Jimmy Fallon Dominates the Quarter with 'Tonight's' Top Second Quarter Adults 18-49 Average in 5 Years

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July 3rd, 2014

The Tonight Show Jimmy Fallon Premiere

via press release:

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” has dominated late-night’s second quarter of 2014, beating the combined ABC-CBS competition and delivering “Tonight’s” top-rated second quarter in five years in adults 18-49.


At 12:35 a.m. ET, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” also scored dominant results and out-rated CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” in adults 18-49 despite starting an hour later.  Meyers generated the highest-rated “Late Night” second quarter in three years in adults 18-49.


Fallon scored a 1.29 rating, 6 share in adults 18-49 for the quarter, according to “most current” averages from Nielsen Media Research, beating the combined 1.18 of ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (0.67) and CBS’s “Late Show” (0.51).  Versus year-ago “Tonight” results, Fallon was up +52% in adults 18-49 (with a 1.29 vs. a 0.85) and up +11% in total viewers (3.967 million vs. 3.575 million).


The 1.29 is the top “Tonight” rating for a second quarter since a 1.57 in 2009.  The 3.967 million is a four-year high, best since 4.030 million in 2010.


Meyers generated a 0.57/4 in adults 18-49 for the quarter, good enough to top Letterman’s 0.51, while winning head-to-head versus CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (0.36) by a margin of +58%.  The 0.57 rating is the highest “Late Night” second-quarter average since a 0.63 in 2011.  Meyers delivered bigger audiences than “Late Late Show” in every key ratings measure during the second quarter and also beat ABC’s “Nightline” in their head-to-head half-hour from 12:30-1 a.m. in all key categories.


At 1:35 a.m. ET, “Last Call with Carson Daly” earned a 0.32/3 for the second quarter of 2014, the show’s strongest second-quarter result in three years, since a 0.37 in 2011.


The quarter ended with the week of June 23-27, during which Fallon encores averaged a 0.88/4, to convincingly beat both Kimmel (0.63/3) and Letterman (0.43/2), with both those shows running originals on four of the week’s five nights.


At 12:35 a.m. ET last week, Meyers rebroadcasts averaged a 0.45/3, to out-deliver the 0.43/2 of mostly original telecasts of Letterman despite running an hour later.  For the week, Meyers encores also dominated Ferguson originals head to head by an +80% margin (0.45 vs. 0.25) and generated bigger audiences than “Nightline” first-runs during their head-to-head half-hour in every key ratings measure.





Show...18-49...total viewers


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

Tonight (R)…0.88/4…2.860 million

Dave*…0.43/2…2.451 million

Kimmel*...0.63/3... 2.458 million


12:35-1:05 a.m.

Nightline…0.35/2…1.448 million


12:35-1:35 a.m.

Seth Meyers (R)...0.45/3... 1.271 million

Ferguson...0.25/2... 1.267 million


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

Carson Daly (R)…0.25/2…0.679 million


* Friday’s “Late Show” and “Kimmel” were encores.





Show...18-49...total viewers


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

Tonight…1.29/6…3.967 million

Dave…0.51/2…2.655 million

Kimmel...0.67/3... 2.672 million


12:35-1:05 a.m.

Nightline…0.42/2…1.697 million


12:35-1:35 a.m.

Seth Meyers...0.57/4... 1.582 million

Ferguson...0.36/2... 1.395 million


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

Carson Daly…0.32/3…0.848 million





Show...18-49...total viewers


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

Tonight…1.28/6…4.080 million

Dave…0.51/2…2.636 million

Kimmel...0.65/3... 2.613 million


12:35-1:05 a.m.

Nightline…0.41/2…1.613 million


12:35-1:35 a.m.

Seth Meyers...0.61/4... 1.698 million

Ferguson...0.34/2... 1.331 million


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

Carson Daly…0.34/3…0.903 million

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