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



  • GARebelman

    Seems Kimmel’s Thursday show tends to get revised down about 0.2 week after week. I don’t see him winning week 4 either in the ratings.

    The fact that Jay can be competitive period with a show at 10:30PM posting a 0.8 demo worse than the Jay Leno Show or Rock Center or anything is pretty good.

  • Neal

    Aaron, WRONG! Diana called me a troll for simply pointing out the link she posted is 2 years old. It is fact that Conan is quickly becoming irrelevant. He isn’t getting nearly the attention he did when he was at late night.

    Bonnie, Jay is da man! Da King!

  • Gary Middleton

    On the flip side, GAR, did Conan’s sweeps stunt fail to even make the cable chart? Bit of a setback for the church of interactivity. I don’t think tv audiences like it all that much.

    Overnights suggest Conan might chart in the 0.3s this week.

  • Douglas in TN

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

    Absolutely right. You have the freedom to write like a buffoon. And you succeed quite well.

  • Brad

    My comment from the last ratings page…

    Let’s get this straight. Conan and Leno are two different from two different eras. If you want to claim its who gets paid the most and who has the most viewers then Leno is your winner. If you want to go by amount of awards and online followers then Conan is your winner. Comparing these two is not Coke vs Pepsi like it is for Letterman/Leno, it is more like comparing Coke to Dr Pepper, cola with a kick, exactly how I view Conan as.

  • Aaron

    Neal, the only reason why you’re being called a troll is that we had a problem of 3 different accounts under the same person pretending to love Jay Leno, attacking anyone who liked Conan.

  • Gary Middleton

    Brad, maybe not Dr. Pepper as much as 7-Up: the “un-Cola”. Something heavily defined by what it isn’t.

    This late night era had an abundance of Dave-inspired un-Colas, which allowed Jay to corner the market on classic Coke.

  • Aaron

    “It is fact that Conan is quickly becoming irrelevant. He isn’t getting nearly the attention he did when he was at late night.”

    Neal, do you see what I mean? This is a passive-agressive way of attacking people who have taste in Conan, and not Jay. I don’t like Jay Leno’s show very much but if you like his program, then feel free to watch it. Who am I to judge your viewing preferences? But when someone mentions Conan you say something along the lines of “How can you find him funny?? He’s becoming irrelevant”.

  • Aaron

    I think Tina Fey is being considered by NBC to succeed Jimmy Fallon. She just finished 30 Rock, which was produced by Lorne Michaels. She has appeal to both men and women and her comic sensibility is a mix of Jimmy Fallon’s and Conan’s senses of humor.

  • Gary Middleton

    Aaron, it does sound like a pretty interesting idea. Her canceled series did extremely low numbers, meaning she doesn’t have a ton of leverage. It was at just such a low ebb that Michaels signed Fallon to do Late Night. When you think about it, Dave came to the Late Night gig after a flame out as well.

    Curiously for an historically youth-driven time slot, she’d be about a decade older than anyone who ever started on Late Night. Older than the predecessor. Older than the Tonight host, if Fallon takes over.

  • Diana Santiago

    An upside to a Fallon-Tina late night team: real chemistry. They have worked before together, they are real friends, and they could do seamless show crossovers. They could become real kings of late night.

    Gary, Conan is older than Kimmel and Fallon, yet he has the youngest median age. It is not the age…

  • GARebelman

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t try to prime Seth Myers to be Fallon’s successor in “Late Night”

  • Joel

    I for one would not watch “Late Night with Tina Fey” and can’t see NBC even giving that consideration.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Gary, Conan is older than Kimmel and Fallon, yet he has the youngest median age. It is not the age…”

    If Conan followed Leno, Letterman, or local news he’d have a much higher median age.

  • Gary Middleton

    According to Carter, Conan’s first month at Tonight did have a much lower median age (45) than Kimmel and Fallon. But accomplished it mainly by having older viewers leave the building.

    For example, his lowest-median-age might not be a huge consolation to TBS if they see he rated in the 0.3s. Theoretically- just talking math here- you can have the lowest median age and the fewest young viewers at the same time.

  • Brad

    Exactly why I hate it when TBS and Conan gloat about their ratings. How they are the youngest median age. While it is true, when it comes to how many viewers are in the 18-35 range, they barely beat anyone in it. It seems like it is working but I don’t see it as viable for the long term.

    Honestly, I’ve never seen Conan as a viable solution long term. I’m surprise he is still on television even though I like him. His humor is so vastly different and you would think he’d run out of ideas by now but no, he’s still trucking. I did swear he was going to get canned after watching 12 miserable months of what was his first season at TBS. That’s was god awful! But he somehow made it out of there. “There is no off-switch on genius” as Letterman would say. However, it would not surprise me if Conan goes away any year now.

  • Brad

    As soon as I dropped Seth Meyers’ and Tina Fey’s names down for the succession of Late Night, now one else can come up with any alternative. Are there any other?

    I agree that the Tina-Fallon duo would actually have real chemistry, but do you think Tina is too involved with Hollywood to take on a late night talk show? Baby Mama made $64 million (out of an $30 million budget). Mean Girls made $129 million. Date Night made $152 million. Megamind made $321 million. That’s a lot of success and money she’ll be leaving behind. I really hope she succeeds though.

    And can anyone tell me if a Seth Meyers and Jimmy Fallon duo would be good or not? They seem like brothers or cousins to me. Would watching one happy-go-lucky host to the next with same physical features be a right fit?

  • Him

    I think another possible name for NBC 12.30 could be Bill Hader. He’s another SNL alumn, which seems to make it more likely since Lorne Michaels will probably continue as EP of that show. Also, he seems to have a different sensibility from Fallon’s, which could recreate the 11.30 mainstream-12.30 silly combination that worked pretty well for 16 years at NBC with Leno-Conan as well as avoiding the likely problem that would rise if someone too similar to Fallon (Seth Meyers, for example) took over “Late Night”.

    Also, does anyone see the possibility of Letterman winning, at least briefly, in the ratings if Fallon took over “Tonight”? I say that because currently at 11.30 there are two hosts battling for the older part of the demo and only one who seems mostly to attract the youngsters. If Fallon went to 11.30, this would be reversed and a significant part of Leno’s audience could go to Dave.

  • Diana Santiago

    Brad, in 1994 NBC had less faith in Conan O´Brien than you.

    Here´s to a man whose contract was renewed every week.

  • Neal

    Aaron, Bill confirmed we’re all different people. You think Leno has only 1 fan? It’s just that Leno’s fans don’t care about the internet as much but they matter where it counts since they actually watch his show!

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