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NBC’s Rising Leno Dominates Kimmel and Letterman
Variety ^ | 7/8/13 | Rick Kissell

Posted on 07/08/2013 11:41:37 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55

He’s a little more than six months away from passing the “Tonight Show” baton — again — but Jay Leno is very much still on his game ratings-wise.

(Excerpt) Read more at variety.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: comedy; jayleno; late; nbc; night; tonightshow
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1 posted on 07/08/2013 11:41:37 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: ConservativeMan55

Ever since Letterman went full on lib.. it turned off his audience.

Who wants to hear that dribble every night?


2 posted on 07/08/2013 11:42:06 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: ConservativeMan55

Letterman still has a talk show?


3 posted on 07/08/2013 11:42:25 AM PDT by catfish1957 (Face it!!!! The government in DC is full of treasonous bastards)
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To: catfish1957

Not for long if this keeps up lol!


4 posted on 07/08/2013 11:42:57 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: ConservativeMan55
Jay's got short timer syndrome!
5 posted on 07/08/2013 11:44:58 AM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: ConservativeMan55

That’s because Kimmel and Letterman are morons, while Leno is truly a funny person, and while he doesn’t always show it, it’s often enough to be better than those to flacks.


6 posted on 07/08/2013 11:45:18 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: ConservativeMan55

The new guy’s ratings will inevitably crash. He isn’t funny, unless you’re about 14.


7 posted on 07/08/2013 11:46:26 AM PDT by clintonh8r ("Europe was created by history. America was created by a philosophy." Baroness Thatcher)
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To: ConservativeMan55

Jimmy Kimmel was only good when he was Ben Stein’s sidekick on “Win Ben Stein’s Money”.


8 posted on 07/08/2013 11:46:30 AM PDT by GeorgeTex (Obama-Four M President (Mendacious Manchurian Muslim Marxist))
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To: ConservativeMan55

Can someone tell me where Letterman gets his old man suits from? Does he have access to Nikita Krushev’s wardrobe?!


9 posted on 07/08/2013 11:46:34 AM PDT by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Still Thinking

Letterman is a moron. I’ve never thought he was funny in the least.


10 posted on 07/08/2013 11:46:38 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: GeorgeTex

Or remember when he was on The Man Show with Adam Corrola.


11 posted on 07/08/2013 11:47:12 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: ConservativeMan55

” Letterman is a moron. I’ve never thought he was funny in the least.”

An unintelligent, mean SOB. Not funny.

Made 400 million......only in America..


12 posted on 07/08/2013 11:51:24 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (K I L L T H E B I L L !!)
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To: ConservativeMan55
I took a look at the reader comments associated with the Variety article. Wow. It appears that most Variety readers are conservative.

This one is typical:

Letterman had the ability to be very funny throughout his NBC years. During his first few years on CBS he was genuinely innovative and creative. ComedicalIy, I thought he had it all over Leno. Now, he’s just a mean, old man who likes to use his show to lash out at anyone (usually conservatives). You wouldn’t mind if he spread his venom among the whole political spectrum, but he’s just another shill for the liberals.

13 posted on 07/08/2013 11:54:36 AM PDT by Leaning Right
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To: ConservativeMan55

just to balance it out a bit. I haven’t watched any network shows (other than reruns like Seinfeld) in years.

but you have to give letterman his due, when I was in my 20’s, we thought he was hilarious. I don’t think you can say he wasn’t funny decades ago.

things have changed, my politics, and him sticking his politics in his act.


14 posted on 07/08/2013 12:00:09 PM PDT by willywill
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To: ConservativeMan55

Not counting Letterman, whose just a bitter old man now, the rest of Leno’s contemporaries just traffic in stunts designed to get passed around on the internet rather than actually doing something humorous.

They just take something hot in pop culture at the moment, add something geeky like a reference to Dr. Who or Arrested Development, and then run around for 3 minutes while the winner of last year’s American Idol sings Staying Alive with a banjo.


15 posted on 07/08/2013 12:00:22 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: ConservativeMan55
Letterman is a moron. I’ve never thought he was funny in the least.

