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

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).


(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*


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


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,” 2.8 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.



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


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



  • Brad

    I feel like we should at least come to agree on this. That given all disadvantages Leno has being on NBC, he is able to impress us with his ratings. He should at least impress you all in that manner. I hope we can all give him that.

  • Neal

    Brad, that’s why I call Leno da man and da King! Despite everything working against him he’s usually on top!

  • Douglas in TN

    Mario, I just find it hard to find reason to somebody who averages a .7 or .8 rating “da man.”

    That’s just insane. He’s certainly no king. Just a tired has been.

  • Gary Middleton

    Joel, I suspect having Eubanks in the room was largely responsible for that. Leno seemed 15 years younger to me from the outset. Holy cow do I ever miss Kevin.

    The Rodman breakdown caused global Twitter trending, which is highly unusual for the final third of Leno’s show.

    Strangest part to me was Rodman’s breakdown after the breakdown. He pointed to his left and said how important “this guy has been in my life”. I assumed he meant someone in the band. He meant Leno. Who knew there was a special relationship between Dennis Rodman and Jay Leno.

  • kscottk11

    Good to see Kevin Eubanks back on the Tonight Show. Since Kevin left the Tonight Show, there has been a real void on the show.

    Monolog driven late night shows like Johnny Carson’s and Leno’s Tonight Shows need a good side-kick/bandleader to pick up the host when he is struggling doing his monolog.

    Both Ed McMahon and Kevin Eubanks gave Carson and Leno some feed back and something to work with when a monolog or comedy bit wasn’t working.

    Rickey Minor, musically, he’s fine. But he is not a TV personality. He gives Leno nothing to work with. He’s so awkward with Leno. He’s never connected with Leno. Leno could park a bar stool in Rickey’s place and it would give Leno more input.

    For how much longer Leno host the Tonight Show, if he could get Eubanks to come back as bandleader it would give the show some fresh life.

    I know it’s never going to happen.

  • Gary Middleton

    “I am very certain Maher doesn’t care about Leno’s Tonight Show job beyond how much his friend loves his job. He only defends Leno in that prospective.”

    Brad, I want the other side of that bet. I think Maher speaks his mind on the issues, in January of 2010 this was a big issue, and Maher spoke it. The idea that Jay Leno was obligated to Conan in some way really offended Maher’s sensibilities, as did the degree to which that idea was flogged.

    Based on how he made Leno and Larry King his most frequent TV venues for 20 years, it also looks to me like he prefers doing his material with hosts who will ask the prepared question and then get out of the way. As opposed to having to interrupt his rhythm for a high-level improv battle with the likes of Conan and Andy, entertaining though it may be.

  • Gary Middleton

    Great post, ks. Every word. I feel bad for Rickey because he tries so hard.

  • GARebelman

    I think Terry Bradshaw would be good for Jay nightly. I doubt that’d happen either but those two really enjoy insulting each other on the same level Kevin and Jay insulted each other.

  • Gary Middleton

    Nightly? That’s a lot of Bradshaw.

    Thanks for posting the numbers, GAR.

  • Brad

    Maher never said anything specific about how good or how bad Leno is as a talk show host. He only said Leno had a pulse on Anerica better then anyone his knows. I find that to be true. However, Maher never talked about Jay Leno more than that and how he loves hosting his The Tonight Show. Never mentioning The Jay Leno Show and how it was a failure. The point is Maher has never said anything much about how great Leno’s show or TV work really is because I think Maher thinks Leno’s TV work is lame.

    And I agree with Gary. That’s a lot of Bradshaw. Way too much of Bradshaw. Even a weekly thing with Bradshaw would be too much. Occasional visits from Bradshaw, that to is just right. :)

  • Brad

    I agree. Maher seem to prefer doing his material pre-planned. He was stun when Conan asked him about Trump and Conan was like (paraphrased) “this is recent/big news. You had to know we were going to talk about it.” However I doubt this is the last time we’ll see Bill Maher on CONAN.

    And that’s another reason why Maher won’t attack Leno. He’s been a guest on The Tonight Show too frequently for too long to say anything hurtful.

  • kscottk11

    Gary, thanks for the compliment.

    Gar, I think Terry Bradshaw is good in small doses. Bradshaw on a nightly basis might quickly become Bradshaw overkill.

  • Neal

    Kscott, I’ve seen Leno since Marsalis was bandleader. It’s true Eubanks had better chemistry with Leno but it was very 1 sided. Eubanks was the punching bag and often looked like a buffoon!

