Jay Leno might be leaving The Tonight Show, but he can still really pull a crowd. And with all the attention NBC’s late-night shifts received Wednesday, that is exactly what he did. On the day his replacement Jimmy Fallon was made official, Leno had his best Wednesday since January 20. The Tonight Show got a 2.9/7 in the 56 metered markets households last night, according to Nielsen. He also drew a 0.9/4 in the 25 markets with Local People Meters. That’s up 12% from March 27’s Tonight Show in metered market households and a strong 29% in adults 18-49 in Local People Meters. That matches Leno’s best Wednesday result of the year so far, tied with January 2.
Like Leno, Fallon addressed his move to the Tonight Show on his show last night. His show saw a bump too. With a 1.5/5 in metered markets, Late Night had its best Wednesday in three weeks, when the rumors of Leno’s departure started to reach fever pitch. Late Night was up 7% from the previous Wednesday in metered markets and up 20% in adults 18-49 in Local People Meters. The result was also a match for the best metered market household Wednesday result, tying January 2.
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