Late Night TV Ratings For February 4-8, 2013

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February 14th, 2013

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Via NBC's Press Release

“THE Tonight Show” SCORES #1 FINISHES IN 18-49 VIEWERS AND TOTAL VIEWERS FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 4-8
“LATE NIGHT” OUTSCORES ITS HEAD-TO-HEAD ABC AND CBS COMPETITION IN 18-49 VIEWERS
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – February 14, 2013 – NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” has finished #1 in viewers 18-49 as well as total viewers, versus ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” for the week of February 4-8.

For the week, “Tonight” topped “Kimmel” in viewers 18-49 by a 14 percent margin (with 985,000 viewers vs. 867,000 for “Kimmel”), and in total viewers by a 42 percent margin (3.520 million vs. 2.478 million). “Tonight” also outscored Letterman’s 976,000 18-49 viewers and 3.474 million total viewers.

At 12:35 a.m. ET last week, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" ranked #1 versus its ABC and CBS competition in 18-49 viewers. “Late Night” beat ABC's "Nightline" for the week in their head-to-head half-hour by a 32 percent advantage in 18-49 (with 645,000 viewers vs. “Nightline’s” 490,000 in the 12:30-1 a.m. ET half-hour). “Late Night” also edged CBS’ “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson in viewers 18-49 (645,000 vs. 593,000).

WEEKLY AVERAGES

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of February 4-8. 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,” 0.8/3
ABC “Kimmel,” 0.7/3

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,” 0.5/3

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.3/2*

TOTAL VIEWERS

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight,” 3.5 million viewers
CBS “Late Show,” 3.5 million viewers
ABC “Kimmel,” 2.5 million viewers

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 1.5 million viewers

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 1.6 million viewers
CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.6 million viewers

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.9 million viewers*

*“Last Call” was an encore on Friday

SEASON TO DATE

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

TOTAL VIEWERS

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight,” 3.6 million viewers
CBS “Late Show,” 3.1 million viewers
ABC “Kimmel,” 2.8 million viewers**

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 1.7 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.

SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK OF FEBRUARY 4-8

NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING

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,” 0.4

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

TOTAL 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,” 0.8 million

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 2.3 million
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.4 million

 

 

 
  • Neal

    Brad and Gary, you cannot be serious! There is no way Arsenio will hurt Leno! As the saying goes there is a graveyard of people who predicted Leno’s demise.

    Arsenio will never succeed long term and is doomed for cancellation. The market is far too saturated.

  • lancelot48

    Every day I hear predictions of Leno’s demise but he still appears to be around. If Kimmell stops slagging Leno maybe his ratings will improve. He’s beginning to sound bitter or a sore loser. What an asshat.

  • Aaron

    Neal, I didn’t know you’re the fortune teller of who will watch whom. Please tell me more, O Wise (*cough*Stupid*cough*) One.

  • Douglas in TN

    He’s probably right…Leno is the comedic cockroach. And cockroaches will be on the planet longer than humans will. And Leno, when we’re all gone, will still be doing “Meal or No Meal.” Hysterical stuff.

    Jay is da bore!

  • Joe

    @Douglas in TN: You are right Jay is da bore! The king of cockroaches. Why anyone wastes their time watching that bore-fest is beyond me. As far as I am concerned Letterman is the king and the rest should kiss his ring!!!

  • Neal

    Joe, Letterman can’t be the king when he even admits Leno is funnier than him!

  • Question

    I guess I don’t understand the ratings system. Don’t these numbers look like pretty much a three way tie? ADULTS 18-49: NBC “Tonight,” 0.8 rating, 3 share, CBS “Late Show,” 0.8/3, ABC “Kimmel,” 0.7/3.

    I don’t see how some posters are saying this is a huge victory for some, and a huge defeat for others. ???? Seriously I just don’t get it.

    Rating = Percentage of people watching that show in the universe (population) of all households with a TV whether the set is on or not.
    Share = Percentage of people watching that show in the universe of people actually watching TV.

  • Joe

    @ Neal. Just because Dave admitted that Leno is funnier does not mean the show is better. What Dave said was when it comes to stand-up. There is a difference. It takes a king to admit. What positive things about Dave came from Leno? Nothing because when you have a ego the size of Leno’s head you don’t give complements. Like a have said before Letterman is the king and the rest can kiss his ring.

  • Richard

    I know i’m going a bit off topic, but i was just thinking about Jimmy Kimmel’s latest rants against Leno again.

    Jimmy Kimmel only got mainstream popularity when he went after Jay. Its as if Jay Leno’s fiasco at 10pm was the best thing that ever happened to Jimmy.

    He doesn’t like Jay but if the Jay vs Conan feud never happened, would anyone be talking about Jimmy? I doubt it. Jay is the best thing that ever happened to Kimmel.

    The latest rants against Jay shows that Kimmel still needs Jay more than Jay needs him.

