Late Night TV Ratings For March 18-22, 2013

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March 28th, 2013

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Via NBC's Press Release

JAY LENO AND JIMMY FALLON TOP THE ABC AND CBS TIME-PERIOD COMPETITION FOR THE LATE-NIGHT WEEK OF MARCH 18-22
LENO HITS SEVEN-WEEK HIGH IN TOTAL VIEWERS AND FOUR-WEEK BEST IN 18-49 VIEWERS OVER DAVID LETTERMAN, WHILE FALLON CONTINUES DOMINANCE OVER ‘Nightline’ AND CRAIG FERGUSON
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — March 28, 2013 — “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” were #1 for the week of March 18-22 in 18-49 viewers, total viewers and other key categories versus their ABC and CBS time-period competition.

At 11:35 p.m. ET, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” hit a seven-week high in total viewers with 3.522 million (best since Jan. 28-Feb. 1) and a four-week high in the 18-49 demo with 982,000 viewers (best since Feb. 18-22). That was better than ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last week and CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” from Monday through Wednesday. CBS aired NCAA Basketball tournament coverage on Thursday and Friday, and those numbers are not reflected here.

Leno has now delivered bigger 18-49 audiences than “Late Show” for the last 18 weeks in a row and topped “Jimmy Kimmel Live” for nine of their 11 head-to-head weeks. In total viewers, Leno has out-delivered “Late Show” for 22 weeks in a row and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” for 11 of 11 weeks.

At 12:35 a.m. ET, “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” defeated ABC’s “Nightline” in the head-to-head half-hour in every key ratings category: adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers.

Fallon has now generated bigger 18-49 audiences than CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” for 23 of the last 24 weeks and prevailed in total viewers for 20 of the last 22 weeks. Versus ABC’s “Nightline” in their head-to-head half-hour, Fallon has out-delivered the newsmagazine for 11 weeks in a row in viewers 18-49 and seven of the last eight weeks in total viewers.

WEEKLY AVERAGES

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of March 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,” 0.7/3*

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,” 3.0 million viewers*

ABC “Kimmel,” 2.6 million viewers*

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

ABC “Nightline,” 1.4 million viewers

 

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

NBC “Late Night,” 1.6 million viewers

CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.4 million viewers *

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

NBC “Last Call,” 0.8 million viewers*

* Thursday and Friday CBS programming was delayed by basketball and is excluded from these averages. Monday’s “Last Call” and Friday’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” were encores.

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,” 0.7/3**

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,” 3.1 million viewers

ABC “Kimmel,” 2.6 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,” 1.5 million viewers

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

NBC “Last Call,” 0.9 million viewers

** Since January 8.

SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK OF MARCH 18-MARCH 22

NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. ET, “The Daily Show,” 0.4 with encore telecasts

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 0.3 with encore telecasts

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.3 with encore telecasts***

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,” 0.8 million with encore telecasts

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 0.6 million with encore telecasts

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.7 million with encore telecasts***

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 2.0 million

*** Thursday’s “Conan” was delayed by NCAA Basketball and is excluded from these averages.

 

 

 
  • Douglas in TN

    And we pause to think about our friend Neal who is coping with the tragic dethroning of his king.

    On the bright side, the studio for Fallon’s Tonight Show is sounding pretty cool.

  • bonnie blue

    Douglas, don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched! The king is not off the throne yet. If he goes, I sincerely hope he goes to Fox, where he’ll take his audience with him, and many of us will NEVER watch anything on NBC again because of their disrespect for Jay and what he’s done for them. The deal is not yet done …

  • Ann

    IMO if Jay does have a clause in his contract that bars him from negotiating with other networks, NBC may let him out of it if he agrees to leave early.

    As far as Jay being pissed goes, we don’t know what assurances the network gave him. I’ve read that Jay did expect his last contract to be his last.

    What we do know by reports by various media outlets (THR and Bill Carter) that it has been NBC execs leaking to the media privately while denying the reports publicly. I see that as them trying to pressure Jay to leave early.

  • Brad

    “IMO if Jay does have a clause in his contract that bars him from negotiating with other networks, NBC may let him out of it if he agrees to leave early.”

    I think he should do the same thing but I’m concern if Jay really wants to leave NBC as he didn’t in the past, specifically in 2009. The other is how certain it is that FOX wants him or if they even could get him a spot in their late night lineup.

  • bonnie blue

    NBC has to have the stupidest execs in history. Somehow, they think THEY can dictate who people will watch, no matter what. They seem incapable of dealing with their stars (morning and evening) with any dignity whatsoever. I hope there is such a backlash against them, that Jay goes elsewhere, and continues to kick their A$$ES!!!

    (Ann, yes, I have read everything published, I do believe, about this whole fiasco! Unbelievable, after the whole Conan mess, which NBC completely screwed up and damaged Jay & Conan with.)

