Is Fallon the Xer Who Will Millennialize Late Night?

Jimmy Fallon is not a Millennial. At 36-years-old, he is firmly in the camp of the Gen Xer—but you wouldn’t be blamed for mistaking him for a member of the more optimistic, less-cynical generation when watching his takeover of The Tonight Show since last MondayAfter years of Leno and Letterman’s wry, sarcastic take on pop culture dominating late night, Fallon’s approach is unapologetically positive and inclusive. Fallon could be the first late night host to appeal to the Millennial audience. Ratings for the show actually improved over the course of last week for viewers between 18 and 49 (the “money category” for late night shows) delivering a number that was the best viewer score for that demo on a Wednesday night for the show in 10 years. Nothing about the long-term future of his audience can be determined yet, but he’s already in a better position that most to lure Millennials to late night TV. Many grew up watching him on SNL, but that’s just one advantage—his personality and approach to comedy make him more Millennial-friendly than any other host. Here are just some of the reasons that Fallon may be the Xer who will Millennialize late night:
 
1. They’re actually excited for him.
Throughout last week, one of the biggest differences between Jimmy Fallon and his predecessor became clear: Millennials are actually excited for Fallon, and they’re celebrating his show. His premiere resulted in a slew of blogosphere output chronicling and complimenting the moments of the first show, like “The 35 Best Moments From Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Tonight Show’ Debut” GIF gallery posted on Buzzfeed. UPROXX’s effusive posting on the celebrity cameo skit of the premiere might have put the reaction best: ”You might say the cameo-heavy segment was just like the thing Jay Leno tried to do, except…

 
 
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Quote of the Day: “Mint.com is amazing. I love that I can link accounts to goals, it automatically categorizes my purchases, and it has all my accounts in one place (I have 17 linked!!!) I rarely go to individual websites anymore except to make a payment or something, since all my transactions are in Mint.” –Female, 27, VA

J.K. Rowling’s novel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, an extension to the wizarding world set a century before the Harry Potter brood entered Hogwarts, will breakout on-screen in a trilogy directed by none other than esteemed Potter director, David Yates. Fantastic Beasts and other novels from Rowling haven’t lived up to the Potter fandom, but putting back together the team that made Harry Potter come alive for audiences regardless of reading the books prior, might do the trick to attract viewers come November 2016. (MTV News)

Car buying is a big step for Millennials, and since they often don’t know what they’re looking for right off the bat, researching online is vital for product and dealer comparisons. 95% of Millennials use the internet to shop for vehicles and half are researching cars on their phones, compared to only 19% who were using smartphones to auto shop last year. Brands and dealerships are having to rethink their online strategies with the rise in mobile shopping, since having a mobile site that functions poorly is much worse by Millennial standards than not having one at all. (MediaPost

Capsule collections are still a big draw for young consumers, excited by the rush of limited-time-only launches and the ability to buy designer items for less. The Altuzarra for Target collection debuted its lookbook online this week with increased excitementfrom fashion publications, but one blogger was majorly disappointed by the lack of plus size options and decided to start a #BoycottingTarget movement. Her frustration comes after a recent sweep to remove plus sized lines from Target stores, and while the brand promises for a “new plus line in the near future,” shoppers are still upset. (Jezebel)

Current consumer culture is based on the Boomer ideal of big cars parked in the driveway of a big suburban house, but Millennials’ pushback on entering adulthood and moves to urban centers are a sign that products and marketing must change to fit their needs. Brands from mattress companies to Pepsi to General Mills are revamping packaging, reformulating products, and considering marketing tactics like sponsorship of music concerts or online quizzes to approach this generation “on their terms.” (NY Times

Anonymous app Secret has come under fire as a rumor mill for bullying, and a judge in Brazil has ordered Apple, Microsoft, and Google to make Secret unavailable in their app stores to people in Brazil. The judgment was brought to light following reports of students wanting to leave school because of rumors spread on the app. Since technical implications to remove Secret from users’ phones may not be feasible for app store providers, preventing the trend of anonymous bullying from growing globally will be difficult without cooperation from the app’s founders. (PandoDaily)

Infographics add to the story of this generation’s behaviors and views by synthesizing complex data into quick, visual bites. Our Gold and Silver tier subscribers are given access to our regularly published Infographic Snapshots, like this week’s breakdown of back-to-school spending. Using stats from our proprietary bi-weekly survey data, we make sure you know exactly where your Millennial target audience stands in a quick and easy way. (Ypulse)

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