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'The Tonight Show' And 'Late Night' Dominate Timeslot Competition In Fourth Quarter

'The Tonight Show' And 'Late Night' Dominate Timeslot Competition In Fourth Quarter

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Fallon wins in all key measures while Meyers stretches lead in 18-49 over Corden. Meyers retained 100 percent of his year-ago 18-49 rating.

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon has delivered a dominant ratings win for the fourth quarter of 2015, outscoring CBS’s Late Show with Stephen Colbert and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live in every key measure — adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers.

In 2014 and 2015, Fallon has delivered Tonight’s two highest-rated fourth quarters in adults 18-49 since 2008. His 1.10 rating this year and 1.17 rating during the year-ago quarter are Tonight’s two best in a fourth quarter since 2008 (1.34).

At 12:35 a.m. ET, Late Night with Seth Meyers also dominated the quarter, stretching his margin over CBS’s Late Late Show with James Corden to +50 percent in adults 18-49 (with a 0.51 rating versus a 0.34), up from last year’s +46 percent (0.51 vs. 0.35). Meyers also increased his advantage over ABC’s Nightline in their head-to-head half-hour from 12:30-1 a.m. ET to +47 percent (0.56 vs. 0.38 for that half-hour), up from the year-ago +39 percent (0.57 vs. 0.41).

Meyers retained 100 percent of his year-ago 18-49 rating for the fourth quarter (0.51 vs. 0.51) and grew +4 percent in total viewers (1.658 million vs. 1.588 million), +3 percent in adults 25-54 (0.65 vs. 0.63) and +11 percent in men 25-54 (0.61 vs. 0.55).

At 1:35 a.m. ET, Last Call with Carson Daly generated a +4 percent increase in total viewers versus the fourth quarter of 2015 (921,000 vs. 888,000) and was also up +3 percent in adults 25-54 (0.39 vs. 0.38) and +9 percent in men 25-54 (0.36 vs. 0.33).

Meyers concluded the fourth quarter with a 0.45 rating for encore telecasts during the holiday week of Dec. 21-25 (all Thursday and Friday telecasts were preempted or excluded), to tie that week’s rebroadcasts of Colbert (0.45) and finish within 0.04 of a point of the week’s Kimmel encores (0.49), despite Meyers’ start time one hour later.

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