Back when he was spry enough to do things like don a Velcro suit and take a running leap at a big felt wall.


16 posted on 07/08/2013 12:00:42 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Leaning Right

Letterman was funny early on much like George Carlin, but both slipped into, what? A combination of mediocrity and bitterness. I saw Carlin in person later on and he was almost unintelligible. He was reading off of cue cards he held in his hand and seemed unconnected to not only his audience but to where he was. They are two peas in a pod to me.


17 posted on 07/08/2013 12:04:03 PM PDT by mc5cents (Pray for America)
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To: clintonh8r
Jimmy Fallon (Leno's Replacement) is an Obama Sycophant....but he always impressed me as a genuinely nice guy. Not "Nice for the Cameras", or "Let me look good for this photo op".... Just a good guy who wound up in entertainment.

So, I tried to watch his show. I really, really tried. Watched it a number of times, particularly when WBill Jr was little, and I was up with him anyway.

I wanted to like it. Really, I did. But it stunk. And not just a little bit. Not just, "Wow, that last joke was a real clunker." The entire thing was just bad. Writing was bad. Fallon's delivery was bad. The skits were bad. Music was bad. It was just.......bad. No redeeming qualities whatsoever.

Dunno what NBC sees in the guy, unless they're like me, and really, really want to like him. I give him less than a year before he's toast.

Arsenio Hall is getting a late night show back on Fox pretty quick. My guess is that the timing is not coincidental. He's going to eat all the other late night hosts for lunch.

18 posted on 07/08/2013 12:05:19 PM PDT by wbill
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To: ConservativeMan55
Letterman was funny in about 1986. I was in High School. He was "edgy".

Now, he's "old".

19 posted on 07/08/2013 12:06:23 PM PDT by wbill
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To: ConservativeMan55

Leno was funny. He made fun of hilary the red queen challenging her to come on his show.

Her people called his bluff. She went on and took over withed canned q&a.

He looked like a POW on camera under duress

Went in for an emergency coronary bypass the next day

Been a hareful lib spokesman ever since. Never before

He went over out of fear it seems.

I dont know how people, Americans, can do that

Hes been a failure and will go down in history as a bitter fool

People dont want to hear whom a celeb prefers personally. Equal opportunity mockery is the only acceptable position

Johnny carson did it


20 posted on 07/08/2013 12:09:40 PM PDT by stanne
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To: ConservativeMan55

Once Jay Leno got wise and started going after Obama, our failed and incompetent POTUS,,,,his numbers went out of sight on the positive!!! Letterman, zero that he is...has nary a clue!!! When Leno leaves NBC, Fox will go after him big time. If Leno jumps and signs with FOX, he will quickly become the “King of the Hill” for a long time to come!!!


21 posted on 07/08/2013 12:09:40 PM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX ( My only objective is to defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!)
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To: wbill

And unlike guys such as Bob Hope and George Burns, he has no clue on how to turn “old” to his advantage.


22 posted on 07/08/2013 12:09:46 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: ConservativeMan55
Leno's recent ratings spike happened because he became more truthful in criticizing 0bama in his opening monologue, especially regarding the scandals. He gave his VIEWERS what they wanted to hear, not the 0bama administration!

His recent show with Mitt Romney was excellent. He didn't seek to entrap him or frame the topic with an agenda of spiking the football for 0bama.

It's Leno's promotion/protection of 0bama that turned off viewers and especially now that's it's clear to even his brain dead viewers that the 0bama regime is total failure and not worthy of praise.

Fallon will turn The Tonight Show into 'ghetto hour' which will probably alienate 30-40% of the show's current viewers. Fallon is talented but his transparent appeasement of blacks is tiresome.

23 posted on 07/08/2013 12:13:41 PM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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To: wbill

Carson wiped the floor with all of them.

Watch some of his stuff with guests like Sinatra, Dean Martin, Don Rickles, Carol Wayne, Jack Benny, George Gobal, Glen Cambell, Bob Hope, etc etc.

