Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Bruce Springsteen Three Days on Tonight Show Brought Good News, Bad News to Jimmy Fallon


Bruce Springsteen was the musical guest for three days last week on the Tonight Show. On the first night, he sat for a long interview, and then performed.

On Tuesday and Wednesday he just performed. All of it was magic, and a real for the Tonight Show.

So how did it go ratings wise? There’s good news and bad news.

The good news is that on Wednesday, the third show, Fallon beat Colbert and Kimmel soundly in the key age range. Fallon also ran a strong second place to Colbert on Wednesday in overall viewers.

The bad news is that on Monday and Tuesday Springsteen made little difference. Fallon finished in third place. Go figure.

Why was Wednesday so hot? Maybe word of mouth from the first two nights. Also, the guest line up on Wednesday on Fallon was A plus: Glenn Powell from “Top Gun Maverick” and Anna Taylor Joy from “The Queen’s Gambit” and now “The Menu” were the guests. Then Bruce came out with his huge group and performed a beautiful version of the Commodores song, “Nightshift.”

Meantime, Springsteen’s album, “Only the Strong Survive” is number 5 on iTunes. It’s also pulled “Born to Run” and “Springsteen’s Greatest Hits” onto the top 50.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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