Jimmy Fallon received a dismal rating at Monday’s screening of “The Tonight Show.”
The comedian averaged the smallest TV audience ever for an original episode of the late night show, according to early Nielsen ratings – and drew a total of 947,000 viewers on Monday night.
One of Fallon’s rival programs, Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show,” on CBS took the cake Monday night and drew just over 2 million viewers, according to Nielsen’s fast national numbers Live and Same Day, as reported by The Wrap.
In second place came ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” with 1.67 million viewers in total.
In sales, the final figures are expected on Wednesday.
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With Fallon’s showing on Monday, ratings abolish a previous low for an original “Tonight Show” episode that came as late as September 25, 2020 – that night, Fallon secured 992,000 viewers in total as his show was delayed after a Stanley Cup final game.
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Fallon’s guest list on Monday was also not short on big names.
He welcomed humorist Bill Burr, Rashida Jones, and wore Old Dominion as the evening’s musical guest.
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Meanwhile, Colbert interviewed Chris Rock on Monday night while welcoming Joss Stone as the show’s musical artist.
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If fans had switched to Kimmel on ABC late at night, they would have seen “This Is Us” star Milo Ventimiglia and Jake Tapper with Queen Naija as the musical guest.
A “Tonight Show” representative did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.