Seth Meyers is off to a solid start as the new host of NBC’s "Late Night" talk show, following a strong first week from Jimmy Fallon’s "Tonight Show." 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 Amy Poehler, Vice President Joe Biden and musical group A Great Big World.
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 "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" in March 2009, which nabbed 2.87 million viewers and a rating of 1.3 in 18-49.
Fallon left "Late Night" with a bang earlier this month. His final episode behind the desk averaged 6.6 million viewers.
Earlier this season, Fallon was averaging 1.99 million viewers overall and a rating of 0.6 in the key 18-49 demographic.