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[06/05/14 - 11:08 AM]
The "Tonight Show" Generates Its Top-Rated Encore Week in Three Years; Fallon, Meyers Dominate Week of May 26-30
NBC spins the late-night numbers for the week of May 26-30.

[via press release from NBC]

THE "TONIGHT SHOW" GENERATES ITS TOP-RATED ENCORE WEEK IN THREE YEARS; FALLON, MEYERS DOMINATE WEEK OF MAY 26-30

Fallon Out-Rates Letterman, Kimmel Combined, Meyers Tops Letterman Despite Starting an Hour Later at 12:35 A.M.

NEW YORK - June 5, 2014 - "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" has dominated the late-night week of May 26-30, generating "Tonight's" highest 18-49 rating for a week of encores in three years.

For the week, Fallon topped the 18-49 averages of the ABC and CBS competition combined.

At 12:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Seth Meyers" out-rated CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman" and finished within 0.04 of a point of ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," despite starting an hour later than those 11:35 p.m. shows.

Note: Meyers, Kimmel and Letterman were also in rebroadcast last week and all Monday late-night results on ABC, CBS and NBC were excluded from weekly averages due to the Memorial Day holiday.

For the week, Fallon averaged a 0.97 rating in adults 18-49 to beat the 0.96 for the combined competition of ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (0.52) and CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman" (0.44). Versus "Tonight" results for the same week last year, the show was up +41% in 18-49 rating (to a 0.97 from a 0.69) and up +12% in total viewers (3.1 million vs. 2.8 million).

The 0.97 rating for Fallon last week was the best for a week of "Tonight" encores since May 30-June 3, 2011, when the show averaged a 0.99.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (0.48) topped Letterman's 0.44 and finished narrowly behind Kimmel's 0.52, despite the later start time for "Late Night." Meyers' week of encores also beat CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" by a +55% margin in 18-49 rating (0.48 vs. 0.31) head to head from 12:35-1:35 a.m., and outscored ABC's "Nightline" by a +57% margin in their head-to-head half-hour (0.55 vs. 0.35 from 12:30-1 a.m.).

Meyers topped both Ferguson and "Nightline" head to head in every key ratings measure.

WEEKLY AVERAGES

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of May 26-30. Ratings reflect "live plus same day" data from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise noted.)

ADULTS 18-49
11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Tonight," 0.97 rating, 4 share (R) *
CBS "Late Show," 0.44/2 (R) *
ABC "Kimmel," 0.52/2 (R) *
12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC "Nightline," 0.35/2 *
12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Late Night," 0.48/3 (R) *
CBS "Late Late Show," 0.31/2 *
1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC "Last Call," 0.28/2 (R) *

TOTAL VIEWERS
11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Tonight," 3.133 million viewers (R) *
CBS "Late Show," 2.204 million viewers (R) *
ABC "Kimmel," 2.254 million viewers (R) *
12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC "Nightline," 1.466 million viewers *
12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Late Night," 1.413 million viewers (R) *
CBS "Late Late Show," 1.228 million viewers (R) *
1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC "Last Call," 0.778 million viewers (R) *

* All ABC, CBS and NBC Monday results are excluded from these averages due to the Memorial Day holiday.

SEASON TO DATE (SINCE FEB. 17, "LIVE PLUS SAME DAY")

ADULTS 18-49
11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Tonight," 1.33 rating, 6 share
CBS "Late Show," 0.54/2
ABC "Kimmel," 0.65/3
12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC "Nightline," 0.40/2
12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Late Night," 0.63/4
CBS "Late Late Show," 0.35/2
1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC "Last Call," 0.34/3

TOTAL VIEWERS
11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Tonight," 4.234 million viewers
CBS "Late Show," 2.714 million viewers
ABC "Kimmel," 2.635 million viewers
12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC "Nightline," 1.622 million viewers
12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Late Night," 1.761 million viewers
CBS "Late Late Show," 1.358 million viewers
1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC "Last Call," 0.940 million viewers

SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK OF MAY 26-30

NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING
Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. ET, "The Daily Show," 0.30 (R)
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, "The Colbert Report," 0.26 (R)
TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, "Conan," 0.31 (R)
Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 0.95
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.68
Each adult 18-49 rating point equals 1.27 million viewers.

TOTAL VIEWERS
Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. "The Daily Show," 0.680 million (R)
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, "The Colbert Report," 0.594 million (R)
TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, "Conan," 0.648 million (R)
Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 2.128 million viewers
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.518 million viewers





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