  • Ann

    @Brad

    If I were Jay, it’s what I would do, i.e. make it so uncomfortable for NBC that they would let me out of that clause. I think Jay is more interested in being able to keep on working than his is in a big pay out. If he can get a deal with Fox, the sooner would be the better.

  • bonnie blue

    Ann, I agree with you … I hope Jay is unrelenting with his barbs at NBC, and they release him. They can’t censor him …

  • anonymous

    Ann said:

    “What we do know by reports by various media outlets (THR and Bill Carter) that it has been NBC execs leaking to the media privately while denying the reports publicly. I see that as them trying to pressure Jay to leave early.”

    I think you are right. One of Leno’s jokes was about “Verizon doing away with contracts….kinda like NBC”.

    It was revealed in another leak that the execs. wanted Leno out early in order to take advantage of the winter olympics to showcase Fallon’s Tonight Show.

    So why in the world did they extend Leno’s contract last year to begin with?

  • Ann

    @anonymous

    I agree. It seems obvious to me the NBC execs leaked way ahead of when they needed to. Not too long before this they were saying publicly that it was premature to talk about Fallon replacing Jay.

    Jan. 7, 2013
    “While speaking to journalists at the Television Critics Association’s Press Tour this weekend, NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt addressed rumors that the network is planning to replace Jay Leno with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show in 2014. “All of those conversations are a little bit premature,” Greenblatt was quoted as saying. He explained, “We just extended Jay and it would be disingenuous to extend him and talk about a succession plan.” The contract extension Greenblatt is referring to is NBC’s move this past September to extend Leno’s contract through May 2014 along with a 50% pay cut”

    So you can see why Jay is pissed.

  • Nick

    Lol Leno kicking ass. I just can’t help but rofl at Kimmel’s total viewer numbers – he’s basically the Conan of the 11:35 timeslot, except he’s doing considerably worse.

    How in the world did Leno even hit a 5 week high in total viewers? Last week’s numbers weren’t very good for him and his 10pm lead-ins were terrible – I didn’t think he’d be over 3.4 million, but very very sold numbers.

    Looking at these numbers, I can’t believe this is the guy getting the short end of the stick in latenight. He leads the pack week in and week out. Everything is down, nothing is doing gangbusters like it used to, and that goes for across network television. I know everyone has made good points here over the last couple of weeks, but I still don’t see it. I can’t see past the fact that Leno is winning every week and making NBC money. I just can’t.

  • GARebelman

    What would Fallon even be pulling if he was there in the shape NBC is in? Nothing like this I am confident of that.

  • bonnie blue

    What Nick & Gar said … NBC is behaving idiotically!

  • Douglas in TN

    Leno has the potential of Joan Rivers’ tenure at Fox looking like an eternity…

  • bonnie blue

    You dream, Douglas …

  • Douglas in TN

    Well, first of all, Leno is not going to Fox. It’s probably accurate that it would cost over $100 million to launch a new Leno show. And they’ll find, as they did with Conan, that it just doesn’t make financial sense to launch a new show with somebody now pulling a 0.8 or lower in the desired demographic…and somebody as hip as Wayne Newton on a good day.

    Second of all, I do feel sorry for those of you in denial that Leno has been fired. He knows it…I’m not sure why there are some in such denial.

  • bonnie blue

    Douglas, Jay Leno will be fine. He has more money than God, and he’ll make a fortune in Vegas if he wants to, after he leaves network TV. If NBC is stupid enough to proceed with what they’re doing (letting Jay go), I think they’re going to cause a lot of ill will, and lose a lot of viewers, not just late night, but all around.

  • Douglas in TN

    Sure, Jay will be fine. He’s made tens of millions of dollars. People who worry about him are, simply, fools…like those who “worried” about Conan and Ann Curry and other show biz people who left with huge paychecks.

    And, yes, it seems a done deal…all that’s left are the formal announcements.

  • anonymous

    Conan has demonstrated that you can produce a talk show for $40 million a year and survive with a 0.4 rating.

    One blogger suggested Leno’s best option was to go to A&E and follow DUCK DYNASTY.

  • Brad

    “So why in the world did they extend Leno’s contract last year to begin with?”

    Biggest question of them all. I think NBC just wanted to have the cuts to The Tonight Show then and worry about the department later. It was said to be their only way to get the cuts they wanted.

    Ann, the biggest problem I have with Leno leaving is that he didn’t negotiate out of his Tonight Show contract clause for his leaving’s grace period in 2009 when he could’ve in order to go to ABC or what have you when he could have. Regardless how possible it was, there was never any talk about it thus no effort put into it. I am concern Leno will do it again and NOT get out of his contract’s clause, specifically for the removal of his grace period if he shortened his contract for NBC.

  • Douglas in TN

    Actually the idea I like the most is sending him to CNN.

    It sounds as if CNN will abandon their strange repeating of news programs leading into late night. A half hour Leno show might do reasonably well there.

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