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Jimmy Fallon is the King of Late Night....For Now

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    Jimmy Fallon dominates late night television. There is no doubt about it. He ascended to number one shortly after taking over for Jay Leno and hasn't looked back. And the reason for that is because he is one of the funniest people on television.

    His uncanny ability to come up with bits that go viral in seconds while also having the interview skills that many legitimate journalists strive for is a one-two punch that has his rivals playing catch up. The only question remaining is whether his run as the king of late night will last when Stephen Colbert takes over the Late Show in September.

    I have a feeling that Fallon's numbers will remain high after Colbert takes over on CBS, but that doesn't mean that he will remain number one. Colbert will undoubtedly draw a spike in numbers from the get-go, but it remains to be seen if the 'Colbert Nation' will be as loyal to their heroine once he moves to CBS.

    What do you think? Will Fallon be able to retain his number one spot in late night shows after Colbert takes over for Letterman, or are his days numbered as the king of late night?
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    It'll be interesting to see what Colbert comes up with, skit wise. I am anxious to see if the genius of the Colbert Report was more on the staff or Colbert himself. Odds are it was both equally. But I think we will see more clearly once he comes to late night prime time.

    I think Colbert did so many great and unique things on Comedy Central (like 'The Word' segment, among dozens of others for example) that if he brings that kind of creativity to CBS, he can be #1 I think.

    That's how Fallon does it, by being creative and having more of a variety show. Well, Colbert is primed to run a variety show; he's already done it for years on CC, and won multiple Emmy's for his efforts. Plus, many fault Fallon for being too needy and trying to be way too likable. On the flip side, I think Colbert might be the perfect mix of being nice, and being a clever, smart ass.
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    NeoLogic Wrote: It'll be interesting to see what Colbert comes up with, skit wise. I am anxious to see if the genius of the Colbert Report was more on the staff or Colbert himself. Odds are it was both equally. But I think we will see more clearly once he comes to late night prime time.
    I agree. I am really excited about his takeover for Letterman, but I also am a bit worried that I am setting myself up for disappointment. I don't think he'll be able to get away with as much on CBS as he did on Comedy Central, but who knows? Maybe CBS offered him unrestricted artistic creativity. If that's the case then the sky is the limit. But if they micro manage and force him to change who he is as a comedian than I foresee a lot of people being really disappointed.
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    NeoLogic Wrote: That's how Fallon does it, by being creative and having more of a variety show. Well, Colbert is primed to run a variety show; he's already done it for years on CC, and won multiple Emmy's for his efforts. Plus, many fault Fallon for being too needy and trying to be way too likable. On the flip side, I think Colbert might be the perfect mix of being nice, and being a clever, smart ass.
    Those are interesting points. I agree that Fallon may try to hard, but he's still pretty damn funny. It'll be interesting to see how Colbert does with an hour long show. Doubling the air time is a tedious task, but I have no doubt that he's up for it. That's why I think that Fallon's numbers will remain high, but he may still lose his spot atop the throne.

    Colbert has a loyal following and if he is able to bring his viewers from Comedy Central over to his show while also earning the loyalty of the countless people who currently don't watch any late night show then Fallon's days at number one may be numbered.

    We are also in the up until recently uncharted territory of watching shows on demand. Who's to say that people won't watch both shows at their leisure? I can definitely envision watching both shows, and I'm part of the age demographic that CBS and NBC desperately want to attract. If the two channels make it easy for people to watch at their leisure then I can see both shows obtaining big ratings.
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    jarhead83 Wrote: We are also in the up until recently uncharted territory of watching shows on demand. Who's to say that people won't watch both shows at their leisure? I can definitely envision watching both shows, and I'm part of the age demographic that CBS and NBC desperately want to attract. If the two channels make it easy for people to watch at their leisure then I can see both shows obtaining big ratings.
    I definitely foresee myself watching both shows at my leisure because I like both of these guys. Modern technology is changing how we watch various shows and I am excited to see both of these guys on the air.

    I haven't watched many shows 'live' in years. On Demand TV and recording devices have made it easier than ever to watch shows that air at the same time. That's great because I'll never have to pick which show I want to watch because I can watch both Colbert and Fallon every night.