After ABC’s late-night host Jimmy Kimmel got some ink last week for winning an NBA-boosted night two weeks back, NBC’s Jimmy Fallon won both NBA Finals nights last week — for The Tonight Show‘s first adults 18-49 wins on NBA nights since 2011 (Jimmy Kimmel Live had been beating Tonight Show on every NBA night in the demo, going back that far). Fallon delivered a decisive win in late-night ratings for the week of June 9-13, beating the combined rating of JKL and CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman in the demo (Fallon: 1.24/6; Kimmel: 0.79/4; Letterman: 0.43/2). NBC’s Friday results were excluded due to a lengthy NHL overrun; Kimmel was in rebroadcast two days last week; Letterman ran an encore Friday).
On last week’s two NBA nights, Fallon outscored Kimmel in the demo and in overall audience. marking the first two times since 2011. The last time Tonight beat Kimmel in the demo on an NBA Finals night on ABC was June 7, 2011, when Kimmel’s show still followed ABC newsmag Nightline. Fallon beat Kimmel last Tuesday with a 1.39 demo rating, to Kimmel’s 1.08, and then took Thursday with a 1.16, to Kimmel’s 1.07.
Compared with the prior week, Fallon was up 11% in the demo and 16% in total viewers (4.076 million vs. 3.502 million). Versus same week last year, Fallon was up 33% in the demo. Kimmel averaged 2.612 million viewers for the night and Letterman 2.297 mil.