And the Tonight Show Band which kicked ass.

(RIP ED SHAUGNESSEY)


24 posted on 07/08/2013 12:16:09 PM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Letterman has become an old, bitter, hateful communist.


25 posted on 07/08/2013 12:17:16 PM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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To: Col Frank Slade

No Doubt. When Carson left the business, it was all downhill from there.


26 posted on 07/08/2013 12:21:45 PM PDT by wbill
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To: ConservativeMan55

... I have a feeling that, even though Leno is quite a funny guy, his jabs at the Prez with a fez and this administration are garnering a growing viewership of people that less than impressed with Mr. Obama.


27 posted on 07/08/2013 12:23:40 PM PDT by R_Kangel ( "A Nation of Sheep ..... Will Beget ..... a Nation Ruled by Wolves.")
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To: R_Kangel

bttt


28 posted on 07/08/2013 12:24:28 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: wbill
Correct politics trumps actual humor every time. Liberals largely do not understand real humor. To them everything is political and everything spoken is a demonstration of political relationships and desires. Liberals' "jokes" tend to be bitter wishes for misfortune and harm to non correct people like Ronald Reagan stepped in a pile of dog ordure and broke his wrist snarf snarf ha ha snarf spoken with tight jaws and a narrow grimace. Liberal TV execs try to bore or insult conservatives out of the audience because they know that even a reliable host/comedian might succumb to the temptation to cater to their conservative audience on the theory that they buy sponsors' stuff, too. Conservative audiences make them uncomfortable in that if conservatives are watching then they must be doing something unCorrect.
29 posted on 07/08/2013 12:26:17 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/econohttp://www.fee.org/library/det)
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To: arthurus

Leno is auditioning for his next show and knows that he can attract a big audience by opening up on Obama and the Rats. I think he could move to cable and take his audience with him..


30 posted on 07/08/2013 12:33:22 PM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: ConservativeMan55

Leno’s made the decision to appeal to ALL Americans - liberal and conservative. Not only are Leno’s numbers UP but his advertisers must be thrilled...


31 posted on 07/08/2013 12:35:58 PM PDT by GOPJ (In the kingdom of the blind, the one eyed man is a dangerous extremist.. Greenfield)
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To: CivilWarBrewing

Yep! Ever since Leno went full mocking of Obama, his ratings have soared! The IRS, NSA spying scandals have been gold for him and he’s using it while the other lib host are tepid


32 posted on 07/08/2013 12:36:25 PM PDT by Bigtigermike
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To: Oldexpat

No reason to move to cable - let the big three fight over him. I’ll bet his advertisers are getting a big boost from have conservatives watching his show. Middle class people might not be as wealthy as liberal elites, but there’s a whole lot more of us... and we buy products - not just ‘financial investment services and Rolls Royces’...


33 posted on 07/08/2013 12:39:07 PM PDT by GOPJ (In the kingdom of the blind, the one eyed man is a dangerous extremist.. Greenfield)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Letterman was funny as a young man. I was a fan of his late night show years ago. Personally, I think he’s off his rocker these days.


34 posted on 07/08/2013 1:02:49 PM PDT by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: ConservativeMan55
Letterman’s become a bitter,snarling old punk.A punk that hits on the hired help even when they’re young enough to be his granddaughter.
35 posted on 07/08/2013 1:06:36 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Civil Servants Are No Longer Servants...Or Civil.)
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To: wbill
Letterman was funny in about 1986. I was in High School. He was "edgy".
Now, he's "old".

And we've since realized that his "edgy" stuff wasn't all that great to begin with. Check out the Letterman episode of "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" (Jerry Seinfeld's latest project). All that comes across from the guy is "Bitter, condescending old fart". The show is pretty good, though... with the worthwhile guests (such as Don Rickles).

36 posted on 07/08/2013 1:14:22 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Leaning Right

Decades ago Letterman had a daytime show on NBC. It ran throughout the summer of 1980 and was the funniest show on TV. It started as a 90 minute show but was reduced to 60 minutes and ended in the fall. I used to watch it with my mother.

