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NBC's JIMMY FALLON & SETH MEYERS Hit 8-Week High in Key Demo

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NBC's JIMMY FALLON & SETH MEYERS Hit 8-Week High in Key Demo

Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers have concluded dominant May sweeps by setting eight-week highs in adults 18-49 for the week of May 19-23 and generating week-to-week growth for a second week in a row.

For the May sweep, "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" dominated with a 1.14 rating in 18-49, "Tonight's" highest for a May sweep in five years (since a 1.37 in May 2009). Excluding February's Olympic-boosted result, it was also "Tonight's" top rating counting all sweep months since that 1.37 in May 2009. At 12:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (0.58) scored the top "Late Night" May rating in three years (0.62 in May 2011).

During May, Fallon's 1.14 nearly equaled the combined 1.15 of ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (0.62) and CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman" (0.53). Meyers' 0.58 topped Letterman's 0.53 despite starting a full hour later.

Versus May 2013, "Tonight" was up +34% in 18-49 rating (to a 1.14 from a 0.85) and "Late Night" grew by +14% (0.58 vs. 0.51).

For the week of May 19-23, "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" earned a 1.28 rating in adults 18-49, its top result since the week of March 24-28, to beat the combined 18-49 ratings of ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (0.64) and CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman" (0.47). Note that last week's Kimmel was an encore on Friday and Letterman was in rebroadcast on Thursday and Friday.

For the week at 12:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (0.64) captured its top rating since March 24-28 to tie Kimmel and beat Letterman, despite starting an hour later.

"Tonight's" strong week was boosted by Thursday's telecast, which featured a bit with Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer and Will Ferrell-look-a-like Chad Smith. Thursday's 1.52 rating in 18-49 is "Tonight's" highest since Monday, March 24 (1.75, with guest Arnold Schwarzenegger).

At 1:35 a.m. ET, "Last Call with Carson Daly" delivered its top May sweep rating in 18-49 (0.33) in three years, since a 0.37 in May 2011. For the week of May 19-23, "Last Call" was up for a second week in a row (to a 0.35 from a 0.33 and a 0.32) and up +17% versus its 0.30 for the same week last year.

WEEK 35

Show...18-49 last week...18-49 same week last season...total viewers last week...total viewers same week last season

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m.
Tonight...1.28/6...0.85/4...3.946 million...3.512 million
Dave*...0.47/2...0.65/3...2.419 million...2.714 million
Kimmel*...0.64/3...0.60/3...2.762 million...2.442 million

12:35-1:05 a.m.
Nightline...0.41/2...0.40/2...1.674 million...1.576 million

12:35-1:35 a.m.
Seth Meyers*...0.64/4...0.52/3...1.625 million...1.688 million
Ferguson...0.30/2...0.39/2...1.205 million...1.324 million

1:35 a.m.-2:05 a.m.
Carson Daly*...0.35/3...0.30/2...0.878 million...0.865 million

* "Late Night," "Last Call" and "Kimmel" were in rebroadcast on Friday and "Late Show" aired encores on Thursday and Friday.


MAY 2014 SWEEP AVERAGES, L+SD

Show...18-49 this season...18-49 last season...total viewers this season...total viewers last season

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m.
Tonight...1.14/5...0.85/4...3.599 million...3.515 million
Dave...0.53/2...0.61/3...2.748 million...2.773 million
Kimmel...0.62/3...0.65/3...2.667 million...2.479 million

12:35-1:05 a.m.
Nightline...0.41/2...0.43/2...1.682 million...1.621 million

12:35-1:35 a.m.
Seth Meyers...0.58/4...0.51/3...1.601 million...1.709 million
Ferguson...0.34/2...0.37/2...1.386 million...1.350 million

1:35 a.m.-2:05 a.m.
Carson Daly...0.33/3...0.30/2...0.887 million...0.910 million


SEASON AVERAGES SINCE FEB. 17, L+SD

Show...18-49 this season...18-49 last season...total viewers this season...total viewers last season

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m.
Tonight...1.35/6...0.79/3...4.298 million...3.404 million
Dave...0.54/2...0.65/3...2.745 million...2.829 million
Kimmel...0.65/3...0.67/3...2.656 million...2.485 million

12:35-1:05 a.m.
Nightline...0.40/2...0.40/2...1.631 million...1.520 million

12:35-1:35 a.m.
Seth Meyers...0.64/4...0.50/3...1.783 million...1.648 million
Ferguson...0.35/2...0.39/2...1.367 million...1.393 million

1:35 a.m.-2:05 a.m.
Carson Daly...0.35/3...0.28/2...0.950 million...0.869 million


SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK OF MAY 19-23

National Adult 18-49 Rating

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m., "The Daily Show," 0.56
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight, "The Colbert Report," 0.45

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, "Conan," 0.34

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., 0.92
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m., 0.68

Total Viewers

Comedy Central 11-11:30 p.m., "The Daily Show," 1.409 million
Comedy Central 11:30 p.m.-midnight, "The Colbert Report," 1.153 million

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, "Conan," 0.734 million

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., 1.944 million
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m., 1.383 million

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