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

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.


(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*


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.


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


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.



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


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.



  • Gary Middleton

    “Are you saying he looks better than two guys who have been dead 30 and 40 years?”

    Yes. I think it’s a much better benchmark than how he looks relative to himself 40 years ago.

    The vast majority of people change a lot between age 34 and age 74. Lightfoot is still playing sold out shows and appearing on national TV, I can’t think of what’s sad about that.

  • Gary Middleton

    Stern said AGT is moving to Radio City Music Hall thanks to the “Fallon Tax Credit”, and also pitied Conan (coincidentally right as Conan’s Tuesday number had a giant surge). From the Stern site:

    Howard said the move was made possible thanks to a special New York state tax exemption–one meant to keep Jimmy Fallon in NYC when he takes over ‘The Tonight Show’: “They created a tax benefit for NBC to keep the show in New York. … That’s the worst kept secret too, that Jimmy’s taking over ‘The Tonight Show.’ It’s a done deal. … Jay’s out the door. If I’m Jay, I’m going to Fox. Can you imagine? Fox takes Jay and then they have the #1 late night show.”

    Howard felt for Conan O’Brien, the former heir to the throne, commending a recent segment with Seth Rogen: “But I taped it. Otherwise you forget about Conan. It’s somewhat sad when you tune in, actually. You feel bad for the guy.” Robin agreed: “You almost feel like no one’s watching but that audience he’s talking to, like nobody’s at home. Nobody talks about, ‘Are you going to do Conan?’ It’s not even a question anymore.

  • Nick

    Letterman and Stern both dislike Leno, yet they can’t even argue the fact that Leno is getting screwed for being #1.

  • clinging to my guns and religion

    @This Guy, Doug’s sick obsession with hating on Jay is just as weird as Neal’s fanboi ravings.

  • Douglas in TN

    OK, people, a citation of Leno “hate”? Do you people know what the word means?

    Did you not read when I wrote: “That was some video. I interpret it as a confirmation of the upcoming transition, and I can’t think of a way to take the high road with it better.

    It was pretty cool, and I gained some respect for Leno with it.

  • Ann

    Gary, I’m 64 myself. I’m very aware of how people age. Going to class reunions is a good example. There are some people who look pretty much the same no matter how old they get, and others when they walk up to you, you don’t know who the heck they are.

    I’m just saying that Gordon is someone from my youth, and I would have never recognized him if I wasn’t told who he was.

    Paul McCartney is a good example of someone who looks pretty much the same as he did when he was young. I’m like that too. Most people who meet me think I’m in my forties. I’ve always looked younger than I am. It runs in my family.

    I would rather remember GL as he was. It made me sad mostly because he can’t sing like he used to, and I don’t know if younger people who don’t know him could really appreciate what an artist he was from his performance last night.

  • Ann

    NY Daily News:

    ” NBC will cough up about $15 million for Jay Leno as a sweetener to step down from “The Tonight Show” months before his contract with the network expires, industry sources say.

    The payoff, about a year’s salary for the late-night comic, is part of his deal with the peacock network to leave the show before his contract expires next September to make way for Jimmy Fallon as the new “Tonight” host.

    While the payout sounds steep, it’s peanuts for Leno who rakes in far more money performing standup comedy in Las Vegas.

    “Jay has been banking his NBC money for years,” a knowledgable insider said. “He lives off of his Vegas (money).”

    Leno, 62, agreed Wednesday to step down from “Tonight” next year, paving the way for a smooth succession with Fallon, 38, who is taking over the program in February.

    Leno’s current deal with NBC concludes in September 2014, but the plan now is to use the network’s Winter Olympics coverage next February as a springboard to launch Fallon’s tenure as the host of the “Tonight” show.

    NBC officials declined to comment on contractual issues, but a source close to Leno disputed the payday, noting that “Jay will be paid through September 2014.”

