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Is NBC preparing for life after Jay Leno?

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Do not fall for it, Jimmy Fallon! This is how he ruined Conan!

A new report, which NBC has refuted but two high-level sources say is in fact happening, says that the Peacock is preparing for life without Jay Leno. The report says that NBC will announce in May that the 2013-2014 season will be Leno's last as host of The Tonight Show. 

The plan, as of now, is to move Jimmy Fallon up from his Late Night program and put him in the 11:35 hour, competing against David Letterman and the man that has reportedly caused this move, Jimmy Kimmel.

A Leno rep said that, "We do not speculate on rumor." However, Kimmel's success at ABC since moving up has cut into the younger audience. “The more time Jimmy Kimmel is in that slot, the more the young audience goes that way, the harder it is for Jimmy [Fallon] to keep that audience,” said a source with inside knowledge at NBC.

Leno's series still leads in the ratings amongst the three shows, but Kimmel's success in the 18-49 demo is apparently scaring the crap out of NBC. "Jay wins overall, but on any given night, it's neck-and-neck in 18-49. I understand where they might have fear and also feel that they own the solution [in Fallon]," said a source at NBC.

 


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Show:
- The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Person:
- Jay Leno
- Jimmy Fallon
- Jimmy Kimmel
Network:
- NBC

Written by: Hamatosan
Mar 2nd, 2013, 12:32 pm

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Message Posted On Mar 3rd, 2013, 2:42 am

Ferguson

Fallon

Leno

Letterman/Kimmel (all depends on who they have on)

 

I DVR so I watch all four usually - FF the commercials and stupid bits. 

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Message Posted On Mar 3rd, 2013, 2:01 am

I usually watch the first half of Conan & then Leno.

I don't think any of the late night host are all that particulary funny, but I'd put Fallon on the bottom so if this turns out to be true,  I think I'll watch 1/2 Conan then Arsenio, assuming Hall's still on the air. Either that or watch Chelsey and call it a night.

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