Will Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show go bi-coastal after last week’s big numbers from Los Angeles?
With a week of telecasts from Dottyville on the Pacific, NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon enjoyed its highest-rated week in nearly eight months in the demo. His YouTube channel also clocked a series-record week with 131.6 million views. The special L.A.-based week, including a Friday encore, delivered a 1.22/6 in adults 18-49, making it the top-rated week for Tonight since June 9-13, 2014 (1.24 rating). In total viewers, Fallon averaged 4.185 million – his biggest crowd since the December 15 week of the network’s The Voice finale (4.218 million).
Counting just the week’s four L.A.-based originals, Tonight averaged a 1.29, which would be the show’s top-rated week since March 24-28, 2014. For the week of February 2-6, Fallon’s 1.22 beat the combined 1.13 of ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live (0.60, including a Friday encore) and CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman (0.53). The Tonight Show moved from Los Angeles, where it had been based since the Johnny Carson era, to New York when Fallon took over last year.
The YouTube channel nearly doubled its previous single-week total-view record, with 131.581 million views for the week of L.A.-based telecasts combined with the prior Sunday’s post-Super Bowl edition from Phoenix, which topped the prior record of 72.186 million views set the week of October 29-November 4, 2014. It was the biggest week in the channel’s history, with new daily and weekly records for subscribers gained, total views and subscriber views.
On Thursday, February 5, the channel brought in 33.307 million views, nearly doubling its single-day total-view record prior to last week of 16.692 million set on May 23, 2014.
For the first time two videos in the same week reached 20 million views in their first week online. The Saved By The Bell clip and the Lip Sync With Will Ferrell And Kevin Hart both topped 10 million views in their first 25 hours online.
The February 2-6 TV ratings do not include Sunday’s 12:13 AM ET post-Super Bowl edition of Tonight, which earned a 3.58 adults 18-49 rating and 9.730 million viewers overall. It was the second-highest-rated Fallon installment of either Tonight or Late Night, behind only Fallon’s first Tonight at 12 midnight on Feb. 17. 2014 (3.82 in 18-49, 11.330 million viewers overall) following an Olympics overrun.
In total viewers, it was the most-watched post-Super Bowl talk-show telecast in the history of people meters, besting prior editions of Tonight, Jimmy Kimmel Live (including the show’s 2003 series premiere), Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson and Politically Incorrect, all having aired from 1998-2013. In 18-49, this year’s Tonight was the No. 2 post-Super Bowl talk-show telecast, behind only a 1998 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (4.22).