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NBC’s “Tonight Show” was the dominant late-night series during the November sweep, logging the second best monthly average for the program in seven years. It towered over ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and CBS’ “Late Show,” with the latter the only 11:35 p.m. program up vs. last year in its first sweep with Stephen Colbert as host.

According to Nielsen estimates for the Oct. 29-Nov. 25 ratings period, “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” averaged a 0.98 rating in adults 18-49, within 0.03 of last year (1.01) and giving the show its top two November sweeps since 2008 with Jay Leno as host. Fallon has steadily been expanding its weekly margins of victory over Colbert since the new host started on CBS in early September.

It was a tight battle for second place in November, with ABC’s “Kimmel” (0.60) neck and neck with CBS’ “Late Show” (0.58). While the former was down 18% vs. last year (0.71), the latter shot up by the same percentage (0.58 vs. 0.49). The year-over-year growth for “Late Show” was an even greater 16% in adults 18-34 (0.35 vs. 0.24 last year), as it tied with “Kimmel” for second in this category.

The race in total viewers produced a similar finish order, with Fallon (3.44 million) well ahead of the closely bunched Colbert (2.522 million) and Kimmel (2.519 million). Compared with last year, “Tonight Show” and “Late Show” were both down 5%, and “Kimmel” was off by 14% (2.519m vs. 2.938m).

NBC rolled in 18-49 at 12:35 a.m. too with “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (0.51), which beat CBS’ “Late Late Show with James Corden” (0.32) head-to-head by 59%. ABC’s half-hour “Nightline” averaged a 0.40 in 18-49, a 0.54 in 25-54 and 1.627 million total viewers.

Though it fell outside the sweep, “Tonight Show” had an especially strong performance on Thursday of last week. Airing later than usual due to a high-rated NFL overrun (Bears-Packers), “Tonight” had its top rating for any night of the week (1.72) since March 2014. And “Late Night” finished with its highest-rated week since May 2014 (0.62), out-rating “Late Show” (0.58) for the first time even though it airs an hour later than the CBS program.

In other fringe ratings news, NBC’s “Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade” averaged a big 22.255 million viewers last Thursday, down a smidge from last year (22.551). It’s the fall’s most-watched non-sports telecast, beating out the previous high set by the season premiere of CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” (18.203 million). In adults 18-49, the parade’s 6.0 (down 3% from last year’s 6.2) is the No. 2 broadcast entertainment program of the fall, behind only the season premiere of Fox’s “Empire” (6.7).

NOVEMBER SWEEP LATE-NIGHT PROGRAM AVERAGES
(Oct. 29-Nov. 25)

Adults 18-49 rating
Tonight Show (NBC) ………………  0.98
Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) ………..  0.60
Late Show (CBS) ………………….  0.58
Late Night (NBC) …………………..  0.51
Nightline (ABC) …………………….. 0.40
Late Late Show (CBS) …………….  0.32
Conan (TBS) ……………………….  0.30
Last Call (NBC) …………………….  0.30
Daily Show (Comedy) ……………..  0.28
Nightly Show (Comedy) …………..  0.17

Total Viewers (in millions)
Tonight Show (NBC) ………………. 3.440
Late Show (CBS) …………………..  2.522
Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) ………… 2.519
Nightline (ABC) …………………….. 1.627
Late Night (NBC) …………………..  1.595
Late Late Show (CBS) …………….  1.182
Last Call (NBC) …………………….  0.898
Daily Show (Comedy) ……………..  0.676
Conan (TBS) ………………………..  0.651
Watch What Happens (Bravo) ……  0.451

Source: Nielsen (each 18-49 ratings point represents 1.27 million viewers)