Proof that @midnight is on a steady rise now extends beyond all the glowing reviews and to the show’s ratings, which Deadline reports have been on the rise since the show’s return to its 40-week renewal in January. Despite the blockbuster late night episodes on NBC last week with Fallon’s turn at The Tonight Show, @midnight enjoyed its highest-rated week ever with an average of 731,000 total viewers and barely beat out Comedy Central high ratings stalwart The Daily Show as the #1 cable talk show of the week with younger viewers. @midnight’s second highest rated week was during Jay Leno’s final week on The Tonight Show in early February, demonstrating that even while late night network TV history is being made, @midnight can still excel and make some history of its own.
Over on network TV, the debut episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers brought in the show’s highest Monday ratings since 2005, while Fallon’s second week at The Tonight Show earned the highest non-Olympics Monday ratings since Conan O’Brien’s debut episode back in 2009. Total viewers for last night’s late night NBC viewers are expected later today.
UPDATE: According to The Wrap, Late Night’s premiere got 3.4 million viewers, while Fallon over at The Tonight Show held steady with 6.3 million viewers.