Home Television Ratings: Seth Meyers Gets Biggest “Late Night” Numbers in 9 Years

The last time “Late Night” got numbers as big as they got last night, Michael Jackson was on trial in California. George W. Bush was president. Conan O’Brien was the host of the show.

From NBC this morning:

  • At 12:35 a.m. ET, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” has delivered strong ratings with its premiere telecast, averaging a 2.6 rating, 9 share in household results from the 56 markets metered by Nielsen Media Research.  It’s the highest “Late Night” rating on a Monday in nine years (since Jan. 24, 2005 for a “Late Night” encore, 4.2, which followed a high-rated “Tonight Show” tribute to Johnny Carson).

 

  • The debut of “Late Night with Seth Meyers” is up 63% versus “Late Night’s” season average (2.6 vs. 1.6, L+SD).  Monday’s “Late Night” retained 58% of its “Tonight Show” lead-in (2.6 vs. 4.5), versus the show’s 55% season average (1.6 vs. 2.9).  The 2.6 topped the combined ratings in the time slot of ABC’s “Nightline” (1.4/5 for the first half-hour of the time period) and CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.0/4).

 

  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” averaged a 1.2/8 in adults 18-49, best for “Late Night” on a Monday since June 1, 2009 (1.4, following Conan O’Brien’s “Tonight Show” premiere).

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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