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.



  • Brad

    “And, as I’ve said numerous times, I find all of the hosts funny. Every one of them. I don’t know when we all decided we have to take sides like it’s The Hunger Games. I tend to laugh at all of them.”

    I completely agree TG. I get asked all the time who my favorite host is and to their surprise, I have to tell them it depends on my mood. Lately I’ve been watching Fallon and Conan with a little Leno. A few weeks ago it was Kimmel and Ferguson. My taste for comedy changes as the weeks go by and luckily there are a dozen late night shows for me to choose from.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Conan O’Brien is this generations Johnny Carson… in my opinion”

    HJ, Conan and Johnny don’t have much in common. That’s not a knock on either one, they’re just very different. Johnny was a midwestern, everyman, comedy traditionalist. Conan is a Harvard comedy deconstructor. Conan has manic energy, Johnny was like quiet ocean sounds.

    Not that surprising that Johnny’s audience aged with him, while Conan very consistently skewed young.

  • Hector

    Here’s Johnny

    12:35 is not a bump up for Craig Ferguson. (Im assuming you don’t mean a 1 or 2 min bump from whatever his official start time is) Perhaps your affiliate does not air his show at that time?

    Anyway, I agree with you on Conan.

    Gary as usual is pretty spot on with his remarks about Conan and Johnny.

    My initial agreement with the statement stems from how so many talked about how Conan’s too out-there or wasn’t right for The Tonight Show. I get it, and of course realize the truthness in that, but I guess what I see as similarities are what stand out to me.

    I’m 26, so I can’t really speak much on Carson, first hand.

    But dressing up as Carnac, just for a desk piece.

    The famous clip of Johnny being scared by the wild cat then running and jumping into Ed’s arms.

    On some kind of slip show or best of I saw a clip of Carson on the ground, on all fours like a dog, drinking from a water bowl.

    My memory’s foggy, but another clip comes to mind with him and Don Rickles, getting massaged or something? I dunno.

    I just tend to notice and remember the stuff Carson did that seemed be pretty wacky, and this was 30-40 years ago.

  • Hector

    Yeah, actually I think that’s how it is here in Houston as well.

  • Hector

    I unfortunately realize how unlikely it is, but a small part of me still hopes for the 1% or .5% or however small chance of Conan either back on a network or regaining some steam or buzz.

    Fox obviously doesn’t ever seem like it will work.

    So the only real place on network is CBS. Doesn’t seem like it would be a good fit, but I just think about his basically averaging something like a 1.0 on The Tonight Show. (His normal number, excluding premiere and end, even with his weakest of weeks in total viewers.

    What would his numbers be with CBS primetime as his lead in? Sure, he wouldn’t be getting 5 million viewers a night, but when Leno and Letterman are gone, what’s going to win? .8, .9 in the demo? 2.8 million viewers? (Maybe that’s a little low. That number makes it seem like Leno’s and Letterman’s viewers won’t switch to a new guy, but who knows. I don’t see anyone else getting their total viewer numbers. Maybe Fallon could get 3 million?)

    Plus, with The Tonight Show moving to New York, CBS might (probably will?) want Letterman’s successor in LA.

    When Letterman and Leno are done, Conan O’Brien has the most traditional talk show, even with his non-traditional humor.

    Conan wouldn’t want to get too into political discussions like Letterman does, but he and Ferguson are the only ones who seem like they can talk about serious/important things in a way similar to how Letterman can. (in other words, he can handle politicians and non-showbiz types as interviews)

    During and in the lead up to the last Tonight Show shake-up, it seemed like it should have been Leno vs Letterman as the real battle but also them vs Conan vs Kimmel. (Despite Fox not being a player and Kimmel not yet at 11:35)

    When Leno and Letterman are gone, Conan was supposed to the guy. Sure not The Guy, or The King or anything like that but either way, that’s no longer the case. To me, it just feels like he should still be in the mix. I guess it would have been Conan vs Kimmel vs Ferguson if everyone had moved up.

    I actually watch Fallon, but I like to make fun of him lately because he’s possibly regressed as a talk show host in the last year (his show definitely has). And of course he’s only been on for 4 years and has never been great with the ‘host’ part of the job. Horrible interviewer and he can’t speak eloquently about matters of any real substance (or eloquently period, though same goes for Leno). That’s the main reason why I don’t think he’s right for the Tonight Show. (Of course there’s reasons in his favor, as well)

    But that’s how it’s going be. So Kimmel vs Fallon vs who?

    I know Ferguson has the contract but that just seems like a guaranteed payment when CBS chooses someone else rather than a guaranteed spot. I know he’s good. Not trying to rile up Craig’s fans. The people who love Ferguson LOVE Ferguson, I know. But if Conan was too out-there, Craig’s out of luck. He also has sounded in the past like he’s no lock to continue with this job. He could go act, direct, and write successfully and be fine without the job.

    Go with somebody new? Stewart, Colbert? I wouldn’t mind seeing Stephen Colbert do it (not really a fan of Stewart). But I’d imagine either would have to change to a traditional format in someway, even if they kept some elements of their shows.

