February 08, 2014 8:21am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: Jimmy Fallon Leaves 'Late Night' With Record 6.6 Million Viewers
Jimmy Fallon signed off on Friday night... though only for a week. The incoming Tonight Show host taped his final Late Night ahead of the big move, bringing in boosted ratings in the process -- topping the series high overnights he set the night before.
Overnight returns give the host a 4.8 rating and a 13 share with metered-market households. Fallon had a big lead-in with the Winter Olympics opening ceremony, topping Thursday's 4.6 rating and 15 share after Jay Leno's exit.
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Fast Official ratings maintain Fallon's hot streak. The episode averaged 6.6 million viewers and 2.2 rating among adults 18-49 -- both highs for his Late Night tenure.
Fallon was joined by Andy Samberg and the Muppets for his last show, more than tripling his current show’s 1.5 metered-market season average results.
Late Night hit series high for a regularly scheduled in adjusted ratings on Thursday with 6 million viewers and a 2.0 rating among adults 18-49. If Friday's show ends up beating that number, it does so with the aid of airing at midnight and within a half-hour of the network's Olympic coverage.