UPDATE, 11:34 AM : Looks like Seth Meyers has moved very nicely from the Weekend Update desk on SNL to NBC’s Late Night. In fast nationals, last night’s debut of Late Night With Seth Meyers drew a 1.4 ratings among adults 18-49 and 3.417 million viewers. That’s a nice jump from the 1.2 rating and audience of 2.86 million that Jimmy Fallon got for his Late Night premiere on March 2, 2009. Overall, last night’s results are the best Late Night has done on Monday since the 1.9 rating and 3.935 million who watched a January 24, 2005 encore that ran after a Tonight Show tribute to Johnny Carson, who died the day before.
As Meyers launched strong, fellow former SNLer Fallon had a good start to his second week hosting The Tonight Show. With a 2.1 rating and 6.257 million viewers, Fallon topped the 1.69 rating and 4.112 million viewers of beginning of the second week of Conan O’Brien’s Tonight reign on June 8, 2009. He also beat the 1.12 key demo rating and 4.554 million watching on March 8, 2010, the beginning of Jay Leno’s second week after his return to The Tonight Show desk.
PREVIOUS, 6:59 AM: They didn’t have the Olympics to give them a boost but Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers had a pretty good night Monday. The debut of Late Night With Seth Meyers drew a 2.6/9 in overnight metered markets for NBC, up 63% from Late Night’s season average. Meyers’ debut is 13% better than the 2.3/8 that Fallon pulled in when he debuted as the Late Night host on March 2, 2009. That launch, which did not have the Vice President of the United States as a guest as Meyers did with Joe Biden last night, went on to get a 1.2 among adults 18-49 and 2.86 million viewers. Of course, five years ago the key demo watching NBC, ABC and CBS was 40% higher in the tine period from what it is today — a point that will undoubtedly be made on many sides once the flourish of Meyers’ and Fallon’s debuts begin to normalize. Last night’s Late Night was the best the show has done on a Monday in metered-market ratings since the 4.2 of January 24, 2005, when it followed a much-watched tribute to Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show just after his death.