Well, Jimmy Fallon did something in late night that hasn’t happened since the days of Johnny Carson. His first week at The Tonight Show was the biggest since Johnny Carson’s last week on the air. Neilson released the “live plus three days” ratings and it turns out that two million more people tuned into The Tonight Show after playing on their DVRs. This puts Fallon’s premiere week audience at 10.42 million viewers. It’s the largest audience The Tonight Show has had since Carson’s final week in May 1992, where he averaged a staggering 19.45 million viewers.
Finally, as NBC hoped these numbers also suggest that Fallon is bringing in younger viewers as well. The median age during Fallon’s first week was 52.6 years which is a drop from 58.1. The youngest age range for the late night shows on the big 3 networks. Jimmy Kimmel’s median age is 54.2 and Letterman is 58.7.