    Anyone else who sounds good, like say a Tina Fey, is unlikely to happen.

    So at 11:35 you have to go with an established guy don’t you?

    I dunno. This was way too long. That’s just what I think before I try to remember not to get my hopes.

    Conan was tried at 11:35, didn’t work. I won’t try to spin his numbers on TBS. I know everything I’ve written is more than enough to get the Conan haters to pounce.

    Kimmel vs Fallon vs (Conan?)(vs Leno?)

    Fallon vs Kimmel on CBS? (vs Conan vs Leno?)

    Who knows. The consensus was that Letterman would retire before passing Johnny’s time in late night. Then 2014. Letterman himself has said on his show that that sounds about when he’ll retire (not explicitly, obviously).

    But lately, more stories are saying that Letterman will stick around. Les Moonves continues to say he can stick around as long as he likes.

    But it seems like they’re going to have to do what NBC is doing.

    Or maybe we’ll continue this discussion in 2018 when word leaks out that Seth Meyers will replace Leno on The Tonight Show and Dave still wants to outlast Leno.

  • Hector

    Whoa great timing Hector. Just saw the Conan renewal story. (Why did they have to do that on April 1st?)

  • Hector

    Yup, agreed. And thanks.

    I’m a regular Bill Carter. People should checkout a piece on late night TV on Grantland from Friday by Ken Tucker. You can tell he’s actually watched these shows he writes about.

  • SB

    Conan renewed today for two more years. Looks like he’ll out-last Leno.

  • Douglas in TN

    Conan’s renewal may end up meaning that he will have, by the end of his contract, more years as a late night host than Leno, if Leno is done in 2014 as a late night host.

  • Brad

    I posted this on the Conan Renewal Page…

    Andy Ritcher should have his own weekly show or some sort of special that won’t take too much of his time from CONAN. He did do a demo for a game show with great success. TBS should give him a game show in the summer time for a few weeks. I’d watch that.

  • Gary Middleton

    Hector, that is Johnny distilled through a highlight reel of very unusual occurrences. Most nights Johnny stood there and told his jokes in a very reserved but steady way, made a remark about Doc’s clothes, and conducted some interviews smoothly and quietly.

    Maybe once every two weeks or so he’d do a skit that was fairly predictable. Never meant to be challenging.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Conan’s renewal may end up meaning that he will have, by the end of his contract, more years as a late night host than Leno.”

    Conan would have to exit at a pretty young age for that not to be the case. He was 29 years old when he started at Late Night.

  • Gary Middleton

    “He’s not “experienced” to walk on the stage that Carson once walked on.”

    That’s what they said when Carson walked on it.

  • Nick

    I’m sick of this “he’s not good enough to walk on the same stage as Carson” nonsense. Carson ruled latenight because there were no other options on. The minute Arsenio comes in, Johnny falls to second place and NBC gets him to retire. Carson was nothing special, so why does everyone treat him like he’s royalty?

  • Gary Middleton

    “Carson ruled latenight because there were no other options on. The minute Arsenio comes in, Johnny falls to second place and NBC gets him to retire.”

    My take as well for a long time, but I guess technically Merv was competition. Cavett was competition. Steve Allen went head to head with Johnny for a couple of years. Jack Paar to some extent. Joey Bishop, Joan Rivers, Alan Thicke. Rick Dees had a crack at it. Sajak.

    Johnny was a massive ratings champ. The revisionism comes when people pretend he was more of a comedic innovator than his successor, or a comedic innovator at all.

  • Gary Middleton

    “@ Gary,
    Are conan’s ratings on TBS worthy of him to take over Late Show??? TBS is cable so he has an unfair advantage. Plus he starts at 11pm- and most people watch the 11 0?clock news then.”

    HG, they’re really not. But if CBS wanted to replace Dave in 2016- and assuming network TV is still somehow bigger than cable- Conan would have to be on the short list just as one of a tiny handful of guys who have done a show like that.

  • Gary Middleton

    Nick, we can say this: there was a massive 15 year period or so when no major network put a talk show against Johnny Carson, and a 9 year period when nobody (network, syndication) put a talk show against Carson. All unfathomable today.

  • Neal

    Doug, as usual you’re delusional! IF NBC does this foolish the TS ratings will tank with Fallon!

    Leno’s ratings will skyrocket IF they announce the change and Leno will get another show if he wants it. NBC is still denying the Leno move!

  • Aaron

    Neal, did you call NBC again? lol. Don’t be an idiot. No network will leak big news to just any person.

  • Ann

    I think one main difference between between many Jay fans and Conan fan here is that Conan fans really want to see Jay off of TV and insult the intelligence of those who like him. On the other hand, Jay fans may not like Conan, but hey, if there’s people who want to watch him that’s fine.

    The days of 3 network options are long past.

    BTW I never cared that much for Johnny Carson, and when Dick Cavett was on that’s whom I watched. I was a college kid at the time, and he was the one who had the college crowd.

    Speaking of Cavett, I saw him a while ago on Jimmy Fallon, and it made me sad. He seemed not as sharp witted as he used to be in his prime.

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