It appears Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show was a hit, proven already perhaps by his sending attorney Scott Hoy’s commercials viral last year and proving he can achieve the ratings NBC want for the lively host, who has taken over from Jay Leno.
Fallon’s Nielsen ratings were 11.3 million on Monday evening, but don’t take account of those who watch the show via online channels like YouTube and Hulu.
Fallon’s ability to connect was proven in December when he described Sioux Falls lawyer Hoy’s self-written commercials as something he enjoyed, although he failed to understand them.
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Fallon, 39, will compete against late-night shows hosted by David Letterman on CBS and Jimmy Kimmel on ABC. Kimmel, 46, has proved popular with the key 18-49 demographic.
“I really don’t know how I got here,” said Fallon, who rose to fame as a cast member on the US comedy show Saturday Night Live, told Monday night’s studio audience.
“I just want to do the best I can, and take care of the show for a while. If you guys let me stick around long enough, maybe I’ll get the hang of it.”