Jimmy Fallon Tops Colbert in Viewers for First Time Since Last June Thanks to Olympics

“This Is Us” chips in on Tuesday

Jimmy Fallon just topped Stephen Colbert in total viewers for the first time since the week of June 19, 2017 — thanks Pyeongchang Olympics Opening Ceremony!

The first night of 2018 Winter Games competition on Thursday chipped in a bit, as did last Tuesday’s strong “This Is Us” — but mostly it was Fallon’s big Friday eyeball-grab bring up the averages.

Following the Opening Ceremony, the NBC late-night staple scored a 1.28 rating in the advertiser-sought 18-49 demographic, and 4.662 million viewers overall. That demo number made Friday’s “Tonight” episode Fallon’s highest-rated regularly scheduled one since Nov. 24, 2016.

Here’s how things shook out last week, in Nielsen averages:
1) “Tonight Show” (3.227 million viewers)
2) “Late Show” (3.157 million)
3) “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (2.148 million)

There are a few NBC-specific factors here that are important to note: First, Monday’s “Tonight Show” encore is not included in the above averages. Additionally, Thursday’s NBC results were delayed by an Olympics overrun.

Still, it must be good to be No. 1 overall again.

And yes, “Tonight” still won among adults 18-49, as it regularly does. This one was an easier victory than most.

Here are the Nielsen numbers from that metric:
1) “Tonight Show” (0.84 rating/5 share)
2, tie) “Late Show” (0.44/3)
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” (0.44/3)

The week ending Feb. 9, 2018 marked Fallon’s largest overall audience average since January 2017, and his best weekly demo return since Dec. 2016.