Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon score their biggest weeklong wins in the past two months

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May 29th, 2009

via NBC press release:

JAY LENO AND JIMMY FALLON SCORE THEIR BIGGEST WEEKLONG WINS IN THE PAST TWO MONTHS

JAY TOPS 'Late Show' FOR THE MAY 18-22 WEEK BY A 62 PERCENT MARGIN IN 18-49 VIEWERS, WHILE JIMMY BEATS 'LATE Late Show' BY 52 PERCENT

'Last Call WITH CARSON DALY' TIES FERGUSON AND KIMMEL IN 18-49 AND 18-34 RATING

'TONIGHT' AND 'LATE NIGHT' WRAP UP SOLID MAY SWEEP WINS, TOPPING 'LATE' AND 'LATE LATE' COMPETITION IN ALL KEY RATINGS CATEGORIES -- ADULTS, MEN AND WOMEN 18-34, 18-49 AND 25-54, PLUS TOTAL VIEWERS

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - May 29, 2009 - NBC's late-night team has dominated the week of May 18-22 in adults 18-49, total viewers and other key categories, as "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" took the 11:35 p.m. ET hour over CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman" by a 62 percent margin in adult 18-49 viewers and "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" prevailed at 12:35 a.m. over CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" by a 52 percent margin. These are the biggest margins of victory for Jay and Jimmy respectively in the past two months, since the week of Jay's interview of President Barack Obama, March 16-20.

Both Jay and Jimmy won the week over "Late Show" and "Late Late Show" in every key ratings category: adults, men and women 18-34; adults, men and women 18-49; and adults, men and women 25-54, plus total viewers.

Additionally, "Tonight" delivered bigger audiences than Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report" in all the key ratings categories of adults, men and women 18-34; adults, men and women 18-49; and adults, men and women 25-54, plus total viewers. Jimmy Fallon also attracted bigger audiences than "Daily" and "Colbert" in numerous categories, including adults 18-34, women 18-34, adults 18-49, women 18-49, adults 25-54, women 25-54, men 25-54 and total viewers, despite airing 90 minutes later than "Daily" and an hour later than "Colbert."

Jay is increasing his leads over Letterman this season vs. last, establishing a 31 percent margin over Letterman in 18-49 viewers, up from a 25 percent lead at this point last season, and a 34 percent advantage in total viewers, up from last year's 30 percent. Jimmy Fallon leads Ferguson for their 12 weeks of competition by a 42 percent advantage in 18-49 viewers and 14 percent in total viewers. Both Jay and Jimmy stretch their season leads among younger adults, with Jay enjoying a 48 percent margin in 18-34 viewers season to date and Jimmy out-delivering Ferguson so far by 69 percent.

For the week of May 18-22, Jay's average 1.860 million adults 18-49 topped the 1.151 million of Letterman; in total viewers, Jay's audience of 5.122 million persons beat Letterman's 3.241 million; and in adults 18-34, Jay's 735,000 out-scored Letterman's 419,000. At 12:35 a.m. ET, Jimmy Fallon's 1.032 million adults 18-49 for the week out-delivered Ferguson's 680,000; in total viewers, Jimmy's 2.034 million beat Ferguson's 1.716 million; and in adults 18-34, Jimmy's 460,000 topped Ferguson's 277,000.

At 1:35 a.m. ET for the week, "Last Call with Carson Daly" tied Ferguson and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in adults 18-49 (with a 0.5 rating each) and adults 18-34 (0.4 each). "Last Call" is tied with Kimmel and Ferguson in 18-34 for the season to date (0.4 each).

The week included the conclusion of the May 2009 sweep, won solidly by NBC's late-night lineup. In adult 18-49 viewers, Jay won the May sweep by a 38 percent margin over Letterman and at 12:35 a.m. ET, Jimmy Fallon won the month by a 24 percent margin over Ferguson ("most current"). Jay and Jimmy also won the sweep in all other key ratings categories over "Late Show" and "Late Late Show" competition respectively.

Among adults 18-49, "Tonight" has now won over "Late Show" competition for the last 70 consecutive weeks, 53 sweep months in a row, 54 quarters in a row (including ties) and 14 television seasons in a row. Jimmy Fallon has won his hour over "Late Late" competition for two out of two sweep months to date, all 12 weeks he's been on the air and 58 of 60 nights (including ties) in 18-49 rating.

WEEKLY AVERAGES
(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of May 18-22. Ratings reflect "live plus same day" data unless otherwise noted. Season-to-date figures are averages of "live plus seven day" data except for the two most recent weeks, which are "live plus same day.")

ADULTS 18-49

11:35 p.m. ET
NBC "Tonight," 1.4 rating, 6 share
CBS "Late Show," 0.9/4
ABC "Nightline," 1.0/4

12:05 a.m. ET
ABC "Kimmel," 0.5/3*

12:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Late Night," 0.8/5
CBS "Late Late Show," 0.5/3

1:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Last Call," 0.5/4*

TOTAL VIEWERS

11:35 p.m. ET
NBC "Tonight," 5.1 million viewers
CBS "Late Show," 3.2 million viewers
ABC "Nightline," 3.6 million viewers

12:05 a.m. ET
ABC "Kimmel," 1.6 million viewers*

12:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Late Night," 2.0 million viewers
CBS "Late Late Show," 1.7 million viewers

1:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Last Call," 1.2 million viewers*

* Monday's "Last Call" and the Monday and Tuesday "Kimmels" were encores.

MAY SWEEP AVERAGES

ADULTS 18-49

11:35 p.m. ET
NBC "Tonight," 1.4/6
CBS "Late Show," 1.0/4
ABC "Nightline," 1.0/4

12:05 a.m. ET
ABC "Kimmel," 0.6/3

12:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," 0.7/4
CBS "Late Late Show," 0.6/4

1:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Last Call," 0.4/3

TOTAL VIEWERS

11:35 p.m. ET
NBC "Tonight," 5.0 million viewers
CBS "Late Show," 3.6 million viewers
ABC "Nightline," 3.8 million viewers

12:05 a.m. ET
ABC "Kimmel," 1.7 million viewers

12:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," 1.9 million viewers
CBS "Late Late Show," 1.9 million viewers

1:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Last Call," 1.1 million viewers

SEASON TO DATE

ADULTS 18-49

11:35 p.m. ET
NBC "Tonight," 1.4/6
CBS "Late Show," 1.1/4
ABC "Nightline," 1.1/4

12:05 a.m. ET
ABC "Kimmel," 0.6/3

12:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," 0.8/5
CBS "Late Late Show," 0.6/3

1:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Last Call," 0.5/3

TOTAL VIEWERS

11:35 p.m. ET
NBC "Tonight," 5.2 million viewers
CBS "Late Show," 3.8 million viewers
ABC "Nightline," 3.9 million viewers

12:05 a.m. ET
ABC "Kimmel," 1.7 million viewers

12:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," 2.1 million viewers
CBS "Late Late Show," 1.9 million viewers

1:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Last Call," 1.2 million viewers

SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK OF MAY 18-22

NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING

Comedy Central, 11 p.m. ET, "The Daily Show," 0.6
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. ET, "The Colbert Report," 0.5

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 0.8
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.5

Each adult 18-49 rating point equals 1.32 million viewers

TOTAL VIEWERS

Comedy Central, 11 p.m. ET, "The Daily Show," 1.5 million
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. ET, "The Colbert Report," 1.0 million

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 1.7 million
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.0 million

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