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Fallon's 'Tonight' debut draws 11.3 million viewers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jimmy Fallon's start as host of "The Tonight Show" is a ratings winner for NBC.

Nielsen company figures released Tuesday show 11.3 million people tuned in to watch Fallon's New York debut on Monday night.

It was the second-biggest audience for "Tonight" since May 2009, when Jay Leno stepped down for Conan O'Brien's brief run as host.

Fallon's "Tonight" debut fell short of the 14.6 million who tuned in Feb. 6 to see Leno sign off, again, after 22 years as host in Burbank.

Enjoying a post-Winter Olympics time slot, Fallon drew 2 million-plus viewers more than O'Brien's June 2009 "Tonight" opening audience of nearly 9.2 million.

NBC says Fallon's "Tonight" debut, with guests Will Smith and U2, was up 71 percent over his Feb. 6 "Late Night" farewell's audience of 6.6 million.

TV Guide Weighs In On Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show' Debut

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dlrgpv March 13 2014 at 3:00 PM

I was disappointed the the best first guest he could get was Will -yawn- Smith, didn't watch the show but did see the you tube of the stars that paid up a bet, that was the one part I liked.
Also, I am very disappointed to hear that NBC threatens stars to come to that show first or not get on at all......they did that years ago with Johnny Carson and again when Letterman switched tv channels to work on- NBC IS A BUNCH OF LOOSERS. I don't like most of their boring shows and now that I hear theyre acting like bullies, again, I won't ever watch the tonite show again.

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jmpisces28 March 01 2014 at 10:38 PM

I wish him well. Give other peopletime to adjust!! :)

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maxineprovince February 22 2014 at 4:29 PM

I love Jimmy Fallon's Tonight show. I am 80-years-old and have a little earlier bedtime, but I record the Tonight show. (I am a fan of Jay Leno, too.) My 16-year-old grandson came in yesterday as I was watching the show. He laughed as much as I did. We particularly loved the dance with Will Smith! I must admit that I "protected" that show. Too funny to delete!

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chevycollector55 February 21 2014 at 12:27 AM

Fallon is no Jay & i don't do stupid,

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Sekinu2 February 20 2014 at 4:59 PM

Im not sure thats really a win though. He drew less then Leno but more then Conan but had the after Olympic spot to do that. Take away those Olympic views and those to see him out of curiousity and the number not looking to good. I like him but I cant declare him stable in any way yet. The first show wasnt that good really.

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jabagent1 February 20 2014 at 1:30 PM

I LOVE JIMMY FALLON; I Understand that he is not for all; but YOU HAVE TO GIVE HIM A CHANCE! tThey are all great hosts, just different! JIMMY FALLON is also an ENTERTAINER, not just an interviewer, so he gives you a variety type show. GOOD LUCK JIMMY!!

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Glenn February 20 2014 at 11:53 AM

He's not a Carson or Leno, more of a Steve Allen, (goofball). I have switched to Kimmel and Letterman.

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Rita Hayward February 20 2014 at 11:15 AM

I see that he continues to have those childish games and silly voice changes. I have given him a chance, but had to turn to another station. He just isn't funny and is not a good interviewer. I feel if he had better interview skills then he might be able to let go of the dumb skits, games, etc.

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pharrmoors February 20 2014 at 10:42 AM

I watched the first Fallon show but will not watch again. His humer is shallow, juvenile and leans to the hip hop culture, which does not resonate with me. I think he seems to be trying to speak to that demographic, with his back up band's music, his first guest and the hip hop dance skit. Not at all interesting to me. I also wonder how he will treat political humer regarding the current administration, but I will not watch to find out. I'd rather be sleeping.

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selma February 20 2014 at 12:06 PM

I agree

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Sekinu2 February 20 2014 at 5:01 PM

It wasnt a great show but he is appealing to the target audience of 18-40 which yes his band the Roots are world renowed and very famous and liked by millions.This will not really appeal to to many in the 50s and up unless they are SNL fans

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michael6179 February 20 2014 at 10:37 AM

Johnny Carsons last show had an estimated 50 million viewers....There will NEVER be another Johnny Carson.

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dlrgpv March 13 2014 at 3:06 PM

I am tired of everyone acting like Johnny Carson was so amazing, he did the same boring skits over and over and the only saving grace for him was his show was put on when most of us were in hotels and motels and needed 'background' noise. Also, Jay Leno stunk, I dd not watch one show of his because I don't like what he did to both Letterman and Conan and NBC threatened celebreties to come on the show or never be on ever. If you have a talent and a good show people will watch it without threats.

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