Late Night TV Ratings For February 11-15, 2013

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February 22nd, 2013

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Via NBC's Press Release

 

JAY LENO AND JIMMY FALLON SCORE #1 FINISHES IN 18-49 VIEWERS AND TOTAL VIEWERS FOR THE WEEK OF FEB. 11-15

 

 

'TONIGHT' HAS OUT-DELIVERED ‘Late Show’ FOR 13 WEEKS IN A ROW IN 18-49 VIEWERS AND TOPPED ‘KIMMEL’ FOR FIVE OF SIX WEEKS

 

‘LATE NIGHT’ HAS BEATEN ‘LATE Late Show’ IN 18-49 VIEWERS FOR 19 WEEKS IN A ROW AND TOPPED ‘Nightline’ HEAD-TO-HEAD FOR SIX OF SIX WEEKS

 

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – February 22, 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 February 11-15, with Jay generating bigger audiences than CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman" in every key ratings category.

 

Jay has now delivered bigger 18-49 audiences than "Late Show" for the last 13 weeks in a row and topped "Kimmel" for five of their six head-to-head weeks. In total viewers, Jay has out-delivered "Late Show" for 17 weeks in a row and "Kimmel" for six of six weeks.

 

At 12:35 a.m. ET last week, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" ranked #1 versus the ABC and CBS competition in 18-49 viewers, total viewers and virtually all other key ratings categories. “Late Night” beat ABC's "Nightline" for the week in their head-to-head half-hour in every key measure: adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers. Jimmy also delivered bigger audiences than CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" in all those categories except men 25-54, where the two shows tied.

 

Jimmy Fallon has now generated bigger 18-49 audiences than "Late Late Show" for the last 19 weeks in a row and prevailed in total viewers for 16 of the last 17 weeks. Versus "Nightline" in their head-to-head half-hour, Jimmy has out-delivered the ABC series for six weeks in a row in viewers 18-49 and three weeks in a row in total viewers.

 

WEEKLY AVERAGES

 

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of February 11-15. 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,” 0.7/3

 

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,” 0.4/2

 

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,” 3.5 million viewers

 

CBS “Late Show,” 3.2 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,” 1.5 million viewers

 

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET

 

NBC “Last Call,” 0.9 million viewers

 

* Tuesday’s “Kimmel” is excluded from these averages.

 

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 11-15

 

NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING

 

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. ET, “The Daily Show,” 0.7

 

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 0.7

 

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.4

 

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 1.1

 

Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.6

 

Each adult 18-49 rating point equals 1.27 million viewers

 

TOTAL VIEWERS

 

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. “The Daily Show,” 1.7 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, 2.2 million

 

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

 

 

 

 

 
  • GARebelman

    Gary, despite your pessimism each week, Jay has won each week in 18-49 and might even win February sweeps despite “Rock Center” pulling 0.9

  • Badlands

    Gary – I was referring to the network shows. Cable ratings like Conan’s are obviously more affected by lead-ins because there is no news in between.

    If you look at Wednesdays, NBC’s lead in Chicago Fire is often close to CBS’ CSI in the demo and yet Jay’s ratings vs Dave’s aren’t substantially different from other nights.

  • jcfreder

    PROJECTIONS for week of Feb 18

    TOTAL VIEWERS
    Jay 3.54M
    Dave 3.16
    JKL 2.55

    18-49 DEMO
    Dave .754 rating
    Jay .748
    JKL .685

    So my numbers have Dave winning by a hair, although there is enough roughness in the equation to have Jay winning, which I actually expect. When you look at how badly Fallon beat Craig, Jay’s Friday numbers are probably higher than they appear.

  • Drum

    Fallon beat Craig 1.8 to 1.2 with Michelle Obama and Scarlett Johansson vs William Shatner and Alona Tal, i doubt it had anything to do with Leno as a lead-in.

  • Gary Middleton

    Badlands, I’m not sure why you think the advent of the remote control- or whatever other cultural/technological shifts you think make lead ins “mean less than they used to”- would affect only network and not cable.

    Obviously Leno’s fortunes in the 90s and 00s to a great extent rose and fell with NBC 10 p.m. Obviously Conan’s Tonight Show fell through a floor when Leno’s prime time show took over 10 p.m. Pretty obvious even now that Leno’s best nights of the season were following Revolution, and Kimmel’s have consistently been following Scandal.

    So I’m not too sure what we’re talking about here. Chicago Fire has settled into mediocre numbers. The last time it performed like a CBS show with a series high 2.4, vs. a CSI rerun of 1.3, Jay beat Dave 1.0 to 0.6. That’s what a CBS/NBC lead-in reversal looks like, imo.

  • GARebelman

    If JC already has Kimmel at a .68 Dem now with the caveat that ABC’s 10PM’s are higher than NBC’s. I think the ABC brass may dread where that demo may land in the barren wasteland we call Summer

  • bonnie blue

    I don’t watch my late night show (Jay) because of ANY lead-in. Conan failing with The Tonight Show was due to Conan … little to nothing to do with Jay. I don’t see that Jay has any booking problem at all; he has a lot of my favorite people. If you can watch his show from last night, with Meredith Viera, and not laugh … well, I don’t get you. His monologue last night was HILARIOUS! Keep up the good work, Jay!

  • kscottk11

    I know we’re only seven weeks into Jimmy Kimmel’s 11:30 ABC run. And I know it’s a bottom-line ratings(numbers) game. But when ABC executives look at Kimmel and his show, I wonder how they really feel?

    However you feel about Leno, by Kimmel constantly ripping Jay, what is he trying to prove? Is he trying to endear himself to a wider-range late-night audience?

