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September 11, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Always a strong presence in late-night TV even when NBC’s primetime shows failed to attract many viewers, The Tonight Show and Late Night have jumped in popularity as the network’s primetime lineup has vastly improved, the latest Nielsen ratings indicate. In fact, for the week of Sept. 1-5, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon beat the combined ratings of ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live and CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman among viewers 18-49. In addition, Late Night with Seth Meyers beat Kimmel’s and Letterman’s numbers despite starting an hour later. For his part, Meyers also drew twice the number of 18-49-year-old viewers as CBS’s Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Among total viewers, Fallon averaged 3.82 million, ahead of Kimmel with 2.45 million and Letterman with 2.40 million. Meyers attracted 1.68 million, ahead of ABC Nightline‘s 1.56 million and Ferguson’s 1.26 million.