Jimmy Fallon’s start as host of ‘‘The Tonight Show’’ is a ratings winner for NBC. Nielsen company figures released Tuesday show 11.3 million people tuned in to watch Fallon’s New York debut on Monday night. It was the second-biggest audience for ‘‘Tonight’’ since May 2009, when Jay Leno stepped down for Conan O’Brien’s brief run as host. Fallon’s ‘‘Tonight’’ debut fell short of the 14.6 million who tuned in Feb. 6 to see Leno sign off, again, after 22 years as host in Burbank. Enjoying a post-Winter Olympics time slot, Fallon drew 2 million-plus viewers more than O’Brien’s June 2009 ‘‘Tonight’’ opening audience of nearly 9.2 million.
A musician arrested on heroin-possession charges amid an investigation into Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death hopes to go into treatment. Robert Vineberg asked Tuesday for the case to go to a drug court. His court filing says he’s a longtime heroin addict. New York City prosecutors haven’t yet responded to the request. A judge hasn’t ruled. Vineberg has pleaded not guilty to possessing 300 packets of heroin with the intent to sell it. If he’s approved for drug court and succeeds in treatment, the charges could eventually be lowered or dismissed. Vineberg was arrested as police followed leads after Hoffman’s apparent heroin overdose. Vineberg isn’t charged with any role in Hoffman’s Feb. 2 death. His lawyer has said that any heroin Vineberg allegedly possessed would have been largely for his own consumption.
Biden on ‘The View’
The ladies of ABC’s ‘‘The View’’ are getting a special guest next Tuesday: Vice President Joe Biden. The vice president’s office says he’ll appear on the talk show to encourage people to sign up under the government’s new health insurance program. Biden also is appearing on Monday’s premiere of NBC’s ‘‘Late Night,’’ with Seth Meyers as the program’s new host.
Crosby to postpone shows
Rock performer David Crosby has undergone heart surgery and is postponing his sold-out California shows. Publicist Michael Jensen tells City News Service that the 72-year-old had a cardiac catheterization last week to fix a blocked coronary artery. He’s expected to make a full recovery, but concerts planned for February in San Francisco and West Hollywood will be moved to April.
Taking a stand
“It’s not about pain. It’s about the commitment. . . . I’ve had nights I had to tiptoe home and the balls of my feet wouldn’t even allow me to stand.” — Rihanna, talking about her fashion choices in the March issue of Vogue.