'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' Posts Top Overnights Since March 2010

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February 5th, 2014


via press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday night:
  • Last night’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” delivered the show’s highest overnight rating for any night of the week in nearly four years, since the first week of Jay’s return in March 2010.  For Jimmy Fallon, it was his top Tuesday  in metered-market household ratings since June 2009, and matched Jimmy’s top-rated Tuesday ever.
  • Leno scored a 4.2 rating, 10 share in metered-market households, “Tonight’s” strongest local-market rating for any night of the week since Wednesday, March 3, 2010 (4.2/11).  It was the highest Tuesday “Tonight” since March 2, 2010 (4.6/12).
  • Fallon delivered a 2.1/7 in households, his highest rating for a Tuesday since June 2, 2009 (2.1/7), during the week Conan O’Brien took over “The Tonight Show.”  The 2.1 matches Fallon’s all-time Tuesday high.
  • Guests on “Tonight” Tuesday night included Matthew McConaughey, Charles Barkley and musical guest Lyle Lovett
  • The Feb. 4 edition of “Late Night” presented “The Best of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: Digital Originals.”
Late-Night Details:
  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 4.2/10; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 3.0/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.8/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.2/6; "Late Show," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/2.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (2.1/7 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.5/5).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.8/5 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.2/5 in metered-market households and a 0.6/5 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.
  • http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/ 69RoadRunner

    I hadn’t seen the Breaking Bad parody on Fallon until last night. Classic!

  • k:Alex

    Jay will end his run with the highest numbers late night tv will see in coming years.

  • cath

    Of course he has high numbers. These are his final shows. No surprise here.

  • Gary_Middleton

    True. And if the press is so inclined, they can point out that these numbers pale compared to Conan’s final week. It would be a ludicrous comparison because of the backdrop at the time, but they can do it.

  • DJK

    Still, it’s not even close. Jay Leno’s second penultimate edition of TONIGHT averaged a 1.2 A18-49 in major cities. Conan O’Brien’s penultimate TONIGHT? 2.6 A8-49. And Conan was getting a 1.4 lead in out of Jay’s 10:00 PM show.

  • Gary_Middleton

    Definitely. But it’s not supposed to be close. Conan’s final week was in the midst of a massive media frenzy about the circumstances. Would be like comparing a normal Leno episode to the night Hugh Grant was on during his scandal. This is no disrespect to anyone involved. To a great extent, Conan’s final numbers were about Jay Leno.

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