Obama Leads ‘Tonight Show’ to Top Thursday Overnight Rating Since Fallon’s First Week

Slow-jam the news, speed up the Nielsen gains

Last Updated: June 10, 2016 @ 8:04 AM

President Obama slow-jammed Jimmy Fallon‘s news all the way to a nice Nielsen milestone.

The Commander-in-Chief helped “The Tonight Show” hit its top regular Thursday overnight rating since Fallon’s first week on the job. Fellow guest Madonna probably also assisted a bit, though the main attraction was clearly the leader of the free world.

NBC’s 11:35 p.m. offering earned a 3.6 rating/9 share in metered-market households last night, with a 1.3/7 coming specifically from viewers 18-49, per the local people meters.

That households number is the best Fallon’s put up since Feb 20, 2014, when his guest was Michelle Obama, ironically. That episode had scored a whopping 5.3 metered-market rating.

The 3.6 is also good enough to at-least match Fallon’s best on any night of the week since March 17, 2014. During that span, a Sep. 11, 2015 Donald Trump appearance also scored a 3.6 in the early Nielsen TV ratings.

Watch Obama and Fallon slow-jam the news here, and check out their joint “Thank You Notes” here.