Ratings Wise, “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” Continues Ascent and Colbert Now Edging Out Fallon
Holding the Trump Administration’s feet to the fire is finally taking precedence over non-topical games.
Since her debut on TBS, Samantha Bee has almost tripled her ratings with her weekly show “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”. Though trailing Fallon and The Tonight Show since taking over The Late Show from David Letterman, Stephen Colbert has taken a slight nightly ratings lead over Jimmy in these recent weeks after Trump’s inauguration and the whirlwind insanity of executive orders, overturned bans, resignations, etc. have dominated the news. Stephen has not wavered in taking Trump to task and didn’t jostle his hair when Trump went on The Late Show.
That being said, The Tonight Show has got a bit edgier recently with having Jo Firestone play Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
Additionally, there seem to be an uptick in Colbert dropping F-bombs in the opening monologue as an appropriate expression of his feelings about what’s going on in The White House. There might not be a correlation with the new ratings lead, but it’s a shift in tactics from when Stephen used to just make fun of sidestepping explicit language because of being on CBS at 11:35PM.
Going forward, Bee will undoubtedly get more latitude to do even more of what she wants and Colbert might just increase his lead with being a more defiant Colbert. We’re sure that’s the Colbert that will be hosting when The Late Show goes live after the February 28th Trump address to Congress.
HBO and Netflix Wise Up By Dropping Live/Same Day Ratings and Notifying of Expiring Titles, Respectively
Every day, TV/movies and the Internet come closer and closer to becoming one. There are signs of this shift everywhere.
Most recently, HBO has announced that it will only use Nielsen’s Live Plus 7 measure which encompasses the rating for a TV show right when it airs all the way to 7 days after (via Variety). The amount of people that watch their favorite HBO shows like Veep and Silicon Valley on their DVR or on HBOGO grows everyday.
Online streaming giant Netflix is also stepping up its game, which, already, is changing the dynamic of how Hollywood works with the likes of Amazon, Hulu, etc.. Titles of TV series and films that aren’t original Netflix productions often have a finite time to be streamed on Netflix. Notifications of what and when those shows and movies would disappear were scarce, but with a “Last Call” section of a newsletter that Netflix sends out. they’ll be doing away with that problem altogether (via The AV Club). If, for some reason, The Office was to no longer be available to stream via Netflix, you’d know a month ahead of time.
Soon, there will likely be no separation between your favorite comedy web series and comedy TV series.
Nikki Glaser Is Investigating Comedy Central’s Core Demographic by Crashing on a Couch
To further tap into the zeitgeist, Comedy Central is doing some “investigating” of their core demographic of young people.
More specifically, they’re sending the very funny Nikki Glaser and her producer Emmy Blotnick to a house full of young, creative types to crash on their couch and gather data, however that’s supposed to work. From that, they made a web series aptly called Comedians Crashing Couches.
Comedy Central’s “@midnight w/Chris Hardwick” Already Scoring Well in Ratings
Though the technical jargon of ratings shares from Nielsen can be more than a little cryptic (especially where exactly they’re coming from), it would seem that young people, “a key demo”, really love “@midnight w/Chris Hardwick” as it has beaten out The Daily Show and Colbert Report with that age group on a single night.
And, well, just take a look at some of the funniest people in Kristen Schaal Patton Oswalt, Nikki Glaser, Matt Braunger, Eugene Mirman, Doug Benson and more come up with lame comic book characters and awesome fake buzz feed lists to see what all these young people are so into.