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Michelle Obama Boosts ‘Tonight Show’ to 10-Month Wednesday High

A classic FLOTUS bump

The First Lady helped Jimmy Fallon finish first on Wednesday night.

OK, so maybe the “Tonight Show” host didn’t really need a helping hand to maintain his No. 1 position across late-night, but the FLOTUS farewell sure put a spring in his TV ratings’ step anyway.

Wednesday’s “Tonight” hit a 10-month high for that specific weeknight, according to Nielsen’s metered-market households. The show hadn’t previously seen the 3.0 rating it pulled last night since March 2, 2016. That number is up 25 percent versus Fallon’s prior original Wednesday episode, which aired back on Dec. 21.

And in the adults 18-49 local people meters, “Tonight’s” 0.9 rating tied the combined efforts of competition “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (a 0.5) and “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (0.4).

Following Fallon, Seth Meyers and James Corden matched each other in households, both with a 1.1. “Late Night” managed to double “The Late Late Show” in the local people meters, however, 0.4 to 0.2.

Watch some fun from Fallon and Mrs. Obama above via the “Also Read,” and catch another segment by clicking here.

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