Late Night TV Ratings For April 8-12, 2013

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April 18th, 2013

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Via NBC's Press Release

LENO, FALLON CONTINUE TO TOP THE LATE-NIGHT COMPETITION DURING THE WEEK OF APRIL 8-12

 

 

Tonight Show’ Delivers Biggest 18-49 Audience in 10 Weeks While ‘Late Night’ Beats Ferguson, ‘Nightline’ in All Key Ratings Categories

 

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — April 18, 2013 — “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” delivered its biggest 18-49 demo audience in 10 weeks as it defeated “Late Show with David Letterman” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in 18-49 viewers and total viewers for the week of April 8-12.

 

At 12:35 a.m. ET, NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” delivered bigger audiences than CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and ABC’s “Nightline” during their head-to-head half-hour in every key ratings category. Note that CBS's Monday, Thursday and Friday results are excluded from the weekly averages due to delays for sports coverage, while Friday's "Kimmel" was an encore.

 

Leno bested Kimmel in all key ratings categories — adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers. And while “Tonight” and “Late Show” both rounded to a 0.8 rating in 18-49, Jay delivered the bigger audience in that key demo, 1.047 million to 974,000. That 1.047 million viewers was Jay’s biggest 18-49 audience since the week of Jan. 28-Feb. 1.

 

Leno has now delivered bigger 18-49 audiences than Letterman for the last 21 weeks in a row and topped Kimmel for 12 of their 14 head-to-head weeks. In total viewers, Leno has out-delivered Letterman for 25 weeks in a row and Kimmel for 14 of 14 weeks.

 

Versus the same week last year, Fallon was up 10 percent in adults 18-49 (to 668,000 from the year-ago 610,000), up 21 percent in adults 18-34 (289,000 vs. 238,000) and up 3 percent in total viewers (1.658 million vs. 1.609 million). Season to date, Fallon is up 7 percent in viewers 18-34 (297,000 vs. 278,000).

 

Fallon has now generated bigger 18-49 audiences than Ferguson for 26 of the last 27 weeks and prevailed in total viewers for 23 of the last 25 weeks. Versus “Nightline” in their head-to-head half-hour, Fallon has out-delivered the ABC newsmagazine series for 14 weeks in a row in viewers 18-49 and 10 of the last 11 weeks in total viewers.

 

WEEKLY AVERAGES

 

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of April 8-12. 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,” 0.8/3*

 

ABC “Kimmel,” 0.6/3*

 

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,” 0.4/3*

 

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,” 3.4 million viewers

 

CBS “Late Show,” 3.3 million viewers*

 

ABC “Kimmel,” 2.4 million viewers with encore telecasts*

 

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

 

ABC “Nightline,” 1.4 million viewers

 

 

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

 

NBC “Late Night,” 1.7 million viewers

 

CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.4 million viewers*

 

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

 

NBC “Last Call,” 0.9 million viewers*

 

* CBS’s Monday, Thursday and Friday results are excluded due to delays for sports coverage. Friday’s “Last Call” and “Kimmel” 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,” 3.6 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 8-12

 

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,” 0.4

 

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 1.0

 

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,” 1.5 million

 

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

 

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.8 million

 

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

 

Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.4 million

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
  • anonymous

    As our friend Douglas in TN likes to point out, Leno never takes his eyes off the cue cards.

  • Gary Middleton

    “But the big question…and maybe we learned the answer with Conan O’Brien…to what extent are Jay Leno’s #1 ratings (even softened) because he has such a die hard base, or because he is host of The Tonight Show?”

    His base is wide but not deep. Some popular stuff is like that. If Two and a Half Men was canceled, even at the height of the Sheen era, I don’t think there would be huge fury and a campaign to save it. You can probably think of a lot of time slot winners over the years that fit that description. Perfect Strangers, Funniest Home Videos, plus some shows that weren’t on ABC.

  • Douglas in TN

    Well, that’s true. Leno stares at his cue cards…more now than ever. So does Letterman, but he ends up mocking the process with the cards.

  • Gary Middleton

    “As our friend Douglas in TN likes to point out, Leno never takes his eyes off the cue cards.”

    It’s not true. Jay probably wishes it could be true sometimes, but it’s not even close to true. I didn’t watch last night, but Leno clearly adlibbed his way through a great deal of the Diane Keaton interview on Monday.

