Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Jimmy Fallon Gets 11.3 Mil Viewers– Most Since Leno’s First Finale in 2009


Jimmy Fallon’s ratings last night were pretty good– 11.3 million viewers. That’s less than Jay Leno’s finale last week (14 million) but otherwise the most since Jay’s first finale in 2009 (11.9 million). It’s also 4 million more people than Fallon’s own “Late Night” finale ten days ago.

What does this tell us? Not much. Starting tonight, Jimmy will be getting regular numbers more along the lines of two-to-four million people a night. He’s ahead of Letterman and Kimmel. And his show is airing at midnight until the Olympics are over. It will take a couple of weeks after that to see how he fares at 11:35pm.

Meantime, his guests this week should help. Michelle Obama is on Thursday, and I’ve heard she’s going to sing! Friday brings Justin Timberlake, which should draw a huge rating.

Can one watch both Letterman and Fallon? Yes, why not? Support late night comedy in New York.
Now we wait for Seth Meyers next Monday, with Fred Armisen’s band.

But this is interesting. Fallon was most popular in these cities, in declining order: Denver, St. Louis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Chicago, Detroit, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle-Tacoma, Houston and Orlando-Daytona Beach.

Stronger in the mid west? Hmmmm….

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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