One day after Stephen Colbert won his first season-long victory over Fallon in the coveted 18-49 demographic, Page Six is reporting there is trouble behind the scenes of The Tonight Show. Fallon's longtime executive producer Katie Hockmeyer -- who has been with Fallon since his Late Night debut in 2009 -- is "suddenly and mysteriously out" of her job, Page Six reports. Meanwhile, Page Six reports showrunner Jim Bell is frustrated because he's trying to reinvent Fallon and his show but their boss, SNL legend Lorne Michaels, is "stuck in the past." Bell, the former executive producer of the Today show, was hired last October to "ape Colbert," whose Late Show problems were solved with CBS' hiring of former CBS This Morning executive producer Chris Licht to manage the day-to-day operations of The Late Show. In Bell's seven months, Fallon has done more political humor and outside-the-studio specials, like the Hamilton special in Puerto Rico with Lin-Manuel Miranda. But Fallon's total viewership of 2.4 million is now closer to Jimmy Kimmel Live!'s 2 million than Stephen Colbert's 3.8 million. And for the first time, Colbert narrowly topped Fallon in the all-important 18-49 demo. This season, Fallon's demo viewership nosedived 22%, compared to a 12% decline for Colbert and 18% for Kimmel.
TOPICS: Jimmy Fallon, CBS, NBC, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jim Bell, Katie Hockmeyer, Lorne Michaels, Stephen Colbert, Late Night, Ratings