The conventional wisdom says everything on network TV is in decline.
Network news is a dinosaur crawling to the boneyard. The networks don’t have one drama that can start to compete with cable or Netflix. And I dare you to name six sitcoms that you would admit watching.
But then there’s late night as it’s been reinvigorated on NBC this year, with Jimmy Fallon replacing Jay Leno and “Saturday Night Live’s” Seth Meyers taking over the 12:35 a.m. slot. Both are in first place in the ratings, and the last thing either can be accused of is getting there by dumbing it down.
While undoubtedly benefiting from Fallon’s strong ratings lead-in, Meyers has on his own taken control...