“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” ended November sweeps with its first win in seven major surveys since “Late Show With David Letterman” premiered.
The NBC latenighter averaged a 5.2 rating, 16 share in Nielsen over the four-week survey, up 8% in homes, with similar gains among adults 18-49 (a 2.7 rating) and 25-54 (3.0).
“Late Show,” by contrast, dropped 29% in homes (4.0/12), while losing nearly a third of its audience in the 18-49 and 25-54 age brackets (a 2.5 rating in each). “Nightline” (4.8/13) ran third in key demos but actually ranked second behind “The Tonight Show” in total viewers during its half-hour.
The morning race turned out to be a photo finish, as “Today” and “Good Morning America” tied in households (4.4/19), with the ABC breakfastcast holding a narrow edge in total viewers (5.12 million to 5.08 million) while the NBC show swept all key demographics.