TONIGHT SHOW Moves Ahead of 'Colbert' to Win Late-Night Ratings for Week in Total Viewers
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON has won the late-night ratings week of June 19-23, moving ahead of "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" in total viewers and, for a second week in a row, scoring "Tonight's" biggest margin of victory in adults 18-49 versus Colbert originals in five months.
The week also saw Fallon equal his highest 18-49 rating in 11 weeks.
According to "live plus same day" results from Nielsen Media Research, "Tonight" averaged 2.656 million viewers overall for the week to top Colbert's 2.622 million. Note that the CBS series excluded from its weekly averages the show's Thursday and Friday episodes, which were encores.
In 18-49, Fallon's 0.68 rating beat Colbert's 0.42 by +0.26 of a rating point or +62%, both representing the biggest "Tonight" margins over "Late Show" since the week of Jan. 9-13. Last week's leads topped the prior biggest margins over that span, the prior week's +0.25 and +58%.
For the week of June 19-23, Fallon's 0.68 rating in 18-49 equals "Tonight's" highest since the week of April 3-7, when a week of episodes from Orlando averaged a 0.69.
At 12:35 a.m. ET last week, "Late Night with Seth Meyers" finished #1 in the timeslot versus CBS' "The Late Late Show with James Corden" in adults and women 18-34; adults, men and women 18-49; and adults, men and women 25-54, plus total viewers. 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 category.
LATE-NIGHT WEEKLY AVERAGES (According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of June 19-23. 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.")