Seth Meyers boosts 'Late Night' averages

A fair share of lookee-loos are checking out the new host of Late Night on NBC — which has given Seth Meyers some promising ratings for his first two days on the job.

The second telecast of Late Night with Seth Meyers averaged a household rating of 2.2 rating/8 share in 56 metered markets, according to Nielsen ratings, which marks the franchise’s highest Tuesday performance in five years (since Dec. 23, 2008, when it scored a 2.4/7). Meyers saw a bit of a drop from his Monday premiere, when he posted a 2.6/9. Still, an 85% retention rate isn’t too shabby for the ex-SNLer.

Meyers was up 38 percent versus the franchise’s season average (2.2 versus 1.6). Though he only held onto 58% of Jimmy Fallon’s lead-in with The Tonight Show, Meyers still beat Nightline (1.0/3) and Craig Ferguson (1.1/4) combined.

Meyers hosted Kanye West, Russell Wilson and writer Robyn Doolittle. Tonight he’ll have Kelly Ripa and Brad Paisley.

At 11:30, Fallon held strong in the winner’s circle, averaging a household rating of 4.0/10, beating Late Show with David Letterman (2.3/6) and Jimmy Kimmel Live (1.7/4). NBC says Fallon is up 38% versus the franchise’s “non-Olympic” season average, which was at 2.9.

Final ratings for Fallon’s first week on the job will come out later this week.

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