    How is looking like a moron band leader every night a good thing? Eubanks said something dumb and Leno complained how Eubanks brought the entire monologue to a halt!

  • Douglas in TN

    Looks like Conan will helm this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner. This should be fun.

    At least it will be better than the disastrous appearance of Mr. Leno.

  • Diana Santiago

    Conan O’Brien is always extraordinarily brilliant when he’s hosting special events. Another fringe benefit of his announcement: “Conan” is getting a lot of mentioning today.

    Two quotes that got my attention from the press today:

    “The source said that beyond the comedy and celebrity fest, O’Brien has privately agreed to join forces with the Correspondents’ Association on other initiatives focused on the group’s scholarship fund.” – Politico

    “Mr. O’Brien has continued to enthuse his fans – who continue to be generally young – at TBS after his ill-fated brief tour as host of “Tonight” on NBC. His ratings are stable and solid enough for TBS to extend his contract last year. It has been a bit harder to be noticed on that cable channel, though Mr. O’Brien may enjoy a little less notice than his ultimately unpleasant “Tonight” tenure.” – NYT

  • GARebelman

    Tuesday February 19th:

    Vegas 5.9/10
    Body of Proof 5.2/9
    Smash 2.8/5

    Letterman 2.9/7 2.2/6
    Leno 3.0/7 1.8/5
    Kimmel 2.5/6 1.6/5
    Nightline 1.3/4
    Fallon 1.3/4 1.1/4
    Ferguson 1.3/4 1.0/4

  • Douglas in TN

    I wonder if Leno is sitting in his office trying to figure out a way to push Conan out of the White House dinner gig…

  • Paul Douglas

    Discovery does seem to be the main problem for Conan on TBS. It’s developed a solid bedrock, but without the easy accessibility of a Network position it rarely peaks especially high even with special events. Still, as long as their getting enough money to keep the show on the air, it doesn’t really matter.

    On an unrelated note, I’m still really curious about what Letterman’s plans are. For a while, having read how much he was cutting back on his workload, I was convinced he was winding down towards retiring in a couple of years from now. But the fact he’s basically neck and neck with Leno now makes me wonder if he’ll be tempted to stick around to try and topple him.

    How’s his show lately? I haven’t seen any of it in a while…Last time was I think when Conan was on and that was almost a year ago. I saw some of Leno when I was in the States (Not nearly as much as I saw of Conan though – almost every night it was on, imagine my delight :D) in Spetember. Seemed like he was plugging away at it just the same as ever. Impressive consistency really.

    On another note, I’m writing my University Dissertation on the impact of the multi-screen era on the financial viability of late night talk shows. I need some primary data, so I’m conducting a questionnaire on the subject. If you guys wanted to fill it out, that’d help me a lot. Should only take 5 to 10 minutes.

  • Douglas in TN

    Paul…out of all the late night shows, Letterman’s is probably the most frustrating because it’s the most unreliable.

    It continues a problem developed over a decade ago…maybe as early as 1993, when the show is too dang scripted, down to every minute. Many nights his opening remarks are punchier than Leno’s (whose aren’t?), but he still does that annoying thing of repeating jokes night in and out.

    There’s little scripted act II comedy now…although when he rants it’s often funnier than anything scripted.

    There are still moments of absurd and surreal delightfulness, although they are few and far between. When, like now, there are times with little to sink his teeth into, it does seem as if Letterman, like Leno and his monologue, is phoning it in.

    The show is best when a guest is there not to sell anything but just be there. He was nauseating with the Kardashians a few weeks ago…I could hear Letterman fans switching to Kimmel.

    Some of the stuff Kimmel is doing flirts with genius, like Letterman, but I grow tired quickly of Kimmel. His show, too, is too clonish. Same with Craig Ferguson. I can’t put my finger on it, maybe the new studio? But I grow tired of him.

    The ones to watch are Jimmy Fallon and Conan. Jimmy, too, is stuck in that tired format, but, almost subliminally, is trying something radical with it that connects. And Conan’s show is reminding me of his Late Night days more and more.

    But I doubt Dave wishes to go until Jay does…so these two guys will be going onstage with walkers before long. Meanwhile they’ll both soon sink to or below 3 million viewers.

  • Gary Middleton

    Thanks for the numbers, GAR. Huge 2nd half drops for Jay lately. I think the booking weakness might be catching up.

    Then you’ve got Smash, holy cow. NBC knew it was dealing with black holes Monday and Thursday. They had no idea there was a black hole on Tuesday. Such an expensive show, too. I doubt they can just dump it like they did with Do No Harm.

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