‘Jay Leno’s’ second night w/ Sarah Palin beats ‘David Letterman’


Last night Jay Leno got a little help from Sarah Palin and the special opening monologue.

“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” (1.0) and ABC’s “Nightline (0.9) 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 50 percent. 

Wednesday’s “Tonight” finished within a tenth of a point of its Monday and Tuesday result in adults 18-49 (1.6 each night in fast nationals).

In total viewers in the fast nationals, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (5.4 million) ranked #1 among the major networks in the time period over “Late Show” (3.7 million) and “Nightline” (3.4 million).  The “Tonight” margin over “Late Show” in total viewers in these fast-national results is 47 percent.

At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (0.7 in adults 18-49) out-delivered CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (0.6) by a margin of 17 percent in these fast nationals.  In total viewers, “Late Night” (2.0 million viewers overall) topped “Late Late Show” (1.7 million) by a margin of 15 percent.

In Late-Night Fast Nationals Wednesday Night:

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

(source: information provided by NBC)