Late Night Ratings: 'Leno,' 'Fallon' Top February Sweep
Earlier 'Kimmel' posts big gains over year-ago period
By Andrea Morabito -- Broadcasting & Cable, 3/7/2013 3:48:28 PM
Leno averaged 3.5 million total viewers according to live plus same day Nielsen data for the 28-night sweep, more than CBS' Late Show with David Letterman (3.3 million viewers) or ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live (2.5 million).
The race was closer in adults 18-49, where Leno was tops with a 0.8 rating and 1.02 million viewers. Letterman and Kimmel tied with a 0.7 demo rating, though CBS paced slightly ahead with 941,000 viewers to ABC's 913,000.
With the move to 11:35 p.m., Kimmel posted its largest sweeps audience ever. Compared to the February 2012 sweep, JKL improved 48% in total viewers and 33% among adults 18-49.
At 12:35 a.m., Late Night was first with 1.7 million total viewers and a 0.5 rating with adults 18-49 while CBS' Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and ABC's Nightline tied with 1.6 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating each.
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