Jimmy Fallon Tops Kimmel & Letterman Combined During the Week of June 9-13

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“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” delivered another decisive win in late-night ratings for the week of June 9-13, beating the combined rating of  ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” in adults 18-49.  Note that NBC’s Friday results were excluded due to a lengthy NHL overrun, Kimmel was in rebroadcast two days last week and boosted by high-rated NBA lead-ins on two nights, and Letterman ran an encore on Friday.


On last week’s two NBA nights, Fallon outscored Kimmel in 18-49 and total viewers, marking the first two times since 2011 that “Tonight” has beaten Kimmel in 18-49 on a night Kimmel was boosted by primetime NBA Finals coverage on ABC.  The prior time came on June 7, 2011, when Kimmel was still following “Nightline” on ABC’s late-night schedule.  Fallon beat Kimmel last Tuesday with a 1.39 rating in 18-49 versus a 1.08 and then took Thursday with a 1.16 versus a 1.07.


Compared with the prior week, Fallon was up +11% in 18-49 rating (to a 1.24 from a 1.12) and +16% total viewers (4.076 million vs. 3.502 million).   Versus “Tonight’s” results for the same week last year, Fallon was up +33% in 18-49 (1.24 vs. 0.93).  Fallon’s 1.24 in 18-49 for the week topped the combined 1.22 of Kimmel (0.79) and Letterman (0.43).


At 12:35 a.m. ET, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” continues to generate strong ratings, outscoring CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” despite starting an hour later.   Versus “Late Night” ratings for the same week last year, Meyers was up +18% in 18-49 (0.59 vs. 0.50).


In the 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET slot, Meyers doubled CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” in 18-49 rating (0.59 vs. 0.29).  Meyers delivered bigger audiences than Ferguson in every key ratings measure and also beat ABC’s “Nightline” in their head-to-head half-hour from 12:30-1 a.m. in all key categories.




Show…18-49…total viewers


11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m.

Tonight*…1.24/6…4.076 million

Dave*…0.43/2…2.297 million

Kimmel*…0.79/4 …2.612 million


12:35-1:05 a.m.

Nightline*…0.53/3…1.685 million


12:35-1:35 a.m.

Seth Meyers*…0.59/4 …1.663 million

Ferguson…0.29/2…1.182 million


1:35 a.m.-2:05 a.m.

Carson Daly (R)…0.30/2…0.830 million


* Friday NBC results are excluded due to a lengthy NHL overrun; Kimmel was in rebroadcast on Monday and Wednesday and delayed by  high-rated NBA overruns on Tuesday and Thursday; Friday’s “Late Show” and “Late Night” were encores.





Show…18-49…total viewers


11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m.

Tonight…1.31/6…4.182 million

Dave…0.52/2…2.673 million

Kimmel…0.66/3…2.641 million


12:35-1:05 a.m.

Nightline…0.41/2…1.632 million


12:35-1:35 a.m.

Seth Meyers…0.63/4 …1.743 million

Ferguson…0.34/2…1.342 million


1:35 a.m.-2:05 a.m.

Carson Daly…0.34/3…0.928 million

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