Another Sign of Resurgence for NBC’s ‘Tonight Show’: Even in Repeats, the Show Is Hitting High-Water Marks

Apr 24, 2014  •  Post A Comment

NBC continues to rack up impressive ratings for "The Tonight Show." A release from the network today says the show scored its highest ratings in the key 18-49 demo in nearly three years for a week of rebroadcasts in the week of April 14-18.

Additionally, the network noted that Jimmy Fallon topped ABC rival Jimmy Kimmel for the week, even with Kimmel getting a bump from an original episode built around ABC's "Scandal" finale.

"A week of encore telecasts of 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' has generated growth of +19% in adults 18-49 versus a year-ago week of 'Tonight' rebroadcasts — increasing to a 0.94 rating from a 0.79," the network reported. "Fallon remained dominant among 11:35 p.m. ET talk shows for the week of April 14-18, generating 'Tonight’s' highest 18-49 rating for a week of encores in nearly three years, since the week of May 30-June 3, 2011 (0.99)."

The network also reported: "Fallon’s 0.94 rating in adults 18-49 won by a 32% margin over ABC’s 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (0.71), which was boosted by a season-high rating from an original telecast Thursday that featured coverage of ABC’s 'Scandal' season finale airing that night at 10 p.m. ET. 'Kimmel' was in rebroadcast during the rest of last week. Versus CBS’s week of 'Late Show with David Letterman' encores, Fallon led by a 74% margin (0.94 vs. 0.54)."

NBC's 12:35 a.m. show “Late Night with Seth Meyers” also scored with its week of encores. The show "delivered bigger audiences than CBS’s first-run 'Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson' in all key ratings measures and generated a 25% margin over the 'Late Late Show' originals in adults 18-49 (with a 0.50 rating vs. a 0.40)," NBC announced. "The week of 'Late Night' rebroadcasts finished within 0.06 of a rating point of the prior week’s 0.56 rating for four originals and a Friday encore."

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