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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  • Diana Santiago

    “-Fallon played the role of a guy trying to push Jay Leno out of his gig”

    I think you are the only person who saw the clip that way. 98% of the comments I read last night on Twitter were focused on Jay’s “It’s never going to happen”, calling him names I can’t repeat here because I’ll be censored.

    Also, I haven’t seen so many #TeamCoco hashtags since 2010.

    Of course, we can blame it on the “anti-Leno” writers conspiracy theory. This only proves that Leno has no guts, and he’s just NBC’s dancing monkey.

  • Gary Middleton

    “I think you are the only person who saw the clip that way.”

    It wasn’t an opinion, it was the role Fallon played in the bit. Like saying Alan Rickman played the lead terrorist in Die Hard.

    “Of course, we can blame it on the “anti-Leno” writers conspiracy theory.”

    I don’t think the writers were anti-Leno.

  • Gary Middleton

    Just to underscore how little people care about any of this stuff right now, Dave’s big interview with Oprah- pumped for weeks with preview clips- drew a 0.2 in prime time.

  • Gary Middleton

    btw, was not trying to cast Fallon as a terrorist, I like him a lot and could easily have said “it’s like saying Tom Hanks played the manager in League of their Own”. This is a strange thing to even have to explain, Fallon’s words in the bit were so clear.

  • Diana Santiago

    Jimmy Kimmel is getting his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 25.

  • Douglas in TN

    Finally caught the clip of Leno and Fallon. Rather unfunny. And there didn’t seem to be a lot of response from the audience, which being made up of many pro-Conan folks might explain it.

    But I can imagine that the not so well written lines were too “inside” for many casual viewers and it went over many heads.

    Largely a waste of a minute and a half of network airtime.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Largely a waste of a minute and a half of network airtime.”

    The bit was 34 seconds. Blink and you miss it, no harm done. And extremely well-written, imo.

  • Douglas in TN

    My opinion counts as much as yours…no need to act superior.

  • Diana Santiago

    Douglas, remember that in Jay’s kingdom, you’re a terrorist if you don’t like Jay Leno. On the other hand, give Gary a break. He must be cringing on the inside because Jay was forced to quit his sacred Sunday stand-up presentation for 34 seconds of “Extremely well-written” and terribly delivered television. The rules have changed for Mr. Leno.

    GAR, are you interested in tickets for Conan Atlanta?

  • Gary Middleton

    Appears that Kimmel is attempting to replace Friday reruns with a highlight reel of the previous 4 shows.

  • jcfreder

    I thought the Leno-Fallon bit was funny . . . interesting if Leno agreed to do it even if he really is being forced out in a year or so.

    Gary, saw that about Kimmel – 4 shows a week might help from a cost perspective but I’d have to think that it’s really going to hurt in the ratings.

  • GARebelman

    Conan is in Atlanta?

  • Gavin

    Wait… Tina Fey hates Leno? How come I never heard this?

  • Diana Santiago

    GAR, Conan will be doing a week of shows in Atlanta April 1-4.

  • Douglas in TN

    Gavin, I think “hate” is too strong a word…a word that gets thrown around way too loosely.

    I would say Tina Fey is not a contender for a Jay Leno fan club if there were one.

  • GARebelman

    NBC press release didn’t hesitate to say how far Kimmel/Nightline were down vs last week. Jay up 8%, Letterman down 4%, Kimmel down 29%, Nightline down 33%, Fallon up 17% while Ferguson was flat vs last Tuesday.

  • Diana Santiago
  • kscottk11

    I think this Kimmel/Nightline 11:30 switch is going to go “down in flames” rather quickly.

    When a bigger viewing audience starts sampling Kimmel on a regular basis, I think they might find him pretty unappealing and turn him off.

  • Aaron

    kscottk11, if Kimmel’s show starts to sink in the ratings, what do you think ABC could do?

  • GARebelman

    With Tuesday pulling a 2.0 in the overnights (pretty low seeing as Letterman doesn’t tread that water until Summer typically) I wonder what that translates in viewers. I don’t guess we’ll see an ABC press release this week bragging about anything :)

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