Late Night TV Ratings For April 1-5, 2013

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April 11th, 2013

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Via NBC's Press Release

 

‘THE Tonight Show,’ ‘LATE NIGHT’ DEFEAT ABC AND CBS TIME-PERIOD COMPETITION IN TOTAL VIEWERS, KEY DEMOS FOR WEEK OF APRIL 1-5
LENO HITS NINE-WEEK HIGH IN 18-49 AND TOTAL VIEWERS WHILE FALLON REACHES 13-WEEK BEST IN 18-49

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — April 11, 2013 — “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” topped their ABC and CBS time-period competition for the week of April 1-5 in the 18-49 demo, total viewers and other key categories.

Leno had his best week in 18-49 viewers and total viewers in nine weeks while Fallon hit a 13-week high in 18-49 viewers.

For the week, Leno delivered bigger audiences than CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” in every key ratings category — adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers. Fallon was the winner in every key measure against ABC’s “Nightline” during their head-to-head half-hour and versus CBS’s encore “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.”

For the week, it was Leno’s biggest 18-49 audience (1.021 million) and biggest overall viewership (3.610 million) since the week of Jan. 28-Feb. 1. Fallon generated his biggest 18-49 audience (693,000) since New Year’s week (Dec. 31, 2012-Jan. 4, 2013) and biggest overall audience (1.797 million) since Jan. 28-Feb. 1.

Leno has now delivered bigger 18-49 audiences than “Late Show” for the last 20 weeks in a row and topped “Kimmel” for 11 of their 13 head-to-head weeks. In total viewers, Leno has out-delivered “Late Show” for 24 weeks in a row and for all 13 weeks since Kimmel moved to 11:35 p.m.

Fallon has now generated bigger 18-49 audiences than “Late Late Show” for 25 of the last 26 weeks and prevailed in total viewers for 22 of the last 24 weeks. Versus ABC’s newsmagazine “Nightline” in their head-to-head half-hour, Fallon has out-delivered the ABC series for 13 weeks in a row in viewers 18-49 and nine of the last 10 weeks in total viewers.

The week included Leno’s biggest Monday overall audience in 15 weeks and biggest Wednesday viewership in nine weeks. The Monday show averaged 3.8 million viewers overall (best since Dec. 17, 3.9 million) while Wednesday’s episode averaged 3.8 million, his best since Jan. 30 (3.9 million).

With 1.8 million viewers overall, Fallon delivered his biggest Monday overall audience in nine weeks (Jan. 28, 1.9 million). With 2.0 million viewers tuning in Wednesday, it was his biggest for that night of the week since Sept. 5, 2012 (2.1 million viewers).

Leno and Fallon performed a duet at the start of the Monday “Late Night” and Wednesday’s “Tonight” and “Late Night” telecasts followed NBC’s announcement that Fallon would succeed Leno as host of “Tonight” in the spring of 2014.

WEEKLY AVERAGES

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of April 1-5. 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,” 3.6 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,” 1.8 million viewers

CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.3 million viewers*

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

NBC “Last Call,” 0.9 million viewers

* “Late Late Show” was in encores for the week. “Kimmel” was an encore on Friday.

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,” 3.6 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 APRIL 1-5

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,” 0.5

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,” 1.6 million

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 1.2 million

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 1.0 million

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 2.2 million

Adult Swim 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET 1.5 million

 

 

 

 

 
  • Nick

    Not at all, Douglas. Leno is #1 now and he will be until the moment he walks off that Tonight Show stage for the last time.

    If we’re lucky, he’ll continue to be #1 even after that ;)

  • Neal

    Totally agree Ann! Jay could’ve easily been renewed till 2017 since so many still on the air like Letterman, Chris Matthews, Barbara Walters, Betty White, etc. Are all older than him!

  • Ann

    I’ve been reading that at least part of the reason for Jay’s early exit is the Bob Greenblatt doesn’t appreciate Jay’s jokes about NBC being the #5 network.

    Some people just can’t take a joke especially when it’s true. I smell more disaster in the air for NBC.

  • Douglas in TN

    “Jay could’ve easily been renewed till 2017″

    Could have, but was cancelled.

    The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

    Coming February 2014!

