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



  • jcfreder

    I think both Tina Fey (and possibly Bill Hader) have movie careers in front of them, so a late night show in the next few years seems extremely unlikely.

    Him – yes, it would be advantageous for Dave to be up against two younger guys. Both Conan and JKL have shown that the “young guard” has huge problems maintaining total viewers. The demo . . . harder to say, but Dave did hold his own against Conan.

  • Brad

    It is with most people, that they are unwilling to change their ways, but older you get the harder it is for you to accept change. Older folks would rather see Letterman or Leno whichever one retires first. We’ve seen it before with Conan at the helm of the Tonight Show.

    More people to watch these younger hosts, however, there are more of these hosts which are spliting the audience into Letterman’s and Leno’s favor. Letterman and Leno have the older and total crowd while Conan, Fallon, Kimmel, Stewart, Colbert and more are fractioning off the younger crowd.

  • Gary Middleton

    Tina Fey has not had a movie out in about 3 years, a lifetime in Hollywood. She has one due in March with Paul Rudd, and the result of that will tell us a lot about whether either of them still have movie careers. Seems like this whole Fey-Rudd-Hamm upscale comedy rat pack has not delivered numbers in movies or TV in a long time.

    As for chemistry between 11:30 and 12:30 hosts, I don’t think it matters at all. Best late night tandem ever, in terms of obliterating really formidable competition, was Leno-Conan.

  • Gary Middleton

    “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.”

    To some extent, but I think Leno viewers are very comfortable with Fallon because of the un-ironic factor, plus Fallon will bring in some of his own 18-49s to replace those that bail.

    One thing we don’t know is whether Fallon has the gravitas to be the 11:30 guy, or if that’s even necessary. Carson had a still-waters-run-deep kind of stern-ness, Dave had that ability to look into the camera and address the nation like a President, Jay made his name as a hard hitting wordsmith who really ripped into the issues and social mores. When Fallon takes center stage at 11:30, will enough Americans want to know what Jimmy Fallon has to say? Not sure it matters, just asking.

  • bonnie blue

    I wouldn’t watch Tina Fey do The Tonight Show. She’s a great mimic and comedian, but that’s about it, IMO. I love Jimmy Fallon but he is no Jay Leno … don’t think he’d carry The Tonight Show. The smartest thing NBC can do is keep Jay as long as possible on there. I’m over 60, but no fuddy-duddy … many of my friends are the same, and love and watch him.

  • Gary Middleton

    Using the JC method of knocking Kimmel’s overnights down 15% and leaving Jay’s as is, last week’s numbers put Jay at .84 and Kimmel at 0.68.

  • Estella

    Hey, GAREBELMAN..Kimmel is actually 45, not 54- so there goes you’re theory!

  • Gary Middleton

    Estella, GAR didn’t say Kimmel is 45. He said the median age of Kimmel viewers is 54.

  • Gary Middleton

    Sorry, I meant: he didn’t say Kimmel is 54, he said the median age of Kimmel viewers is 54.

  • Neal

    Bonnie, right on! I find it hard to believe Leno is sent out to pasture next year!

  • GARebelman

    Gary is correct I Didn’t say that’s how old Kimmel was but that was his latest median age which is closer to Jay/Letterman that what most probably thought.

  • bonnie blue

    Jay’s contract has been extended past 2014, according to recent reports, but I don’t know how far.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Jay’s contract has been extended past 2014, according to recent reports, but I don’t know how far.”

    Nobody knows how far because there is no actual source for those reports. It all traces to a single tweet that says nothing about “past 2014″ and very much seems to be taken out of context.

    Especially since the room was packed with reporters and the only one who heard about a contract extension was the one tweeter.

  • bonnie blue

    Gary, yes, the report was vague, and I haven’t heard anymore. His contract will be extended unless NBC has truly not learned their lesson.

  • Neal

    Bonnie, the good news is Fallon would need at least a year advance notice for the transition and there has been no announcement. Hell, Conan had a 5 year notice!

    Hopefully we won’t hear anything all year which means Leno is safe for 2014!

  • Brad

    I always like watching Fallon because he brings to joy to the late night field. He’s like the Tim Tebow of late night. He is always having fun on his show and it really picks me up to see him having such a good time. The atmosphere is really awesome.

    However, I never cared to hear what he has to say about anything important except he and Brian Williams had a really good conversation about Mitt Romney and the future of the Republican party. Beyond that, he always falls flat during important moments and serious interviews. I mean, they aren’t bad, they just don’t have any WOW factor. But hey! That’s the same thing with Kimmel and he’s now an 11:30 guy.

  • Gribble

    What NBC needs to do is when Jay is off a week,they need to bring Fallon out to guest host a few times a year like they did when Carson was on vacation,that’s how Leno got that job,they never did that with Conan.

  • GARebelman

    Gribble’s idea is a pretty good one. The Tonight Show would never be in repeats with that situation. If Fallon doesn’t mind the long distance that is.

  • Brad

    I agree with Gribble. It seems to be the only safe way to do make the transition or to even see if the transition is even viable. I think Fallon would do the long distance. Maybe he can spend time with his wife out in LA that week, you know, because that’s where she lives and works.

  • GARebelman

    Though I am glad back in the 90s, NBC didn’t get their way in their original plan to have Rosie O’Donnell as the Guest host on Fridays. I can’t imagine that obnoxious person hosting anything these days especially when she goes on political rants.

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