The early Late Night was also very funny. He had a golden TV spot with no competition and could have stayed at NBC with as much $ as he ever would have wanted, but his ego and desire to concur at 11:30 forced him to be stupid and narcissistic. He never consistently beat Leno and it fed into his already disturbed sense of inferiority.


37 posted on 07/08/2013 1:32:09 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: clintonh8r

Have you ever seen this??

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_82GscM3m5E


38 posted on 07/08/2013 1:35:53 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

Just goes to show that conservatives reward those who stand with them, even if they aren’t always conservative.


39 posted on 07/08/2013 1:38:23 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Jim from C-Town

What the networks refuse to acknowledge is they automatically turn off 50% of their audience with these unfunny libs.

Leno went to the center and he now has all those viewers the libs don’t want.


40 posted on 07/08/2013 1:43:06 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: ConservativeMan55

Gee...didn’t NBC try this once before? Leno was #1 in the ratings, but the network wanted someone who would appeal to a younger, hipper demographic. And we know how that worked out.

Now, they’re going to do it again. Except this time, NBC won’t have Leno around to bail them out. A lot of people think that Jay will sign with Fox and launch another late night talk show in about a year. That will just about finish NBC; “Today” and “Tonight” are their cash cows, and the morning show is now #2 behind Good Morning America, and that decline is costing them millions a year. If Fallon tanks in the 11:30 slot (a virtual certainty), then NBC will lose at least 1/3 of its advertising revenue.


41 posted on 07/08/2013 1:52:48 PM PDT by ExNewsExSpook
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To: wbill

Exactly. About that exact time I was in college and I remember my RA (dorm monitor) knocking on my door telling me I had to pipe down because I was laughing so loud.

Last I heard of Letterman continues to simply yell at Conservatives to get off his lawn!


42 posted on 07/08/2013 2:06:52 PM PDT by Obadiah (Inside of every Liberal beats the heart of a fascist yearning to reveal their true nature.)
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

That’s my take as well. As soon as Leno began to spoof “the one” is immediately when his ratings started to rise significantly. Coincidence?


43 posted on 07/08/2013 2:08:40 PM PDT by Obadiah (Inside of every Liberal beats the heart of a fascist yearning to reveal their true nature.)
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To: ConservativeMan55

Letterman had always made me run for the Lysol.

When Leno leaves, I won’t be watching late night shows. Accidentally had on Kimmel’s monologue the other night and can’t remember who he was ranting about but do remember the person didn’t deserve it. He was disgusting.


44 posted on 07/08/2013 2:11:30 PM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: ConservativeMan55

It isn’t that Leno is so good but rather that late night talk is so damn bad.


45 posted on 07/08/2013 2:13:12 PM PDT by upsdriver ( Palin/West '16)
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To: ConservativeMan55

The only thing liberal network executives and newspaper owners have proven to be good at is losing their audiences.

Day after day, year after year, the decline has been constant. The only thing left is for companies like NBC and the New York Times to lose so much revenue, they go bankrupt.

Then Fox News and the Koch brothers can pick up the pieces and create better journalism.


46 posted on 07/08/2013 2:19:13 PM PDT by Bluestocking
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To: Lancey Howard
Very good, The only problem is that Morrison died two years before Fallon was even born! Is this edgy or even relevant?
47 posted on 07/08/2013 2:25:57 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: mc5cents

Letterman was funny early on only when he was using comedy bits stolen from Steve Allen during the first Tonight Show back in the 1950s.


48 posted on 07/08/2013 2:31:16 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: CivilWarBrewing

Fallon is talented but his transparent appeasement of blacks is tiresome.

isn’t the entire Hollywood, Washington dc, media just an appeasement of minorities period?


49 posted on 07/08/2013 2:56:02 PM PDT by willywill
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To: Jim from C-Town

I bought my first Doors LP in 1967, and have always been a huge Doors fan. I still love that music. Fallon’s impersonation floored me. ‘Reading Rainbow’... hilarious (to me, at least).


50 posted on 07/08/2013 3:55:27 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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