Late Night TV Ratings For January 21-25, 2013

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January 31st, 2013

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Via NBC's Press Release



UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – January 31, 2013 – NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” has finished #1 in viewers 18-49 and total viewers versus its ABC and CBS time-slot competition for the week of January 21-25, despite the highest-rated night yet for ABC's 11:35 p.m. ET edition of “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Note that Monday results are excluded from the week's averages due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and that CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman" was in rebroadcast last week.

For the week, “Tonight” topped “Kimmel” in viewers 18-49 by a 4 percent margin (with 999,000 viewers vs. 956,000 for “Kimmel”), while both shows rounded to a 0.8 rating in that demo. In total viewers, "Tonight" out-delivered "Kimmel" by a 24 percent margin (3.529 million vs. 2.855 million). Thursday's edition of "Kimmel," which featured Matt Damon and such guest stars as Andy Garcia, Sheryl Crow, Nicole Kidman, Demi Moore, Robin Williams and Sarah Silverman, earned the highest 18-49 and total-viewer results for "Kimmel" so far in its three weeks in the 11:35 p.m. ET slot.

At 12:35 a.m. ET last week, rebroadcasts of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" also ranked #1 versus the ABC and CBS competition in 18-49 viewers. The “Late Night” encores beat ABC's original "Nightline" for the week in their head-to-head half-hour by a 12 percent margin in 18-49 (with 615,000 viewers vs. “Nightline’s” 550,000 in the 12:30-1 a.m. ET half-hour). "Late Night" encores topped CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" rebroadcasts in adults 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, total viewers and most other key categories.

"Tonight" hit a three-week high in total viewers, with its 3.5 million being the show's top average since New Year's week.


(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of January 21-25. 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 (in encore telecasts)*

ABC “Kimmel,” 0.8/3*

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

ABC “Nightline,” 0.4/2*

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

NBC “Late Night,” 0.5/3 (in encore telecasts)*

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)*


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

NBC “Tonight,” 3.5 million viewers*

CBS “Late Show,” 2.6 million viewers (in encore telecasts)*

ABC “Kimmel,” 2.9 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,” 1.5 million viewers (in encore telecasts)*

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 results are excluded due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.


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,” 0.4/2**

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


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

NBC “Tonight,” 3.6 million viewers

CBS “Late Show,” 3.1 million viewers

ABC “Kimmel,” 2.9 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.



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


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

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 1.4 million

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.9 million

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 2.1 million

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



  • Pundit

    Leno haters vanished. Leno ahead by a half million. Heh.

  • Gary Middleton

    Incredible call by JC on Leno’s victory for the week.

    Wonder if ABC PR last Friday was in error when they said Thursday’s 1.2 was for the 56 metered markets. Pretty hard to get to .747 in a 4-show week if one of the nights was in the vicinity of 1.2.

  • Elizabeth

    Doesn’t seem to be going Kimmel’s way. I can’t believe how well Fallon encore’s held up to Nightline.

  • Nick

    Wow Nightline is dead. Nightline was doing great 11:30, Kimmel was pulling respectable 0.6s at midnight…I’d say ABC screwed themselves over.

  • Gary Middleton

    Fascinating to see the various ways Tonight is keeping their booking policy (no guests who just did Kimmel) intact.

    Director David O. Russell last night. Clearly a behind-the-scenes guy. According to IMDB, he has never been on a talk show with a live audience. He had very little personality and few stories with an ending. In a way, kind of interesting. In a way.

    For the first full week of sweeps, Leno is still not taking Kimmel guests. Kimmel is taking one Leno guest.

  • Clark

    Where do you see Leno’s guests for next week? On The Tonight Show website it only shows this week’s guests.

  • Gary Middleton

    Clark, on that very site, below the guests for this week, you can click on something that says “next week”.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Nightline was doing great 11:30″

    Nick, I never thought Nightline was doing great at all.

    But now some data from our friend Anonymous suggests they were doing quite horribly. Ad spots were reportedly over 30% cheaper than Tonight’s. Which is remarkable for a show that ended 35 minutes earlier.

    Will be interesting to see if ABC continues to issue numbers for ABC’s late night block. That would decisively tell us how the flip is going in ratings terms.

  • jcfreder

    Jimmy and Nightline are consistently about 15% below their overnights.

  • Neal

    Gary, what about me?

    I always said Leno would beat Kimmel and convincingly!

  • Gary Middleton

    jc, ABC confirms that 1.2 for Thursday did come in around 1.0, so you’re right on target again.

    ABC also gave us their numbers for the full late night block. 830,000 demo viewers. Previous week: 813,000.

    In November sweeps they averaged 850,000. A year ago at this time they averaged 859,000. So they’re down a bit.

    In fairness, NBC is also down a bit lately, and CBS is down a lot.

  • GARebelman

    So Jay won week 3 even with that supposed 1.2 demo from Thursday which I doubt was the final rating but ABC plugged it as such. I figured that was a lie from the ABC PR team.

    Nightline is dead.

  • Drum
  • Gary Middleton

    Conan’s event episode arrives just in time. He’s flirting with a weekly number that, based on overnights, could rank with his lowest since the fall of 2011. With no BBT lead in tonight.

  • Clark

    Gary, nothing shows up when yhou go to the “Next Week” link.

  • Gary Middleton

    Can’t explain that, Clark. When I click on “next week”, I see this:

    Next Week’s Guests

    Mon 02/04
    Hugh Jackman, Jessica Chastain, Michael Bolton

    Tue 02/05
    Josh Duhamel, Kathryn Bigelow, LiAnne La Havas

    Wed 02/06
    Tim McGraw

    Thu 02/07
    Amy Adams, Adam Carolla, Hunter Hayes

    Fri 02/08
    Seth MacFarlane, Jenna Elfman, Norah Jones

  • GARebelman

    Via this article. We find out what the current median age for the three are. Jay and Letterman are both 57 and Kimmel is 54. So neither three median age is in the 18-49 demo.

  • Jumbo Shrimp

    Wow, way to go Jay! Leno’s da man! King of Kings, El Shaddai, Adonai, Creator of the Universe, Atoner of our sins!

  • Neal

    Jumbo Shrimp, LMAO!

  • Douglas in TN

    Oh, brother. This board is heading into goofyland with these “da man” comments. I’m going back to AFL.

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