Ratings: “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” Rises Slightly For Ariana Grande Episode

The episode tied for first place in adults 18-49.

Ariana Grande on Fallon | Andrew Lipovsky/NBC

In comparison to the show’s historical standard, Tuesday’s “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” was not a strong ratings performer.

It did, however, narrowly outperform relevant recent episodes.

Citing metered market data, NBC says the episode drew a 1.8 overnight household rating. It posted a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating in the Top 25 markets.

The episode, which featured Ariana Grande as the whole-show guest, narrowly outperformed Monday’s installment in households. That broadcast drew the same 0.5 in the demo but a 1.7 in households.

It meanwhile beat last Tuesday’s episode (1.7, 0.4) in both columns.

— When it comes to other noteworthy late-night competition, Tuesday’s “Tonight Show” markedly trailed “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (2.6 for Helen Hunt/Kevin Smith/Paramore) but narrowly beat “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (1.7 for Miley Cyrus/Elizabeth Warren) in households.

It tied “Colbert” in adults 18-49; “Kimmel” trailed both shows with a 0.4 in the demo.

Written by Brian Cantor

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