Michelle Obama, Will Ferrell Pull In 7.7 Million Viewers for Rising ‘Tonight Show’ (Updated)

Michelle Obama, Will Ferrell Pull In 7.7 Million Viewers for Rising 'Tonight Show' (Updated)

Guests help Jimmy Fallon to his largest audience since debuting on Monday

Jimmy Fallon‘s Thursday “Tonight Show” — which welcomed First Lady Michelle Obama and Will Ferrell — ticked up from Wednesday's already- strong numbers to draw 7.7 million viewers.

That audience size represents an increase of 6 percent from Wednesday's episode. The “Tonight Show” earned a 2.6 rating on Thursday in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic, a 7 percent uptick from the prior evening.

See video: Michelle Obama Hilariously ‘Hand Hugs’ Jimmy Fallon And Will Ferrell in ‘Ew!’ Skit

“The Tonight Show” outperformed the combined results in total viewers of  CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman” (2.7 million) and ABC's “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (2.4 million) by about 51 percent (a rounded 7.7 million vs. a combined 5.1 million). In the demo, the NBC show's 2.6 rating nearly doubled the combined results of Letterman (0.7) and Kimmel (0.7).

See video: Brian Williams Raps the News on Fallon's ‘Tonight Show’ – And The Guest Rapper Will Blow Your Mind

As has been the case throughout the week, “Tonight” started at midnight following a primetime lead-in from NBC's Sochi Winter Olympics coverage. The 2014 Winter Games wrap up on Sunday, and “Tonight” has its regular 11:30 p.m. timeslot debut on Friday.


  • CatLadyHouston

    Does not say much for Fallon's ratings IF he has to have Michelle Obama on his show! No. 1 clown of all….

    • name

      OK Jay was #1 when he had to have the W (4 times) and/or Laura (7 times) on his version of Tonight show…just quit the hatin’

    • yragcom1

      Sigh. You Fallon Haters. Michelle Obama has been on Letterman and Kimmel, too. So what's you're point?

  • Michael Difani

    I had to turn off this one as much as I like Fallon and Ferrell, but this skit was too young for me. Oh yeah, the Obama haters have to get their digs in.

  • Vonnie

    OH MY! I will watch David Letterman every night If he has Michelle Obama on. What are you thinking Jimmy? Umm Michelle, Set standards like going to church on Sunday. What President don't attend Sunday Services. Our country needs hope not TWERKING AND GRINDING!!

  • Bubbawubba Gump

    That first skit was painful to watch. Cringe Worthy TV, Must Not See TV or, I got it, “EWWWW”!! You know Michelle, you CAN say no if the script is that horrible.