Late Night TV Ratings For February 25-March 1, 2013

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March 7th, 2013

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Via NBC's Press Release

 

JAY LENO AND JIMMY FALLON DELIVER #1 FINISHES FOR THE FEBRUARY SWEEP, WHILE STRETCHING THEIR MARGINS OF VICTORY

 

 

‘TONIGHT’ INCREASES ITS ADVANTAGE OVER ‘Late Show’ IN VIEWERS 18-49 VS. BOTH THE YEAR-AGO SWEEP AND THE MOST RECENT SWEEP IN NOVEMBER

 

FOR THE FEBRUARY 2013 SWEEP, ‘LATE NIGHT’ ALSO STRETCHES ITS MARGIN OVER ‘LATE Late Show’ VS. BOTH FEBRUARY 2012 AND NOVEMBER 2012

 

JAY AND JIMMY ALSO OUT-DELIVER ABC’S ‘KIMMEL’ AND ‘Nightline’ RESPECTIVELY IN 18-49, TOTAL VIEWERS AND OTHER KEY MEASURES

 

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – March 7, 2013 – NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” has finished #1 for the February sweep versus CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman" and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in viewers 18-49, total viewers and other key measures, with “Tonight” increasing its 18-49 margin over "Late Show" versus both the year-ago February sweep and the most recent sweep month of November 2012.

 

At 12:35 a.m. ET, NBC’s "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" also took the sweep over CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" and ABC's "Nightline" and also stretched its margins over "Late Late Show" versus both the year-ago sweep and the November 2012 sweep. Jimmy delivered bigger audiences than ABC’s "Nightline" in their common half-hour in every key ratings category: adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers.

 

In "live plus same day" results for the 28-night sweep from Nielsen Media Research, "Tonight" averaged a 0.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.5 million viewers overall and "Late Night" earned a 0.5 in 18-49 and 1.7 million viewers overall.

 

For the February sweep, "Tonight" beat "Late Show" by an 8 percent margin in viewers 18-49 (with 1.003 million adults 18-49 vs. 929,000, "live plus same day"), up from a 2 percent margin for Jay in February 2012 and up from a 6 percent advantage in November 2012. For the month, "Tonight" also out-delivered ABC's "Kimmel" by a 12 percent margin (1.003 million adults 18-49 vs. 898,000). In total viewers, Jay averaged 3.510 million viewers to top Dave (3.292 million) by a 7 percent advantage and Jimmy Kimmel (2.531 million) by a 39 percent margin.

 

At 12:35 a.m. ET for the sweep, "Late Night" outscored "Late Late Show" by an 18 percent margin in viewers 18-49 (with 646,000 adults 18-49 vs. 546,000), up from a 13 percent edge in February 2012 and up from a 14 percent margin in November 2012. In total viewers, Jimmy averaged 1.663 million viewers to top "Late Late Show" (1.577 million) by a 5 percent advantage.

 

In the adult 18-34 category, "Tonight" doubled its edge over "Late Show" to 10 percent (319,000 adults 18-34 vs. 290.000) versus the year-ago 5 percent, and "Late Night" increased its lead over "Late Late Show" to 47 percent (280,000 vs. 190,000), up from 22 percent for February 2012.

 

The February sweep concluded during the week of February 25-March 1, with "Tonight" and "Late Night" once again winning their time periods over ABC and CBS in viewers 18-49, total viewers and most other key categories.

 

Jay has now delivered bigger 18-49 audiences than "Late Show" for the last 15 weeks in a row and topped "Kimmel" for seven of their eight head-to-head weeks. In total viewers, Jay has out-delivered "Late Show" for 19 weeks in a row and "Kimmel" for eight of eight weeks.

 

Jimmy Fallon has now generated bigger 18-49 audiences than "Late Late Show" for the last 21 weeks in a row and prevailed in total viewers for 18 of the last 19 weeks. Versus "Nightline" in their head-to-head half-hour, Jimmy has out-delivered the ABC series for eight weeks in a row in viewers 18-49 and five weeks in a row in total viewers.

 

WEEKLY AVERAGES

 

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of February 25-March 1. 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,” 0.6/3*

 

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,” 0.4/3*

 

CBS “Late Late Show,” 0.4/2

 

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

 

NBC “Last Call,” 0.2/2

 

TOTAL VIEWERS

 

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET

 

NBC “Tonight,” 3.4 million viewers

 

CBS “Late Show,” 2.9 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,” 1.5 million viewers*

 

CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.5 million viewers

 

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

 

NBC “Last Call,” 0.8 million viewers

 

* Friday's "Late Night" and the Thursday and Friday "Late Show" were encores.

