I miss Leno. He was genuine and one of us.


6 posted on 03/22/2014 12:06:12 PM PDT by cicero2k
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To: SeekAndFind

If you read the TV Guide, you don’t need a TV.


7 posted on 03/22/2014 12:07:04 PM PDT by MrEdd (vHeck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: cicero2k

Does anybody really think Leno won’t be back?


8 posted on 03/22/2014 12:19:54 PM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Sleep rules late night.

That and endless, aimless channel changing.

9 posted on 03/22/2014 12:27:05 PM PDT by x
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To: SeekAndFind

I would use the word fun to describe what Fallon has brought to 11:30.

He can sign, dance, do impressions and make up and play regular games with guests.

I was watching Joel during the duet and he seemed to be smiling at Fallon’s performance.

Letterman and Leno can’t match the skill set. As Fallon matures with his monologue delivery, it won’t even be close.

Letterman was my favorite, but he can’t stop mocking republicans and showing his ignorance on public issues. He seems tired with old jokes and doesn’t bring anything fresh. Even the top ten list, his signature, seems to be getting old. He tried to do Skype humor this week and it was weak.

Contrast with Fallon who constantly references social media and brings it home to his younger crowd. Fallon is the future.

Fallon brings out more from guests with his skits and game playing and music. His songs by popular guests backed up by kids music instruments is very creative and you can see the singers enjoying it as they sing live. Who else could do the history of rap or nail singer impressions.

Fallon’s band and sidekick are more spontaneous than the others.

I pooh-poohed Fallon and now I’m becoming a fan.

67 years old and ready for Letterman to retire. I look for Leno to pop up again, but he will take numbers from Letterman and not so much from Fallon’s demographic.

A fan since Steve Allen at age 9.


10 posted on 03/22/2014 12:32:16 PM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: Olog-hai

Joel is undergoing resurgence. HBO just ran his documentary about the USSR concert trip.

He has 1 night a month booked at Madison Square Garden for a year.

Will have a radio show for 3 months on satellite.

May have passed his prime, but his career is still alive.


11 posted on 03/22/2014 12:34:37 PM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: DManA

He’s mean spirited and tries to overshadow his guests with his lame comments.

I was cannel surfing years ago and happened on his ‘stupid pet tricks’ segment.
He got down right up in this dog’s face and kept repeating ‘Hello doggy’ over and over in this falsetto voice- and then the dog bit him on the nose!

Showed up the next night with a big bandage on his nose.

I had to laugh.
Anybody else see this?


12 posted on 03/22/2014 12:35:08 PM PDT by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: SeekAndFind

I liked the duet of I may be crazy at the end of the show.


13 posted on 03/22/2014 12:37:51 PM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ve never thought Fallon was funny. He wasn’t funny on SNL. I don’t watch any of it.


14 posted on 03/22/2014 12:44:44 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: SeekAndFind

Sorry, Jimmy Kimmel is the funny one.


15 posted on 03/22/2014 12:48:15 PM PDT by freedomson (Tagline comment removed by moderator)
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To: Genoa
Leno is no teenager. He should just thumb his nose at the industry and retire. Maybe do stand up once or twice a year, but for the most part, relax and enjoy his bikes and cars. Except for a decent paycheck, NBC treated him like cr@p. Why should he go through the aggravation again?
16 posted on 03/22/2014 12:52:41 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: SeekAndFind

I get more sleep since Leno is gone, Fallon flat out stinks!


17 posted on 03/22/2014 12:52:57 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: DManA

re: Letterman.

I have never watched more than 5 minutes total of his program since he has been on the air.

There is just something about him that causes me to change the channel.

I did watch Leno occasionally. I have not watched Kimmel or Fallon.

None of them can replace Johnny.


18 posted on 03/22/2014 12:54:20 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: SeekAndFind

Can’t stand the man. Can’t stand any of these type shows. Haven’t watched any in at least 20 years.


19 posted on 03/22/2014 1:33:42 PM PDT by Pilated
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To: SeekAndFind

I agree 100%.

I didn’t watch much of Fallon when he was on the Late Show, but I’m finding more and more that I enjoy him on the Tonight Show. I absolutely love the musical bits he does. He has a real musical ability which he knows how to put to good use.

His duet with Billy Joel was brilliant. I love how he thought up the iPad part of it and how well they executed it. It was a classic bit which will endure.

Good for Fallon!


20 posted on 03/22/2014 3:07:15 PM PDT by ConstantSkeptic (Be careful about preconceptions)
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To: fatnotlazy

Leno works about 100 gigs per year


21 posted on 03/22/2014 3:15:03 PM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: SeekAndFind

“Fallon’s doing great! He’s beating Kimmel and Letterman. He’s got four million viewers!”

Um, Leno was averaging eight million viewers a night.

Losing half the audience is not success, no matter how many exclamation points you use.


22 posted on 03/22/2014 4:23:07 PM PDT by Blue Ink
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To: Blue Ink

Kimmel is much funnier than that Obama suck-up.


23 posted on 03/22/2014 4:23:56 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

That may be, but Kimmel’s ratings stink. ABC has spent a lot of money trying to develop a consistent fan base for his show. They were really expecting him to pick up some of the old Leno audience disenchanted with Fallon. Didn’t happen.

Wondering how long they’ll stick with him...


24 posted on 03/22/2014 4:39:08 PM PDT by Blue Ink
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To: SeekAndFind
All the old farts on this thread saying Jimmy Fallon isn't funny and all that talented.

Well a late night show host doesn't get paid $12 million a year for not being funny and talented.

I haven't seen a late night TV show (other than SNL) since Johnny Carson was swinging an invisible golf club. However, I do not deny that the people that do them are funny and/or talented.

25 posted on 03/22/2014 5:55:27 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: Blue Ink

I hope ABC stands behind him. My wife and I really enjoy Kimmels style.


26 posted on 03/23/2014 1:22:25 PM PDT by catbertz
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