Late-night viewers love Jimmy Fallon the most, and nobody is a close second

21 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

CBS’ “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” Scores Post-Super Bowl Slot.

That’s a rough translation of The Hollywood Reporter’s , released this week. E! reports, “A special live edition of Colbert’s late night show will broadcast from the Ed Sullivan Theater in NY City immediately following the biggest TV event of the year on Sunday, February 7, 2016, the network revealed on Wednesday”.

The survey, conducted by Penn, Schoen & Berland, comes five years after the entertainment glossy first polled viewers about a very different late-night lineup that included Jay Leno, David Letterman and Jon Stewart. A whopping 47 percent of the viewers polled said they would opt for The Tonight Show, which Fallon took over in February of last year, if all of the late-night shows aired at the same time. Ratings-wise, while the six month old “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” has been receiving positive reviews, it hasn’t yet succeeded in overtaking Jimmy Fallon’s 3.8 million viewers with its 3.2 million viewers a night. And speaking to Stephen Colbert on Tuesday’s edition of The Late Show, Ansari continued the conversation with a few pointed barbs directed at Colbert, the CBS network, and the state of late-night television in general. The last time a network aired something other than a scripted or reality show after the Super Bowl was way back in 1992 when CBS aired special installments of newsmagazines 60 Minutes and 48 Hours.

From Donald Trump’s election campaigns to viral memes of customers cribbing about Starbucks not giving them special Christmassy cups, everything becomes a talking point. There aren’t many earth-shattering revelations in this year’s survey – Fallon’s dominance has held strong even after the much-hyped Late Show debut of Stephen Colbert – but it’s an interesting look into what each host brings to the table. The network pulled in 38.7 million viewers when it followed the 2010 Super Bowl with the premiere of Undercover Boss, which is the highest post-game figure in the last ten years.

Fallon has a broader appeal in many respects – he was more popular with women than any other host and was the top pick when viewers were asked who they’d want to grab a beer with. A year ago NBC aired “The Blacklist” after Super Bowl XLIX, but the regular episode that aired a mere four days after still cratered in a new Thursday timeslot.

Viewers were more likely to associate the words “authentic,” “cool dude” and “party animal” with the Saturday Night Live alum, than with Kimmel or Colbert. It should be noted that Kimmel’s Tuesday’s night show did not count towards the average due to Election Day coverage and he aired a rerun against Colbert on Friday. Its audience has increased +20% to 3.29 million viewers, and is up +200% in adults 18-34, +60% in adults 18-49 and +43% in adults 25-54, compared to previous year. For instance, the Bond star was a sport and starred in a spoof video with Stephen that unfolded in a car rental shop, where Bond comes rushing in desperate for a car to protect himself from a group of assassins! The conversation offered some exciting perspectives on creativity in art; with Stephen talking about how fear is necessary for him to perform and Elizabeth adding that one has to finally transcend that fear to fully tap one’s creative potential.

Thursday night, he lambasted Republicans for more than five minutes after the House passed legislation calling for more stringent oversight on refugees coming to the U.S. from Syria and Iraq. So when I heard that Brian Greene, a Professor of Physics and Mathematics at Columbia University, would be on the show to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the General Theory of Relativity, I raised my eyebrows. “So much for entertainment!” I cribbed. He explained it through the example of how weightless a man feels falling off a roof. “Happy…yay!” Stephen responded, as the audience roared with laughter. And, he enacts silly skits with senior comedians like John Cleese; where the two made digs at dictators by sporting funny hats and by comparing whose is more powerful.

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