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Conan’s Final Ratings: Best Week Ever

No shocker: O’Brien’s “Tonight” goodbye tour goes out big

Conan O’Brien ended his "Tonight Show" run bigger than when he began.

Final numbers are in, and it turns of O’Brien’s farewell week drew bigger ratings among adults 18-49 than his first week hosting the show back in June. His final broadcast Friday drew more than 10 million viewers overall, also a record for his run.

Coco also gave a boost to Jimmy Fallon, whose 12:35 a.m. show also notched its best-ever numbers.

The spin, straight from NBC:


This was the highest-rated week of "The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien" in adults 18-49, topping the show’s premiere week of June 1-5, 2009 by a tenth of a rating point (2.4 vs. 2.3). In total viewers, last week’s "Tonight" averaged 5.3 million, making this the show’s second-biggest week, behind only its premiere week of June 1-5, 2009 (6.1 million).

Last week’s "Late Night" earned the show’s highest 18-49 rating (1.0) since June 1-5, 2009 and matched its top rating to date. In total viewers, it was the biggest weeklong average for "Late Night" (2.2 million) since that same week of June 1-5 (2.4 million).

On Friday, "The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien" aired its last original telecast and earned a 4.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 10.3 million viewers overall, topping the show’s prior highs in those categories (3.8 in 18-49 and 9.2 million viewers overall for its June 1, 2009 debut). On Friday, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" delivered a 1.9 rating in 18-49 and 4.0 million viewers overall, generating the show’s top 18-49 and total-viewer results to date.

For the week of January 18-22, Conan’s average 3.111 million adults 18-49 topped the 1.204 million of Letterman; in total viewers, Conan’s audience of 5.290 million persons beat Letterman’s 3.901; and in adults 18-34, Conan’s 1.648 million out-scored Letterman’s 392,000.

At 12:35 a.m. ET, Jimmy Fallon’s 1.348 million adults 18-49 for the week out-delivered Ferguson’s 716,000; in total viewers, Jimmy’s 2.162 million bested Ferguson’s 1.876 million; and in adults 18-34, Jimmy’s 729,000 topped Ferguson’s 274,000.