Tonight’s show on Monday is, on average, the smallest television audience for an original episode of the show, according to early ratings. Jimmy Fallon attracted just 947,000 viewers last night.
Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show” on CBS won the evening with 2.03 million viewers, according to Nielsen’s fast-paced Live + national numbers that day. “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” On ABC came in second among television programs until late at night with 1.67 million viewers.
The numbers for each of these broadcasts are subject to correction when the final digits are calculated. They are expected to be available on Wednesday.
While these specific historical figures of Nielsen date back only to 1986, it is safe to say that Johnny Carson has always attracted more than a million viewers. These are very different eras. (Carson hosted The Tonight Show from 1962 to 1992. Jay Leno took over in ’92.)
The previous low for the original episode of “Tonight Show” came on September 25, 2020, when Fallon attracted a total of 992,000 viewers after playing in the Stanley Cup finals. The beginning of this episode was a bit delayed due to the coverage of live hockey.
Before the post-hockey episode, the show’s record level was on August 18, 2020, when Jimmy drew 1 million viewers on the nose.
Yes, this was a difficult area for Fallon – especially in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.
Fallon used to be the king of late night, but Colbert first passed him in mid-November 2018. The Colbert Report Scholarship won this season.
On Monday, Fallon welcomed guests Bill Burr, Rashida Jones and musical guest Old Dominion. The segments include “Life Coach” with Burr’s solo gag and Fallon’s “Go On, Git”.
Last night, Colbert interviewed Chris Rock and aired a performance by singer Joss Stone. At Kimmel, guests were “This Is Us Star” Milo Ventimiglia and Jake Tapper of CNN, and Queen Naija was a musical guest.
Readers can watch Fallon’s monologue from Monday below. In front, Fallon addressed President Trump, who was finally banned by Twitter and other social media platforms.
Find the top ratings from last night here. ABC won this daily portion.