For the third straight year, Jimmy Fallon has a new top producer on “Tonight Show”.
NBC late-night show Jamie Granet-Bederman, a longtime producer, will take over as Schrunner, the network announced on Monday. Gavin Purcell, who worked as a listener since late last year, will return with Universal Television, a subsidiary of NBCUniversal, according to the network.
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” drops to third place among the once-unthinkable prospect for the NBC Institute, a late-night talk show at 11:30 p.m. Mr. Falone shows both ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and – by a wide margin – CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” among total viewers and adults under 50, a category that is of significant interest to advertisers .
The timing of the move – one day before the presidential election – caught the attention of most of the television industry. Mr. Fallon, once a late-night ratings king, has seen His ratings slide Since President Trump’s inauguration in 2017. Over the past four years, late-night audiences have clearly paid attention to Mr. Colon’s Mr. Fawn-and-Games approach to Trump’s monologue.
NBC officials hope that the election – no matter what – may shake the scenario at 11:30 p.m.
Whoever is at the White House next year, the network is pasted by its 11:30 pm host. Since 2014, “Tonight Show” host Mr. Fallon told his staff on Monday that he had signed a contract extension, according to three people with knowledge of the conversation who spoke on condition of anonymity. He had a previous deal At the end of 2021. (NBC declined to comment.)
As “The Tonight Show” has attracted audiences in recent years, Mr. Fallon has cycled through various audiences. In October 2018, longtime NBC executive Jim Bell conducted the show, Gerard Bradford, Mike DeKenzo and Katie Hockmeyer replace wins. A year later, Mr. Bell left the company and Mr. Purcell took over, However, the network made it clear that it would only do so on an interim basis.
New episodes of the scripted series aired late due to an epidemic of coronavirus virus, with broadcast networks rating lower this year. And over the past six weeks, late-night shows, without strong lead-ins and cheers from the studio audience have attracted younger audiences.
Since the end of September, Mr. Colbert has averaged 2.9 million viewers. He averaged 3.5 million this time last year. The recent averages of Mr. Fallon (1.5 million) and Mr. Kimmel (1.7 million) are almost two million fewer than the previous year’s general audience. NBC has pointed to Mr. Falon’s success through digital channels, particularly YouTube and Facebook.
All late-night shows have to be epidemic-friendly. They closed their studios in the spring, and aired from the host house. In recent months, he has returned to his studio, but without an audience.
Ms. Granet-Bederman has been a producer with Mr. Fallon since 2009 and was recently in charge of booking her guests. As part of the change, NBC said on Monday that Neda Svice, the former lead writer of “The Tonight Show”, will serve as a co-listener.
Ms. Swiss will not last long. The network said she would leave early next year as she has sitcoms in development at ABC and CBS.