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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  • Gary Middleton

    “Moral of the story: comedy, like food, should never be machine-tooled.”

    Lest the perpetrator enjoy his work and become massively wealthy over a span of decades.

    Jay, Dave, Conan, and Kimmel are extremely lucky to receive the wise life lessons of a Vanity Fair writer.

  • kscottk11

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

    Neal, give it a rest. I’m a Leno fan. But he isn’t the king of anything.
    IMO, he’s more tolerable than any of the other hosts.

  • Douglas in TN

    Kscott…Mario’s last words will be, “Jay Leno is a king….”

  • kscottk11

    “If Comcast ever considered giving Jimmy’s (or Jay’s) job to Chelsea Handler, I’m sure now they are changing their minds.”

    Diana, Chelsea Handler is not going to network TV. She said she doesn’t want to go to network TV. She is too abrasive. She would have to censor herself. That would kill her late night career.

    I think a better possibility might be the bigger TBS Cable Network. When Conan’s show runs it’s course and his contract comes to an end, TBS executives might take a serious look at Chelsea.

    With a much bigger production budget on TBS, it would give her much more creative freedom. She also could get out of the studio and do on-location remotes.

    And she wouldn’t have to edit herself for network TV.

    I don’t know if she would attract the right demos but I think TBS executives will give her a good look went deciding the future of their Late Night talk show.

    She could become a “real asset” for TBS.

  • Neal

    Kscott, Leno has consistently had the highest late night ratings for almost 20 years now. Not every night but most of the time. Plus his monologue is clearly the best. Even Parade Magazine called him a “noted monologuist”.

  • Monikka

    Neal, Mario, Bonnie Blue et al,

    Note to Bill Gorman I think you will find these “people” and possibly several others share the same IP address.

    I am not a psychologist but I think–and I’m being absolutely serious and, I hope, kind–you should seek treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. This fixation you have on Jay Leno is not normal.

    As for the Vanity Fair article, Gary Middleton said:

    ““Moral of the story: comedy, like food, should never be machine-tooled.”

    Lest the perpetrator enjoy his work and become massively wealthy over a span of decades.”

    Have these guys truly enjoyed their work? Are they proud of it? I’m sure Letterman isn’t. They are slaves to the money. Given the same situation, I think the majority would make the same choice but any great comedy they’ve done has been overwhelmed by the sheer volume required and the relentless nature of the work.

  • Ray

    Leno = Hilarious
    Kimmel= Funny
    Lettermen=Boring

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Note to Bill Gorman I think you will find these “people” and possibly several others share the same IP address.”

    Nope. Unless they’re going to a lot of trouble, they’re different people.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Have these guys truly enjoyed their work? Are they proud of it? I’m sure Letterman isn’t. They are slaves to the money. Given the same situation, I think the majority would make the same choice but any great comedy they’ve done has been overwhelmed by the sheer volume required and the relentless nature of the work.”

    The machine-tooled remark was aimed at Leno. Yes, Leno enjoys the process and the teamwork enormously.

    Seriously doubt Dave, Jay or Conan are in it for the money. And I don’t think it has to be great comedy for them to be proud of their work, and I don’t think they have to be especially proud of their work to enjoy it. They can consider themselves in the “harmless fun” business and be having a blast.

  • Gary Middleton

    Kimmel wins the booking war on night 1 of Feb. sweeps, imo. Jennifer Lawrence on Kimmel, Quvenzhane Wallis on Leno. Will Jay have Lawrence on the following week?

    Branford Marsalis returns to Leno the following night, btw.

  • Aaron

    LOL Neal, you actually think Parade Magazine is such a credible source?

  • Neal

    Thanks Bill.

    Monikka, you and Doug are downright delusional! Bill confirmed we are all different people. I see you guys have a problem with freedom of speech. Maybe you’ll like North Korea better?

    There is nothing irrational about my feelings for Leno. I started watching Leno as a kid when he guest hosted for Carson. Even Carson fans said he mailed it in those last few years and Leno actually had higher ratings some nights as guest host.

    I recall Carson often bombed during the monologue and he looked over at Ed begging for help in his eyes! Then Leno came on later in the week and brought the house down! Leno is the funniest no doubt!

  • Neal

    Aaron, Parade magazine is an award winning publication with international acclaim so YES!

  • Aaron

    Neal, in the past there have been people posting under multiple names.

  • Douglas in TN

    Leno USED to be the funniest, bar none. He was, as Letterman noted, the best observational comic out there…I would propose perhaps of all time.

    But that WAS Jay Leno. The Leno who hosts The Tonight Show is not that man.

  • GARebelman

    Wow Branford Marsalis hasn’t been on the Tonight Show since the mid 90s shortly after he left to promote an album. I remember listening to things that have probably been taken offline of Howard Stern saying he was on with Jay and tried to start such and such with Branford over racism and a load of other crap as to why he left. Stuff you’d picture him doing at the time to start something.

  • Gary Middleton

    GAR, didn’t Branford also appear on Jay’s 10th anniversary show?

  • Gary Middleton

    According to IMDB, he also visited Tonight in 2007.

  • GARebelman

    I wasn’t aware of that visit. Thank you for the clarification!

  • Monikka

    Thanks to Bill Gorman for checking. I’m surprised. There must be something about Leno fandom that leads to a lot of “He’s Da Man!” and “Leno will always be the KING!” statements.

    If Letterman is having a “blast,” I don’t want to see him when he’s cranky.

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