Late Night TV Ratings For February 18-22, 2013

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February 28th, 2013

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Via NBC's Press Release

 

JAY LENO AND JIMMY FALLON DELIVER #1 FINISHES IN 18-49 VIEWERS AND TOTAL VIEWERS FOR THE WEEK OF FEB. 18-22
‘LATE NIGHT’ HITS A SEVEN-WEEK HIGH IN 18-49 VIEWERS, LED BY FRIDAY’S APPEARANCE BY FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA, WHICH GENERATED JIMMY’S BIGGEST OVERALL AUDIENCE SINCE JULY

'TONIGHT' HAS OUT-DELIVERED ‘Late Show’ FOR 14 WEEKS IN A ROW IN 18-49 VIEWERS AND TOPPED ‘KIMMEL’ FOR SIX OF SEVEN WEEKS

‘LATE NIGHT’ HAS BEATEN ‘LATE Late Show’ IN 18-49 VIEWERS FOR 20 WEEKS IN A ROW AND TOPPED ‘Nightline’ HEAD-TO-HEAD FOR SEVEN OF SEVEN WEEKS

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – February 28, 2013 – NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” has finished #1 in viewers 18-49 and total viewers versus CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman" and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" for the week of February 18-22. Note that "Tonight" and "Late Show" both rounded to a 0.8 rating in adults 18-49 while Jay delivered the bigger audience in that category.

At 12:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" generated bigger audiences than CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" and ABC's "Nightline" in 18-49 and total viewers, with Friday's "Late Night" appearance by First Lady Michelle Obama generating Jimmy's biggest 18-49 audience (888,000) for any night of the week since Thanksgiving night (when NBC Sports covered NFL football in primetime). In total viewers, last Friday’s "Late Night" attracted 2.384 million, the show's biggest audience for any night of the week since Friday, July 27, 2012 (the night NBC covered the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics).

For the week, Jimmy delivered his biggest 18-49 audience (681,000) in seven weeks (since December 31, 2012-January 4, 2013) and biggest overall audience (1.751 million) in three weeks (since January 28-February 1).

For their head-to-head half-hour from 12:30-1 a.m. ET last week, "Late Night" delivered bigger audiences than ABC's "Nightline" in all key categories: adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers.

Jay has now delivered bigger 18-49 audiences than "Late Show" for the last 14 weeks in a row and topped "Kimmel" for six of their seven head-to-head weeks. In total viewers, Jay has out-delivered "Late Show" for 18 weeks in a row and "Kimmel" for seven of seven weeks.

Jimmy Fallon has now generated bigger 18-49 audiences than "Late Late Show" for the last 20 weeks in a row and prevailed in total viewers for 17 of the last 18 weeks. Versus "Nightline" in their head-to-head half-hour, Jimmy has out-delivered the ABC series for seven weeks in a row in viewers 18-49 and four weeks in a row in total viewers.

WEEKLY AVERAGES

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of February 18-22. 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,” 0.4/3

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,” 3.3 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,” 1.8 million viewers

CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.6 million viewers

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

NBC “Last Call,” 1.0 million viewers*

* Monday's "Nightline" is excluded from these averages. Friday's "Last Call" was an encore.

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,” 2.7 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 18-22

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,” 0.6***

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,” 1.5 million***

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 1.2 million***

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.8 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

*** Monday's "Daily Show," "Colbert Report" and "Conan" were rebroadcasts.

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  • anonymous

    The race is over; Leno wins again. Only thing left to be determined is were Kimmel will bottom out at.

  • Nick

    Leno and Letterman must’ve been extremely close. But still, the fact that NBC can eek out a win with such a weak 10pm lineup is more than enough reason to call him a winner. Only strong night nowadays is Wednesday, with Chicago Fire having been putting up a decent 1.9 lately. Monday has been a 1.2, Tuesday has been below a 1.0, Thursday has been around a 1.0, and Friday about the same.

  • Gary Middleton

    I guess specific numbers will be hard to come by since ABC’s PR dept. bailed and the CBS one is flat out lying.

    I too admire Jay’s resilience but find the 2nd-half-hour collapses in GAR’s numbers kind of an issue.

  • GARebelman

    I don’t guess ABC PR team have anything to brag about. Kimmel is loosing in every demo even the youngest skewing one. Nightline isn’t beating Fallon or Ferguson in the half hour they compete.