  • Richard

    Joe, there is still tension between Jay and Dave but they also have great respect for each other. Out of all the late night comedians (Conan, JK, etc), the one that Jay respects the most and has the highest regard for is David Letterman.

  • Neal

    True Richard.

    Joe, Letterman is only the king in your delusional. Even a recent Harris interactive poll of favorite TV personalities had Leno at #4 while Letterman was at #9. Conan, Fallon, Kimmel, and Ferguson were nowhere to be found!

  • Neal

    I meant to say “delusional world.”

  • Brad

    Very true Richard. I agree with you as I only knew Kimmel when he went on Leno and thought he was killer. Otherwise I wouldn’t have ever seen his show or gone for one if his show’s tapings.

    Neal, I don’t think anyone can serious see Arsenio Hall take the night by being in syndication on 2nd rate broadcast networks. It would be unheard of. However, whatever ratings he gets, which I except 0.3 give or take, could hurt Leno enough that his 0.8 becomes a 0.7 and Letterman or Kimmel takes the lead. Again, it’s not about Arsenio Hall taking the crown, it about him taking viewers from the supposed “king” leaving it up for grabs for someone else.

    Also… Is Question right guys about ratings vs shares?

  • Joe

    @ Neal, Thanks for the delusional words. Obviously you are smarter than me when it comes to Leno vs Letterman. That’s Ok but opinions are like a**h**es, everybody has one.

  • Gary Middleton

    “I don’t see how some posters are saying this is a huge victory for some, and a huge defeat for others. ???? Seriously I just don’t get it.”

    It’s because of the circumstances. If a runner spots everyone a 20 yard head start in a 100 yard dash and still wins, it’s a pretty decent accomplishment.

    ABC is killing it at 10 p.m. right now. Last week they edged out CBS, and both crushed NBC by over 60%. For Jay to win in that circumstance is impressive. A first place show on a last place network is a good thing to be. Kimmel is a last place show on a first place (10 pm) network and that might explain ABC’s lack of a press release this week.

    Last week it took a huge Friday margin for Jay to win the week by a hair’s width. No huge Friday win this week, so Dave looks like he’s in a pretty strong position.

  • Gary Middleton

    “However, whatever ratings he gets, which I except 0.3 give or take, could hurt Leno enough that his 0.8 becomes a 0.7 and Letterman or Kimmel takes the lead.”

    Exactly, Brad. Just as Kimmel, while struggling, might have taken enough viewers away from Letterman to give Jay the win last week.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Jimmy Kimmel only got mainstream popularity when he went after Jay. Its as if Jay Leno’s fiasco at 10pm was the best thing that ever happened to Jimmy.”

    Really interesting topic to me, Richard. I would say it’s the “most enjoyable thing that ever happened to Jimmy”, as opposed to the best. He had that moment of being talked about and celebrated like a hero. But it’s like a heroin high: feels good at the time, but it ruins you as you keep trying unsuccessfully to recreate it.

    The winners in late night tend to be plodders like Carson and Leno. Who never run too hot and never go out of style because they were never in style.

    “The latest rants against Jay shows that Kimmel still needs Jay more than Jay needs him.”

    Existential question for the entire field is what happens to an anti-establishment show when the establishment is pretty much gone. We have this whole field of ironic shows defined by the fact that they “aren’t Leno”. What is their relevance when Leno is gone? What are they still subverting?

    Without Leno as a lightning rod, the rest of the players might point their hostilities inward. Maybe a slight preview in late 2010 when the Conan and Daily Show teams exchanged some extremely pointed press releases.

  • Douglas in TN

    “Who never run too hot and never go out of style because they were never in style.”

    Strange comment. How can one say that Johnny Carson was never in style when most of those in the late night business model their shows after his, or after his disciple and real successor David Letterman?

    Maybe you’re not old enough, but Johnny Carson was for decades show business. A performer’s goal, whether comedian, singer, even author, was to get a crack on Carson. Just one. If that’s not in style, what is?

  • Gary Middleton

    “How can one say that Johnny Carson was never in style when most of those in the late night business model their shows after his, or after his disciple and real successor David Letterman?”

    Because they didn’t, at all. Dave was the anti-Carson. His comedy firmly rooted in, and generally lifted from, Steve Allen. Johnny’s comedy was earnest, Dave’s was ironic. Johnny’s interviews were gentle, Dave’s were edgy and often confrontational.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Maybe you’re not old enough, but Johnny Carson was for decades show business. A performer’s goal, whether comedian, singer, even author, was to get a crack on Carson. Just one. If that’s not in style, what is?”

    That’s like saying Ed Sullivan was “in style”.

    Carson’s show was America’s night light in the era of 3 channels. An institution, like comedy’s Meet The Press. There was never a fanaticism associated with it like SNL in the 70s and Letterman in the 80s and again in 1993-4. In fact, when it was the trendy show in the 70s SNL slammed Johnny pretty hard.

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