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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
  • steve burton

    Love Jimmy Kimmel, but he should be an object lesson for NBC at this point. After a promising start and introduction to wider audiences that marked JK as a wilder and woolier late night host. Leno has been so dominant and popular over the years because of an avuncular kind of humor. Nothing overly edgy. No near nudity or drag. He mostly just chats up celebs and has a comedian or singer on for a break from the gabfest. Much like the show has always been. Most folks settling in for the night want something easy to digest and that doesn’t require a great deal of thought or appreciation for ironic humor. That would explain Conan’s horrid showing as host of Tonight.

    Fallon is the most unfunny and grating person on late night in my opinion. His elevation to Tonight guarantees I will no longer tune in. Of couse I am only one insignificant viewer, but it seems to me that if you are trying to reach that cherished younger demo, you likely won’t find a whole lot of that group to which I technically belong. Most young people have better things to do most nights than tune in to what is becoming a televsion dinosaur, late night talk shows.

    Leno won because he played to the middle of the road sensibilities that viewers at that hour, older-skewing and the gainfully employed who had to work the next day, were seeking out. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Leno take another job in late night and win with a new program. Essentially because none of the hosts at 11:30 p.m. will be offering that humor. Letterman has always been a little more offbeat and inventive and spent most of the last 21 years in second place. Kimmel is smuttier and edgier than any of the others. Fallon is also edgy and pushes the boundaries of humor. Seems to me that such a schtick won’t work an hour earlier.

  • anonymous

    Kimmel better go and double check his contract and see that he has timeslot protection. Otherwise, prepare to be Leno’d.

  • Aaron

    I’m excited about Fallon taking over the Tonight Show, especially with the promise of more skits, essentially resembling SNL.

    By the way, has Kimmel changed his humor at all ever since going to 11:30? I haven’t seen much of his show.

  • Gary Middleton

    Great post, Steve. FWIW, I’m a 43 year old Leno fan and I don’t find Fallon particularly challenging nor edgy and I expect to be one of his regular viewers.

    Aaron, I don’t know if Kimmel has changed, but I just stumbled on his Harrison Ford bit on Youtube and it’s one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen in late night.

  • Douglas in TN

    Has it been confirmed or rumored if, in the new NY studios, there will be a holding pen for some of the audience to rush up and give Fallon phony high fives and handshakes?

    Is there a more awkward or silly staged scene in television besides anything called reality television?

  • Gary Middleton

    What renders a high five ‘phony’?

  • Ann

    I see my off hand joke about ABC dumping Kimmel and hiring Jay has sparked discussion. Although I think it’s unlikely, I am amused at the idea of Jay becoming a threat to Kimmel after Kimmel has been such a swine to Jay.

  • Aaron

    In other news, Conan turned 50 yesterday.

  • anonymous

    Yes, it seems very unlikely, but you never know what could happen. What if Kimmel drops to 0.5? Would ABC start looking at other options? It appears their whole intent was to find a way to get rid of Nightline and have their late night line-up be filled with entertainment shows that get higher ad rates.

    Leno wins adults 18-34 over the younger Kimmel and Conan. How does a rational person interpret that? The only conclusion you can have is that of the few young people who watch late night, Leno appeals to them most. The fact that Leno appeals to all ages should be seen as an advantage as a lead-in to the morning show instead of a weakness because of his high median viewer age.

    Leno still has the worth of his ratings power and if he wants to be on tv, why wouldn’t a network think he would be a success as long as they make the show cheap enough?

  • Aaron

    If Fallon’s Tonight Show resembles Late Night, which may be a reality if the rumors are true, then Craig’s Late Show will probably be similar to his current show, assuming he takes over for Dave.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Leno still has the worth of his ratings power and if he wants to be on tv, why wouldn’t a network think he would be a success as long as they make the show cheap enough?”

    Because he’ll be pushing 70. People slow down, they grope for words more, they slur more, and when your trademark is a 35 joke monologue 5 nights a week that’s problematic. Even the slightest changes are highly magnified on TV, it’s like a microscope. That’s on top of the fact that his audience is rapidly leaving the demo.

    “Leno wins adults 18-34 over the younger Kimmel and Conan. How does a rational person interpret that?”

    I like how you phrase a question.

  • Gary Middleton

    Incredibly the news heated up during the late night hours yet again last night and there were pre-emptions. So ratings projections might be kind of futile this week.

    Nightline would probably do over 1.0 in its old time slot.

  • anonymous

    Regis Philbin is in his 80′s and is still sharp and energetic.

    “Fox Sports announced on March 5, 2013 that Philbin will be hosting a daily sports talk show featuring a panel of hosts on their all new national sports network Fox Sports 1, which will launch on August 17, 2013.”

  • anonymous

    Brown M&M’s are the best M&M’s.

    Leno’s bowl has more brown M&M’s than Kimmel’s bowl or Conan’s.
    Leno then fills his bowl to the rim with blue M&M’s.

    Which bowl will a candy-loving kid grab if he could only grab one bowl?

  • Ann

    @Gary

    “Because he’ll be pushing 70. People slow down, they grope for words more, they slur more, and when your trademark is a 35 joke monologue 5 nights a week that’s problematic. Even the slightest changes are highly magnified on TV, it’s like a microscope. That’s on top of the fact that his audience is rapidly leaving the demo.”

    I find your comments a little offensive. That is certainly not true of all people in their 70′s. Jay is just now turning 63. He’s also has the energy to not only do a 60 minute show 5 nights a week, but also does gigs on the weekends. The bottom line is that he still wins the 18-49 demo consistently.

    The main difference between Jay and Carson is that toward the end Carson was phoning it in, and was off as much as he was there. Jay LOVES what he’s doing, and that makes a big difference. People who hate their jobs can’t wait to retire. Those who love their jobs never want to.

    This glorification of ageism that is going on in the media is sickening. Those who advocate it will have it eventually have it bite them in the butt. It’s unwise to discriminate against a group you will eventually join.

  • GARebelman

    Regis was older than Jay and Barbara Walters certainly is and they were number 1. I guess it’s just Jay only who can’t do anything past 65. I love the hypocrisy.

  • Gary Middleton

    “”Regis Philbin is in his 80?s and is still sharp and energetic.”

    I doubt as sharp and energetic as in his 50s, but let’s pretend for a second that he is.

    The existence of exceptions is not statistically significant. By and large, people slow down. Jay’s diction and clarity is not what it was 15 years ago, and neither is Dave’s, and the likelihood of it getting worse in 5 years is far higher than the likelihood of it getting better or staying the same.

    It doesn’t have to matter in all gigs, but televised late night is very fast paced and loss of any capacity is glaring. If it was network news, sure, he could have a late spurt like Charlie Rose or Bob Schieffer. If it was morning TV like The View or Live with Regis, sure, sit around chewing the fat until you’re 78. Late night is different.

  • Gary Middleton

    “I find your comments a little offensive. That is certainly not true of all people in their 70?s.”

    Just because Nolan Ryan pitched into his mid 40s, doesn’t mean major league ballclubs are going to offer a lot of long term contracts to 39 year old pitchers.

  • Ann

    @Gary

    There is no doubt that Jay has mellowed since his 30′s. That doesn’t mean he’s now incapable of continuing in late night TV. Diction and clarity??? I think you’re reading things in that are not there.

    I’m sure there are 20 year olds who consider someone in their early 40′s old and not as sharp as he used to be. It’s all a matter of perspective.

  • Ann

    All that counts is how well they’re pitching, and not how old they are.

    Kimmel is proving the youth does not necessarily equate with capturing the demo.

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