  • Ann

    @Gary

    “But what was different this time is Bill did not break the story. Hollywood Reporter was weeks ahead, and the NY Daily News first had a version of the story in December of last year.”

    It’s interesting you should point that out. There’s an article in USA Today saying that Carter’s assessment of Stephen Burke is less than flattering:

    “Not long after Comcast took over NBC, The New York Times’ Bill Carter, long thought to be the last faithful chronicler of network television (until the Times’ Stelter came along), wrote of Burke: “His experience and personality are the antithesis of what NBC represents: He is not a programmer, has no experience in news and avoids playing corporate feuds in the press.”

    The article goes on to say:

    “His boss, Brian Roberts, whose family owns the controlling shares in Comcast, is a famously bloodless stuffed shirt and even less a network sort of fellow. And yet, because Comcast is a top-down, control-minded company, Roberts can be assumed to be as deep and as flailing in the network mess as Burke.

    In fact, the overriding question ought not to be about the fates of Matt Lauer or Jay Leno, but a more confounding one: Why is it again that Comcast bought NBC and what exactly does the cable giant hope to do with it?…

    But television is a business all about the “talent.” And the talent must be massaged and handled and finessed. Directness is not necessarily a virtue. Beating around the bush is the skill — that is, wheeling and dealing and talking from both sides of your mouth. Or, if necessary, sometimes a dead-of-night attack will do. But the drawn-out considerations of men with no apparent human feelings, or at least not tact and charm, isn’t how you get by in television and avoid the firestorm of press and gossip that will ultimately make your decisions for you.

    This is what people are starting to say: Maybe even GE was a better owner of NBC than Comcast.”

    usatoday dot com/story/money/columnist/wolff/2013/03/31/michael-wolff-someone-at-nbc-should-be-fired/2040775/

  • Gary Middleton

    Jay proudly announced that Hannibal won its time period last night. He chose not to mention that the other networks were in reruns.

    That rerun on ABC, btw, negated the benefit to Tom Cruise of doing Kimmel’s big Thursday show. Would appear that considerably more people were watching Leno with Cool J.

  • Gary Middleton

    “I smell more disaster in the air for NBC.”

    Just speaking of the area we normally focus on, things might be coming together. If Hannibal can get some traction, Jimmy Fallon might find himself debuting with by far the most competitive NBC 10 pm lineup in 6 years. Revolution Monday, maybe Parenthood Tuesday, Chicago Fire Wednesday, Hannibal Thursday. And you just know they’re not going to make him deal with Rock Center on Fridays, they’ll put Dateline back in there or something.

    And it’ll be new episodes of everything, you can be sure of that. They’ll almost certainly rest their 10 pm hits in Leno’s final weeks.

  • Gary Middleton

    NBC is going to have to announce the 12:30 plan very soon. We’re talking about a show that probably has to hit the air in less than 10 months. I can’t imagine it debuting the same night as Fallon’s Tonight Show, and they won’t want Fallon’s Tonight Show being followed by Fallon Late Night reruns.

  • Gavin

    If NBC is so concerned about losing viewers to Kimmel right now… not sure if leaving Kimmel to own LA is the right move. I know guests are not the main reason why people tune-in, but IMO it just adds more legitimacy to the Kimmel show being the top dog in LA. I guess we’ll see how it nets out!

    (full disclosure, i live in LA and definitely NOT a kimmel fan) =)

  • Gavin

    And a second thought… is it just me? Or does Seth Meyers have a broader appeal than Jimmy Fallon? I don’t know exactly why but I think Seth Meyers may appeal more to the Tonight Show broader audience – and this is of course without seeing him in action in Late Night. Fallon is more child-like in an endearing way but Seth seems like he would put on a better show judging by their weekend updates (IMO). I suppose it’s a scenario that will never happen since Jimmy I think is younger than Seth…

  • Nick

    Leno hit a 0.9 again last night in the overnights – third consecutive night in a row, with a 2.8 HH. And this was out of a 0.8 lead-in. I will be the first to admit that Leno has had some great guests this week – last night’s combination of Adam Levine and Cyndi Lauper was fantastic, but nonetheless, these are great ratings for him. That makes me happy. It also disappoints that he’ll lose that momentum next week while airing repeats.

