NBC this morning announced Jimmy Fallon’s first full week of guests on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Fallon is bringing the network’s late-night franchise back to New York City next week. The lineup for premiere week includes the previously announced Will Smith and U2 on the first night Monday, February 17, and Michelle Obama on Thursday.
Monday, Feb. 17: Guest Will Smith and musical guest U2.
Tuesday, Feb. 18: Guests Jerry Seinfeld, Kristen Wiig and musical guest Lady Gaga.
Wednesday, Feb. 19: Guest Bradley Cooper and musical guest Tim McGraw.
Thursday, Feb. 20: Guests First Lady Michelle Obama, Will Ferrell and musical guest Arcade Fire.
Friday, Feb. 21: Guest Justin Timberlake.
Fallon wound up his tenure as host of the network’s Late Night on a high note. The final episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon drew 6.6 million viewers, its largest audience ever. In an encouraging sign for Fallon‘s prospects at The Tonight Show, he delivered the largest viewership for the Late Night franchise since the final show of David Letterman on June 25, 1993 (7.5 million). Fallon outdrew every episode of his predecessor, Conan O’Brien. In adults 18-49, the final Late Night With Jimmy Fallon posted a 2.2 rating, the highest ever for a regularly scheduled episode and the second highest behind the special post-Super Bowl show in 2005 (2.5), which also held Late Night With Jimmy Fallon‘s previous viewership record with 6.1 million.
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