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Late Night Ratings: ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ Scores Most-Watched Quarter Ever; ‘Tonight Show’ Finishes No. 1

Jimmy Fallon’s ”Late Night“ closes strong in its final quarter before the Seth Meyers’ takeover

As Jay Leno prepares to pass the “Tonight Show” baton to Jimmy Fallon, the two NBC late night hosts both finished out 2013 on solid ratings notes.

ABC competitor “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” also scored its best quarter, and its best season-to-date yet. It marked “JKL”‘s first Q4 in his new, earlier time period — his show moved to 11:35 p.m. on Jan. 8, 2013.

“The Tonight Show” was No. 1 in the timeslot for the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, averaging a 0.9 rating and 4 share throughout Q4. Jimmy Kimmel’s show was No. 2 in ratings, earning a 0.7/3 average over the three-month period. CBS’ “Late Show” was third with a 0.6/3 average season-to-date.

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Leno has won his last 71 consecutive quarters versus Letterman in total viewers — dating back to the third quarter of 1995 — and 69 of his last 70 quarters in viewers in the key demo. In eyeball rankings, Letterman and Kimmel swapped places behind Leno’s 3.8 million viewer average. “The Late Show” averaged 3.0 million viewers, while Kimmel brought in 2.6 million.

At 12:35 a.m., Jimmy Fallon‘s “Late Night” on NBC topped Craig Ferguson‘s “Late Late Show” on CBS, with a 0.6/4 versus a 0.4/2, respectively. The two shows lined up the same way in viewers, 2.0 million to 1.5 million.

Both Leno and Fallon enjoyed their most-watched Q4 in at least three years (five for Fallon).

“Last Call With Carson Daly” at 1:35 a.m. on NBC averaged a 0.3/3 and 1.0 million viewers. “Conan,” which airs at 11 p.m. on TBS, averaged a 0.4 rating and 840,000 viewers.