NBC renews 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Late Night with Jimmy Fallon has been renewed for a third season.

Fallon was quietly re-signed earlier this year with a deal that extends his gig on the late-night series through early 2012. (Fallon’s pickups are “off cycle” since he took over the show midseason in 2009.)

The move keeps NBC’s ratings-topping late-night lineup intact for next season: The network recently renewed Last Call with Carson Daly, while Jay Leno will continue on The Tonight Show.

Fallon grew his ratings 16 percent this year to average 1.8 million viewers, while holding steady with a 0.6 in the adult demo. Plus, he’s widened his lead in both measures over rival CBS’ The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. And Fallon’s hosting of the Emmy Awards back in August delivered the show’s biggest viewership since 2006 — who can forget that Glee-inspired cold open:

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  • Gretchen

    I was skeptical when they decided to have Jimmy replace Conan, but he has KILLED it. I actually, dare I say, enjoy him more than Conan right now. He recent ep w/ Amy Poehler and Tiger Woods had me laughing the entire ep (reaired last night).

    • LOL

      Jimmy’s show just keeps getting better. NBC should learn from this. If you give something time it can improve.

    • TJ. Church

      Jimmy doesn’t kill; His viewers’ brains are dead.

      • Victoria

        I love him, way better than Conan, and MonogamyDate was amazing

      • Sorry but no

        You can’t even compare Conan to Fallon; they each have their own brand of humor. Jimmy relies on stupid games involving the audience every night and Conan just has a random and weird humor that not everyone understands. While I like what Jimmy’s version of Late Night has become, Conan’s interpretation, in my opinion, is miles above it. When I tuned into Late Night with Conan, I didn’t know what to expect. When I tune into Late Night With Jimmy, I know I will see at least one mention of the iPhone or Apple, a game show bit, something that calls back to the ’80s, etc.

  • Nathan

    Fallon deserves it, he’s a cool guy and has really become a terrific late night host. Having The Roots as your house band never hurts either.

    • JackieB

      Agree with everything you said. He’s a nice guy, he’s hilarious, and he loves to laugh WITH his guests. Plus he makes his guests look cool. The Roots are the epitome of cool. LOVE this show.

  • maiv

    It was a bit rough for him at first, but he has definitely become one of the most charming late night hosts.

    • mickey

      I agree. Jimmy has just gotten better and better. He’s by far my favorite late night host now. I also think he’d be the perfect host for the Tonight Show when Jay does decide to retire on his own without being pushed out.

  • Tom

    He began pretty slowly but he’s really come into his own with an inventive and enjoyable show- much like Late Night With Conan O’Brien started out as I hear

  • Felix

    I stopped watching Jimmy, too many anti Obama rants. I want to be entertained and get away from the politics.

    • chuck

      You liberals have serious issues. These guys used to tear Bush apart every night. I guess it didn’t bother you then. Liberals are more intolerant than anything, and you exhibit 1.

      I liked Bush, and I also enjoyed people making fun of him, cus he’s human. You and ur messiah on the other hand have serious issues. That’s why he gets mad whenever people challenge him. He’s not perfect, and at the moment after his misadventure in Libya, I dare say Bush is looking awesome.

  • Dave

    I think he had a rough start, but he’s definitely grown as a host. He has become really good. I usually flip back and forth between him and CraigyFerg.

  • Val

    I think Jimmy is great.

  • heaven

    good show, just wish he would stop shoving apple products down people throats

    • JackieB

      He only does that during a special technology guest spot. And guess what, because of him I got my first Macbook and my life is SO much easier with it.

  • Pittner

    I still don’t think he’s that good. Nice guy, but just not funny in my opinion.

  • Rt

    good sketches, awful monologue and interviews

    • Soozn

      Rt, I wouldn’t say his monologues are “awful” but they are the weakest part of the show. He only does 10 mono jokes a night (I believe Wayne Federman is his head mono writer) so it doesn’t take long to get to the rest of the show. I think his interviews, though, are charming. He’s not pompous like Letterman and not patronizing like Leno. The best interviews, I think, are the ones he does with friends and former SNL-ers where he’s more relaxed. You can totally feel his genuine excitement and enthusiasm during any of his interviews, which is a nice change from other shows. He just brings a new style to late night which may not be for everyone but it’s nice to have someone young doing new things.

      • Sean

        How can anyone watch his interviews
        with all those oh gosh and ass kissing is beyond me. That “genuine excitement and enthusiasm during any of his interviews” comes off extremely fake to me.

      • @Sean

        At least he’s better than Letterman who knows nothing about his guests. He’s always completely clueless about their current projects.

      • Krys

        I love his interviews and how much he actually gives a crap about his guests. Yes, his excitement is genuine. Anyone who knows him can tell you he’s a genuine, nice guy to pretty much everyone.

      • Wade

        Just because something is genuine doesn’t make it appealing. The pain you feel during a root canal is genuine. I would not question the legitimacy of his enthusiasm and geniality with his guests, but it ain’t entertainment. I’ve met any number of nice, boring people. I wouldn’t give any of them TV shows, either.

  • Soozn

    Jimmy Fallon has become my favorite late night host; I’ve come to prefer him over all the others, no matter their time slot. He’s really changing the format and style of what late night shows are and can be. I mean, where else can you see Betty White play Beer Pong or Tiger Woods and Amy Poehler play video games together? Bottom line, the show is FUNNY and Jimmy makes a fantastic host. It’s always fun to watch.

    • JackieB

      100% agree. I am actually sad when he goes on vacation and there’s no Fallon on my DVR.

    • Pittner

      They have stars play those games because it saves us from more of Fallon’s unfunny comedy.

  • janiejones

    A little ruff in the beginning,but since the Emmys he’s found his stride with the music parodies.Amazing he got Paul Mc Cartney and Springsteen to go along!

  • DanOregon

    The show has come a long way – but you wonder about the short-term deal. Makes me think Comcast might be willing to tinker with the late night line-up.

  • SavannahSP

    Best late night show on tv. Heck, best show on tv. Jimmy is an amazing host. Perfect man.

    • Raden

      RElax and enjoy the Meltdown of the New Millenium as it unfolds bfreoe your eyes. Mainstream America all races and creeds are taking note of this and they are not happy campers. Pass the popcorn

  • Shadow

    Jimmy is way better than Leno. I say they should put Jimmy on the first time slot and push down Leno for second.

    • Penny

      Really? You want to go through that debacle again? No thanks. Leave everything as it is, this is why we have DVRs so people can watch shows whenever they want.

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