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



  • Aaron

    Not sure if this is relevant or not, but Chris Kyle, the Navy SEAL who Conan also had as a guest was killed at a gun range today.

  • Gary Middleton

    I like the guest host idea, but it would be pretty difficult for Fallon to do because he has his own, very full-time show. If Fallon spends off-weeks at Tonight, he will find himself in situations where he might be going 12 weeks in a row. Would almost certainly compromise the quality of his work.

    Dave, for example, hosted the Tonight Show frequently. But not while he had his own shows.

  • Gary Middleton

    Incredible story, Aaron, for so many reasons. Thanks for passing it along.

  • Aaron

    I wonder if Conan will acknowledge it on Monday’s show. Interestingly, clips of the interview were uploaded to YouTube exactly a year ago.

  • Douglas in TN

    Occupy Conan was rather delightfully absurd. It’s encouraging that Conan seems to be finding his groove again…some of the most creative late night television is again happening on his show. It certainly needed it.

    Jay is da schmuck!

  • will

    does anyone have a good understanding of the expectations v actual figures for craig fergusons show? Just interested in how happy/unhappy cbs would be with these figures.

  • Diana Santiago

    Aaron, thanks for the heads up about Chris Kyle. When I read about it, I didn’t make the connection. It is really a crazy thing.

  • Gary Middleton

    “does anyone have a good understanding of the expectations v actual figures for craig fergusons show? Just interested in how happy/unhappy cbs would be with these figures.”

    Will, these particular figures probably aren’t too critical because it was a rerun week for CBS. Just a guess: Would imagine if you see Craig fall into the 0.3s in the demo on a regular basis (511,000 viewers or less) it would be kind of troubling.

    Can’t imagine CBS is thrilled about the recent Ferguson numbers, but some of that is surely about Craig’s slumping lead-in.

  • Brad

    I think Ferguson will be the last to get canned from CBS’s late night lineup. They know he is not the problem with his current rating, that he survives on a rather cheap budget, and his numbers go down because his lead in numbers have gone down. If he was falling on his own and Letterman stayed constituent then you would have a problem. Luckily that isn’t the case and this I can’t see any reason why CBS would be dissatisfied with Ferguson unless they wanted to groom Letterman’s successor and felt like he isn’t the one (or maybe Fergauon doesn’t want that). That is the ONLY reason CBS could be dissatisfied. Promise.

  • GARebelman

    I don’t hear much about Ferguson anymore. I guess he is becoming the Pluto of Late Night now that nobody cares about Carson Daly. His numbers are a solid third it seems pending on how well/not well deteriorating Nightline does.

  • bonnie blue

    I like Craig, but feel he has a “niche” audience, like Conan, and could not carry an 11:30 show …

  • Gary Middleton

    Based on a lot of what I’m hearing lately, and a little of what I’ve watched, the problem for Ferguson right now is he’s running a sprint and not a marathon.

    He is extremely funny, constantly, relentlessly, interjecting with every funny thought that comes to him. Which is good if you’re on half an hour a week but for 5 hours a week will burn out the audience at some point. He is 99% comedian and 1% host right now, and might have a longer run if he eases up into more of a 60/40.

  • GARebelman

    He is rather full of energy and is more of a stand up comic. Probably why he has more chemistry with Jay (comic) than he does with Letterman (more of a broadcaster/interviewer)

  • Gary Middleton

    Unfortunate break for Craig with the lengthy delay at the Super Bowl.

  • Diana Santiago

    However, the Super Bowl turnaround after the blackout actually might benefit CBS.

  • Gribble

    Fallon wouldn’t have to guest host every time Leno is on vacation,but when he does,Fallon could take 2 weeks off.Bring out the Roots with him.

  • Gary Middleton

    Fallon, who would almost certainly use his own writers, with his own band? Not sure I understand going through the cross-country hassle. Why not just run Fallon’s show in Leno’s slot?

  • Atom

    I doubt CBS is worried about Ferguson. They give him the freedom to do what he wants without spending a lot of resources. I think that is just how they feel about the LLS in general, regardless of host. It’s not like Kilborn was getting a big push either. They know Late Night has been an established brand for 30 years so they accept it and just want to put on a basic show to try to capitalize on Letterman’s audience.

  • Brad

    Out of all the people who could have hosted a Superbowl post show and they pick Ferguson. He is their guy for fun little things on budget. They could have easily gone with a bigger budget show with Neil Patrick Harris but I would have picked Ferguson and maximize profits.

  • Brad

    I agree with you Gary 100%. I just never thought of Ferguson like that. But a 60/40 comedy/host ration makes a lot if sense. I thought be was going to go down that road when he moved to the new studio. Interesting thought in why he has more chemistry with Leno too. Hosting is their job, their passion is stand up. Letterman, Conan, Kimmel, and Fallon. Broadcasting and hosting it their life!

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