It is interesting to see how late night television is changing. People are impressed with the way that Jimmy Fallon has made an awesome transition from SNL to late night television. He has been a true late night sensation that has become very important in the television scene. Still, Fallon is not at the top when it comes to seasons ratings because he got trumped by Stephen Colbert during the 2017 season. Much of this has to do with the great amount of talk about the Donald Trump campaign and presidency.
It appears that the American public just cannot get enough of the antics of Donald Trump. So many comedians and late night talk show hosts have made a habit of putting material together for Trump jokes, and this has allowed Colbert to win a big crowd. He may have been struggling with “The Colbert Report” before he came into late night television, but he has certainly because a lot more masterful in keeping his audience engaged with his new late night show format. There is a lot of praise for the work that he has been doing, and few people thought that he would be able to beat Jimmy Fallon in ratings.
To be fair, Colbert attracts a crowd of older adults. The playing field has been leveled with the addition of Stephen Colbert. Jimmy Fallon, with his diverse paint, The Roots, would play a big part in attracting a millennial crowd. It would be up to someone like Stephen Colbert to show up and build a late night platform that would appeal to an older crowd. He has been able to do this successfully, and it appears that Jimmy Fallon has competition. Late night television has officially been shaken up, and Stephen Colbert has been doing the shaking.