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TONIGHT SHOW Tops 'Late Show' & 'Kimme' for Week of 1/21

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NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno has finished #1 in viewers 18-49 and total viewers versus its ABC and CBS time-slot competition for the week of January 21-25, despite the highest-rated night yet for ABC's 11:35 p.m. ET edition of Jimmy Kimmel LIVE. Note that Monday results are excluded from the week's averages due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and that CBS's Late Show with David Letterman was in rebroadcast last week.

For the week, TONIGHT topped KIMMEL in viewers 18-49 by a 4 percent margin (with 999,000 viewers vs. 956,000 for KIMMEL), while both shows rounded to a 0.8 rating in that demo. In total viewers, TONIGHT out-delivered KIMMEL by a 24 percent margin (3.529 million vs. 2.855 million). Thursday's edition of KIMMEL, which featured Matt Damon and such guest stars as Andy Garcia, Sheryl Crow, Nicole Kidman, Demi Moore, Robin Williams and Sarah Silverman, earned the highest 18-49 and total-viewer results for "Kimmel" so far in its three weeks in the 11:35 p.m. ET slot.

At 12:35 a.m. ET last week, rebroadcasts of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon also ranked #1 versus the ABC and CBS competition in 18-49 viewers. The LATE NIGHT encores beat ABC's original NIGHTLINE for the week in their head-to-head half-hour by a 12 percent margin in 18-49 (with 615,000 viewers vs. NIGHTLINE's 550,000 in the 12:30-1 a.m. ET half-hour). LATE NIGHT encores topped CBS's LATE LATE SHOW WITH Craig Ferguson rebroadcasts in adults 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, total viewers and most other key categories.

TONIGHT hit a three-week high in total viewers, with its 3.5 million being the show's top average since New Year's week.

WEEKLY AVERAGES

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of January 21-25. Ratings reflect "live plus same day" data from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise noted. Season-to-date figures are averages of "live plus seven day" data except for the two most recent weeks, which are "live plus same day.")

ADULTS 18-49
11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC TONIGHT, 0.8 rating, 3 share*
CBS LATE SHOW, 0.6/3 (in encore telecasts)*
ABC KIMMEL, 0.8/3*
12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC NIGHTLINE, 0.4/2*
12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC LATE NIGHT, 0.5/3 (in encore telecasts)*
CBS LATE LATE SHOW, 0.4/2 (in encore telecasts)*
1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC LAST CALL, 0.3/2 (in encore telecasts)*

TOTAL VIEWERS
11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC TONIGHT, 3.5 million viewers*
CBS LATE SHOW 2.6 million viewers (in encore telecasts)*
ABC KIMMEL, 2.9 million viewers*
12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC NIGHTLINE, 1.8 million viewers*
12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC LATE NIGHT, 1.5 million viewers (in encore telecasts)*
CBS LATE LATE SHOW, 1.3 million viewers (in encore telecasts)*
1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC LAST CALL, 0.8 million viewers (in encore telecasts)*

* Monday results are excluded due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

SEASON TO DATE

ADULTS 18-49
11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC TONIGHT, 0.8 rating, 3 share
CBS LATE SHOW, 0.7/3
ABC KIMMEL, 0.8/3**
12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC NIGHTLINE, 0.4/2**
12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC LATE NIGHT, 0.5/3
CBS LATE LATE SHOW, 0.4/2
1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC LAST CALL, 0.3/2

TOTAL VIEWERS
11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC TONIGHT, 3.6 million viewers
CBS LATE SHOW, 3.1 million viewers
ABC KIMMEL, 2.9 million viewers**
12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC NIGHTLINE, 1.8 million viewers**
12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC LATE NIGHT, 1.7 million viewers
CBS LATE LATE SHOW, 1.5 million viewers
1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC LAST CALL, 0.9 million viewers

** Since January 8.

SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK OF JANUARY 21-25

NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING
Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. ET, "The Daily Show," 0.8
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, "The Colbert Report," 0.6
TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, "Conan," 0.5
Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 1.0
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.7

Each adult 18-49 rating point equals 1.27 million viewers

TOTAL VIEWERS
Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. "The Daily Show," 1.8 million
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, "The Colbert Report," 1.4 million
TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, "Conan," 0.9 million
Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 2.1 million
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.5 million

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