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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
  • Ann

    I don’t know that much about baseball, but I don’t think teams send down a player who is winning games for them because he might not sometime in the future.

  • Gary Middleton

    “I don’t know that much about baseball, but I don’t think teams send down a player who is winning games for them because he might not sometime in the future.”

    Ann, a team takes absolutely takes age into account when negotiating new long term deals. And if that player is 39, it is likely a dominating consideration.

    That’s the relevant analogy for a network considering whether to sign Jay Leno, not whether to send a player down. They have to contemplate a major, multiyear investment.

  • Gary Middleton

    “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.”

    That’s not going to help Jay either.

  • Nick

    Let’s what what we’re saying here. Jay is not pushing 70. He’s only 63 lol. He could still have a show on the air for 5 years before he turns 70, and in TV land, that’s a long time. It’s especially long for a network like FOX who is looking to launch a latenight lineup and could use a veteran and known ratings-winner to get it off the ground.

  • Gary Middleton

    Good rebound for Conan this week. Averaging about 940 thousand viewers. Should come pretty close to a solid 0.5 for the week.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Let’s what what we’re saying here. Jay is not pushing 70. He’s only 63 lol. He could still have a show on the air for 5 years before he turns 70, and in TV land, that’s a long time.”

    The issue isn’t whether he’s a rounded 70, it’s whether a network is going to make a significant investment in a late night star who is at a point when skills erosion tends to noticeably accelerate. Let’s all place our bets.

    The comparisons to Regis and Barbara Walters are irrelevant, they are not late night comedians. Comparisons to Popes and mall Santas would also be irrelevant.

  • Nick

    Gary, I’m not even sure what you’re trying to say. How are comparisons to Regis and Barbara irrelevant? They’re all on TV trying to make money for their respective shows on networks. It doesn’t matter what time of the day they’re on.

  • anonymous

    A pitcher relies on his physical ability to throw a ball, which absolutely degrades with age.

    A talk show host relies on his/her personality and ability to communicate which may last well into old age.

    The real deal here is that it’s all about money. If all the shows cost the same to produce, then Leno would be on the air till somebody can actually beat him. But his show is expensive to produce so he’s getting fired for a cheaper guy. That’s corporate America for you.

  • Gary Middleton

    “How are comparisons to Regis and Barbara irrelevant? They’re all on TV trying to make money for their respective shows on networks. It doesn’t matter what time of the day they’re on.”

    That’s like saying a gymnast and a golfer are both playing sports, what difference does it make how old they are?

    Different dayparts involve different levels of competitiveness and pacing. Daytime, with far less young people at home, demands less intensity.

  • Gary Middleton

    Anonymous, aging very much affects the kinds of synapses on which comedians rely, as well as speech. If you think Dave and Jay have in no way been affected by aging and have the same consistent sharpness of 25 years ago, OK. I will respectfully disagree.

  • Ann

    @Gary

    I think you’re missing the point. You’re making sweeping assumptions about people based entirely on age. Aren’t you the one who was going to bat for Gordon Lightfoot not that long ago even though he’s frail and has lost much of his singing ability?

    No one is screaming for Letterman’s retirement even though he’s older than Jay and doesn’t get the ratings Jay does.

    It seems to me that you are part of the chorus that holds Jay up to a standard much higher than you do anyone else.

  • Ann

    @Gary

    “That’s the relevant analogy for a network considering whether to sign Jay Leno, not whether to send a player down. They have to contemplate a major, multiyear investment.”

    I was referring to NBC. I also think the days of a late night talk show host lasting 20 years is over. The landscape has shifted.

  • Ann

    @Gary

    So in your estimation at what age should talk show hosts be put out to pasture since ratings are inconsequential? 50, 55, 60, 65?

  • anonymous

    Leno is not as sharp as he used to be as a young man; but that doesn’t mean that he can’t perform at an effective level. The ratings prove that he can still deliver even at his older and slower state.

  • hahaNBC

    Leno tops every demographic hahaNBC fire him!

  • Gary Middleton

    “I think you’re missing the point. You’re making sweeping assumptions about people based entirely on age.”

    The aging process is a sweeping assumption? OK.

  • Gary Middleton

    “So in your estimation at what age should talk show hosts be put out to pasture since ratings are inconsequential? 50, 55, 60, 65?”

    You’ve lost the thread of the conversation that you started. We were discussing whether ABC would sign Jay. I said no, they will not sign a guy pushing 70.

    It’s not a question of ABC putting anyone to pasture. It’s a case of them not initiating a long term investment in late night with someone that old. Or any other broadcast network doing it.

    If I’m wrong, we’ll know soon enough. But you know which side I’ve placed my bet.

  • Ann

    As I began, I said that it was unlikely that ABC would dump Kimmel and hire Jay. The reason IMO is because of the practice of ageism that is in play. To say it’s because Jay is no longer funny or unable to work at the present pace or unable to attract the desired demo because of his age is simply unproven and presently untrue.

    I put ageism in the same category of discrimination as racism, sexism, etc. and is just as distasteful IMO. Unfortunately ageism is an accepted form of discrimination in our society.

  • anonymous

    Didn’t Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve dominate the competition even after he had a stroke?

    He hosted the program up until his death and he could barely speak, but people still tuned in because they liked him.

  • Neal

    Jay is simply DA MAN! DA KING of late night! He will ALWAYS be da king!

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