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[12/04/15 - 12:53 PM]
"The Tonight Show" Dominates November Sweep and Handily Wins Week of Nov. 23-27 with Nine-Month Highs
NBC spins the late-night numbers for the week of November 23-27 and the November sweeps period.

[via press release from NBC]

"THE TONIGHT SHOW" DOMINATES NOVEMBER SWEEP AND HANDILY WINS WEEK OF NOV. 23-27 WITH NINE-MONTH HIGHS

Fallon Has Now Generated "Tonight's" Two Top-Rated November Sweeps Since 2008

"Late Night" Delivers Best Week in 20 Months and Defeats "Late Show" in 18-49 Demo Despite Starting an Hour Later

NEW YORK - Dec. 4, 2015 - "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" has dominated the November sweep, increasing its margin over CBS's "Late Show with Stephen Colbert" with each succeeding week of the month and concluding November with the show's top-scoring week since February.

Fallon has now delivered the two highest-rated November sweeps for "The Tonight Show" in the last seven years with this year's 0.98 rating in adults 18-49 and last year's 1.01 - best for the show in November since a 1.29 in 2008. In total viewers, 2014 and 2015 have seen "Tonight's" top two November sweeps since 2010.

"Tonight" concluded November with a 1.28 rating in 18-49 and 4.208 million viewers overall for the week of Nov. 23-27, its best results in both measures since the week of Feb. 16-20 (1.30 in 18-49, 4.233 million viewers overall).

The highlight of the week was the Thanksgiving telecast, delayed by a high-rated NFL overrun, which generated "Tonight's" highest rating for any night of the week (1.72 in 18-49) since Monday, March 24, 2014 (1.75 with guest Arnold Schwarzenegger).

For the week, Fallon outscored "Late Show" by a +137% margin in adults 18-49, the biggest advantage yet for Fallon versus Colbert. For the week, Fallon scored a 1.28 rating in 18-49 versus Colbert's 0.54. Fallon also outrated the combined 1.19 of Colbert and "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (0.65).

It's the sixth week in a row (excluding a week of Colbert encores) that Fallon has established a new biggest-yet margin versus "The Late Show."

In the prior 11 weeks since Colbert debuted, Fallon's margins in 18-49 have been +28% for the week of Sept. 7-11, +38% for Sept. 14-18, +35% for Sept. 21-25, +41% for Sept. 28-Oct. 2, +38% for Oct. 5-9, +56% for Oct. 12-16, +54% for the encore week of Oct. 19-23, +59% for Oct. 26-30, +60% for Nov. 2-6, +70% for Nov. 9-13 and +79% for Nov. 16-20.

"Last Night with Seth Meyers" also surged during the week of Nov. 23-27 week with its highest weeklong rating in 18 months (0.62, best since a 0.64 for May 19-23, 2014) and its most-watched week in 20 months (1.967 million viewers, best since 2.003 million for March 24-28, 2014).

For the week, Meyers outrated CBS's "Late Show with Stephen Colbert" for the first time (0.62 vs. 0.54 in 18-49), despite starting an hour later.

"Last Call with Carson Daly" also generated its most-watched week in 20 months (1.084 million viewers, best since 1.095 million for March 3-7, 2014).

For the November sweep, both Fallon and Meyers outdelivered their ABC and CBS time-period competition in every key measure - adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers.

WEEKLY AVERAGES

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of Nov. 23-27. Ratings reflect "live plus same day" data from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise noted. Season-to-date figures are averages of "live plus seven day" data except for the two most recent weeks, which are "live plus same day.")

ADULTS 18-49
11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Tonight" 1.28 rating, 6 share *
CBS "Late Show," 0.54/3 *
ABC "Kimmel," 0.65/3 *
12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC "Nightline," 0.39/2 *
12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Late Night," 0.62/4 *
CBS "The Late Late Show," 0.35/2 *
1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC "Last Call," 0.36/3 (R) *

TOTAL VIEWERS
11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Tonight," 4.208 million viewers *
CBS "Late Show," 2.504 million viewers *
ABC "Kimmel," 2.600 million viewers *
12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC "Nightline," 1.640 million viewers *
12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Late Night," 1.967 million viewers *
CBS "The Late Late Show," 1.308 million viewers *
1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC "Last Call," 1.084 million viewers (R) *

* NBC excluded Friday, CBS excluded Thursday and Friday and ABC excluded Wednesday, Thursday and Friday results due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

NOVEMBER 2015 SWEEP AVERAGES, "LIVE PLUS SAME DAY"

ADULTS 18-49
11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Tonight," 0.98 rating, 5 share
CBS "Late Show," 0.58/3
ABC "Kimmel," 0.60/3
12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC "Nightline," 0.40/3
12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Late Night," 0.51/3
CBS "Late Late Show," 0.32/2
1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC "Last Call," 0.30/3

TOTAL VIEWERS
11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Tonight," 3.440 million viewers
CBS "Late Show," 3.522 million viewers
ABC "Kimmel," 2.519 million viewers
12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC "Nightline," 1.627 million viewers
12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Late Night," 1.595 million viewers
CBS "Late Late Show," 1.182 million viewers
1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC "Last Call," 0.898 million viewers

SEASON AVERAGES

ADULTS 18-49
11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Tonight," 1.09 rating, 5 share
CBS "Late Show," 0.78/4
ABC "Kimmel," 0.61/3
12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC "Nightline," 0.39/2
12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Late Night," 0.51/3
CBS "Late Late Show," 0.35/2
1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC "Last Call," 0.30/3

TOTAL VIEWERS
11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Tonight," 3.859 million viewers
CBS "Late Show," 3.177 million viewers
ABC "Kimmel," 2.548 million viewers
12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC "Nightline," 1.608 million viewers
12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Late Night," 1.651 million viewers
CBS "Late Late Show," 1.286 million viewers
1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC "Last Call," 0.937 million viewers

SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK NOV. 23-27

NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING
Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. ET, "The Daily Show," 0.23 (R) **
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, "The Nightly Show," 0.15 (R) **
TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, "Conan," 0.28 (R)
Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 0.63
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.51

Each adult 18-49 rating point equals 1.27 million viewers.

TOTAL VIEWERS
Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m., "The Daily Show," 0.476 million (R) **
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, "The Nightly Show," 0.333 million (R) **
TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, "Conan," 0.611 million (R)
Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 1.283 million viewers
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.045 million viewers

** Comedy Central shows were preempted on Thursday.





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