With Lena Dunham as the main guest, it was literally Girls night on NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers on the fourth night of the former SNL anchor’s launch as host. The show drew a 1.7/6 in metered-market ratings, down for the first time from what Jimmy Fallon pulled in during his comparable Late Night premiere week in 2009. Fallon was 17% better on March 5, 2009, drawing a 2.0/7 in metered-markets results with a 0.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 2.128 million viewers. Fallon’s fourth night hosting Late Night actually saw a rise from the 1.8 metered-market result of his third night as well as the 0.7 rating in the key market and the audience of 1.897 million. Meyers had been ahead of Fallon’s results all week in terms of metered-market ratings, and the former SNLers have been reasonably close among 18-49 results with the two Late Nights basically on par on their respective second nights. Anthony Mackie, who plays the Falcon in Disney/Marvel’s upcoming Captain America sequel, and John Mayer were the other guests on Thursday’s Late Night.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, in the fourth show of its second week, pulled a 3.5/9 in metered-markets results. That’s a drop of 16% from the 4.2/11 MM result from the night before. Last night also saw Fallon’s 11:35 PM rivals closing in after a week and a half of being far behind: Late Night With David Letterman got a 2.4/6 while Jimmy Kimmel Live had a 3.0/6. With Kerry Washington, whose Scandal had its season premiere earlier in the night, as its main guest, ABC’s late-night show hit season high in metered-market ratings with a 43% surge upwards from its February 26 result.
(UPDATE, 10:42 AM: The late night fast nationals are in and it’s pretty much the same landscape as the metered-markets earlier this morning. Late Night With Seth Meyers had 0.7 ratings among adults 18-49 and 1.962 million viewers. That’s his lowest result of the debut week so far and is a bit behind the 0.8 rating and 2.128 million viewers that Jimmy Fallon had on his fourth night hosting Late Night on March 5, 2009.
Speaking of Fallon, last night’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon drew a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49 with a total viewership of 4.456 million. That’s down 17% in both categories from the show’s February 26 results. While Fallon was down to his lowest number since taking over The Tonight Show, the other Jimmy was up strong and closing the 11:35 PM gap. With a much stronger Thursday primetime as a near lead-in and Scandal’s Kerry Washington as his main guest, Jimmy Kimmel Live got a 1.0 rating in the demo and an audience of 3.555 million. That’s a 100% leap up among the 18-49s from the night before for Kimmel and a 44% rise in viewership from the 2.456 million viewers of his February 26 show. Last night’s JKL was actually the show’s second most watched episode ever after the 3.642 million who watched the January 24, 2013 “Matt Damon Takeover” show. CBS’s David Letterman had a 0.5 rating with 2.710 million viewers, a slight upturn from the night before. Still the fourth show of the second week of Fallon’s new gig equaled the 1.4 rating that Conan O’Brien got on the fourth night of his second Tonight Show week on June 11, 2009. While the demo rating was on par, like the night before Fallon bested O’Brien’s comparable night’s 3.565 million viewers. Like in metered-market results, Fallon was ahead of the 1.14 rating and 4.066 million viewers that Jay Leno got on the comparable night of his Tonight Show return in 2010.)
By comparison, last night’s The Tonight Show was up 16% from the 3.0/7 metered-market rating that Conan O’Brien got on the fourth night of his second week on June 11, 2009. O’Brien’s comparable night had a 1.45 rating in the key demo, down 11% from his June 10, 2009 show, and 3.565 million viewers, down 12% form the night before. While Fallon has seen a pretty standard dip in his numbers over his second week so far, O’Brien’s June 10, 2009 was a surge up in the demo from the night before and an anomaly in his second week. Last night’s Tonight Show was once again up over the comparable night for Jay Leno’s 2010 return. On the fourth show of his second week back hosting The Tonight Show, Leno got a 3.2/8 in MM results. Leno’s March 11, 2010 show had a 1.14 rating among adults 18-49 with 4.066 million viewers.
With snowboarder Shaun White as one of Fallon’s guests last night, along with Denzel Washington and Sara Bareilles, The Tonight Show had the just completed Winter Olympics as a main topic. It did not, however, have the ratings that the February 20 Sochi-fueled show drew. Last night’s Fallon was down 35% from the 5.3/15 MM result that last Thursday’s Tonight Show garnered. With First Lady Michelle Obama as a guest, that show was actually up 2% from the 5.2 Fallon got the night before. Last week’s midnight airing show got a 2.6 rating among adults 18-49 and a strong audience of 7.688 million overall.