  • Hector

    Dave’s talked about how when he and Jay were in LA in the 70s the comics would make fun of each other. Break balls. That’s just what they did. That’s basically what Dave’s always done. A few times he’s taken it pretty far, but always as a joke. (For instance once…I cant remember the full context, but I do remember the line, “Not like that snake, Leno.”

    Something’s he said not so much as a joke, but because he knew Jay. Referring to the closet story and saying things like “That’s the Jay I remember.”

    But I still don’t see anything so weird about his remarks on Wednesday.

    However, I will say that his audiences in the theater are really weird. I wouldn’t just jokes or any other remarks on his audience.

    Obviously theyre at a comedy show, so theyre expecting to laugh. But I’ve also heard something about what the warm-up guy tells them, to applaud a lot.

    Sort of makes me feel better about the audiences now, because I used to watch and get so confused. The audience often laughs at the wrong part (which sometimes happens, I get it. Set ups are often ridiculous), but it happens a lot even when the set up isnt so ridiculous. This then usually throws of Letterman’s delivery and hurts the joke. (Of course, Dave’s age, lack of rehearsal, cue cards, and style of reading the joke leads him to mess up a lot which leads to the audience laughing at strange times) Plus, sometimes they just laugh at things that aren’t jokes, period.

    What I always think back to is when he admitted his sex with interns/blackmail news. The audience started laughing at multiple times. Dave only really made 1 remark that wasnt mean to be funny in that speech from what I remember. Yes theyre at a comedy show, so theyre expecting to laugh. I understand laughing at first before realizing he’s serious (and most people did probably do that, to be fair). But in that segment of the show, he often just tells a story about what happened to him that day.

    Anyway, I’m rambling again.

    And just really can’t judge the Top Ten List. In the past, you could tell they were adding canned laughter to the Top Ten List. I’d guess they still do sometimes, but I haven’t noticed recently. Sometimes its a little weird to hear how little response they get when the audience usually applauds at everything. But most List items arent very funny.

  • Hector

    “Jay has been banking his NBC money for years,” a knowledgable insider said. “He lives off of his Vegas (money).”

    Ha, where’d they get that scoop?

    Did you know Jimmy Fallon has never spent a penny of his Taxi money?

  • Hector

    I saw a tweet from Tommy Johnagin I believe:

    Jimmy Fallon is only going to spend his Tonight Show money.

  • Badlands

    Although McCartney looks disturbingly like Angela Lansbury, he really has aged quite well, particularly with his performances. Springsteen is 63 and still looking good and doing 3 hour high energy shows night after night.

    Keith Richards looks better than Jim Croce and Harry Chapin too… but just barely.

    Unfortunately, I missed Lightfoot’s performance. My cable company thought that was a good time to upgrade the software on my DVR.

  • Ann

    “Jay has been banking his NBC money for years,” a knowledgable insider said. “He lives off of his Vegas (money).”

    Ha, where’d they get that scoop?

    That’s been common knowledge about Jay for years.

  • Ann

    From Celebrity Net Worth dot com

    “Jay Leno Net Worth: Jay Leno is an American stand-up comedian and television host, he has a net worth of $250 million and an annual salary of $25 million. In addition to his Tonight Show salary, Jay earns an additional $15 – $20 million per year from a hectic stand up tour schedule. Jay has stated in past interviews that 100% of the money he earns from The Tonight Show, after taxes and fees, goes directly into his bank account and he just lives off his stand up earnings.”

  • Hector

    I was being sarcastic.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Springsteen is 63 and still looking good and doing 3 hour high energy shows night after night.”

    He sure does.

    Now let’s say he has a brush with death and lengthy hospital stay in the next few years, barely survives, and with 11 more years of life emerges a far less recognizable 74.

    Will it be more uplifting, and less sad, if he keeps rocking to the best of his abilities in sold out houses? Or if he crawls into a hole until he dies?

  • Ann


    Lighten up. Nobody said he should crawl into a hole and die. My God, do you have to make everything into an issue?

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