The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon has been renewed for five years — a longer term commitment from NBC to the host than the network had previously disclosed. Susan Rovner, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming chairman, confirmed the renewal during NBCUniversal’s upfront presentation Monday. Rovner noted it matter-of-factly her opening conversation with Today anchor Hoda Kotb. Rovner didn’t elaborate on the Fallon renewal.
Last night’s move, which also saw the host return to his longtime home of Studio 6B, makes it likely the first nightly, network latenight program to bring back an audience since the pandemic began.
NBC’s The Tonight Show returned to the studio tonight with Jimmy Fallon kicking off with an emotional message to viewers. Fallon, sitting on a stool in the middle of the studio, rather than behind the traditional desk, and dressed in a sweater and sneakers rather that his usual suit, said that “any type of normalcy feels great” during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As New York is entering state of emergency over the coronavirus pandemic, New York-based shows have started to suspend production. That includes NBC’s latenight programs The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers, and syndicated daytime talker The Wendy Williams Show. In addition, CBS’s Late Show with Stephen Colbert is joining its NBC late-night counterparts in suspending production.
A politics pivot for The Tonight Show doesn’t pay off as the network swaps showrunners and observers say “let Jimmy be Jimmy.”
With the news of a three-year extension for Stephen Colbert, his CBS Late Show with Stephen Colbert continues this season where it left off a year ago — easily leading all broadcast TV latenight shows in total viewers. Through three weeks, Late Show (11:35 p.m.) is averaging 3.3 million Nielsen viewers — outpacing competitors The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (1.89 million) and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live (1.84 million).
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is undergoing a major behind-the-scenes change. Producer Mike DiCenzo is leaving NBC’s latenight program. He just confirmed his departure on Twitter. I hear former Today executive producer Jim Bell is in talks to come in as new Tonight Show showrunner.
The latest ratings show that viewers are tuning out NBC’s fun-and-games approach and flocking to the politically engaged Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel.
NEW YORK (AP) — Tapings for “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” have been cancelled all this week following the death of the talk show host’s mother. NBC said Sunday that repeat episodes will be shown from Monday to Friday. A spokeswoman for Fallon said his mother, Gloria Fallon, died Saturday at a New York […]
Josh Lieb is exiting Jimmy Fallon’s late-night series for an overall deal at Universal Television, where he will return to writing. The show is subsequently expanding the roles of producers Katie Hockmeyer, Gerard Bradford and Mike DiCenzo.
Calling him “the best there is,” NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt says Jimmy Fallon will stay on as The Tonight Show host at least through 2021. Fallon has held the job for slightly more than a year.
NEW YORK (AP) — New Yorkers have been running into Bono and his band, U2, all over town the past few days. The group has been taping music and comedy bits to include in their Friday appearance on NBC’s “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” where they’ll be the only guests. Lucky subway riders at Grand […]
NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmy Fallon plans to take a third day of paternity leave from his “Tonight Show” duties. NBC says it will air a repeat “Tonight Show” episode Friday so Fallon can spend another day with his new daughter, Frances Cole Fallon. The scheduled Wednesday and Thursday “Tonight” tapings had already been canceled […]
The marquee, consistent with 30 Rock’s original Art Deco architecture, was visible on Monday night. It announces that the building is home to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
The show’s former host will be a guest on Jimmy Fallon’s version of Tonight on Friday. It will be the first time he’s been back at the NBC institution since signing off after nearly 22 years as host last February.
Six months into Conan O’Brien’s run as host of The Tonight Show, it was becoming clear it wouldn’t work out. Ratings had plummeted since Jay Leno’s departure and NBC was suddenly lagging its late night rivals for the first time in years. But this time around, the transition is going much more smoothly. In fact, six months in, Leno’s replacement this time around, Jimmy Fallon, is doing better than Leno and has increased his lead over Jimmy Kimmel and David Letterman.
Nearly four months since he hit the late-night ground in a big way, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon still maintains a hefty lead over the competition. The show’s season average since Feb. 17, when Fallon took over hosting the show from Jay Leno, puts him at 4.23 million 18-49 viewers — 1.5 million more than his nearest competitor CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman, which sits at 2.71 million. ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live comes in at 2.64 million.
Fallon’spowerful debut is clear in television ratings and even more stark in social media metrics. While too early to declare a new king of latenight TV, the transition is a marked change from how badly NBC fumbled the short-lived switch from Leno to Conan O’Brien in 2009. “As a guy who’s been doing this for 36 years, I don’t allow myself to think about this level of success,” said Ted Harbert, NBC broadcasting chairman. NBC had hoped for an increase in young viewers and steeled itself to lose some of Leno’s older fans, but Fallon’s reception was a surprise.
On the heels of its dominant delivery in latenight during the Olympics, NBC picked up where it left off Monday night as The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and the premiere of Late Night With Seth Meyers handily won their timeslots and were the night’s top two programs.
The Monday debut brought in the show’s second-biggest audience in five years.
As promised during the much-promoted run-up to his Tonight Show debut, Jimmy Fallon made no drastic changes to the Late Night formula that had served him for five years. He remained funny, gracious, bubbly and, above all, comfortable presiding over a show that was different mostly for its earlier time slot, its classier production values and legendary brand name. A key part of the celebratory spirit for Fallon was the fact that, after more than 40 years in Los Angeles, he and NBC have brought Tonight back to New York and Rockefeller Plaza.
Less cranky than David Letterman. More hip than Jay Leno. Less Hollywood than Johnny Carson. As silly as Steve Allen. Nicer than Kimmel, funnier than Conan. And more musical than all of them.
Jay Leno closes his two-decade run on Tonight Feb. 6 with Billy Crystal and Garth Brooks as guests. On Feb. 17, Jimmy Fallon debuts a week’s worth of shows at midnight following NBC’s coverage of the Winter Olympics. He moves into his regular time slot a week later, followed by Seth Meyers, who has Saturday Night Live chum Amy Poehler booked as his first guest.