Jimmy Fallon is having a very good week. Monday, February 17, marked the start of the Saturday Night Live alum’s reign on entertainment bastion The Tonight Show, and the ratings are in: America’s fallen for Fallon.
Jimmy’s first Wednesday as host (February 19) drew in more than 7.2 million viewers. That’s the highest Wednesday night Tonight Show in more than 10 years! Last time ratings were this good for the franchise was in February 2004 with just a tick more viewers (7.7 million). Sorry, Leno.
The new main man of late-night also went up in the prime demo of adults ages 18 to 49, getting a bump from his second to third nights. That’s a “rare trick,” as Deadline put it. Although Nielsen reports only a 4 percent rise from the 2.3 demo rating Jimmy took home Tuesday, February 18, Deadline points out that both Conan O’Brien or Jay Leno saw dips from their second to third evenings as host of the show.
Although there are plenty of reasons why Jimmy’s Wednesday was so popular (the Olympics coming right before them on NBC potentially being one), we do need to give credit to one of the night’s best segments. We present to you, lucky readers, Brian Williams’s “Rapper’s Delight.”