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In this photo provided by NBC, Jimmy Fallon appears with Joan Rivers, right, during his "The Tonight Show" debut on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in New York. Fallon departed from the network's “Late Night” on Feb. 7, 2014, after five years as host, and is now the host of “The Tonight Show.” Rivers appeared on the show after 49 years earlier to the day, the veteran comedian had made her first appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" in that very studio, and had not appeared on "Tonight" since 1987, when she was banned by Carson after jumping to Fox to host her own short-lived show. (AP Photo/NBC, Lloyd Bishop)
Fallon’s debut vs. Leno’s finale: Which attracted more social buzz?
First Published Feb 19 2014 12:55 pm • Last Updated Feb 20 2014 07:46 am

We already know, as far as ratings go, Leno’s farewell on Feb. 6 attracted 14.64 million viewers compared with Fallon’s 11.31 million pull Monday, but did Fallon’s first episode as host garner more or less social buzz than predecessor Jay Leno’s finale?

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"Welcome to 11:30, bitch," shouted Stephen Colbert after dumping a bucket of pennies on Jimmy Fallon, the new host of The Tonight Show on Monday. It was just one funny moment of many during Fallon's debut, which sparked a barrage of tweets from viewers.But did Fallon's first episode as host garner more or less social buzz than predecessor Jay Leno's finale as The Tonight Show host? We already know, as far as ratings go, Leno's farewell on Feb. 6 attracted ...

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