 

FEBRUARY SWEEP

 

ADULTS 18-49

 

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET

 

NBC “Tonight,” 0.8 rating

 

CBS “Late Show,” 0.7

 

ABC “Kimmel,” 0.7

 

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET

 

ABC “Nightline,” 0.4

 

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET

 

NBC “Late Night,” 0.5

 

CBS “Late Late Show,” 0.4

 

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

 

NBC “Last Call,” 0.3

 

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,” 1.6 million viewers

 

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET

 

NBC “Late Night,” 1.7 million viewers

 

CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.6 million viewers

 

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

 

NBC “Last Call,” 0.9 million viewers

 

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 25-MARCH 1

 

NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING

 

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, 0.9

 

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, 2.0 million

 

Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.3 million

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
  • Gary Middleton

    Thanks, GAR. Looks like Seinfeld allowed Jay to compete in the back half.

  • anonymous

    The quote was from a yahoo finance article and the parts not specifically quoting Stern is the interpretation of the author.

  • Gary Middleton

    Thanks. Looking at it in other sources, that part looks like a misinterpretation and he was just relaying that NBC executives told him Jay isn’t being fired.

  • Brad

    Being told “we’re not firing Leno” isn’t enough to convince me that NBC won’t. NBC had not supported Leno during all the rumours beyond “we’re not firing Leno”. Those comments only work if your were dealing with Johnny Carson at the height of his career were any idea of getting rid of his is preposterous. Instead it is Jay Leno, a man who had been fired before, and is currently in a three way race for the 18-49 demographics. I suspect Leno is gone by 2014. 2015 the latest. I doubt NBC will keep him so he can introduce Hillary Rodham Clinton as the Democratic nomination for President.

  • Riggs

    From EW.com:

    Jimmy Kimmel’s much-anticipated move to the 11:30 p.m. timeslot on ABC has generated great buzz — along with a tidal wave of good press and favorable reviews — but the impact of such a change has yet to produce dramatic results for the fourth place network. To wit: Kimmel’s performance during the February sweeps month was actually lower than what Nightline did from 11:30-midnight in February of 2012.
    According to live plus same day ratings from Nielsen, Kimmel was down 12% in adults 18-49 (1.007 million versus 1.143 million) and 25% in viewers (2.883 million versus 3.828 million) compared to what the news magazine averaged last year. ABC has long argued that by moving Kimmel to the earlier timeslot, it can make more money off of commercials because advertisers prefer entertainment programs over news. In the suits’ terms, the costs per mille (that’s thousand in Latin) among adults 18-49 can sell for a premium if they are within “quality” entertainment. But not every advertiser out there wants to reach those premium adults. ABC is still in the business to sell eyeballs, and there were fewer in February versus a year ago.

  • Brad

    Kimmel with a 0.7 for a full hour is better then a 0.9 for a half hours. Why no one else views it the same way baffles me. Yes it is obviously not the same ratings as Nightline, BUT ITS NOT THE SAME TIME SLOT! It isn’t a 11:35 to 12:00 show, it is a 11:35 to 12:35. Even when Nightline was doing 11:35 to 12:00, since it was a 25 minute broadcast and not a traditional 30 minute broadcast, they are able to use some trickery with Nielsen to round up their ratings. So this 0.9 rating everyone talks about is a falsehood.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Kimmel with a 0.7 for a full hour is better then a 0.9 for a half hours. Why no one else views it the same way baffles me. Yes it is obviously not the same ratings as Nightline, BUT ITS NOT THE SAME TIME SLOT!”

    Brad, the way I understood the excerpt posted by Riggs, they were comparing Kimmel’s performance from 11:35 to midnight to Nightline’s. In other words, apples to apples. And Kimmel came up short.

  • Brad

    No. Still an unfair comparison. Nightline was always rounded up because they had 5 minutes cut off from a 30-minute broadcast. Even when they compare Kimmel to Nightline, Nightline’s “30 minute” broadcast is being compared to Kimmel’s TRUE 30-minute broadcast. I doubt they realize Nielsen had an interesting way in dealing with Nightline’s 25-minute broadcast, because in my understand is they would average the 25 minutes to estimate what the last 5 minutes would be to make it a half-hour rating bit. Obviously this is a FALSE way to equivocate the lost 5 minutes. We all know shows drop the most viewers at the end of the show. 1/6 of the ratings that made up any old Nightline rating is false. However, ABC won’t want to admit the faults Nightline once had OR they don’t care to explain the scenario to the public for many people for numerous reasons. My feeling is all ABC has to explain is this rating scenario to their advertisers. All that matters is if they are making more MONEY with the change. MONEY will be the key indicator of the success of this change, NOT RATINGS.

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