Late Night TV Ratings For January 7-11, 2013

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January 17th, 2013

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Via NBC's Press Release

'Tonight Show' SCORES #1 FINISHES FOR THE LATE-NIGHT WEEK OF JAN. 7-11
'TONIGHT' TOPS ‘KIMMEL’ FOR THREE OF FOUR NIGHTS IN 18-49 VIEWERS AND FOUR OF FOUR NIGHTS IN TOTAL VIEWERS; BEATS ‘Late Show’ ON ALL NIGHTS IN BOTH MEASURES

FOR THEIR HEAD-TO-HEAD HALF-HOUR, JIMMY FALLON BEATS ‘Nightline’ BY 12 PERCENT IN 18-49 VIEWERS AND FINISHES WITHIN 1 PERCENT IN TOTAL VIEWERS

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – January 17, 2013 – NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” has scored decisive wins over its ABC and CBS time-slot competition for the week of January 7-11 in total viewers and other key categories. In viewers 18-49, "Tonight" delivered bigger audiences Monday through Friday than the ABC and CBS time-period competition and finished in a near tie for first from Tuesday through Friday.

From Tuesday through Friday nights, "Tonight" out-delivered ABC's re-located "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on three of four nights in adults 18-49 (Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday) and on four of four nights in total viewers. “Tonight” delivered bigger audiences than CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman" on five of the week’s five nights in both measures.

At 12:35 a.m. ET last week, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" ranked #1 versus the ABC and CBS competition in 18-49 viewers. “Late Night” beat ABC's "Nightline" Tuesday through Friday in their head-to-head half-hour, 12:30 through 1 a.m. ET, by a 12 percent margin in 18-49 viewers and finished within 1 percent of "Nightline" in total viewers.

From Tuesday through Friday, "Tonight" averaged 3.526 million viewers overall, to top CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman" (3.135 million) by a 12 percent margin and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (3.017 million) by a 17 percent advantage. In viewers 18-49 Tuesday through Friday, "Tonight" (1.064 million) and "Kimmel" (1.074 million) finished within 1 percent of each other and "Tonight" defeated "Late Show" (846,000) by a 26 percent margin.

For their head-to-head 12:30-1 a.m. ET half-hour from Tuesday through Friday, Jimmy Fallon's 667,000 adults 18-49 convincingly topped the 597,000 of "Nightline" and the 543,000 of CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson." In total viewers, it was 1.746 million for "Late Night," 1.760 million for "Nightline" and 1.591 million for "Late Late Show."

WEEKLY AVERAGES

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of January 7-11. 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,” 0.8 rating, 3 share

CBS “Late Show,” 0.6/3

ABC “Kimmel,” 0.8/3*

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET

ABC “Nightline,” 0.5/3*

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

NBC “Late Night,” 0.5/3

CBS “Late Late Show,” 0.4/2

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,” 3.5 million viewers

CBS “Late Show,” 3.0 million viewers

ABC “Kimmel,” 2.8 million viewers*

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET

ABC “Nightline,”2.0 million viewers*

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

NBC “Late Night,” 1.6 million viewers

CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.4 million viewers

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

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

* On Monday, "Nightline" aired at 11:35 p.m. ET and "Jimmy Kimmel Live" ran at midnight.

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

ABC “Kimmel,” 0.8/3**

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET

ABC “Nightline,” 0.5/3**

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

ABC “Kimmel,” 3.0 million viewers**

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET

ABC “Nightline,” 1.8 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

** Since January 8.

SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK OF JANUARY 7-11

NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. ET, “The Daily Show,” 0.8

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 0.6

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.5

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 1.0

Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.7

Each adult 18-49 rating point equals 1.27 million viewers

TOTAL VIEWERS

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. “The Daily Show,” 1.8 million

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 1.3 million

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 1.0 million

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

Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.5 million

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  • Douglas in TN

    Looks like Jimmy Kimmel was right…there is no such thing as a king of late night anymore.

  • bonnie blue

    Jay will stay the king, will continue to beat Kimmel & Letterman … I think Kimmel’s audience will slack off, if anything, now, after the first week or so. A lot of people would check him out the first week; I don’t think too many will stay with him. I can see how Kimmel would idolize Letterman … they both have a nasty, cutting edge that prevents me from watching either!!!

  • Gary Middleton

    We wondered in the early days how well Conan would do once he has original programming in front of him. This week it arrived on two fronts, Cougar Town and King of the Nerds, and it looks like a strikingly rough start.

  • Gary Middleton

    “I knew it! Letterman will NEVER leave on his own accord. It will take a call from Moonves or Death to get him out from behind that desk.”

    Yes. A great many of the traits sneeringly attributed to Jay Leno are equally true of his rival. In fact, it’s very plausible that Dave has spent more money on cars than Jay.

  • Gary Middleton

    Worth keeping an eye on band bookings now. Leno might start running into trouble if it’s going to have the audio mix of cable access.

  • Douglas in TN

    Guess if one has to be crowned, Adult Swim is the continuing king of late night.

