Data Holmes wrote:
the G-man wrote:
bigdaddy is correct, re: the Olympics.
NBC, rightly or (in my mind) wrongly assumes that Fallon will do significantly better than Leno in "the coveted 18-49 demographic."
In addition, Fallon has (unlike Conan at the time he took over TTS) the backing of Lorne Michaels, one of the most powerful people at the network.
Conan was very much supported by Lorne Michaels during the tonight show debacle…..
Not the way I recall it from reading "the War for Late Night."
IIRC, Conan had the option of bringing Lorne (who produced Late Night) with him as producer of the Tonight Show but went in a different direction. As a result, when the shit hit the fan over the ratings and Leno, he didn't have Lorne backing him up.
Fallon didn't make the same mistake.