NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ Matches Its Top Rating in Six Weeks

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“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and “Late Night with Seth Meyers” have dominated the late-night ratings week of July 28-Aug. 1, with Fallon topping  the combined results of ABC’S “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” while Meyers outrated Letterman and pulled within four-hundredths of a point of Kimmel, despite starting an hour later.   Note that Kimmel, Letterman and Meyers aired rebroadcasts on Friday.


Fallon’s 1.11 rating in 18-49 for the week topped the combined 0.97 of “Kimmel” (0.56) and “Late Show” (0.41).  Versus “Tonight’s” results for the same week last year, Fallon was up +39% in adult 18-49 rating, to a 1.11 from a 0.80.


The 1.11 equals Fallon’s highest 18-49 rating in six weeks, since averaging a 1.13 for the week of June 16-20.


At 12:35 a.m. ET, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” outscored Letterman (with a 0.52 rating vs. a 0.41) and finished within 0.04 of a point of Kimmel (0.52 vs. 0.56), despite a start time for Meyers that’s an hour later than Letterman’s and Kimmel’s.


Meyers grew versus the prior week for a second straight week in 18-49, up versus one week earlier by +2% (to a 0.52 from a 0.51) and up versus two weeks ago by +13% in 18-49 rating (0.52 vs. 0.46).

In the 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET slot, Meyers outrated CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” by a +126% margin in 18-49 (0.52 vs. 0.23) and topped ABC’s “Nightline” by +69% in their head-to-head half-hour from 12:30-1 a.m. (0.59 vs. 0.35 for that half-hour).  Meyers delivered bigger audiences than Ferguson in every key ratings measure —  adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers — and also beat ABC’s “Nightline” in their head-to-head half-hour in all key categories.


At 1:35 a.m. ET, encore telecasts of “Last Call with Carson Daly” out-rated CBS’s “Late Late Show” originals (with a 0.32 rating vs. a 0.23) and finished with three-hundredths of a point of ABC’s “Nightline” (0.32 vs. 0.35), despite starting an hour later than both shows.   Versus the same week last year, “Last Call” was up +10% in 18-49 rating (0.32 vs. 0.29).





Show…18-49…total viewers


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

Tonight…1.11/5…3.500 million

Dave*…0.41/2…2.162 million

Kimmel*…0.56/3…2.399 million


12:35-1:05 a.m.

Nightline…0.35/2…1.439 million


12:35-1:35 a.m.

Seth Meyers*…0.52/3…1.447 million

Ferguson…0.23/1… 1.111 million


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

Carson Daly (R) …0.32/3…0.810 million


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





Show…18-49…total viewers


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

Tonight…1.24/6…3.969 million

Dave…0.50/2…2.590 million

Kimmel…0.64/3…2.558 million


12:35-1:05 a.m.

Nightline…0.40/2…1.588 million


12:35-1:35 a.m.

Seth Meyers…0.59/4.. …1.647 million

Ferguson…0.33/2…1.316 million


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

Carson Daly…0.32/3…0.880 million

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