Sunday, April 21, 2024

No Turkeys: Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers Draw Highest Ratings in 2 Years Buoyed by Thanksgiving Parade Numbers


There were no turkeys on Thanksigiving for NBC.

Last night, both Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show” and Seth Meyers’ “Late Night” drew their highest ratings since Thanksgiving 2019.

Fallon had 2.7 million viewers, Meyers had 1.5 million. Each of those figures was almost double their average nightly viewership. It’s possible– we don’t know yet– that Fallon beat his competitor, Stephen Colbert.

The reason for this? The Macy’s Thanksgiving parade. Earlier in the day, NBC was riding high with 21 million viewers for the parade, the biggest rating for any entertainment show this year. That was followed by the “National Dog Show Presented by Purina” with 11.2 million viewers. Both of those shows also had high scores in the key demo age group. Obviously, viewers stuck with NBC all day after that. Nicely done!

Fallon’s guests last night included Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd, Sebastian Maniscalco, and musical guest Jenny Lewis. Meyers had members of his family celebrating the holiday. PS I love Jenny Lewis. Who doesn’t?

I’m such a fan of Fallon/Meyers, I do watch them faithfully with occasional dips into Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel. Both Fallon and Meyers are routinely snubbed by the Emmy Awards, which I don’t understand. They are top notch entertainment!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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