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Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is an Americanmarker late-night talk show hosted by Jimmy Fallon on NBC. The show premiered on March 2, 2009, as the third incarnation of the Late Night franchise originated by David Letterman.

The program aired weeknights at 12:35am Eastern/11:35pm Central in the United States. Former host Conan O'Brien departed on February 20 to begin preparations for The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien.


The show began with the opening sequence as Steve Higgins announces that night's guests and "the legendary Roots crew". Just before Higgins introduces Fallon, the camera cuts to a shot of The Roots, where drummer Questlove shouts three numbers symbolizing the episode number of "Late Night" (though on some occasions, Questlove has been known to say other things -- for example, after the Philadelphia Phillies lost to the New York Yankees in the 2009 World Series, Questlove said "No comment." The Roots had previously worn Phillies merchandise in support of the team). Or have said "Happy Birthday" to whoever has a birthday that day. But on September 18, 2009 which was show #114 that night the band had said 11435 as it was Jimmy's birthday that Saturday when he turns 35 years old. Higgins then introduces Fallon, who begins his nightly monologue. Fallon's monologue is usually short, followed by a brief comedy sketch, or alternatively, going over the night's guest and conversing with Higgins or members of The Roots.

After the show's first break, it returns and begins a comedy sketch. Mondays are usually reserved for the show's The Hills parody, 7th Floor West. Fridays are also reserved for Fallon to write thank you notes to figures that have given him material for the past week. He also typically has the entire crew of the show write letters home. Occasionally the show features extra skits such as "Wheel of Carpet Samples" or "Lick it for Ten".

After the sketch ends and a commercial break follows, the first guest will arrive. That guest will most often stay after the next break, and a second guest will enter after the show's fourth break. Once these interviews have been completed and the show has taken its fifth and final commercial break, the musical guest (or sometimes, a chef) will perform. Jimmy Fallon will return once the musical guest has finished and bid the viewers farewell. As credits roll, Fallon runs up and down the stairs of the studio giving high fives to the audience before exiting backstage.


Executive producer Lorne Michaels said he wanted Fallon to be the new host dating back to the day that Fallon left Saturday Night Live in 2004, which occurred only a few months before O'Brien's departure was announced. According to Michaels:

During the years between Fallon's SNL departure and the announcement that he would take over Late Night, Fallon concentrated on developing a feature film career, which Fallon himself said "really didn't work out that great."

Fallon was announced as O'Brien's replacement in May 2008; at the time of the announcement, he was scheduled to debut in June 2009.To help him prepare for his new Late Night host role, Michaels had Fallon perform stand-up comedy in clubs and create a series of webisodes. A behind-the-scenes vlog documenting preparations for the new show launched on December 8, 2008, with new episodes being posted weeknights at 12:30 a.m. ET.


The program originates from NBC Studio 6B in the GE Buildingmarker at 30 Rockefeller Centermarker in New York Citymarker, the original home of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, which was not the studio from which Late Night had been broadcast since 1982, but which had housed the WNBCmarker news studios since Carson had moved his show to Burbank, Californiamarker, in 1972. Fallon's house band is hip-hop band The Roots, and his announcer is Steve Higgins, a producer for Saturday Night Live. The show is produced by Lorne Michaels' Broadway Video in association with NBC's Universal Media Studios.

Fallon premiered on March 2, 2009, with Robert DeNiro, Justin Timberlake and Van Morrison appearing as his guests. Former Late Night host Conan O'Brien also made a cameo appearance.


Debut episode

The debut episode received mixed reviews and was considered to have "arrived needing plenty of work."Critics noted that Jimmy Fallon was understandably nervous, but "remains nothing if not personable."Interaction with the show's house band, The Roots was applauded and it was noted that "a bit in which Fallon sang a "slow jam" version of the news succeeded, in large part, thanks to Roots' typically taut playing and singer Tariq 'Black Thought' Trotter's impeccable voice and surprisingly good comic timing." Critics commented that "the late-night role seems on the face of it a good fit" for Jimmy Fallon and that "this is a form that develops in the fullness of time, as chances are taken and limits tested and you learn the things you can learn only in the doing, night after night." The series as whole so far has scored a 49/100 on Metacritic, and viewers scoring it at a 4.0/10.


Despite cautious reviews, the show was a ratings favorite during its premiere week. The show outperformed its main competitor, CBS's The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, by half a million viewers. Fallon also managed a higher viewer total than his predecessor, Conan O'Brien. Conan O' Brien's new show The Tonight Show with Conan O' Brien attracted more viewers than Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Fallon's total viewer count was 21% higher than Conan O'Brien's 1,991,000 Late Night average this season. Fallon maintained his lead over Ferguson until the night of March 16 when The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson attracted a larger audience (1.47 vs. 1.27 million viewers).

For the week July 27-July 31, 2009, Late Night was the ratings leader with a 17 percent lead in adults 18-49 and a 42 percent lead with adults 18-34. Since the show aired on March 2, Fallon has ranked number one or tied Ferguson in these demographics on 97/100 nights. As of July 30, 2009, Ferguson leads Late Night in total viewers by a 25 percent margin, and eventually by November 13, 2009 overtook Fallon in the 18-49 demographic, according to Entertainment Weekly.

International broadcasts

Country TV Network(s) Weekly Schedule (local time)
Australia The Comedy Channel Weeknights 12.00am
Arab World Super Comedy Weeknights 10.00pm
Canadamarker A Weeknights 11.30pm
Camada Star!marker Weekdays 4pm

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