‘Jay Leno’ settling in with ratings; wins Thursday


“The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (1.5 rating in adults 18-49) led the time period over CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” (1.1) and ABC’s “Nightline (1.1) in fast  national “live plus same day” ratings from Nielsen Media Research.  The “Tonight” margin over “Late Show” in fast-national adult 18-49 rating is 36 percent.
Thursday’s “Tonight” matched its Wednesday rating in adults 18-49 (1.5) and finished within a tenth of a point of its Monday and Tuesday result (1.6 each night in fast nationals).

In total viewers in the fast nationals, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (5.1 million) ranked #1 among the major networks in the time period over “Late Show” (3.9 million) and “Nightline” (3.6 million).  The “Tonight” margin over “Late Show” in total viewers in these fast-national results is 29 percent.

At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (0.6 in adults 18-49) tied CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (0.6) in these fast nationals.  In total viewers, “Late Night” (1.8 million viewers overall) trailed “Late Late Show” (1.9 million).

In Late-Night Fast Nationals Thursday Night:

NOTE: All national ratings are “live plus same day” from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.  

(source: information from NBC)