    David Letterman is suppose to be Kimmel’s idol. I wonder how Dave really feels about him? If I were Letterman, I would distance myself as far away from him possible.

    IMO, I just think he’s a cheap bottom-feeder.

  • Neal

    Right on bonnie! Jay has by far and away the best monologue in late night!

    Doug, you are mistaken for Conan again! That thud you hear is Conan’s awful ratings hitting the floor!

  • Gary Middleton

    “I wonder how Dave really feels about him?”

    Dave voted with his feet on that one by appearing on Kimmel’s show in Brooklyn. A competitor who kisses up to him day and night while trashing his biggest rival? Can’t see why Dave would have a problem with that.

  • kscottk11

    “Obviously Conan’s Tonight Show fell through a floor when Leno’s prime time show took over 10 p.m.”

    Gary, Conan’s Tonight Show started June 1, 2009 and Leno’s 10:00pm show didn’t start until the middle of September. By the time Leno’s terrible 10:00 show started, Conan’s Tonight Show was already in a free-fall.

  • Gary Middleton

    ks, I’m going to back off on that one. The situation doesn’t track either camp’s favorite narrative, because Conan hit his lows after Dave stole the spotlight with his sex scandal. After that, still following Jay, Conan rallied with 1.1s and even a 1.2. Dave’s elder statesman edge was shattered and that opened the door for some Conan momentum that may well have sustained itself.

  • Neal

    True kscott, Letterman was already beating Conan’s TS before The Jay Leno show even started!

  • Douglas in TN

    Ah…yes…Jay Leno’s demo rating continues to sag well below where Conan’s was during his time as host of The Tonight Show.

    Conan is da Cadillac of late night entertainment, and Jay is da 1995 Ford Escort.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Ah…yes…Jay Leno’s demo rating continues to sag well below where Conan’s was during his time as host of The Tonight Show.”

    If it was a cancellable offense to have lower demos than what was on 3 and a half years ago, there’d be a lot of dark TV screens out there.

  • Badlands

    Gary, I thought I was pretty clear in explaining that the late night cable shows are more lead-in dependent because they air right after the other show instead of with the news in between. You realize the lead-ins for Dave and Jay are actually the local news and not the network shows, right?

    Hawaii Five-0 is no more the lead in for Dave than Modern Family is for Nashville (Suburgatory airs between the two shows).

    I thought my Wednesday example was pretty clear. CBS has a smaller demo lead at 10:00 (CSI vs Chicago Fire) than other nights and yet the late night numbers aren’t noticeably different. This week, it was a 2.3 vs 1.9 (and Jay won by .1 in the demo in the overnights, which often means a tie in the finals). There was no data on 2/14, but back on 2/7, CSI vs CF was admittedly a slightly larger 2.4 vs 1.8 gap, but Dave won the overnights by .1.

    Now compare Wednesday to Monday, with the H50 you always mention, as if it’s a huge juggernaut (despite beating the “mediocre” Chicago Fire by a whopping .1 this week), airing against the very weak Deception. See the difference in Late Night ratings between the two nights? Yeah, neither do I.

  • Diana Santiago

    Badlands: Your explanation war crystal clear. Sometimes people just don’t want to understand.

  • Diana Santiago

    *was

    Sorry for the typo.

  • Gary Middleton

    “You realize the lead-ins for Dave and Jay are actually the local news and not the network shows, right?”

    Yes, I understood. And you said whatever impact those 10 pm lead-ins have “mean less than they used to.” To what cultural or technological change are you attributing that? Because whatever it was, I don’t know why it wouldn’t affect cable, where Daily Show/Colbert tend to do way better on Tosh.O nights even though they don’t follow it directly.

    Conan, a cable show to my knowledge, has taken a hit on most recent Tuesdays even though his Big Bang lead-in remains intact. Why? Because that Big Bang isn’t doing as hot. Why? Because it is preceded by Cougar Town.

    “Hawaii Five-0 is no more the lead in for Dave than Modern Family is for Nashville (Suburgatory airs between the two shows).”

    Modern Family affects Suburgatory which will affect Nashville. If you take Modern Family off the air and replace it with Wipe Out, it will without a doubt have serious reverberations for Nashville. Just as the absence of The Voice has been big trouble for Smash which has been trouble for news which has introduced Jay to the number “0.6″.

    The example of what happened Wednesday or Monday is not statistically significant. KS asked me what would happen if the full-on rout of CBS over NBC at 10 over the course of the season were reversed, and I assigned it a pretty modest swing.

    Nobody has to take my word for it, the data is all here. Dave slumps badly when CBS dramas go into reruns. Jay did 1.2 or higher pretty much every week he indirectly followed The Voice’s first run. Conan attributed his NBC trouble to his 10 pm lead-in. This is a bizarre conversation.

  • Badlands

    You’re right it IS a bizarre conversation. I agree with much of what you wrote above. I have no idea when you keep mentioning cable shows when I’m referring to the network late night shows. Clearly, lead-ins do matter a lot, but the local news is a buffer, which reduces the effect.

    My original point was that I didn’t agree that Jay would beat Dave by nearly the margins you suggested. I’m not sure what you’re referring to when you say Jay did 1.2 pretty much every week following The Voice’s first run. Clearly, not this season because Jay NEVER got a 1.2 on Monday this season. Following The Voice and Revolution (which regularly crushed H50, sometimes by more than a full ratings point) this season, Jay has averaged a .9 and Dave has averaged a .7 (and remember that Dave tends to do better in the finals). Those numbers may be close to what you get if the network ratings were reversed, and not the .4 to .5 differential you suggested.

    That’s all I’m saying! :)

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