Late Night TV Ratings For December 31, 2012-January 4, 2013

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January 10th, 2013

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Via NBC's Press Release

'Tonight Show' AND 'LATE NIGHT' SCORE #1 FINISHES FOR THE WEEK OF DEC. 31-JAN. 4
'TONIGHT' AND 'LATE NIGHT' DELIVER BIGGER 18-49 AND OVERALL AUDIENCES THAN THE ABC AND CBS COMPETITION IN THEIR TIME PERIODS IN ALL KEY CATEGORIES

 

FOR THE SEASON, JAY INCREASES HIS YEAR-AGO MARGINS OVER 'Late Show' IN VIEWERS 18-34, 18-49 AND 25-54, PLUS TOTAL VIEWERS, AND JIMMY EXTENDS HIS LEADS OVER 'LATE Late Show' IN 18-49 AND 18-34

 

 

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – January 10, 2013 – NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" have achieved #1 finishes for the week of December 31-January 4, outscoring the ABC and CBS competition in their time periods in viewers 18-49, total viewers and all other key categories. Note that Monday and Tuesday telecasts were preempted or excluded from the weekly averages due to the New Year's holiday and that CBS's "Late Late Show" and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" were encores last week.

 

Season to date for the 2012-13 season, "Tonight" has stretched its leads versus one year ago over CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman" in viewers 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54 plus total viewers. In viewers 18-49, "Tonight" has established a margin over "Late Show" of 14 percent (1.053 million vs. 920,000), eliminating last year's "Late Show" advantage of 1 percent. Jay has also generated a 25-54 advantage this season of 10 percent (1.339 million vs. 1.212 million), up from last year's 0.3 percent, has stretched his 18-34 lead to 19 percent (350,000 vs. 293,000), up from last year’s 14 percent, and has increased his total-viewer margin to 14 percent (3.546 million vs. 3.106 million), up from last year’s 13 percent.

 

Jimmy Fallon has established a 20 percent lead over "Late Late Show" this season in viewers 18-49 (681,000 vs. 568,000), up from 15 percent at this point last season, and has increased his lead in 18-34 viewers to 48 percent (293,000 vs. 198,000), up from last year's 47 percent.

 

"Tonight" delivered a bigger 18-49 audience than "Late Show" for the seventh week in a row, while Jimmy Fallon has attracted a bigger 18-49 audience than "Late Late Show" for 13 weeks in a row.

 

 

WEEKLY AVERAGES

 

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of December 31 – January 4. Ratings reflect “live plus same day” data from Nielsen Media Research 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.-12:35 a.m. ET

NBC “Tonight,” 0.9 rating, 3 share*

CBS “Late Show,” 0.6/3*

 

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

ABC “Nightline,” 0.8/3

 

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

ABC “Kimmel,” 0.4/2 (in encore telecasts)*

 

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET

NBC “Late Night,” 0.6/3*

CBS “Late Late Show,” 0.4/2 (in encore telecasts)*

 

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET

NBC “Last Call,” 0.3/2 (in encore telecasts)*

 

TOTAL VIEWERS

 

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET

NBC “Tonight,” 3.8 million viewers*

CBS “Late Show,” 2.9 million viewers*

 

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

ABC “Nightline,” 3.6 million viewers

 

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

ABC “Kimmel,” 1.7 million viewers (in encore telecasts)*

 

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET

NBC “Late Night,” 1.9 million viewers*

CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.3 million viewers (in encore telecasts)*

 

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET

NBC “Last Call,” 0.8 million viewers (in encore telecasts)*

 

* Monday and Tuesday telecasts were either preempted or excluded due to the New Year’s holiday.

 

 

SEASON TO DATE

 

ADULTS 18-49

 

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET

NBC “Tonight,” 0.8 rating, 3 share

CBS “Late Show,” 0.7/3

 

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

ABC “Nightline,” 0.8/3

 

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

ABC “Kimmel,” 0.5/2

 

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET

NBC “Late Night,” 0.5/3

CBS “Late Late Show,” 0.4/3

 

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET

NBC “Last Call,” 0.3/2

 

TOTAL VIEWERS

 

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET

NBC “Tonight,” 3.5 million viewers

CBS “Late Show,” 3.1 million viewers

 

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

ABC “Nightline,” 3.9 million viewers

 

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

ABC “Kimmel,” 1.9 million viewers

 

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET

NBC “Late Night,” 1.7 million viewers

CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.5 million viewers

 

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET

NBC “Last Call,” 0.9 million viewers

 

 

 

SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK OF DECEMBER 31- JANUARY 4

 

NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING

 

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. ET, “The Daily Show,” preempted

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” preempted

 

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.4 (in encore telecasts)

 

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

Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.6

 

Each adult 18-49 rating point equals 1.27 million viewers

 

TOTAL VIEWERS

 

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. “The Daily Show,” preempted

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” preempted

 

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.8 million

 

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 1.9 million

Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.3 million

 

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  • anonymous

    TBS finally put Big Bang Theory at 10:30pm instead of Family Guy. If they stick with it, that should help Conan stay at a comfortable 0.5 in the demo.

  • anonymous

    On Monday that is.

