Fallon's 'Tonight Show' Debuts to Strong Ratings
The debut of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" has generated strong sampling at a special midnight start time following late local news and NBC's coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympics.
Fallon's "Tonight" debut last night averaged a 7.1 rating, 20 share in household results from the 56 local markets metered by Nielsen Media Research. That made it:
Easily the #1 non-Olympic telecast versus all Primetime and late-night programming last night on ABC, CBS and FOX in metered-market households (#2 among non-Olympic programs was a 5.5/8 for ABC's "The Bachelor").
Higher-rated than all but two of last week's Primetime non-Olympic programs on ABC, CBS and FOX in metered-market households (for the week of Feb. 10-16, behind only Fox's Wednesday "American Idol" and CBS's Thursday "Big Bang Theory" encore, 7.4 each).
The night's dominant late-night telecast.
The top-rated late-night talk-show telecast ever for Jimmy Fallon.
Up 48% versus the 4.8/13 for the Friday, Feb. 7 finale of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," which aired at 12:05 a.m. ET following Primetime Olympics coverage) and was Fallon's previous high for a late-night talk show.
Tied for the second-highest "Tonight Show" overnights since Friday, May 29, 2009 (8.8/20, for Leno's last telecast before Conan O'Brien took over as host), trailing over that span only the Thursday, Feb. 6 finale of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (9.2/22) and tied with the June 1, 2009 "Tonight" debut for O'Brien (7.1/17).