Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show hits the ground running

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

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The Tonight Show is in good hands with Jimmy Fallon.

Jimmy Fallon officially took over The Tonight Show from former host Jay Leno on Monday, but rather than jumping into his trademark sarcasm, he was surprisingly kind and humble with a strong “nice-guy” vibe. Celebs aplenty made appearances, like comedians Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert, as well as A-list Hollywood stars like Robert De Niro and Will Smith (who was the night’s guest).

The band U2 performed on Monday, alongside the house band The Roots, and Fallon did a hilarious hip-hop dance history routine with Will Smith. By the second episode on Tuesday, Jimmy Fallon had not only achieved The Tonight Show’s best overnight ratings on a Tuesday in 7 years, he managed to top the combined ratings of rival talk shows Late Show with David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel Live.

After more than 40 years in Los Angeles, The Tonight Show has been moved back to New York, where it originally started in 1954. It’s also got a new twist on the name, because when Jay Leno took over in 1992, he renamed it The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, but Jimmy Fallon is calling his version The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Also, whereas Leno’s set was brightly colored and laid back, Fallon’s set is more formal, with a kind of upscale hotel lounge vibe.

Images courtesy of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Facebook.