    What was JC’s prediction? Was he right again?

    I don’t know why it is so hard to just list the straight numbers. CBS certainly didn’t want to.

  • Gary Middleton

    “What was JC’s prediction? Was he right again?”

    Glad you asked! He was. He called a close win for Jay and could not have been more right.

  • jcfreder

    It must have been really close for NBC to not put the numbers in the release. Either that or they rushed to it counter the CBS release.

  • GARebelman

    I looked to the right and they are repeating Jimmy Kimmel Live at 10PM AGAIN. I don’t know but that comes across as an act of desperation to me to repeat a late night show that has already aired in prime time. Even NBC at their most deperate times never did that with any other show.

  • Brad

    From the Last Post…

    That’s what I’m thinking too Rif. That’s how it works with me. If I’m watching Leno I jump ship after his comedy acts except on rare occasions. With Letterman I tend to stick around for the interview, or at least more so then I would for Leno.

  • Michael1

    @GARebelman

    Actually, NBC does currently do that with SNL, airing repeats of recent episodes at 10 pm on Saturday night, although it is for the opposite reason. ABC puts Kimmell in prime time so that more people will watch him, while NBC puts SNL in prime time BECAUSE more people watch it.

  • Brad

    Nightline pulled a 0.4/2 while Ferguson pulled a 0.4/3? That’s not good for ABC.

    They should have re-introduced Kimmel when they had the chance to. They should have at least improved it, maybe give Kimmel was decent actors for skits rather then using Guerillmo for every little bit. Getting a good second comedy act would be great as well. I enjoyed the long monologues when he was at midnight. It made up for the lackluster jokes he would tell. Now there’s a commercial in between the monologue (the nights he continues the monologue into the second act) and wow does it wreck the flow of things.

    My other complaint is that I enjoyed him at midnight more as I could watch other shows like Leno and Letterman and then flip to Kimmel when the other two go into interviews. Now it’s three shows with the same format and its just tiring. I’ll get use to the new time, it was easy to remember midnight and if I miss Leno or Letterman’s beginnings I would only have to wait 30mins Mac until Kimmel, but now I have to wait until 12:35am for Fallon or Ferguson like I had to last night.

    Anyways, those are my complaints. Hopefully someone agrees with me on some of them.

  • Diana Santiago

    This thread suddenly became silent. Nothing must be happening on the late night jungle.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    or, perhaps we had comments turned off for 30 hours (we did!)

  • Douglas in TN

    What’s the deal with posts disappearing?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “What’s the deal with posts disappearing?”

    since I know lots of people ignore the text above the comments and don’t look at other posts on the site, I wanted to let you all know we are no longer allowing links in comments, and if you comment with a link, it’s not going to show up. We had some recent security problems and although the comments had nothing to do with that, as a part of tightening security we had to break a tool we used that was very effective in getting rid of automated comment spam. So it’s not that we hate links, it’s just that we hate spam. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • Douglas in TN

    That makes a lot of sense. No inconvenience at all.

  • Douglas in TN

    Somebody had better get a Xanax for Mario/Neal:
    _______________________________

    The 2013-14 television season will be the last for Jay Leno as host of “The Tonight Show” in Los Angeles, The Hollywood Reporter quoted two sources as saying.

    Public confirmation regarding Leno’s departure is expected to be made in May when “Late Night” host Jimmy Fallon is announced as his successor on the 11:35 p.m. program.

  • I am the eggman

    links and spam are great for breakfast,though.

  • Gary Middleton

    I believe time will show that the Hollywood Reporter is a real journalistic endeavor and the Huffington Post is noise.

    Jay Leno’s Contract Extended Past 2014, NBC Chairman Announces

    The Huffington Post | By Ross Luippold Posted: 01/06/2013 2:12 pm EST |

  • Diana Santiago

    I won’t believe it after Fallon hosts The Tonight Show for more than a year…

    On the other hand, seems like Lorne Michaels is prepping Justin Timberlake for Late Night.

  • Badlands

    Gary – While the Hollywood Reporter may end up being correct in this case, that is quite a generalization you use. The Huffington Post article quoted the Chairman of NBC (Greenblatt). THR is quoting anonymous sources.

    The Hollywood Reporter, while decent on entertainment news, isn’t exactly a bastion of great journalism (of course, neither is HuffPost).

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