NBC has inked a new deal extending the contract of one of the Peacock Network’s most important stars, Jimmy Fallon. The network locked down the “Tonight Show” host for six more years with a deal extending to fall 2021.
Entertainment Weekly reports that the network broke the news today at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.
Said NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt: “Jimmy Fallon is simply the best that there is, the most versatile star of a show anywhere in television in my opinion. ‘The Tonight Show’ has always been an institution, but he’s remade it into a destination for the largest audience anywhere in late night. He’s the face of NBC in a lot of ways and we’re thrilled he’s going to be hosting ‘The Tonight Show’ for many years to come.”
EW adds: “Since taking over ‘The Tonight Show’ in Feb. 2014, the late-night host averaged 3.8 million viewers overall in the 2014-2015 season, dominating the time period over ABC and CBS competition with a 79 percent margin of victory in adults 18-49, according to NBC.”