Another late-night record this week for NBC: Jimmy Fallon’s final show as host of Late Night scored a series-high rating.
Following NBC’s coverage of the Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony (those numbers here), Fallon’s show had a 4.8 rating in the metered-market households, the best performance ever of the show using this data-set. The prior record was set on Thursday following the final telecast of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Given more than 30 million viewers tuned in for the Opening Ceremony, however, anything except a record for Fallon might have been seen as a disappointment.
Fallon’s final guests included Andy Samberg and The Muppets. “I’m really gonna miss being on TV at 12:37, especially in this battle for late-night ratings with my fierce rivals — Craig Ferguson and a vegi-chopper infomercial,” Fallon said during his monologue. “I’m not gonna cry, but I’m getting really close. Because we’re not going anywhere – we’re just going to The Tonight Show.”
Fallon is set to take over The Tonight Show from New York starting Feb. 17.