Kimmel had beaten Leno head-to-head three times in the key adults 18-49 demo earlier this year, but last week his four original episodes and one repeat came up short opposite Leno’s all-encore week.
According to Nielsen, “Tonight Show” averaged 912,000 adults 18-49 for the week of Aug. 12-16, still comfortably ahead of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (805,000) while also topping encores of “Late Show With David Letterman” on CBS (646,000). This is especially impressive given that Kimmel had Oprah Winfrey as a guest on Wednesday.
In total viewers, “Tonight” led the way with 2.95 million, followed by “Kimmel” (2.42 million) and “Late Show” (2.39 million). The NBC program is in control of its timeslot, having beaten both shows every week in 2013.
Also for NBC, repeats of “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (1.55 million, including 599,000 adults 18-49) outperformed head-to-head both ABC’s “Nightline” (1.40 million, including 452,000 adults 18-49) and CBS’ encore of “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” (1.21 million, including 403,000 in the demo).
Fallon, who takes over for Leno as host of “Tonight Show” early next year, has drawn a larger young-adult audience head to head for 32 weeks in a row against “Nightline” and for all but one of the last 45 weeks against “Late Late Show.”
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