Seth Meyers Debut Delivers NBC; Jimmy

Seth Meyers got his first week behind the “Late Night” desk off to a good start for NBC, delivering the show’s second most-watched week in seven years.

Meyers’ debut came in only behind the farewell week of his predecessor, Jimmy Fallon, earlier this month. “Late Night” finished out the week with an average of 2.67 million viewers and 1.0 rating in the adults 18-49 demo. That marked the show’s highest weekly numbers since January 2007, when Conan O’Brien was still at the helm.

Meyers got an assist from Fallon, who maintained impressive numbers in his second week on “The Tonight Show” — and first week in his regular 11:35 p.m. time slot without the benefit of lead-ins from Olympics coverage.

“Tonight Show” finished out week 2 with an average of 5.45 million viewers and 1.8 rating in adult 18-49. With the exception of Fallon’s first week and Jay Leno’s farewell week earlier this month, that ranked as “Tonight’s” most-watched regular week since Leno returned to the show after a nine-month absence in March 2010.

All the attention drawn to NBC’s latenight regime-change has been good for the daypart overall. On Thursday, ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” delivered its second most-watched episode to date with help from an appearance by “Scandal” star Kerry Washington, which came on the heels of Thursday’s momentous episode of her ABC sudser.

 

 

 

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