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'THE TONIGHT SHOW' DELIVERS ITS TOP NOVEMBER SWEEP IN SIX YEARS, HITS WEEKLY SEASON HIGHS DURING WEEK OF NOV. 24-28

Fallon's Thanksgiving Telecast Is Season's Best in 18-49, High Since Sept. 4 Post-NFL Show

NEW YORK - December 5, 2014 - "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" has delivered "Tonight's" top-rated November sweep in six years and concluded the month with the show's highest weekly adults 18-49 rating of the season to date during the week of Nov. 24-28.

For the November sweep, Fallon averaged a 1.01 rating, "Tonight's top average for a November sweep since 2008 (1.29).   "Tonight" grew +16% versus November 2013 in 18-49 (1.01 vs. 0.87). Fallon dominated ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman during the sweep, out-delivering them in every key measure.

At 12:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Seth Meyers" also dominated the Oct. 30-Nov. 26 November sweep versus the time-period competition and even topped Letterman in adults 18-49 (with a 0.51 rating versus Letterman's 0.49 for the month), despite starting an hour later. In the 12:35 a.m. hour, "Late Night" delivered bigger audiences than Ferguson in every key measure, while winning its head-to-head half-hour versus ABC's "Nightline" from 12:30-1 a.m. in every key demographic.

For the week of Nov. 24-28, "The Tonight Show" drew a 1.14 in the 18-49, which was above its 1.03 season-to-date average and ranks as the show's best weekly result since Aug. 11-15, 2014. On the Nov. 27 Thanksgiving telecast, which was delayed by a high-rated primetime NFL overrun, "The Tonight Show" earned a 1.44 - the highest "Tonight" demo since a 1.49 on Sept. 4, 2014, when the NFL season opened on NBC.

For the week, ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" earned a 0.77 rating in 18-49 and CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman" drew a 0.53 in 18-49.

Note: Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, ABC excluded Wednesday through Friday telecasts, CBS excluded Thursday and Friday and NBC excluded Friday. Monday telecasts were delayed by overruns that resulted from primetime news coverage.

For the week at 12:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Seth Meyers" reached a season-high 0.58 rating in 18-49 - up from its season average of a 0.51 - and tied the week of Sept. 1-5 as "Late Night's" top-rated week since June 9-13 (0.59).

"Late Night" handily beat timeslot competition "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (0.35) and "Nightline" (0.48 from 12:35-1:05 a.m.). "Late Night" also outrated Letterman despite starting an hour later.

"Last Call with Carson Daly" drew a 0.33 18-49 rating for the week.

WEEKLY AVERAGES
(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of Nov. 24-28. 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" 1.14 rating, 5 share *
CBS "Late Show," 0.53/2 *
ABC "Kimmel," 0.77/4 *

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC "Nightline," 0.48/3 *

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Late Night," 0.58/4 *
CBS "Late Late Show," 0.35/2 *

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC "Last Call," 0.33/3 *

TOTAL VIEWERS

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Tonight," 3.891 million viewers *
CBS "Late Show," 2.497 million viewers *
ABC "Kimmel," 3.649 million viewers *

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC "Nightline," 2.219 million viewers *

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Late Night," 1.749 million viewers *
CBS "Late Late Show," 1.367 million viewers *

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC "Last Call," 0.941 million viewers *

* Friday's "Tonight," "Late Night" and "Last Call" were encores. Thursday and Friday's "Late Show" and "Late Late Show" were encores. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday "Kimmel" and "Nightline" were encores. Monday telecasts were delayed by overruns that resulted from primetime news coverage.

NOVEMBER SWEEP AVERAGES

ADULTS 18-49

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Tonight," 1.01 rating, 5 share
CBS "Late Show," 0.49/2
ABC "Kimmel," 0.71/3

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC "Nightline," 0.44/3

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Late Night," 0.51/3
CBS "Late Late Show," 0.31/2

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC "Last Call," 0.32/3

TOTAL VIEWERS

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Tonight," 3.632 million viewers
CBS "Late Show," 2.652 million viewers
ABC "Kimmel," 2.938 million viewers

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC "Nightline," 1.791 million viewers

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Late Night," 1.559 million viewers
CBS "Late Late Show," 1.344 million viewers

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC "Last Call," 0.901 million viewers

SEASON AVERAGES

ADULTS 18-49

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Tonight," 1.16 rating, 6 share
CBS "Late Show," 0.51/2
ABC "Kimmel," 0.67/3

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC "Nightline," 0.42/3

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Late Night," 0.51/3
CBS "Late Late Show," 0.34/2

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC "Last Call," 0.32/3

TOTAL VIEWERS

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Tonight," 3.990 million viewers
CBS "Late Show," 2.724 million viewers
ABC "Kimmel," 2.822 million viewers

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC "Nightline," 1.707 million viewers

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Late Night," 1.576 million viewers
CBS "Late Late Show," 1.407 million viewers

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC "Last Call," 0.886 million viewers

SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK NOV. 24-28

NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. ET, "The Daily Show," 0.26 (R)
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, "The Colbert Report," 0.24 (R)

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, "Conan," 0.29 (R)

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 0.83
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.58

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

TOTAL VIEWERS
Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m.  "The Daily Show," 0.553 million (R)
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, "The Colbert Report," 0.494 million (R)

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, "Conan," 0.682 million (R)

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 1.823 million viewers
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.214 million viewers

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