Jay Leno & Jimmy Fallon Top The Competition, April 13-17

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April 23rd, 2009

via NBC press release:

JAY LENO AND JIMMY FALLON TOP ALL BROADCAST AND CABLE COMPETITION FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 13-17 

SEASON-TO-DATE, JAY HAS INCREASED HIS LEAD OVER 'Late Show' IN 18-49 VIEWERS TO 29 PERCENT, UP FROM 24 PERCENT AT THIS POINT LAST YEAR 

JIMMY FALLON LEADS AT 12:35 A.M. BY A 53 PERCENT MARGIN TO DATE OVER 'LATE Late Show' IN 18-49 VIEWERS, AND STRETCHES THAT LEAD TO 96 PERCENT AMONG YOUNGER 18-34 VIEWERS 

IN ADULT 18-34 RATING, CARSON DALY TIES FERGUSON AND KIMMEL FOR THE WEEK AND THE SEASON 
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – April 23, 2009 – NBC's late-night lineup has won the week of April 13-17 in adults 18-49 and total viewers over all broadcast and cable competition, as "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" beat CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman" in all key ratings categories -- adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers -- and "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" also out-rated CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in every key category. 

"Tonight" took the 11:35 p.m. ET hour by a 41 percent margin over "Late Show" in 18-49 viewers, while "Late Night" beat "Late Late Show" at 12:35 a.m. by 28 percent. 

Jay is increasing his leads over Letterman this season versus last, establishing a 29 percent margin over Letterman in 18-49 viewers, up from a 24 percent lead at this point last season, and a 33 percent advantage in total viewers, up from last year's 28 percent. Jimmy Fallon leads Ferguson for their seven weeks of competition by a 53 percent advantage in 18-49 viewers and 20 percent in total viewers. Both Jay and Jimmy stretch their leads among younger adults, with Jay enjoying a 48 percent margin in 18-34 viewers season to date and Jimmy out-delivering Ferguson so far by 96 percent. 

Since his March 2 debut, Jimmy Fallon has finished #1 in the time period on 35 of 35 nights in adult 18-49 rating, including one tie. 

At 1:35 a.m. ET for the week, "Last Call with Carson Daly" finished within a tenth of a rating point of ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in 18-49 and tied both Kimmel and Ferguson in adult 18-34 rating (with a 0.4 rating each). "Last Call" also ties Kimmel and Ferguson in 18-34 for the season to date (0.4 each). 

For the week of April 13-17, Jay's average 1.876 million adults 18-49 topped the 1.327 million of Letterman; in total viewers, Jay's audience of 5.085 million persons beat Letterman's 3.610 million; and in adults 18-34, Jay's 775,000 out-scored Letterman's 544,000. At 12:35 a.m. ET, Jimmy Fallon's 947,000 adults 18-49 for the week out-delivered Ferguson's 740,000; in total viewers, Jimmy's 1.887 million beat Ferguson's 1.815 million; and in adults 18-34, Jimmy's 454,000 topped Ferguson's 325,000. 

WEEKLY AVERAGES 
(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of April 13-17. Ratings reflect "live plus same day" data unless otherwise noted. Season-to-date figures are averages of "live plus seven day" data except for the two most recent weeks, which are "live plus same day.") 

ADULTS 18-49 

11:35 p.m. ET 
NBC "Tonight," 1.4 rating, 6 share 
CBS "Late Show," 1.0/4 
ABC "Nightline," 1.0/4 

12:05 a.m. ET 
ABC "Kimmel," 0.5/3* 

12:35 a.m. ET 
NBC "Late Night," 0.7/4 

CBS "Late Late Show," 0.6/3 
1:35 a.m. ET 
NBC "Last Call," 0.4/3* 

TOTAL VIEWERS 

11:35 p.m. ET 
NBC "Tonight," 5.1 million viewers 
CBS "Late Show," 3.6 million viewers 
ABC "Nightline," 3.8 million viewers 

12:05 a.m. ET 
ABC "Kimmel," 1.7 million viewers* 

12:35 a.m. ET 
NBC "Late Night," 1.9 million viewers 
CBS "Late Late Show," 1.8 million viewers 

1:35 a.m. ET 
NBC "Last Call," 1.1 million viewers* 

* Monday's "Last Call" and Kimmel were encores. 

SEASON TO DATE 

ADULTS 18-49 

11:35 p.m. ET 
NBC "Tonight," 1.4/6 
CBS "Late Show," 1.1/4 
ABC "Nightline," 1.1/4 

12:05 a.m. ET 
ABC "Kimmel," 0.6/3 

12:35 a.m. ET 
NBC "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," 0.9/5 
CBS "Late Late Show," 0.6/3 

1:35 a.m. ET 
NBC "Last Call," 0.5/3 

TOTAL VIEWERS 

11:35 p.m. ET 
NBC "Tonight," 5.2 million viewers 
CBS "Late Show," 3.9 million viewers 
ABC "Nightline," 3.9 million viewers 

12:05 a.m. ET 
ABC "Kimmel," 1.7 million viewers 

12:35 a.m. ET 
NBC "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," 2.2 million viewers 
CBS "Late Late Show," 1.9 million viewers 

1:35 a.m. ET 
NBC "Last Call," 1.2 million viewers 

SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK OF April 13-17 

NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING 

Comedy Central, 11 p.m. ET, "The Daily Show," 0.7 
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. ET, "The Colbert Report," 0.6 

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 0.8 
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.5 

Each adult 18-49 rating point equals 1.32 million viewers 

TOTAL VIEWERS 

Comedy Central, 11 p.m. ET, "The Daily Show," 1.6 million 
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. ET, "The Colbert Report," 1.2 million 

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 2.0 million 
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.2 million

 
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