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NBC's TONIGHT SHOW Delivers Its Top-Rated Week Since Mid-March

NBC's TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON has delivered its top-rated week in nearly six months to earn ratings wins for the week of Sept. 4-8 versus the timeslot competition on ABC and CBS in every key demographic - adults, men and women 18-34; adults, men and women 18-49; and adults, men and women 25-54 -- according to "live plus same day" results from Nielsen Media Research.

For the week, "Tonight" averaged a 0.74 rating in adults 18-49, the show's highest in 25 weeks, since it averaged a 0.75 for the week of March 13-17. In total viewers, "Tonight" hit an 11-week high (2.638 million), its best since June 19-23 (2.659 million).

Pacing "Tonight's" strong week was the Thursday, Sept. 7 telecast, delayed by a primetime NFL overrun, which scored the show's highest rating in 18-49 (1.17) since Thursday Dec. 22, 2016 (1.19) and was the most-watched "Tonight" telecast (3.204 million) since Friday, March 17 (3.350 million).

At 12:35 a.m. ET last week, "Late Night with Seth Meyers" nearly matched Kimmel and Colbert in 18-49, despite starting an hour later. Meyers averaged a 0.41 rating for the week to finish within 0.03 of Kimmel (0.44) and 0.01 of Colbert (0.42).

Meyers' 0.41 is the show's highest rating in six months, since another 0.41 for the week of Feb. 27-March 3. The last time "Late Night" rated higher than a 0.41 was the week of Dec. 19-23, 2016 (0.47). In total viewers, "Late Night" logged a 12-week high (1.415 million), its biggest overall audience since the week of June 12-16 (1.420 million).

Meyers finished #1 in the timeslot versus CBS' "The Late Late Show with James Corden" in all key demographics, and in their head-to-head half-hour from 12:30 to 1 a.m. ET, "Late Night" also beat ABC's "Nightline" in every key measure.

Monday results are excluded from the weekly averages due to the Labor Day holiday.

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of Sept. 4-8. 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.")

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