According to Variety, while Fallon was expected to do well as new host of The Tonight Show, just how well he's been doing has risen far above previous expectations. Last week's late night Nielsen ratings have come in, and The Tonight Show raked in an average of 4.26 million viewers, easily beating out Kimmel (2.83 million) and Letterman (2.78 million) and up ahead of Leno's ratings from a year ago by 27% in total viewers. Kimmel's final Austin show fared pretty well with a 3.46 viewers average, making it his third most watched episode ever behind the 2013 Matt Damon takeover and last month's Scandal return episode. [...]
Jimmy Fallon made his Tonight Show debut under unusual circumstances last night with an Olympics lead-in and slightly later midnight time slot, but the long wait paid off big in the ratings. According to Variety, Fallon's Tonight Show earned a 7.1 rating, beating out the combined ratings of Letterman and Kimmel by 80% and doubling the average ratings of Leno's final week as host at the end of January. To put it into perspective, Fallon's final Late Night episode was his highest rated ever with a 2.2 rating and 6.6 million overall viewers. Exact viewer numbers have not yet been released, but the total is expected to [...]
Fox's acclaimed new comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine won some big awards this weekend, but that didn't effect its ratings for its first episode since the wins. At Sunday's Golden Globes, Brooklyn won more awards than any other comedy, taking home the "Best TV Series – Musical or Comedy" and the "Best Performance in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy (Actor)" award for star Andy Samberg. The show's new episode last night didn't reflect the awards attention, earning a 1.4 rating with adults 18-49, down 10% from its previous new episode, although part of the low ratings are due to its unpopular lead-in, Dads. Maybe the show's big [...]
Two new shows launched in the same midnight timeslot during the last two weeks, and the rating are in for the initial episodes of Comedy Central's Chris Hardwick-fronted game show @midnight and TBS's The Pete Holmes Show. Last week, @midnight debuted to 549,992 total viewers and 260,876 adults 18-49, while Pete Holmes' first episode this week to 407,000 total viewers and 245,000 adults 18-49.
That said, @midnight benefits from having a stronger lead-in in The Colbert Report (628,000 in the 18-49 demo) compared to Pete Holmes's lead-in, Conan (482,000 in 18-49).
While both hosts are technically competing in the ratings, they've been friends for years and don't see it that way (Holmes even has [...]