Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon

The premiere of The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon averaged a 3.8 r adults 18-49 rating  and 11.314 million viewers. Your predictions were accurate — and my poll options were too pessimistic.

via press release:

Monday Late-Night “Fast Official” Results:
  • The debut of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” has generated strong sampling at a special midnight start time following late local news and NBC’s coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympics.  Fallon’s “Tonight” debut last night averaged a 3.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 11.314 million viewers overall, according to  fast-official “live plus same day” ratings from Nielsen Media Research, making these the top results to date for a Fallon-hosted late-night talk-show hour.
  • The 11.314 million is up 71% or 4.7 million persons versus the 6.601 million for the Friday, Feb. 7 finale of “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” which aired at 12:05 a.m. ET following primetime Olympics coverage) and was Fallon’s previous high for a late-night talk-show hour.
  • The 11.314 million is also the second-biggest audience for “Tonight” since May 29, 2009 (11.901 million, for Leno’s last telecast before Conan O’Brien took over as host), trailing over that span only the Thursday, Feb. 6 finale of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (14.637 million for an 11:35 p.m. ET telecast that also followed primetime Olympics coverage).
  • Monday’s Fallon debut on “Tonight” delivered more viewers than all but two of last week’s primetime non-Olympic programs on ABC, CBS and Fox (for the week of Feb. 10-16, behind only CBS’s Thursday “Big Bang Theory” encore, 11.8 million; and Fox’s Wednesday “American Idol,” 11.7 million).
  • In adults 18-49, last night’ 3.8 rating ties the Feb. 6 Leno finale as the top “Tonight” since Friday, Jan. 22, 2010 (4.4 for Conan O’Brien’s final Tonight Show) and is the highest-rated Monday telecast of “Tonight” since Jan. 24, 2005 (tribute to Johnny Carson, 4.8).   Versus Fallon’s Feb. 7 “Late Night” finale, Monday’s “Tonight” debut is up 73% (3.8 vs. 2.2).
  • The 3.8 rating ranks ahead of every primetime non-Olympic program on ABC, CBS and Fox last week, Feb. 10-16, ahead of the 3.4 for Wednesday’s “American Idol.”
  • Versus season-to-date averages through Feb. 9, Monday’s ‘Tonight’ telecast is up +182% in total viewers (11.314 million vs. 4.011 million).
  • Results from 11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET last night were: “Late Show with David Letterman,” 0.5 rating in adults 18-49, 2.411 million viewers overall; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.4 in 18-49, 2.106 million viewers overall.
  • The top 10 highest-rated local markets for last night’s “Tonight” debut were: Denver, St. Louis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Chicago, Detroit, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle-Tacoma, Houston and Orlando-Daytona Beach.
  • The Feb. 17 “Tonight” telecast featured Will Smith, musical guest U2 and numerous additional guest appearances.
NOTE: All ratings are “live plus same day” from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.
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