Wednesday’s ‘Tonight Show’ Draws 5.5 Million; ‘Late Night’ Nets 2.7 Million

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Wednesday’s ‘Tonight Show’ Draws 5.5 Million; ‘Late Night’ Nets 2.7 Million

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” continued to deliver strong results last night, averaging a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.537 million viewers overall in “fast official” ratings from Nielsen Media Research for an increase of 38% versus “Tonight’s” non-Olympic season average in total viewers (5.537 million vs. 4.011 million, L+SD). “Tonight” outperformed the combined total-viewer results in the time period of CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” (2.428 million) and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (2.456 million).

At 12:35 a.m. ET, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” delivered strong ratings with its third telecast, averaging a 0.9 rating in adults 18-49 and 2.659 million viewers overall in “fast official” ratings from Nielsen Media Research, up 32% versus “Late Night’s” season average in total viewers (2.659 million vs. 2.021 million, L+SD). Wednesday’s “Late Night” retained 98% of the prior night’s 2.722 million viewers overall.

The 0.9 rating matches the top Wednesday “Late Night” in five years (since Feb. 18, 2009 during the final week of “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” originals, 1.0) and the 2.659 million is the second highest total-viewer result for a Wednesday “Late Night” in six years (since Jan. 2, 2008, 2.858 million), trailing over that span only Fallon’s final Wednesday “Late Night” on Feb. 5, 2014.

The 2.659 million for Wednesday’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” came close to matching the combined 2.756 million viewers overall in the time slot for ABC’s “Nightline” (1.444 million for the first half-hour of the time period) and CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.312 million).

Wednesday’s “Tonight Show” featured Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler (appearing together) and musical guest Dierks Bentley and Thursday’s telecast is scheduled to include Denzel Washington, Shaun White and musical guest Sara Bareilles with The Roots.

Wednesday’s “Late Night” featured Kelly Ripa, Brad Paisley, Robyn Doolittle and musical guest Brad Paisley and Thursday’s edition is scheduled to include Lena Dunham, Anthony Mackie and musical guest John Mayer Trio.

The above press release was issued by NBC.

LAST WEEK’S TOP 10 BROADCAST SERIES

SeriesNet.A18-49Viewers
Source: Nielsen Media Research // 08/28/17 - 09/03/17
Florida St./AlabamaABC3.9012.34 million
A. Got Talent (Tue.)NBC2.6013.13 million
A. Got Talent (Wed.)NBC1.9011.09 million
Big Brother (Wed.)CBS1.806.13 million
Big Brother (Sun.)CBS1.705.65 million
Bachelor in Para. (Mon.)ABC1.505.05 million
Big Brother (Thur.)CBS1.504.89 million
American Ninja WarriorNBC1.406.11 million
W. Virginia/VA. TechABC1.304.65 million
Bachelor in Para. (Tue.)ABC1.304.36 million

TV WATCH TOP 10: 2016-17 SEASON AVERAGES

SeriesNet.A18-49Viewers
Sunday Night FootballNBC6.9620.21 million
Thursday Night FootballCBS4.9614.74 million
The Big Bang TheoryCBS3.0413.81 million
EmpireFOX2.727.62 million
This Is UsNBC2.689.82 million
America's Got TalentNBC2.6312.81 million
The BachelorABC2.357.36 million
The Voice (Mon.)NBC2.2210.35 million
Modern FamilyABC2.116.88 million
Grey's AnatomyABC2.067.85 million