  • Gary Middleton

    Nick, I get really caught up in lead-ins so it’s good to be reminded Jay can benefit a lot from having something of consequence in the final 20 minutes of his show.

    Still, I do think lead-ins are the main variable and I believe NBC’s 10 pm average of 1.44 this week marks another yearly high. And ABC’s 1.36 might mark a low for the year, and this is almost certainly the first time we’ll see how Kimmel does with a lower average lead-in than Leno. Looking forward to JC’s call.

    Funnily enough, Dave has a shot at winning this week- at least in total viewers- because of a 2 episode week with a new CSI and teary Lindsay Lohan.

  • Gary Middleton

    “And a second thought… is it just me? Or does Seth Meyers have a broader appeal than Jimmy Fallon?”

    Gavin, I find Seth way funnier, but Fallon with much broader appeal. Fallon is far more of a performer, while Seth is more of a writer who got on TV. Seth is like Conan in that one sense.

    Not saying Seth and Conan don’t have substantial skills to perform, just that they fall far to the left of Fallon on the writer-performer continuum.

  • Nick

    Letterman won’t win, but he’ll do better than he’s done the past few weeks for sure. He would have to jump from 2.9 to at least 3.6 million viewers to win, and from two highly-rated nights I don’t think that’s possible. The demo race will definitely be closer between all 3 shows as well, but I have no doubt that Leno will lead the pack.

  • Gary Middleton

    “He would have to jump from 2.9 to at least 3.6 million viewers to win, and from two highly-rated nights I don’t think that’s possible.”

    Jay’s household rating average this week: 2.62
    Dave’s household rating average this week for the 2 nights that are likely to count: 2.85

    And these household numbers tend to hold up better than the demo numbers because they include twice as many markets.

    “The demo race will definitely be closer between all 3 shows as well, but I have no doubt that Leno will lead the pack.”

    Have to take the other side of the argument again. I suggest ABC’s loss of lead-in dominance for the week stands to give Jay his biggest head-to-head win over Jimmy Kimmel ever.

  • Gary Middleton

    Slight correction: 2.64 household average for Jay.

    And I don’t know if JC still uses the demo prediction formula of knocking 15% off Kimmel’s overnight average, but if he does I think we’re looking at this weekly result:

    Leno: 0.84
    Kimmel: .61

  • Neal

    Doug, Leno will ALWAYS be the King you dumbass redneck! Conan, conversely, is completely forgotten just like he no longer has a show!

  • Douglas in TN

    Neal…you’re an ignorant ass. Been wanting to say that a long time.

    And, hey…I didn’t bring him up, but since you did, Conan got renewed, and will be on television after Jay Leno is put out to pasture.

    And, by the way, your ignorance about people in TN is astounding. My wife and I each have multiple degrees…this is the home of Vanderbilt and other multiple sites of advanced learning and education. But you, a big fan of “Meal or no Meal, ” wouldn’t understand anything about education.

    By the way, did you know Jay Leno has been fired?

  • Brad

    Jon Stewart has probably been too polarizing Gary. I’m conservative/libertarian and I think he preaches too much of a liberal agenda. At times I feel like I’m watching The Rachel Maddow Show or that Stewart thinks he’s apart of MSNBC.

    I love Stephen Colbert. He is hilarious. Yes I understand the joke is that he plays an over-the-top conservative broadcaster, but he is just too funny. He does not outright say one side sucks or what not. That’s a big difference in my eyes.

    Another distinction is the show’s energy. Stewart is such a downer. I feel like I’m watching C-SPAN recaps and Stewart just saying how no one is getting anything done, how all the fighting needs to stop, and that we are all doomed. Not exactly something I want to tune into during an economic collapse. It was much more tolerable during the Bush/Clinton years when life wasn’t so hard.

    Colbert, on the other hand, is full of energy and is a joy to watch. I feel more pumped by his show, more than any other show, BEFORE IT EVEN BEGINS! He makes fun of things I think we can all agree with. His show also doesn’t have that downer side Stewart has to it. Also, it is silly but with high octane. Stewart is silly awkward. (Also telling Jew jokes that only half of Jews understands isn’t helpful either.)

    Just some thoughts.

  • Brad

    If NBC moves Tonight to New York, will/should CBS move Late Show to L.A. once Letterman leaves?

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