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Late-Night TV's Comedy King Is Not Who You Think

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PostThe Last Outlaw on Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:53 am


From The Hollywood Reporter

The Staff of The Hollywood Reporter wrote:

It used to be easy figuring out who was king of late night. In the olden days, you'd simply add up the number of people watching a show as it aired in real time. Today, that would give Stephen Colbert the title, with 3.8 million viewers a night. But TV these days, like so many things, is much more complicated.

In fact, for late-night shows, TV is practically becoming irrelevant. The real battle for eyeballs is online, where jokes and bits are viewed billions of times. "It does seem to be the future," notes Seth Meyers, whose Late Night gag about bringing Game of Thrones' Jon Snow to a party has racked up 15.3 million views, four times Colbert's real-time viewership. "So we might as well figure it out."

For The Daily Show's Trevor Noah, online clips are still a marketing gimmick — "It's like the Swedish meatballs at IKEA; it's not really what they're selling, but it gets people into the door," he says — but others see online as the writing on the wall.

"It's not that late night is changing, it's that the way people watch it is changing," says James Corden, whose Late Late Show clips on YouTube have been viewed an astonishing 3 billion times. "When Hugh Grant went on Jay Leno for his big apology [in 1995], it was huge in the ratings. But today, that clip would be watched millions and millions of times."

So, according to the new math, who is today's talk show king? Hint: it's not Colbert.


I guess the numbers don't lie.  As long as videos of these late night comedians are drawing numbers bigger than they do on regular TV, there's no getting around it.  

As much as I L-O-V-E LOVE Stephen Colbert's monologues, he is not the Undisputed King of Late Night TV.  That title belongs to none other than Jimmy Fallon... and all because of that one clip with he and Pop Princess Ariana Grande.  Colber needs to do something a bit drastic if he's gonna take the crown from Fallon, then send the others on their way too.  I put a poll up to gauge your opinion on the late night comics.  Who do you think is the KING... or QUEEN of Late Night.  One thing's for sure, it will keep us talking...and maybe even laughing.

Just saying.

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