The Numbers for Jimmy Fallon’s first week as host of NBC’s “Tonight” Show are in, and he’s a hit. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Fallon averaged 8.5 million viewers per episode, nearly doubling the show’s to date average from the prior season. This made this past week the most watched week for the network since the show Cheers’ final week in 1993. He even got a boost on Friday’s show, which THR credits Justin Timberlake for.
That boost in ratings paid off big time for audiences that were eager to see something exciting. When Justin was introduced by Jimmy, the two launched into the performance of the 5th installment of their “History Of Rap” music montage skit before even saying two words to each other. It was the smash fans were waiting for, and it was live on “Tonight”’s You Tube channel before the actual broadcast was completed for the east coast. Since that posting, the clip alone has gotten well over 4 million views to date.
If we were gamblers, there’s a great chance we’d be just a bit richer today. We recently wrote an article about how Jimmy’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon show had such great music and pop culture influence, that we were certain the move to “Tonight” would create great opportunities for the music biz to do some cool stuff. Click here to check it out.
Although it didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out, many of you who viewed the show this week know we were right. Fallon’s “Tonight” debut week included great music moments from Lady Gaga, Tim McGraw, Justin, U2, and even Will Smith, who joined Fallon for “The evolution of Hip Hop dance” skit in the inaugural episode. We gave a complete breakdown of the moving music moments from episode 1 on Clizbeats. Click here to check them out and learn why we love them.
If you dig that, we know you’ll love when he was his own musical guest on the final episode of Late Night, that included him performing with The Muppets. Check it out by clicking here. Enjoy!
“History Of Rap Part 5″
From: The Tonight Show W/Jimmy Fallon