According to early numbers from Nielsen, Monday's premiere of "Late Night with Seth Meyers" delivered an average of 3.42 million viewers, the franchise's biggest audience for a Monday telecast in nine years.
Among key 18-49-year-old viewers, Meyers drew a rating of 1.4, also the best Monday since 2005. Guests included
The last time a Monday "Late Night" had a bigger audience was in 2005, when a repeat got a big boost from a highly rated "Tonight Show" tribute to Johnny Carson.
Monday's numbers are higher than the premiere of
Fallon left "Late Night" with a bang earlier this month. His final episode behind the desk averaged 6.6 million viewers.
Fallon has posted a robust sampling so far from on the "Tonight Show," which he took over from longtime host Jay Leno.
In his first week, he averaged 8.5 million viewers, the biggest numbers that program has seen in 20 years -- surely benefiting from NBC's Olympics coverage as its lead-in.
Monday night's "Tonight Show," the first Fallon episode to not follow an Olympics telecast, drew 6.26 million viewers and a rating of 2.1 in 18-49.
The next weeks and months of ratings will provide a better idea of how Meyers and Fallon are faring in their new jobs, but the early numbers are a positive sign for NBC.
Previous "Late Night" hosts