Another incumbent won't have to worry about reelection this campaign season: Seth Meyers has been renewed for five more years, according to Variety. The host of Late Night with Seth Meyers received mixed reviews when the show premiered on February 24th, 2014. But the late night program, which follows the staggeringly popular Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, has gradually found its footing and its audience.
As Bill Carter noted in his December report in The Hollywood Reporter on the current late night wars, Meyers has abandoned the format's hallowed opening monologue in favor of the format fans of Meyers associate the comedian with, "planting Meyers behind the desk — where he looks more comfortable and familiar thanks to his history as the 'Weekend Update' anchor on Saturday Night Live." Meyers' show often outperforms its CBS counterpart, Late Late Show with James Corden, and has on occasion approached the ratings of Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel Live, despite both shows having earlier time slots.
The renewal means Seth Meyers will remain at that desk until February 2021. Negotiating the contract now could pay off, considering Meyers' history at SNL covering presidential campaigns. The comedian might be an even more valuable late night commodity a year from now.