In the world of late-night television, there is fierce competition among presenters, even though they all restrict the public image of friends. There is no battle as poignant as the one between Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon regarding the validity of the presenters of the late-night show.
The Battle of Jimmy’s has been going on for years since both of them became the main characters in the late-night show scene. Apart from competing for the same audience, the fact that they share the same first name has made their rivalry one of the juiciest for observers of the medium.
In this article, we will take a look at two main categories, influence and wealth, to determine who is the superior Jimmy. Take a look at this.
Jimmy Kimmel vs Jimmy Fallon: Who is More Influential?
In the battle for the superior Jimmy Kimmel, the first thing to look at is their influence as late-night show hosts and celebrities. Based on audience ratings and presence in social media, we evaluated who is really the most influential Jimmy.
Based on their main job as late-night hosts, Jimmy Kimmel hosts Jimmy Kimmel Live! while Jimmy Fallon hosts the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and in their world, you live and die by ratings.
In this respect, Jimmy Kimmel follows his namesake, Jimmy Fallon. According to Nielsen’s Live+7 ratings, Jimmy Kimmel has an average audience of two million viewers, while Fallon ranks around another 340,000 viewers, for a total of 2.34 million viewers.
This ranking has been in place for more than five years, putting Jimmy Fallon in first place in the Influence at the Battle of Jimmy’s category.
The story remains the same in social media. On Instagram and Twitter, Fallon has a combined audience of more than 67 million, while his counterpart Kimmel has just over 13 million combined, putting Fallon ahead of his peers in the Influence on Social Media category.
But while Jimmy Fallon is firmly in the lead in ratings and social media, Jimmy Kimmel is the more influential late-night presenter and the only one to make the list, according to TIME Magazine’s 2018 list of the 100 most influential people in 2018. Both made the list in 2013, but according to TIME, Kimmel seems to be the only one who has had significant influence in recent years.
Jimmy Fallon leads against Jimmy Kimmel on three criteria – two to one, but does that lead hold true for their net worth and salary?
Jimmy Kimmel vs Jimmy Fallon: Who Makes More Money?
We have found that when it comes to the influence between Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon, the latter is more influential, but does that influence lead to more income and net worth? The answer is simply yes.
Although Fallon began his career as a late-night host later than Kimmel, starting with Last Night with Jimmy Fallon in 2009, he was able to make more money and build up more wealth as a result.
Jimmy Fallon has net assets of $60 million and earns an annual salary of $16 million for his role as host of “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon, making him the highest-paid late-night host. Other sources of income have come from further appearances as a host and a career as an actor in films such as Taxi and Fever Pitch.
Jimmy Kimmel is behind his namesake with a net worth of $45 million, but with a salary of $15 million a year, he is quite close.
Considering that they both have essentially the same careers, the difference in wealth is fascinating, and this is due to their careers before they both became show masters late at night.
While Jimmy Kimmel cemented his place as a celebrity through Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Jimmy Fallon achieved this through his career as a cast member of Saturday Night Live between 1998 and 2004. The fame and influence he had through the sketch comedy show were put into his initial salary as a late-night show host at $5 million a year, which was much more than Kimmel’s initial salary of $1.75 million a year.
In addition to earning a lot of money long before his ABC colleague came on the scene, Jimmy Fallon is also winning Jimmy’s battle when it comes to money from other sources of income such as five published books and two comedy albums.