Seth Meyers Debut Delivers for NBC; Jimmy Fallon Stays Strong in Week 2

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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  1. As a guy in his early 20s, I love the new late night hosts. The execs finally realized who they need to appeal to: the younger demographic. Erin Morris did a great article on why my generation loves these new shows and how we’re engaging with them that is definitely worth checking out:

  2. david t. krall says:

    from: david t. krall

    Seth Meyers is very good…I always felt that between Jay and Dave, Jay could be funnier,
    not that Dave wasn’t or isn’t..I guess it;s in the style and tone of the comedy…saying that…
    I always felt that Dave was the better interviewer.& that ..Seth has the same nuance and tone to give a light yet polished and direct “connect” to his guests…not that JimmyF, JimmyK,
    Arsinio and Conan & Craig don’t have it. they do ! and sometimes, like everbody else, it depends on the guest and who’s on a particular show.on any given night..lets’s face it. It is unique at this point in TV history to have a real /hip group of post-prime time talk show hosts airing on or near each others’ time-slots. it just seems more apparent with Seth Meyers….
    Each hosts has strong traits , and his own strengths and each has some minor weaknesses…

  3. Rob says:

    I believe Seth Meyers should host the Tonight Show and swap Fallon to Late Night.
    Seth is wonderfully funny, sharp and quick witted.
    Jimmy Fallon is a dullard compared to Seth. And Fallon is stiff and awkward.
    Either swap them or just buy out Fallon’s contract – he stinks!

  4. Late Night Watcher says:

    Fallon has turned The Tonight Show into something that should be on Nickelodeon. It is no longer The Tonight Show. It is sad to see.

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