Jimmy Fallon officially took over the "Tonight Show" Monday night — and brought in a big audience.
About 11.3-million people tuned in to Fallon's heavily publicized "Tonight Show" kickoff on NBC, according to early numbers from Nielsen, following the network's prime-time coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympics.
Though the Olympics lead-in probably helped Fallon's numbers, that's a solid sampling for the new host, coming after Jay Leno drew 14.6 million on the last night of his 22-year run earlier this month.
Fallon's debut was the late-night talk institution's second-biggest audience since May 2009, when 11.9 million watched Leno exit the show for the first time before the botched handoff to Conan O'Brien.
Among key 18-to-49-year-old viewers, Fallon matched the last Leno night, scoring a rating of 3.8. That's the best number for the show in the advertiser-desired demo since the last time O'Brien hosted.
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