There were 11.3 million people who tuned in to watch ‘The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,’ making it the second biggest audience for the show since May 2009.
Social media was all a-twitter with an outpouring of a lion’s share of love for the new host. Fallon may undoubtedly be the hippest host to join such an elite and legendary group of 'Tonight Show' generals (Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brian and Jay Leno). The Brooklyn native, known for his sly comedic antics, is probably still pinching himself for landing such a plum job. And how cool is it for him to bring ‘Tonight’ back to New York after 42 years.
It’s anyone’s guess how many ‘Saturday Night Light’ alumni will drop by. So far, Tiny Fey and Tracey Morgan already have. And the cameo appearances were more than star-studded: Robert De Niro, Joe Namath, Rudy Giuliani, Mariah Carey, Tracy Morgan, Joan Rivers, Kim Kardashian, Seth Rogen, Lindsay Lohan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mike Tyson, Lady Gaga and Stephen Colbert. Incidentally, Joan Rivers made her first appearance on ‘Tonight’ 49-years earlier to the day and had not been back since 1987 after Johnny Carson banished her for jumping ship to Fox to start her own late show.
Fallon took time out to poke fun at the Olympics. Bob Costas was sidelined for a several days due to a bout with pinkeye. “You could tell he was having trouble when he spent half-an hour interviewing a mop he thought was Shaw White,” Fallon joked.
The new host of late night TV also switched dance partners on us. Maybe one day Fallon, Justin Timberlake and Will Smith will perform as a trio. That should be fun to watch.
Here’s to Jimmy Fallon…the toast of New York.