Seth Meyers' 'Late Night' debut draws biggest audience since 2005

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Seth Meyers' 'Late Night' debut draws biggest audience since 2005
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 0001 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Amy Poehler during an interview with host Seth Meyers on February 24, 2014 -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 0002 -- Pictured: Host Seth Meyers on February 25, 2014 -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 0001 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Amy Poehler and Vice President Joe Biden during an interview with host Seth Meyers on February 24, 2014 -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 0001 -- Pictured: Ian Axel of musical guest A Great Big World performs on February 24, 2014 -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
This image released by NBC shows Seth Meyers, left, receiving a giant plastic pickle prop by host Jimmy Fallon during an appearance on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in New York. The pickle was presented to Fallon back in 2009 by Conan O'Brien, who was the previous host of the late night talk show. O'Brien received the pickle after inheriting the show from David Letterman in 1993. Meyers will host the new late night show on February 24, and Fallon will become host of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," premiering February 17. (AP Photo/NBC, Lloyd Bishop)
FILE - This Jan. 19, 2014 file photo shows Seth Meyers at the NBC/Universal Winter 2014 TCA in Pasadena, Calif. Meyers' new show, "Late Night with Seth Meyers," will premiere on Monday, Feb. 24. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP/File)
Seth Meyers seen at the NBC/Universal Winter 2014 TCA on Sunday, January. 19, 2014 in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell Invision/AP)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured: Seth Meyers -- Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
Meyers welcomed Poehler, his former "Saturday Night Live" colleague, as his first guest.
Meyers welcomed Poehler, his former "Saturday Night Live" colleague, as his first guest.
Vice-President Joe Biden was one of the first guests for Seth Meyers in his new spot on NBC.
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Amy Poehler and Seth Myers attend the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rene Macura/Invision for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences/AP Images)
First lady Michelle Obama, right, talks to Saturday Night Live's Seth Myers at the White House Correspondents? Association dinner in Washington, Saturday, April 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Actor Seth Myers attends Fashion's Night Out: The Show at Lincoln Center on September 7, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
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(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 U.S. 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 program "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.

At 40, Meyers is the oldest host in the history of the Comcast Corp-owned NBC network show and follows in the footsteps of David Letterman and Conan O'Brien.

(Reporting by Patricia Reaney; Editing by Eric Kelsey and Eric Walsh)

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