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‘TONIGHT SHOW’ DELIVER ITS 2ND BIGGEST 18-49 MARGIN THIS SEASON, BEHIND ONLY THANKSGIVING WEEK, TO DOMINATE THE NOV. 27-DEC. 1 WEEK

The Last Two Weeks Have been “Tonight’s” Most-Watched in Nearly Eight Months

Seth Meyers Matches His 18-49 High Since December 2016, Carson Daly Grabs His Top Rating in Nearly a Year

NEW YORK — Dec. 5, 2017 — “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” has delivered a decisive victory for the ratings week of Nov. 27-Dec. 1 in the key late-night demographic of adults 18-49, scoring “Tonight’s” biggest margin over #2, excluding Thanksgiving week, so far this season, according to “live plus same day” results from Nielsen Media Research.

Over the last two weeks, “Tonight” has now delivered its two biggest 18-49 ratings of the season, its two most-watched weeks since April and its two biggest 18-49 margins of victory so far this season.

“Tonight’s” 0.71 rating for the week is the show’s best, excluding Thanksgiving week (which benefited from a particularly high-rated Thursday lead-in from primetime NFL football), since Sept. 4-8 (0.74). In total viewers, last week’s average 2.830 million makes it the show’s most-watched week, excluding Thanksgiving week, since April 3-7, 2.986 million).

For the week, “Tonight” generated a +42% margin of victory in adult 18-49 rating versus CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (with a 0.71 vs. a 0.50). Excluding “Tonight’s” dominant +48% win during Thanksgiving week, this is the biggest margin of victory in 18-49 this season versus “Colbert.” Besides Thanksgiving week, “Tonight” last delivered a bigger advantage with a +76% win the week of Sept. 4-8 (0.74 vs. 0.42).

Note that CBS excluded its Monday and Tuesday results last week.

At 12:35 a.m. ET, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” equaled the show’s highest 18-49 rating (0.42, tying Thanksgiving week) in more than 11 months (since Dec. 19-23, 2016, 0.47) and generated the show’s most-watched week (1.579 million), excluding Thanksgiving week, over that same span (since Dec. 19-23, 2016, 1.712 million).

At 1:35 a.m., an encore week of “Last Call with Carson Daly” scored the show’s top 18-49 average (0.28) in nearly a year (since Dec. 12-16, 2016, 0.30) and tied the prior Thanksgiving week in total viewers (934,000) to match the most-watched “Last Call” week over that same period (since Dec. 12-16, 2016, 979,000).

The strong “Tonight Show” week was led by Thursday’s telecast, which was delayed by a “Thursday Night Football” overrun. With a 0.93 rating in 18-49, the Nov. 30 telecast equaled the top “Tonight” result, excluding Thanksgiving and the opening night of the NFL season, since Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 (1.19).

The top “Late Night” telecast of the week was the Thursday edition (delayed by an NFL overrun), which scored Meyers’ best Nielsens in 18-49 (0.56) and total viewers (1.870 million), excluding Thanksgiving and the opening night of the NFL season, since Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 (0.68 in 18-49, 1.991 million viewers overall).

LATE-NIGHT WEEKLY AVERAGES
(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of Nov. 27-Dec. 1. Ratings reflect “live plus same day” data from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise noted. Season-to-date figures are averages of “live plus seven day” data except for the two most recent weeks, which are “live plus same day.”)

ADULTS 18-49

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight” 0.71 rating, 4 share *
CBS “Late Show,” 0.50/3
ABC “Kimmel,” 0.44/3 *

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 0.29/2

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 0.42/4 *
CBS “Late Late Show,” 0.28/2 *

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.28/3(R) *

TOTAL VIEWERS

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight,” 2.830 million viewers *
CBS “Late Show,” 3.348 million viewers *
ABC “Kimmel,” 2.075 million viewers *

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 1.392 million viewers

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 1.579 million viewers *
CBS “The Late Late Show,” 1.399 million viewers *

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.934 million viewers (R) *

* Monday and Tuesday editions of “Late Show” and “Late Late Show,” as well as Monday’s “Kimmel,” were encores and are excluded from these averages. Thursday’s NBC programs were delayed due to a primetime NFL overrun. Friday’s “Late Night” and “Late Late Show” were encores.

 

SEASON AVERAGES

ADULTS 18-49

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight” 0.68 rating, 4 share
CBS “Late Show,” 0.60/4
ABC “Kimmel,” 0.49/3

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 0.31/2

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 0.39/3
CBS “The Late Late Show,” 0.30/3

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.24/2

TOTAL VIEWERS

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight,” 2.715 million viewers
CBS “Late Show,” 3.692 million viewers
ABC “Kimmel,” 2.398 million viewers

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 1.462 million viewers

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 1.531 million viewers
CBS “The Late Late Show,” 1.425 million viewers

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.825 million viewers

 

SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK OF NOV. 27-DEC. 1

NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. ET, “The Daily Show,” 0.26

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Opposition,” 0.13

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.17

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 0.53
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.38

Each adult 18-49 rating point equals 1.28 million viewers.

TOTAL VIEWERS

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m., “The Daily Show,” 0.866 million

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Opposition,” 0.381 million

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.396 million

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 1.092 million
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.814 million

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