Colbert may have more viewers, but Fallon can still edge him out in the Electoral College if he works on his ground game and drives up turnout.
Joking aside, I wonder if anyone actually watches all of the late night talk shows. Do most people just watch one or two or are there people who watch every single one?
I only watch Colbert for his monologues. Everything else unless its someone I like is just meh. He's just really not the strongest interviewer unless its someone he connects with.
If Colbert would just get the celebrity interviews right, he could solidify these leads. I don't know why but Colbert's *celebrity* interviews are so awkward and boring.
Politics aside, I actually don't really care for either. Both shows are just so bland and predictable. Fallon will play a dumb game, Colbert will say Trump is dumb. That's it. Every night. At least Conan still does new and exciting things on his show, with his Conan Travels shows and various, bizarre skits.
I dunno, I get its a formula, and it always has been, but late night just sort of sucks and I think most people who I talk to who "watch" these shows are really just viewing clips on Youtube the day, or a few days, after it airs. I have to watch the full shows, every Monday, Tues. and Wednesday for my job. When you watch the whole thing, they're really tedious.
There's a great documentary on HBO of Garry Shandling who turned down the Tonight Show when Johnny retired. He did not want to sit through the daily routine of putting out mediocrity and opted to create the Larry Sanders Show which turned out to be a classic. Conan definitely has similar goals since Garry was a huge influence.
I'd enjoy Colbert more if they turned off the music guy's microphone. His commentary adds nothing, it's like they took a random guy off the street and asked him to try and co-host with Colbert and the guy doesn't know what to say so he just goes "ha yeah" or "woo cold blooded!" or "aaahh. *ah. ah. ah. ah. ah.*"