Jimmy Fallon Ratings, and Seth Meyers' Too, Off to a Strong Start

Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014 06:40 PM

By Angela Deines

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NBC’s late-night television hosts Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers are off to a good ratings start on their respective shows.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fallon’s "Tonight Show" on Monday this week averaged 6.26 million viewers and a 2.1 rating among adults 18-49, considered the best Monday night for the show since Conan O'Brien premiered in the time slot in 2009.

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Monday also saw the first episode of "Late Night With Seth Meyers" average 3.4 million viewers and a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49. For that key demographic group, those figures represent the best Monday for the "Late Night" show since January 2005.

Meyers’ ratings on Monday also exceeded Jimmy Fallon’s "Late Night" debut in 2009 by more than 500,000 viewers and a tenth of a point among adults 18 to 49.

Fallon’s Feb. 17 debut jumped from a 3.8 rating to a 4.9 rating among adults 18-49 viewing the show on DVR .That makes it the highest-rated "Tonight Show" since Jay Leno's debut in 1992 when he replaced Johnny Carson.

Fallon ended his first week of hosting "The Tonight Show" last Friday on a high note, averaging 8.5 million viewers a night, even while the audience for the final days of the U.S. Olympics in Sochi declined. The number of viewers for last week made it the most watched week since the Cheers sendoff drove NBC to highs in 1993, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The first regular Monday nights of Fallon's and Meyers’ shows also easily beat their closest competition from "Late Show with David Letterman" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," which averaged 2.59 and 2.44 million viewers, respectively.

Fallon and Meyers worked together for several years on the set of "Saturday Night Live." Fallon hosted Meyers in August on the set of "Late Night" to welcome Meyers’ eventual move to the chair Fallon would be vacating to replace Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show."

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