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

 

 

 

 

 
  • Gary Middleton

    “Do you seriously think that?”

    Not really. But if the rest of the airwaves are saturated with news coverage I do think Conan could get a bump from his usual Monday result as one of the few ‘live’ alternatives. He’s got the 11 p.m. half hour to himself, and the 11:30 half hour to himself and Kimmel assuming Kimmel isn’t delayed.

  • Gary Middleton

    We talked awhile back about how common it is for different people to come up with the same joke.

    Tonight, the 3 talk shows with new episodes all opened with basically the same joke. Kimmel, Conan, and Ferguson all did some variation of “My job is to try to make you laugh. Though I’ve never been good at it.”

  • Brad

    “Perhaps many will tune in tonight for remarks from the Boston native on TBS.”

    I thought of that at first but then I thought of how many times Conan has had the oppurtunity to speak of something serious and makes it NOT worth the while to listen. The only time he said something serious that was worth while was something alone the lines of “if you try really hard, big things can happen” on his last Tonight show episode. I’m curious what he had to say, but my guess is that he did a self depricating humor before mentioning the matter and went straight to old clips of skits.

  • Diana Santiago

    From the HuffPost:

    Conan began his opening monologue on Monday night with somber words about the event that had taken place in Boston earlier that day. While composed throughout the brief statement, his voice wavered slightly here and there, showing that, like the rest of us, he was clearly still digesting the horror of the events:

    “Boston’s my home town, it’s where I grew up, it’s where my family lives. So I wanted to take a moment to say, like everyone here, my thoughts and prayers are with the people in Boston and everyone who has been affected by this absolutely senseless act.”

    As all talk show hosts do when continuing their productions in the wake of tragedy, he then explained that it was their job to entertain the audience as best they can. “Which, given our track record, gives you people a 20% chance of having a good show tonight.”

  • Nick

    Leno hit a 1.0 for a repeat. NBC made a mistake schedule repeats this week. An original probably could’ve hit a 1.1 or 1.2.

  • hahaNBC

    “NBC made a mistake” – Well what’d you expect? It’s NBC!

  • mary

    Wish Tonight Show wasn’t a repeat last night. Leno grew up in Andover, graduated from Emerson College.

  • Gary Middleton

    Leno continues to have more 2nd guests you never heard of than any other show. At this point, Dave has a lot of 2nd guests who would be first guest on Leno.

    I think Leno’s booking troubles will intensify throughout this year unless Leno drops the “Tonight first” policy, since everyone will be anxious to build relationships with shows that will be ongoing.

    I expect Jay to draw on a lot of older first guests whose time has passed to the point where a relationship with JKL isn’t important. People Jay has related to well in the past, like Rene Russo and Jeff Bridges.

  • Gary Middleton

    I like how the scheduling worked out for Jay. The rerun with Seinfeld was the perfect escapism in the situation.

    Entirely spares you the awkwardness of explaining to the audience why you’re going ahead with the show while ignoring the big story. For the viewer, it takes the whole “is doing this show appropriate” question right out of the equation.

  • Drum

    If you’re airing an original episode you just can’t ignore a story like this, especially seeing as they taped their shows 4 hours after the attack.
    I think Ferguson handled the situation masterfully.

  • Gary Middleton

    What I love about how last night played out was Leno scored a big win while the other networks burned new episodes of Castle and H5-0.

    4 more Castles for this season. 3 or 4 more H5-0s. 7 more Revolutions. In all likelihood, when new Castles and H5-0s stop, Mondays become a black hole for Letterman and Kimmel for 4 months.

  • Gary Middleton

    “If you’re airing an original episode you just can’t ignore a story like this, especially seeing as they taped their shows 4 hours after the attack.”

    I think you can, Drum. You decide what your job is and you do it. Ferguson may see his role differently from Carson, Leno, Kimmel, etc. As Dave eventually did when he diverged from Carson’s approach on this stuff and started giving lengthy speeches from the desk.

    Especially in the Twitter era, there’s a belief that every person in the world has to comment on any huge story that breaks. But it’s not true. The guitarist for Smash Mouth doesn’t need to give us his views on the Boston tragedy. He can, if he wishes, just do his job and ride it out.

  • Drum

    There’s a huge difference between a guitarist and hosts of TV shows that have access to over million people, and a large percentage of those people watch them ’cause they relate to them and to their opinions.

    In my opinion if bombs explode on US soil, you have to address that.

  • Gary Middleton

    “There’s a huge difference between a guitarist and hosts of TV shows that have access to over million people, and a large percentage of those people watch them ’cause they relate to them and to their opinions.”

    I think where that goes off the rails is in thinking that people necessarily watch late night hosts for their opinions. Johnny, who had access to about 14 times your threshold of a million people, was of the viewpoint that people specifically did not want his opinions.

    The biggest audience in late night Monday went to a rerun where the bombing was not going to be mentioned. And it’s not hard to come up with why that might be. They heard Wolf Blitzer’s views on it for 2 hours. They heard Brian Williams’ views on it for an hour. They heard their local news viewpoints on it for half an hour. Did they really want or need Jay Leno’s take at that point?

    I totally get that Ferguson’s role might be different. His audience might want his emotional, seat-of-the-pants reactions to anything affecting him.

  • Diana Santiago

    NBC preempted his 10:00 pm to cover the Boston bombs. There will be a lot of adjustments to Monday numbers.

  • Gary Middleton

    Conan excluded from the TBS press release. Rare occurrence.

  • Drum

    Judging by the positive comments by the media, and people on twitter, reddit, facebook people actually want to hear it.

    From Ferguson’s opening:
    “Trouble’s by the time you get to this show, the media has been pouring over the events of the day, and there’s constant analysis.
    I’m not here to do that. Thing’s people want their mind taken off it, and i understand it. If you want your mind taken off it watch a cartoon or video or something, i understand, it’s perfectly acceptable.
    But i can’t not think about it. This is on my mind, i can’t pretend that it isn’t there.”

    All in all it was a 5 minute opening used to discuss a situation that scared a lot of people.

  • Gary Middleton

    Drum, there’s room for hosts that do that, and for hosts that don’t do that. Like I said, Craig’s role might be different.

    Having said that, a lot of the social media “viewers” aren’t viewers at all. They are reacting to the sequence as a viral video, independent of any show. In that context, a speech about a national tragedy could play well whether it’s Craig Ferguson or a guy like Patton Oswalt who doesn’t even have a show.

  • Brad

    For more on how each host handled the Boston Marathon Event

    eonline dot com/news/408353/boston-marathon-bombings-conan-o-brien-jimmy-kimmel-ellen-degeneres-express-sorrow-send-well-wishes-on-their-talk-shows

    From a CinemaBlend article…

    “I think the approach O’Brien, Kimmel and Ferguson took was the right one, especially for O’Brien and Ferguson, who have personal connections with the city. They addressed it at the start, expressed their sympathy and good wishes and then moved on to whatever they had planned for the show. Viewers who spent hours previously watching updates on the news may have been ready to give their minds a rest from the ordeal, but it would’ve been strange and maybe a little insensitive for them not to address it at all.” – CinemaBlend

  • Brad

    “Wish Tonight Show wasn’t a repeat last night. Leno grew up in Andover, graduated from Emerson College.”

    I wish it wasn’t a repeat either Mary. It would have been great to hear what he had to say along with showing he’s been a great host. Unfortunately though when there was a tragedy like this in Aurora, Colorado, Leno brief touched on it basically saying “I feel bad, but its not my job to talk about it”. I wonder how he would have handled the shooting. I doubt he will say anything next week but I would advise that he does in a meaningful way.

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