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'Tonight's' forecast calls for scattered viewership

Jimmy Fallon has been crowned the next king of late-night television, but the empire he will inherit has seen better days.

"Late Night" host Fallon, who will succeed Jay Leno in "The Tonight Show" chair in 2014, is charged with trying to reenergize a franchise that has lost much of its luster as viewers flock to cable television and the Internet for entertainment.

Once an appearance on "The Tonight Show" could turn an unknown into a star overnight. Now a video on YouTube can do that.

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-- Joe Flint and Meg James, Los Angeles Times

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