  • Jumbo Shrimp

    Wow, nice job Jay Leno! He’s the King of Kings, the Lord of Hosts, Jehovah Incarnate!

  • Gary Middleton

    Anonymous, if I’m reading the TBS schedule right, they revert to Family Guy next week.

    btw, Anonymous, you’ve always been exceptional at finding data. If you discover any numbers about Jimmy Kimmel’s live affiliate clearance at 11:35, it would be huge. Did I read right that Kimmel was knocked down from 1.0 to 0.7 when the national numbers came out for Tuesday? Would that primarily be a clearance matter?

  • Gary Middleton

    And if anyone posted thoughts about the Kimmel situation on the other threads, hope you’ll consider re-posting them here. Pretty fascinating situation going on. Is ABC intentionally rushing out numbers that they know will be revised way lower? And then NBC going out of its way to publicize early revisions that normally go unreported?

  • elizabetj

    Kimmel is not likeable and all of his hammering of Leno makes him even less likeable. Bully behavior not cool, same goes for Letterman bashing Jay with Oprah. I believe Letterman is the funniest of the three, but that negative energy has destroyed his flow.

  • GARebelman

    Yes Gary when ABC ordered the finals Kimmel went from a 1.0 to a 0.7 in the finals so the overnights as you say about Jay “overestimated” them.

  • Diana Santiago

    Episode 4 of Serious Jibber-Jabber with Jack White:

    http://teamcoco.com/video/serious-jibber-jabber-04-jack-white

  • Gary Middleton

    GAR, question for me is…did Kimmel get knocked down mainly because he’s less popular in small markets, or because ABC does poorly there, or because Kimmel is not on there? If it’s the last one, then Kimmel’s number has a lot of room for growth.

    Realized that we can count the clearances ourselves, and you’ll be shocked to learn I’m enough of a late night geek to do it. It’s a slog, but tonight I went through the top 30. He’s cleared live in 29 of those, the exception being Minneapolis where he’s on half an hour late.

  • anonymous

    In a seperate thread,

    Chris posted:
    “My market did not air Kimmel at his new time. They aired Two and Half Men and then According to Jim during the hour Kimmel was supposed to be on.”

    Honey Badger posted:
    “Kimmel Live final numbers will be adjusted down. I read where some major markets did not move the show up to the new time slot. In fact one major market expanded there local news from a half hour to an hour, and left Jimmy Kimmel Live at its origanl time.
    I read this on a internet site.”

    Looks like ABC might have an affilliate problem of their own. Think of the embarrassment at ABC if Kimmel’s ratings settled down to a 0.5 and Nightline gets cancelled.

  • Gary Middleton

    That represents clearance to 97% of the population in the top 30 markets. More to come.

  • Gary Middleton

    Thanks, anonymous. Combing through the markets, will let you know what turns up.

  • Gary Middleton

    Just for fun skipped to the bottom 10, which is really murky because most don’t have dedicated local stations. But he is certainly on whatever local ABC affiliate they get on basic cable, with live clearance, in 92% of those. All those bottom 10 markets combined represent less than a quarter of 1% of the USA.

  • anonymous

    I don’t watch Kimmel but I never understood why he would have his regular bit “This Week in Un-neccesary Censorship”. Speaking for myself, I find the bit disrespectful of the tv audience because it is a subliminal device that forces vulgar images and words into the mind of the viewer. Sure, the kids will find it funny, but “family values” middle America would not appreciate that kind of humor.

    Say what you will about Leno, but you have to say that he tries to keep foul language off of his show and whenever there is an occurance, he gets up waves and says “Goodnight everybody! Goodnight!”

    If the affilliate stations are not showing Kimmel because they disapprove of his content, then that is not likely to change.

  • GARebelman

    Alright Gary, what /major/ markets besides MN is he having clearance issues? I can say he is very much on here in the Atlanta Market in the right time slot.

    I don’t know if certain things that come on at the 11:35 hour that he is /not/ on are factored in the overnights and taken out when the finals (which I doubt we’ll see beyond this week) are taken in to account or what. But that downward adjustment was interesting from Tuesday.

  • Gary Middleton

    Will work on it over the next few days, GAR. Will let you know what I find.

  • Gary Middleton

    The bottom falls out a little from markets 31 through 40. He is delayed by an hour in KC, and half an hour in Milwaukee and San Antonio. I’ll give him Birmingham, but it looks kind of questionable to me whether he’s “over the air” there. Anyway, another 2.3% of the country where he isn’t live cleared, and we’ve got about 160 markets to go.

    But just to see where we might be headed, in markets 31-40, Kimmel is missing live clearance to over 30% of the population.

  • anonymous

    @Gary
    Do you think Nightline had clearance in those markets when it was on at 11:35pm and changed when Kimmel took over?

  • Brad

    I thought some news shows decided to take up the extra time and make their 11 o’clock new a full hour leaving Kimmel at its original time of Midnight. However, I don’t know where I heard this from but I believe it to be true.

  • Gary Middleton

    Anonymous, I have no idea, but Brad’s story is very plausible. A full hour of news is the reason for Kimmel’s delays in Milwaukee, San Antonio, and Albuquerque.

    I’ve gone through 60 markets representing about 67% of the country. In that large subset, Kimmel has 93.5% live clearance.

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