NBC’s “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” notched a ratings high for the week of Dec. 15-19, based on Nielsen data. Variety reports that the show hit a six-month ratings high in the key demo of adults 18-49, topping the combined competition from David Letterman on CBS and Jimmy Kimmel on ABC.
“Nielsen estimates that ‘Tonight’ averaged a 1.16 rating in adults 18-49 for the week of Dec. 15-19, the show’s highest rating since the week of June 9-13,” Variety reports. “Its peak night (1.51 rating) came on Tuesday following the Peacock’s coverage of the “Voice” finale with an episode that featured an appearance by Justin Timberlake and guests Christoph Waltz and Nicki Minaj.”
That 1.51 was the show’s best number since May 22, the night of the season premiere for “Last Comic Standing.” The report notes that the guests that night “included Will Ferrell performing with Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, a Ferrell look-alike.”
Variety adds that for the week of Dec. 15-19, “’Tonight Show’ was up 15% in rating vs. the comparable frame of 2013 with Jay Leno as host (1.01) to beat the combined demo scores of ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ (0.57, down 23% from last year) and CBS’s ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ (0.55, down 14% from last year).”
“Tonight” also had its best week in three months in total viewers with 4.218 million, outpacing “Late Show” with 2.791 million and “Kimmel” with 2.539 million.