Related: Leno Tops Ratings In First Week Of Sweep

Jay Leno’s ratings numbers continue to impress. In his final May sweep before handing over the Tonight Show anchor desk to Jimmy Fallon in February, the NBC late-night show won the key ratings period from April 25-May 22. Tonight bettered time-slot rivals Late Show With David Letterman at CBS and Jimmy Kimmel Live at ABC in every category, and matched its highest margin of victory over Letterman in the 18-49 viewers in nine years. Against Kimmel, Leno grew its 18-49 lead compared with the February sweeps from 12% to 30% in 18-49 and from 39% to 42%  in total viewers. (See the full chart below.) For the May sweep, Leno generated bigger audiences than its broadcast rivals in every key category: adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers.

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Leno has won every week this season in total viewers and delivered bigger 18-49 audiences than Letterman for the last 27 weeks in a row. He’s also topped Kimmel for 18 of their 20 head-to-head weeks.

At 12:35, NBC’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon topped rival CBS’ Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson and ABC’s Nightline in their head-to-head half-hour. Fallon generated his biggest May margins ever over second-place Ferguson in the five May sweeps in which they’ve faced off.


11:35 PM-12:35 AM
Tonight Show/Leno (NBC)…3.5 million…1.075 million; 0.8/4
Late Show/Letterman (CBS)…2.8 million…775,000; 0.6/3
Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)…2.5 million…826,000; 0.7/3

12:35-1:05 AM
Nightline (ABC)…1.6 million…N/A; 0.4/2

12:35-1:35 AM
Late Night/Fallon (NBC)…1.7 million…649,000; 0.5/3
Late Late Show/Ferguson (CBS)…1.4 million…469,000; 0.4/2

1:35-2:05 AM
Last Call/Daly (NBC)…0.9 million…N/A; 0.3/2