Late night comedy has become America’s source for condescending political commentary (see LOL: Jimmy Kimmel Doesn’t Get Why People Don’t Like His Political Rants. Yes, Really…). People used to turn to late night to relieve anxiety-ridden insomnia caused by biased, dramatic, overly sensitive media. Except now they get Kimmel crying over healthcare. If Johnny Carson wasn’t already dead, Kimmel’s tears would’ve done him in. Via drowning.
For late night shows, the laughs aren’t there. Neither are the viewers:
Fallon still leads Colbert and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel in the 18–49 demographic by on average 90,000 viewers per night. But despite being the youngest late-night host, Fallon’s share of the 18–49 demographic dropped by 26 percent in the Fall.
All three networks have lost viewers in this area, according to the report, but Fallon’s drop was the most significant.
Everyone lost viewers. The report was not “Kimmel surges past Fallon!” or “Colbert BLASTS Fallon!” in the ratings. No, the race is who reaches the bottom last.
Ratings drops are common when, rather than telling jokes, you read DNC memos. Not even bothering to put them on cue cards. Just reading directly from the winkled fax.
These new ratings, even shittier than before, will not change the course for these titans of irrelevance. Blundering along the merry highway, dodging jokes like Michael Moore dodges Weight Watchers, they’ll likely double down after this report. If you think they’re unfunny now, wait until they get desperate. It’ll be like watching a line up of blue-haired feminists sporting swimwear for charity. Then crowdfunding a calendar for a vomitorium nearest you.