'Tonight Show' Still Dominates Late Night

jimmyfallontonightshowThree months into the new season, NBC's “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” shows no signs of letting up.

“Tonight” has virtually double the ratings among 18-49 viewers of its major two competitors, with its season-to-date average at a Nielsen 1.16 rating/5 share. ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” is at a 0.65/3 and CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman” is at a 0.52/2. 

Total viewers for “Tonight” are also in the lead at 4.015 million, followed by “Kimmel” at 2.786 million and “Late Show” at 2.723 million for the season so far.

In the most recent week ending December 19th, the numbers were virtually the same as their respective averages -- except for “Kimmel,” which was in a rerun on Friday. (The "Late Show" was also in a rerun on that night.) 

“Tonight” came in at a 1.16/5 with 4.22 million viewers, while “Late Show” scored 0.55/3 and 2.79 million viewers; and “Kimmel” earned a 0.57/3 and 2.54 million viewers.

Sometime next year, in August/September, Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert of “The Colbert Report” will be taking over for David Letterman at the new host of “Late Show.”

Later programming efforts for the season so far include: ABC’s “Nightline,” running from 12:35 to 1:05 a.m., is averaging a 0.41/2 among 18-49 viewers and 1.7 million overall viewers; NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” is at a 0.51/3 and 1.58 million viewers; and CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” is at a 0.35/2 and 1.46 million overall viewers.

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