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



  • Diana Santiago

    The must surprising cameo of the 30 Rock finale: not Jay Leno. :)

  • Jim LaForte

    Thanks for the break down in the numbers Gary and GARebelman(?).

    NBC has to be reconsidering (or setting a date later this year to consider) letting Jay Leno go next year if these numbers hold up. Yes, another year means the “49ers” leave the demo and erosion will continue in all day parts on network television, but Jay is clearly winning. There are other things to consider like his salary, but he would take a cut just to stay on the air and still probably beat everyone….for a while.

    Dave is back in to his show! I watched for the first time last night and it was “old” Dave with “Rupert G” and a very suggestive (excuse the expression) “piece” of comedy. It bordered between lewd and way beyond suggestive..LOL!

    “Good stuff.” Unlike my wife’s cooking….Anyway, Dave is back! Jay is winning! Jimmy is doing great! And this gives us all something to talk about….

  • Gribble

    Here is a link to the Late Nite lineups,hope this works for you.

  • Gribble
  • Gary Middleton

    GAR, outstanding data, thanks. Did not realize Dave’s reruns edged into the 0.5s.

    Jim, glad to hear Dave is in a groove, and maybe he is going to surprise everybody in sweeps. He’s done it before. CBS 10 pm lineup is still formidable.

    If Jay keeps this up maybe it does make it tough for NBC to pull the trigger. They don’t have a lot of profit centers left. But you’re supposed to skate where the puck is going to be. I think sticking with Leno too long poses a serious risk to the remaining future of NBC late night.

    Jay is holding it together with duct tape at this point. First guest of sweeps is Piers Morgan, the host of the last place show on cable news.

  • John

    Seems like all Leno fans have to hang their hat on is ratings. Because the show is so unbearably awful.

  • Diana Santiago

    Tina Fey, Joel McHale, Fred Armisen, Adam Scott, Nick Offerman, Jim Rash, Jack McBrayer, Seth Green and Jesse Tyler Ferguson did cameos during Occupy Conan. Awesome episode.

  • Brad

    Screw Nightline. ABC finally has a strong competitor against Leno.

    As for guest bookings. Seems like Kimmel is able to book better guests. Or at least stars are willing to do episodes like last Thursday’s episode on JKL rather than The Tonight Show. A must watch episode I might add.

    As for viewers. I bet you Kimmel has better online viewers and ratings then Leno does. I bet you Kimmel is not all that far behind like you hater think and that he might actually be ahead of Leno is you combine both online and broadcasting viewers/ratings for both programs.

  • GARebelman

    Whether or not Kimmel has an online following that doesn’t pay the bills when advertisers at the up fronts pay for those 30 second advertisement spots. I’ll be very curious as to what the new rates will be. Probably won’t find out for a while after they aer set like always.

  • anonymous

    I think we have been down this road before. Google this [“broadcast and cable report” late night] and you will see reports that show website viewing and Kimmel is either near bottom or didn’t make the list.

  • anonymous

    Good link to the median viewer age for Kimmel (54) and Leno (57). That means that Kimmel’s viewers will age out of the demo almost as fast as Leno’s. The most interesting part of that article was:

    [“JKL” topped “Tonight” in adults 18-34 for a third straight week (330,000 to 314,000).]

    Even among the youngest viewers, Kimmel is barely winning. And there is a good chance that Kimmel has further to fall before his ratings level off. This blows the arguement out of the water that Kimmel will attract more younger viewers and out-wait Leno.

    The consensus opinion of visitors to this site was that Leno would beat Kimmel and that is proving to be true so far. Throw in this wild card and Kimmel’s chances of coming out on top doesn’t look that good.

    “If Arsenio siphons off African-American viewers for his broadcast competitors, it will most likely be at the expense of ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

  • PinoyTVCritic

    the fact that Jay is still winning despite NBC’s 10PM drama woes is remarkable.

    And Dave losing in the latenight amid CBS winning and butchering competition in the 10PM slot baffles me…

  • Neal

    Jim, NBC would be fools to let Leno go next year. He could host the show till 2020 and still do a great job. His numbers may be down from 10 years ago but he’s still the clear #1.

    Doug, in America we have freedom of speech. If you don’t like it there’s always China or North Korea.

    Diana, YOU are the troll for calling people trolls simply because they like Jay! You should’ve specified the link you posted was 2 years old!

  • jcfreder

    I agree with anonymous regarding the Kimmel demos – he’s simply not doing that well among the younger viewers, he still has room to decline from his debut numbers, and that’s even with lead-ins that are pretty close to CBS and well above NBC. It’s still early, and we don’t know exactly where JKL will settle in, but right now there’s not much reason for NBC to be hitting the panic button.

    As for Arsenio, I think it takes a huge amount of wishful thinking to believe that he’s going to (1) put up any kind of decent number; or (2) have a show that in any way resembles his glory days of 20 years ago.

  • Gary Middleton

    Anonymous and JC, great work. I still think Kimmel can out-wait Leno. The reason is in the chart of Leno’s demo numbers: it’s a line straight down, by about a tenth of a point a year. While Kimmel had been flat for years, around 0.5 to 0.6, when he changed slots.

    I’m not rooting for Kimmel, I don’t like him. And I don’t think irony can beat an earnest show, so Fallon would destroy him, imo. But a host Leno’s age will have a very tough time holding/gaining viewers a quarter of a century younger.

    Any initial success for Arsenio would hit Leno hardest, imo. Right now there are no other un-ironic entries in the time period. Jay’s ascent to first place in the mid-90s was due to many tailwinds, one of which was Arsenio’s departure from the game.

  • Joel

    NBC’s 9 p.m. lead-in programming is just abysmal. 0.9 for a premiere of Do No Harm? I thought the show was pretty good too. The Peacock Network is in shambles. Heck, the Tonight Show would be better off having The Jay Leno Show as its lead-in.

  • bonnie blue

    Jay was hilarious last night … the Hillary/Obama Cialis commercial was a hoot. How anyone can say he’s on “duct tape” status is beyond me. Another thing to remember: one person’s interesting guest is not the same as another’s. Jay has a ton of biggies on, and who’s to say that Jay even wants or asks some of these people that some say “won’t come on his show.” He obviously doesn’t need “these people” because he keeps rolling on and staying THE KING without them. I’m sure he’s crying all the way to the bank, and I have to believe NBC learned a lesson from their messing with him the last time!!! You would hope!

  • Aaron

    Neal, Diana has never attacked people for watching Jay Leno. You, on the other hand, make fun of people and act like a baby whenever they say what they liked about any Conan episode.

  • Aaron

    She may criticize Jay Leno but I’ve never heard her make fun of others for their viewing preferences.

  • bonnie blue

    Aaron, you would be wrong about Diana not trashing people for loving Leno. I have, indeed, been the recipient, in the past, of her snark!

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