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Anyone catch this?

I normally don't care much for late night TV, but I had to catch this one. I like Leno, I like Conan, so I wanted to see how the hand-off was.

Leno's series ended on a great note: He had some good lines making fun of Conan, and seemed very greatful and humbled by the crowd reaction. Conan was the only guest on the show (outside of James Taylor for a musical number), and they spoke at length about the change over.

There was some fun flashbacks, and it was really cool seeing Conan and Leno back seventeen years ago. What would have been COOLER would have been a David Letterman cameo (though I doubt CBS would have allowed it)...or perhaps a longer episode.

Total buzzkill was Fallon afterward. Sorry, I've caught five of his episodes, and he sucks. I bet Ferguson is kicking his ass in the ratings; he has more personality than fifteen hundred Fallons.





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I only caught the interview segment with Conan, but he Conan was on as usual and I have no doubt he'll do great in the earlier timeslot.
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Woo hoo no more Leno. What's that?


    What would have been COOLER would have been a David Letterman cameo (though I doubt CBS would have allowed it)...


I don't think David Letterman would've allowed it.
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According to sources, here were the late night ratings for Monday-Thursday of this week (Friday's won't be available until Monday, I think this is household numbers):

ShowMONTUEWEDTHU
Leno4.14.64.95.2
Letterman2.12.42.22.5
Nightline2.42.32.52.3
Ferguson1.21.31.31.4
Kimmel1.11.01.11.2
Fallon1.71.82.22.1
Daly0.91.0N/A1.1


But it's possible that people tuning in for Leno's final week stay watching for Fallon when they normally wouldn't have.

EDIT: Discovered that Letterman, Ferguson, and Kimmel were in reruns this week, which means that they were lower (and their competition higher) than normal.

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I'd like to see Fallon's numbers for other weeks. I'm not foolish enough to think that whoever I like is who the rest of America likes, but I absolutely do not understand the hate I see directed at Fallon on this board. Personally I'm not surprised to see that he's pretty handily beating Craig Ferguson. The lead-in from Leno obviously helps, but he's also had decent guests, and his show is very quickly turning into a catalog of fantastic must-see live hip-hop musical performances. The Roots are untouchable. Everything they touch seems to turn to gold. The jokes in his monologue often fall flat, but everything after that is usually pretty entertaining. Slow Jam The News is my favorite monologue bit EVER.

I don't talk to anyone else about him so I don't know how other people/friends feel about him. What I DO know is he's one of the like top 10 most followed people on twitter (over a million followers last I checked). So there are at least a few people out there that don't hate him as much as people on here.

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My dislike of Fallon comes from the fact that he sounds winded not even three jokes into his monologue - it often sounds like he's gasping for air. He hardly enunciates his words, but all in all, a lot of his stuff just isn't funny.

It's really bizarre, because I liked him on SNL.




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Oh, man, are these ratings hard to find. The only way you find out about late night ratings are if a network does a press release about it, and they only do that if there's something good to say.

But I did find information from the May sweeps this year (April 23rd to May 20th).


Show R18-49 V18-49 V25-54 TotalV
Leno 1.4 1.85 2.19 5.15
Letterman 1.0 1.42 1.71 3.84
Nightline 1.0 1.43 1.71 3.89
Kimmel 0.6 1.7
Fallon 0.7 1.9
Ferguson 0.6 1.9
Carson Daly 0.4 1.1

The first number is a rating (percentage of the audience), the rest are simply viewers in each category (in millions).

So we'll call Fallon and Ferguson a tie for now. Obviously will be interesting to see how Fallon's numbers look next week with Conan as his new lead-in.
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    Originally posted by Oliver
    My dislike of Fallon comes from the fact that he sounds winded not even three jokes into his monologue - it often sounds like he's gasping for air. He hardly enunciates his words, but all in all, a lot of his stuff just isn't funny.


Agreed. He's not even remotely funny nor entertaining.



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    Originally posted by JustinShapiro
    I don't think David Letterman would've allowed it.


It would be nice if they would finally bury the hatchet.




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    Originally posted by Leroy
      Originally posted by JustinShapiro
      I don't think David Letterman would've allowed it.


    It would be nice if they would finally bury the hatchet.
Before they announced Jay moving to primetime, Dave said he wanted Leno as a guest, to do just that.



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