“The Tonight Show” still hasn’t reclaimed the total-viewer crown that Jimmy Fallon previously wore for so long, but NBC’s late-night program just delivered its largest key demo TV ratings win since before President Trump’s inauguration last January.
The 11:35 p.m. late-night show topped its CBS competition among adults 18-49 by 42 percent last week, with a 0.64 versus Stephen Colbert’s 0.45 average. That margin is the biggest in Fallon’s favor since the week of January 9-13.
Older-skewing CBS might counter that they focus more on the 25-54 demo, but “Tonight” won that one too. It also cleaned up among millennials, though that shouldn’t come as much of a shock to those who pay attention to these sorts of things.
This past week was what we in the biz call a “clean” one for the top two late-night series, with five nights of original episodes for both shows and no sports overruns.
Oh, and in case readers were wondering, “Jimmy Kimmel Live” finished in its usual place — a distant third. Jimmy Kimmel’s ABC show was a rerun on Friday, though.
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