The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon has been renewed for five more years. This is a long term commitment made by NBC to the host than the network has previously revealed.
NBCUniversal Television and Streaming chairman, Susan Rovner confirmed the news of the renewal during the upfront presentation of NBCUniversal. She noted that her opening conversation was with “Today” anchor, Hoda Kotb. The chairman did not explain any further on the Fallon renewal.
Susan shared that NBCUniversal is working fast to curate content for its linear and streaming platforms. The company went through some major change last fall when Susan signed on to lead content operations after more than 20 years as one of the top creative executives at Warner Bros. TV.
The chairman shared that NBCU’s new TV content group has ordered 80 new series and special events. As per reports, the renewal of the Tonight Show was completed some time ago. The Tonight Show has fallen behind CBS’ The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live when it comes to total viewership. Despite that, the Tonight Show has been such a part of the fabric of NBC that its renewal was not in doubt. Neither is the host chair going anywhere except with Jimmy.
The show’s long-term renewal came around the time that the show saw a shuffle of showrunners last November. This was when longtime staffer, Jamie Granet-Bederman took the place of Gavin Purcell. Jamie taking the baton was a sign that Jimmy and Tonight Show were going to stay. The show met with some challenges when outsider producers were being brought in to lead efforts. NBC previously assigned news and sports veteran Jim Bell to help steer the show in 2018 the wake of “Tonight” slipping behind CBS’ “Late Show.”