Jimmy Fallon and The Tonight Show have had a big week on the west coast.
Fallon and his team have thought up every possible sketch and game to play during his week of LA shows, and they paid off in both ratings and social boosts.
True to his sketch comedy past and viral talents, Fallon had videos to appeal to every social follower and re-tweeter. Man-on-the-street interviews asked parents about their kids’ favorite Grammy artists and who they thought would win The Scooter Pole. The Terminator himself showed up for just a few seconds to throw to commercial. The Tonight Show teamed up with Sports Illustrated to unveil this year’s swimsuit edition cover, with the model appearing in person as an added bonus.
And that’s not even counting the videos below that racked up millions of views online in just a matter of hours. The Saved by the Bell reunion garnered almost 6 million views in just 12 hours and covered Facebook newsfeeds within minutes of it airing, and just five days later, the Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart lip sync battle counts more than 22.6 million views.
The Tonight Show have boosted its 18-49 Nielsen ratings just with the Monday-Wednesday shows by 40 percent, also making this week its highest-rated week since March 2014. The shows also beat out rivals Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Late Show with David Letterman.
The show started off the week with a special post-Super Bowl episode, where Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart in a lip sync battle earned the show almost 10 million viewers.
See just a few of The Tonight Show’s big moments of the week below:
Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart take on Fallon in an epic lip sync battle:
Songs include Beyoncé‘s “Drunk in Love,” Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” and John Legend’s “All of Me.” But don’t miss a spirited take on Frozen’s “Let It Go” by one of the best comedians around.
Jimmy Fallon, The Roots and friends perform “We Are The Champions” a cappella:
Guest singers join in as the song goes on, from Carrie Underwood and Blake Shelton to Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor and Ariana Grande. Oh, and One Direction.
Brian Williams raps “Who Am I?” by Snoop Dogg:
The Tonight Show editors once again show off their skills for the NBC Nightly News anchor.
Jimmy Fallon created Fresh Prince of Bel-Air-inspired opening sequence:
The re-worked song also includes cameos from DZ Jazzy Jeff and Carlton Banks performing his signature Carlton dance.
Tonight Show Celebrity Photobomb celebrated the Super Bowl:
Chris Evans (Captain America) and Chris Pratt (Star-Lord) take their Super Bowl fandoms to the next level as they represent their respective teams with fans at the big game.
Kid Theater with Michael Keaton:
Fallon and Keaton act out scenes written by kids who only knew the title of the movie, Birdman. Baseball games are won and dramatic family moments are had.
Neil Young and “Neil Young” Sing “Old Man:”
Fallon gets in costume once again to sing one of his favorites with one of his favorites.
Ellen DeGeneres and Fallon play Password:
The TV hosts take on Oscar contenders Steve Carell and Reese Witherspoon.
Saved by the Bell cast reunites:
Possibly the quickest sketch to go viral this week, Wednesday’s show saw Zack Morris, Kelly Kapowski, Jessie Spano and A.C. Slater reminisce about Fallon’s high school days at Bayside.