Seth Meyers came nowhere near the 11.314 million viewers Fallon had for his Tonight Show debut last Monday, but he still raked in a respectable 3.417 million with his Late Night premiere last night.
With a 1.4 ratings in the 18-49 demographic, Meyers’ debut marked the highest-rated Monday episode of Late Night in nine years. When Fallon began his stint as Late Night host on March 2, 2009 he averaged a 1.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 2.866 million total viewers.
Meyers’ numbers also marked a 69% bump over Fallon’s season average (3.417 million vs. 2.021 million). He retained 55% of Fallon’s lead-in audience, which is also slightly higher than what Fallon was averaging with Leno over the last year. Meyers also beat the combined totals for ABC’s Nightline (1.305 million) and CBS’s Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (1.236 million).
On his first night that did not follow NBC’s Winter Olympics coverage, Fallon also stayed fairly strong with 6.257 million total viewers and a 2.1 rating in the demo. That’s still 56% higher than Leno’s season average of 4.011 million. As he did last week, Fallon continued to beat CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman (2.585 million) and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live (2.436 million) combined.
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