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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  • Gary Middleton

    Badlands, they didn’t quote Greenblatt. They cited a single Tweet, very much taken out of context, from a blogger in the room.

    Notably, the room was full of reporters but not a single one said anything about an extension beyond 2014. Including the blogger cited.

  • Aaron

    Diana, why do you think that Timberlake is being prepped to host Late Night?

  • Badlands

    Interesting, Gary. I hadn’t heard that. Looking at the original article, the tweet doesn’t say anything about the contract going beyond 2014. They did say it came from “several in attendance,” but it was probably just referring to the extension through 2014 that was reported in September.

    That’s definitely sloppy journalism. Of course, dozens of other media sources then reported it as news.

  • Douglas in TN

    So how does NBC handle this? This story has gotten pretty huge and has spread pretty far and wide. Do they confirm this week? Do they at least give Jay the opportunity to say something?

  • Diana Santiago

    Aaron, Justin Timberlake will be SNL’s host and musical guest next week; after that, he’s the sole guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon all that week.

  • Paul Douglas

    I can’t see it. Four years on Late Night and the whoosh, off to Tonight with you? I mean I like Fallon, he’s probably second only to Conan for me, but surely it’s too soon to make the jump? It’d maybe make sense if Kimmel’s arrival had taken the legs out from under Leno, but there’s no sign of that. I mean I know NBC are going to have to make the move relatively early, but I kinda pegged 2016 as being the earliest possible jumping off point.

    Incidentally, I was wondering about who could replace Fallon if he did got to 11:35 and a part of me wonders if Tina Fey could be tempted? I reckon Fallon/Fey would be a decent lineup, and give NBC late-night a distinct, signature style in the same vein as Comedy Central has and TBS are in the process of cementing. Saturday Night Live ALL WEEK LONG (Except Sundays)!

  • Gary Middleton

    “Four years on Late Night and the whoosh, off to Tonight with you? I mean I like Fallon, he’s probably second only to Conan for me, but surely it’s too soon to make the jump?”

    Paul, I think 5 years and 1000 shows or whatever will be more than enough talk show experience. Certainly more than Carson and Leno had when they took over.

  • Gary Middleton

    “after that, he’s the sole guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon all that week.”

    Pretty sure there will be other guests. Looks like, in addition to performing each night, JT will be interviewed on the Monday and Friday.

  • Douglas in TN

    Doesn’t seem to be much speculation as to who would replace Fallon yet. This will certainly be an interesting week.

    Let’s all offer a prayer for Mario, who probably hasn’t stopped crying yet.

  • Gary Middleton

    It’s very possible that the urgency is caused by plans for 12:30, if they have a plan in place for- say- Tina Fey and/or Amy Poehler. NBC might feel it has a more promising 2-hour block that way.

    Would certainly be fascinating if Tina Fey- one of Leno’s most relentless celebrity critics – is the catalyst for his firing.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “It’s very possible that the urgency is caused by plans for 12:30, if they have a plan in place for- say- Tina Fey and/or Amy Poehler. NBC might feel it has a more promising 2-hour block that way.

    Would certainly be fascinating if Tina Fey- one of Leno’s most relentless celebrity critics – is the catalyst for his firing.”

    While I don’t follow late night stuff to nearly the extent that all of you do, I’m going to make the guess that if/when Fallon moves to 11:30, something completely different (not a talk show, maybe nothing) replaces him.

  • Gary Middleton

    Very realistic, Bill, given the changing economics. Could just be another run of a prime time show. Or another run of Handler, if they’re still committed to that show.

    The people who started the Tina Fey/Seth Meyers kind of chatter have won me over because of the idea that there’s a supply of very famous talent looking for a place to land, anxious not to end up with a podcast. And a made-at-NBC system where you graduate from SNL to late night could be appealing for the network.

    Could even be a really cheap half-hour show like Later with Bob Costas. But worth a dice roll for the network, because once you give the slot to the affiliates, it can be hard to get it back.

  • Paul Douglas

    The proverbial “reruns of In Living Color”, perhaps? xD

  • Douglas in TN

    Never thought of that. Perhaps NBC is looking for yet another place to run Rock Center…they seem to have tried every primetime spot.

  • Douglas in TN

    From Cafe Mom…some of the writing today is rather vicious…
    __________________________________________

    It only seems yesterday that Jay Leno bit, kicked, and scratched his way back into the coveted late night position with The Tonight Show like a drunken real housewife clawing her way over a dining room table to grab her rival. After he’d been unceremoniously replaced by Conan O’Brien and ratings plummeted, Conan was soon out and Jay back in. But now sources are saying that this will be the square-jawed funnyman’s last season. Poor Jay. I don’t think he’d be giving this up willingly. His TV bosses must be up to their old tricks again.

  • Douglas in TN

    From Newsday:
    ____________________________
    “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.”
    Let the words roll around in your head. Think about them. Absorb them. Rue them . . . or cheer them. But sooner or later, you’re going to have to deal with them: Jimmy Fallon, 38, will be the sixth host of television’s most famous program.

    ______________________________

    Interestingly, not one story I’ve read today really addresses how Arsenio factors into this, so they must not think much about it.

  • GARebelman

    I wouldn’t mind Fallon as he is rather likable. I prefer him to Conan anyway. I guess we’ll see if these “sources” are true at the May up fronts. Kimmel can very much be beaten. I don’t know a soul online who likes his show. The fact that two guys over 50 are beating him in Adults 18-49-25-54, and 18-34 as well as audience shows me that he may get use to third place regardless. And the fact that he has to use reduce himself to childish insults to get attentions tells me a lot. More so that ABC puts his show randomly at 10PM during repeats week to get attention

  • Badlands

    If NBC is looking for cheap, they may just move Carson Daly up to 12:35. He gets very few viewers now at 1:35, but it only costs like $12 an episode.

    I love Tina Fey, but I’d be surprised to see her sign on to do a late night talk show, and am not sure it’s the best use of her talents. Amy Poehler may be a better fit, but she is on the only NBC primetime comedy sure to be renewed.

    As for Kimmel, I find his show likeable enough. After Letterman and Fallon, I watch his show the third most often. However, although I’m not a fan of Leno as a late night host, I found some of Kimmel’s attacks on him pretty cringe-worthy.

  • Brad

    The problem with Kimmel is that nobody loves his show. Sure people LIKE him and his show, but nobody LOVES him and his show. He has no strong following as he lacks hardcore fans. And honestly there’s nothing to love about his show. He is mediocre. I don’t find Kimmel interesting like Letterman. I don’t find the skits as raunchy as Conan’s. The man has no niche. I loved how he would do a 20 minute long monologue back at midnight. That was awesome. Now he’s exactly like everyone else with the format of the show being very traditional. Where Kimmel must have two parts to his comedy act, not just one long one. Very upsetting, at least to me.

  • jcfreder

    I think networks see these things as franchises – I’d be shocked if they did away with Late Night if Fallon gets called up. At worst, budgetary concerns could make them cost-cut quite a lot, but the show won’t just go away unless the next host completely bombs and takes down the budget with him/her.

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