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

    “Replace Jay Leno with Geoff Peterson.”

    Something to discuss when Craig Ferguson returns to the Tonight Show a week from Friday.

  • GARebelman

    Speaking of Stern, has Stern commented on this whole debate recently? He tends to be rather obsessed with late night tv.

  • Douglas in TN

    Thinking the same thing. The news of Leno getting canned would place Stern on cloud 9. Surprised we haven’t heard anything.

  • Gary Middleton

    Stern has been off this week. Thing is, though, the story really first broke in December. Now it’s breaking again in March. Presumably it will break again, officially, in May. Each time makes it more of a non-story.

    And it was a bit of a non-story to begin with, like Ross Perot’s 2nd Presidential run. Jay Leno leaving was not that big of a deal, so Jay Leno leaving *again* is not likely to rock a lot of worlds.

  • Brad

    I just really want to see how everyone holds up this summer, bust most importantly, see how Arsenio Hall affects late night.

    Gary, I wonder if NBC has noticed what you noticed. That Arsenio Hall had an audiences at was compatible with Leno’s, and now, 20 years later, Hall could reclaim so of those viewers putting Leno out of contention for the night’s crown. Maybe that’s one of the reasons why NBC want to make the announcement in May. Leno’s bloated salary, the show’s bloated salary, the struggle to win each week, an up and coming kid on the back burner, and Arsenio Hall come in potentially causing even more trouble for Leno to win the night.

  • Aaron

    I love Craig but you’d think that CBS would boost his show’s budget along with getting the new studio. A man can only take a certain number of Twitter comment segments.

  • Gary Middleton

    Aaron, it must be difficult to plow money into a show with so little potential audience, just based on the hour of day and the lead-in and where broadcast TV fits into the mix in 2013.

    Brad, my guess is they had plans to replace Leno at the end of this contract before Arsenio crossed their mind. 12:30 is becoming too small for a show of Fallon’s scale. I wonder how difficult it was/is to convince The Roots to move west, since they could barely stand moving from Philly to NY.

    Figuring they will want Fallon in LA because the NY studio is small and NY real estate is hard to come by.

  • Brad

    The time for Craig to change his ways was when he moved into the new studio. He is now a tiring act with a lot more throw away shows then ever before. I really thought he would change during the move but be didn’t. It would not surprise me to see him leave with Letterman when the time comes. Thank him for what he’s done and get a younger host or at least a show for growing.

  • Brad

    However, Ferguson’s show is SO cheap to cost it may be worth it to just keep him on the Late Late Show.

  • Brad

    Interesting thoughts there Gary. The pressure of Fallon, or at least the budgeting of Fallon’s show, can easily be another factor in this all, or in your mind, the leading motivator.

  • Joel

    So far, all that is known is: A – a rumor that Leno will be out next year was started. And B – NBC has denied this rumor. Nothing more nothing less. And does anyone else find it sad that a Leno repeat tied a new episode of Smash? That is downright sad for the Peacock Network.

  • Gary Middleton

    Joel, NBC has to deny the rumor or else they’re being forced into an announcement before they’re ready.

    To your point, though, I read an interesting analysis about the timing of the rumor. It broke right as Leno and Fallon headed into hiatus weeks, meaning they would be unable (or in Fallon’s case un-compelled) to comment on their own shows. I doubt they would anyway, but the writer of this analysis suggested that sort of timing would be a typical maneuver by a motivated party trying to force an issue.

    I believe the rumor, though. ‘Gone in 2014′ has long made sense to me.

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