  • Ann

    Gary, after posting here with you for years, I know that once to get an idea in your head you’re like a dog with a bone. :)

    I was hoping you would figure this out by yourself but I guess it needs to be pointed out to you. By making this sweeping generalizations about the mental capacities of people somewhat older than you, you are insulting everyone who is 60+ who reads and/or comments here. Not only are they untrue but they also have the same character that racial slurs have. I don’t know if that matters to you or not.

    How well people fare mentally as they grow older depends on a variety of factors–heredity, diet, exercise, overall life style, how engaged they are in mentally challenging activity. I know people who are in their 50′s and 60′s who drastically changed to a healthier lifestyle who say they are in better shape both physically and mentally than they were in their 30′s.

  • Ann

    You can also see Jimmy Fallon reading cue cards. So? Does anyone really think they memorize their monologues before they come out every night?

  • Douglas in TN

    I’m not seeing where Gary is making such generalizations…but rather that the networks are making them.

    It’s NBC that is saying with its decision that Leno has a growing limited appeal as he moves deeper into his 60s.

    Is it accurate? Who knows…probably not. But networks do push out the older people. Disney did it with Regis, and NBC is doing it with Leno. When I was a kid they did it with Jack Benny, even though a lot of us loved to watch Benny, and he was getting good numbers.

  • Ann

    Sorry, it’s Gary making them and agreeing with the networks.

  • Ann

    Rumor had it that Regis was let go because he asked for more money not because of his age. CBS that apparently does not have age phobia, hired 71 year old, Charlie Rose, for their morning show.

  • Douglas in TN

    It may not have anything to do with age…maybe more that since 2010, Leno has shed much of his total viewership and about 20-25% of the demo viewership, and they think somebody new may be able to reverse that. (Remember that by the summer of 2010 his ratings had sunk below where Conan’s were.) Who knows. Like Letterman said years ago, discussing network executives, it’s hard to get in the mind of a pinhead.

  • Gary Middleton

    “I was hoping you would figure this out by yourself but I guess it needs to be pointed out to you. By making this sweeping generalizations about the mental capacities of people somewhat older than you, you are insulting everyone who is 60+ who reads and/or comments here. Not only are they untrue but they also have the same character that racial slurs have. I don’t know if that matters to you or not.”

    No more than it would matter if 39 year olds are offended by baseball teams refusing to offer 5 year deals to 39 year old pitchers.

    btw, you don’t speak for “everyone who is 60+”.

  • anonymous

    On a related subject, last night’s top 10 list on Letterman of fake tweets released by the computer-hacked AP news service:

    “Critics agree: Letterman at the top of his game.”

  • Ann

    Douglas, Jay is #1, and no one is doing better. It’s a specious argument. I like Fallon, but I don’t think he’ll do any better than Jay. In fact NBC better be careful about overexposing Fallon between Esquire reruns and Capital One commercials. Some people do find Fallon grating after a while.

  • Ann

    It’s disappointing that you can’t take correction gracefully, Gary.

    Oh well, on to other things.

  • GARebelman

    Does anybody expect Fallon to pull put number 1 wins when Ready for Love is having 0.9 and under 3 million viewers at 10:30PM? I doubt it highly.

  • Gary Middleton

    GAR, I do. I think he will surprise to the upside. First of all, the competition is feeble. Kimmel and Dave are 0.7s even with full fledged sweeps lead-ins, and lucky to do 0.6s the rest of the time.

    But more importantly, I think Fallon is the first real comedy crossover act at 11:30. The first non-ironic, non-niche guy that the ironic hipsters are ok with. The Leno-Letterman divide is finally bridged, by a guy who seems equally well versed in Flo Rida and Gordon Lightfoot. Big tent.

  • Gary Middleton

    Having said that, GAR, I don’t think NBC will make Jimmy deal with Ready For Love for quite awhile. I figure out of the gate it’ll be Revolution, maybe Parenthood, Chicago Fire, maybe Hannibal, and Dateline. Or whatever new thing worked in the Fall. They’ll have every cylinder firing. Whatever flops they’ve got will be burned off in Leno’s final weeks to make Jimmy’s “comps” look good.

  • Ann

    Gar, I don’t think it matters that much how Fallon begins. As with Conan what will matter is how he’s doing a year later. “Ready for Love” is already cancelled.

  • Gary Middleton

    I’m bizarrely excited to see whether Tom Cruise is an unqualified 2nd guest tonight.

  • anonymous

    Any Letterman fans out there; do you think he will start to put in a little more effort into his show now that he sees Leno leaving and has a chance to be the new king of late-night?

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