Conan O'Brien's premiere as host of NBC's "Tonight Show" drew the highest overnight ratings for a Monday episode in four years.
Launching his "Tonight Show" run, the late-night comedian posted a number 82% higher than the "Tonight" second quarter average and 173% above his February "Late Night" finale.
O'Brien averaged a 7.1 rating and 17 share in metered-market households, "Tonight's" strongest Monday overnight results since a 2005 telecast featuring a tribute to Johnny Carson.
O'Brien won his time period by a 154% over CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman" (2.8/7). His success spilled over to the rest of NBC's late-night lineup. "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (2.5/9) delivered its highest overnight rating yet for a Monday telecast, topping the show's series premiere.
- The Hollywood Reporter