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Seth Meyers' Late Night debut draws biggest audience since 2005

Published on Feb 26, 2014 8:29 AM
Host Jimmy Fallon passes down the Late Night Pickle to Seth Meyers (left) on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon at Rockefeller Center in New York City on Jan 28, 2014. Meyers' debut as the host of Late Night on Monday, Feb 24, pulled in about 3.4 million viewers, the show's highest numbers overall, NBC said on Tuesday. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Comedian Seth Meyers' debut as the host of NBC's Late Night talk show on Monday pulled in about 3.4 million viewers, the show's highest numbers overall as well as in the 18-49 age group coveted by advertisers since 2005, the television network said on Tuesday.

With a mixture of banter and jokes and guests comedian Amy Poehler and United States Vice-President Joe Biden, Meyers managed to top the premiere audience numbers of his predecessor Jimmy Fallon, who left the show to replace Jay Leno as host of NBC's flagship late-night programme The Tonight Show a week ago.

Fallon attracted 2.8 million viewers when he took over Late Night in March 2009, according to figures from Nielsen Media Research.

Meyers and Fallon both starred on the comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live before joining the late night talk shows.

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