'Best of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' Hits a One-Year Non-Sports/Non Golden Globes Timeslot High for NBC

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January 6th, 2014

Jimmy Fallon Bruce Springsteen

via press note:

  • From 9-11 p.m. ET, "Best of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Primetime Special" (2.0/5 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall) delivered NBC’s highest non-sports / non-Golden Globes results in the time period in the past year (since Jan. 5, 2013) in both adults 18-49 and total viewers.
  • For its second hour from 10-11 p.m. ET, "Best of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Primetime Special" beat the original ABC and CBS competition in every key demographic, and generated a 40% margin of victory in adults 18-49 (2.1 vs. 1.5 for CBS’s second-place “Mentalist”).  From its first half-hour to its fourth, "Best of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Primetime Special" grew by 22% in adults 18-49 (to a 2.2 rating from a 1.8).
  • From 7-9 p.m. ET, the Sunday season debut of "Dateline NBC" (1.3/3 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall) reported the network’s highest non-sports results in the time period since March 17 in 18-49 and total viewers and matched NBC’s top non-sports 18-49 rating in the slot since the Golden Globes on Jan. 13, 2013.
  • From its first half-hour to its fourth, “Dateline” grew by 78% in 18-49 rating (to a 1.6 from a 0.9) and by 40% or 1.9 million persons in total viewers (6.7 million vs. 4.8 million).
  • For its fourth half-hour from 8:30-9 p.m. ET, “Dateline” ranked #1 among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in total viewers.
NOTE: All national ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.
  • Chris J

    This is more proof that a prime time variety show might do well for NBC next season.

  • Michael1

    That is not a good sign for “Celebrity Apprentice”. If NBC can repeat SNL on Saturdays at 10 pm, why not do a “Mix tape” of Jimmy Fallon on Sundays at 9 pm?

  • GregP

    I’m excited to see that I guessed the ratings exactly right on the Jimmy Fallon special. I still think NBC has nothing to lose by trying Sunday Night with Jay Leno from 7-9 when football is off. Yes, they would get mocked for trying him in primetime again, but I find it hard to believe he wouldn’t at least beat Dateline/ Dream Builders. (They could also switch their sitcom block to 9-11 where they won’t be competing against the other networks).

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