  • Douglas in TN

    Always interesting to compare the lead ins to the late night shows…

    10:00 PM ABC Scandal 2.6 7 7.95
    CBS Elementary -R 1.4 4 7.05
    NBC Rock Center With Brian Williams 1.2 3 4.38
    -

    Late night ratings:

    In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:

    * In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 2.6/7; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.5/6; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 2.7/7.

    * In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: > “> The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,> “> 0.8/4; “Late Show,” 0.7/3; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.1/5.

  • Neal

    Joe, Letterman told Oprah that Leno is the funniest guy he’s EVER seen.

    Doug, Bonnie is right. Leno will stay the King!

  • Douglas in TN

    Mario, for crying out loud give it a freakin’ rest already.

  • GARebelman

    Douglas, indeed so with those figures. As I said, Kimmel’s strongest night will likely be Thursday. But bare in mind that we won’t see the finals again for ages and last Thursday Kimmel saw a revision downward of 0.2 from that overnight last thursday.

  • Douglas in TN
  • Gary Middleton

    There are lots of reasons why what I’m about to do is junk science. But if you average JKL’s overnights last week, it was only a 13% drop from overnights to the final weekly number. If that happened again this week, for Mon. through Thurs. he is on track for .78. Which I think could very well be enough to edge out Jay again.

    I guess a big wildcard is how much interest there is in his “Best Of” packages for Friday.

  • Neal

    GAR, did you see Letterman’s top 10 Friday night about the top noises in NY? It was awful and I can see why Leno has been beating him for almost 20 years now!

  • Stone

    If you saw Dave’s interview with Oprah earlier this month, he himself says that Leno is the funniest comic out there & his nightclub act is full of funny observations and great humor. And Dave says that he still considers Jay a friend, and hopes vice versa. I’d love to see those two reconcile publicly & appear on each other’s shows, they’re getting old, life is too short, they have such a long history back to the old Comedy clubs, what Dave refers to as “when we were kids”. It’s sad for this “feud” to continue.

  • Monikka

    Points off for wanting to like the repulsive Kimmel and for not even mentioning Ferguson but here’s one critic’s “what if” about Conan.

    http://www.vanityfair.com/online/oscars/2013/01/conan-obrien-should-quit-tbs

  • Neal

    Monikka, even Conan’s fans have admitted his humor is unique and doesn’t have the mass appeal Leno has. Conan showed horrible judgement thinking he could take Tonight from Leno when Leno was the clear #1 in the ratings. Even big time comedians like Dennis Miller and Bill Maher said Leno never should’ve left Tonight!

  • Gary Middleton

    “I’d love to see those two reconcile publicly & appear on each other’s shows.”

    I agree, Stone. Here’s why I think Jay can’t go on Dave’s show again, even though he desperately wanted to for so long.

    Comedians can succeed without being funny, but they can’t succeed without being liked. At this point, Dave has so completely convinced his audience that Jay Leno is satanic that the Ed Sullivan Theater would be a completely unworkable room. Dave would first have to render an apology so convincingly sweeping and sincere that it offends the constituencies that worship him. Can’t picture that.

    Dave could succeed on Jay’s show, but I can’t see Dave expending the effort.

  • Joe

    Really Gary? Remember the Super Bowl commercial they made a couple of years back? I think they could do each others shows if they wanted to. Don’t see it happening though.

  • Gary Middleton

    Joe, acting in a commercial and working a live audience for laughs are totally different endeavors.

  • Douglas in TN

    This excerpt from the Vanity Fair article is alone worth the price of admission. A perfect description of modern Leno and Letterman (but especially Leno):

    I was a fan of O’Brien’s original Late Night show on NBC, which ran for 16 years. I was an even bigger fan of his Tonight show, since, for tradition’s sake, it was nice to have a watchable Tonight show again after 17 years of Jay Leno. Hey kids, want to hear a strange-but-true story about the olden days? As Jimmy Kimmel pointed out in his recent Rolling Stone interview, Leno was once an actually funny comedian. People have forgotten that by the 1980s, the now-revered Johnny Carson was mostly phoning it in, taking long vacations, still doing corny bits such as Aunt Blabby and Carnac the Magnificent when he bothered to go on air. At times, he could exude disdain for the show, and I remember people looking forward to the weeks when Leno, who seemed fresher and hipper, would guest-host. (My old haunt Spy, which prided itself on its comic snobbery, put Leno on its cover twice.) But once Leno took over Tonight, he willed himself to become the comic equivalent of a Big Mac—popular, predictable, and revolting. Moral of the story: comedy, like food, should never be machine-tooled. Both should also have sell-by dates.

    Speaking of which, the once-brilliant David Letterman, now in his 31st year as a late-night host, has also become unwatchable, his bitterness and self-loathing having curdled so palpably that you now feel as if you’re being entertained, if that is the word, by a giant, double-breasted-suit-wearing ulcer. He can still be funny when he wants to be—a big if—but these days I feel that by watching Letterman’s show, I’m making myself complicit in some creepy sado-masochistic psychodrama, that I’m enabling something dark and destructive that I don’t quite understand but I know isn’t good for me. Paul Schaeffer’s too-hearty guffaws hang in the air like warnings.

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