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Jimmy Fallon’s ratings are slipping, and the New York Times has suggested that it’s because the late-night host does not sharply criticize President Donald Trump.
The Times reported Tuesday that the ratings for “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” are down 21 percent year-over-year since the debut of the 2017 fall season in September.
“Ten months after Inauguration Day, the trend is holding: For late-night hosts, being sharply critical of President Trump is a winning strategy,” Times writer John Koblin wrote, basing his findings on recent November sweeps in the Nielsen ratings. “And that is bad news for ‘The Tonight Show.'”
According to the report, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” whose namesake host has targeted Trump nightly over the last year — often in obscene, expletive-laden rants — assumed the top ratings position in February, and his show’s trajectory has continued on an upward climb ever since.