The Letterman/Leno Era Is Over

The success of Jimmy Kimmel (you know, next year’s Oscar host) in his move to the 11:35 time slot and the rumor that NBC will next year push Jay Leno aside for Jimmy Fallon prompts the following commentary in THR: ‘The hard truth of the cyclical nature of late-night is that Leno’s star is fading. He’ll keep his loyal audience, but the demo is where the ad dollars are, and there’s nothing like the allure of the next big thing, which is Kimmel, who’s been riding the zeitgeist long before his time-slot promotion. His success in that slot will not only hasten the end for Leno but likely Letterman as well.’

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