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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
  • Gary Middleton

    Dave’s 0.8 was based on a 2-show week where one of the 2 shows followed a new CSI. It’s not a real indication of anything.

  • anonymous

    Season-to-date Letterman 0.7, Kimmel 0.7
    Let’s keep Kimmel for years, but get rid of Letterman? Double standard. The reason the young guys always want to get rid of the old guys is so they don’t have to compete against them.

    Talk show host: show up, stand, sit, talk, tell a story, tell jokes. Really taxing work, especially to old people who have been doing it naturally their whole lives.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Let’s keep Kimmel for years, but get rid of Letterman? Double standard. The reason the young guys always want to get rid of the old guys is so they don’t have to compete against them.”

    You’re spinning your wheels. There is no movement to get rid of Letterman.

    “Talk show host: show up, stand, sit, talk, tell a story, tell jokes. Really taxing work, especially to old people who have been doing it naturally their whole lives.”

    I’m glad it seems that simple and easy to you. It means they’re doing their very difficult and demanding job well.

  • Diana Santiago

    “Talk show host: show up, stand, sit, talk, tell a story, tell jokes.”

    I have to side with Gary in this one. I can’t believe you’re trivializing Jay Leno’s job. Are you really fans?

    I’ve been to several tapings of “Conan”, and I’ve witnessed the huge amount of work for those 43 minutes of “show up, stand, sit, talk, tell a story, tell jokes”. I can imagine it is the same work Jay and his team, Letterman and his team et al. go by. Maybe it’s not as “tough as turning a big crank”, but it is hard work.

  • Ann

    “Problem with that is that just a few years ago Leno was pulling in the 1.5 areas, then sunk down to the 1.0s, then down to the 0.8s and sometimes lower. Part was decline of network viewer declines, and some was due to Lenogate of 2010. But his numbers have sunk much since 2010.”

    That would be a valid a argument if anyone was doing better than Jay. No one is. Others are doing worse. It has to do with the numerous viewing options people now have. To imply that Jay is no longer cutting it while others are is erroneous. If Jay is not cutting it then neither is Letterman or Kimmel by that standard.

    So it’s just not a “Jay” problem.

  • Ann

    I’ve never heard anyone accuse Jay of not being hard working. People who have stereotypical views of older people and their working capacity have limited experience. Just like any population physical strength and endurance varies. My father was a contractor and then “retired” and bought a dairy farm. In his 70′s he was doing physical labor that would put away 35 year old desk jockeys.

    If you listen to Baldwin’s interview with Letterman, Dave talks about not being as involved with the production of his show as he used to be, but he seemed to imply it was more about not being so obsessed with it. There are some indications that Dave struggles with emotional issues.

  • Gary Middleton

    The aging process is not a stereotype, it’s science. I realize there have been 80 year olds who run marathons. It’s just not something you’d want to bet millions of dollars on over a period of years.

  • Gary Middleton

    And I can’t prove this, but I’ll bet the networks have specific breakdowns that show Jay’s demo viewers are heavily clustered in their late 40s. That could also make it daunting for anyone to sign Jay to a multiyear contract.

    Someday, one of us will have to talk to an ad buyer and find out if it’s so completely centered on 18-49 as we’ve been told. The news guys seem to get away with talking 25-54. Though that doesn’t mean they can charge for it.

  • Ann

    @Gary

    Let’s agree that we disagree.

  • anonymous

    I didn’t want to imply that being a talk show host is easy (it’s not easy to be able to connect with an audience), just that it is not a physically demanding job like a roofer or brick-layer that takes its toll on the body.

    Being a talk show host requires mostly mental capacity so as long as Leno or Letterman are healthy what difference does their age make as long as their ratings are good? To say that past age 63, you can’t do that job anymore is age discrimination.

  • anonymous

    Chelsea averages 0.3?
    Conan averages 0.4/0.5
    Stewart-Colbert hour averages 0.6/0.7
    Kimmel averages 0.7
    Fallon will probably average 0.7

    You can’t look at that and say Leno and Letterman are doing a bad job and blame their old age.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Being a talk show host requires mostly mental capacity so as long as Leno or Letterman are healthy what difference does their age make as long as their ratings are good? To say that past age 63, you can’t do that job anymore is age discrimination.”

    To say that there’s no aging impact on the kind of synapses involved in late night comedy is science discrimination.

  • Gary Middleton

    “You can’t look at that and say Leno and Letterman are doing a bad job and blame their old age.”

    You really can’t. Because it’s a very limited amount of information. It’s 5 numbers, one of which is made up.

    It doesn’t tell us what their lead-ins are, what their budgets are, what their revenues are, what is known about how much of their audience will exit the demo soon.

    Having said that, little of this is about “doing a bad job”. It’s about looking at the various options and choosing the one that is best. Not just today but into the future. You’re still fixated on the idea that Dave is facing some kind of age-related siege, when in fact he is coasting along with no hint of that.

  • anonymous

    Ronald Reagan was 69 when he was inaugurated as President.

    So an old guy has the ability to lead the free world and defeat communism.

    But a talk show host is just too hard a job to do past 63.

  • Gary Middleton

    “But a talk show host is just too hard a job to do past 63.”

    That’s a straw man argument.

  • Brad

    ” You’ll get 0.8′s ”

    Leno is going to be against not only Letterman and Kimmel, but also Fallon. I think 0.6 will be more likely as a high-average. 0.4-0.5 seems more likely, but hey, if Conan and TBS can making a living with those numbers, why can’t Leno and Fox?

  • Brad

    @Everyone

    How come we can’t agree that investing a lot of money into a host over 60 years old to start a franchise on a new network is simply risky business? This isn’t renewing Jay Leno for a couple of years. This is going to be fox with at least a 4 year commitment, 2 years guarantee, and hopes of starting a late night franchise.

    Beyond that, it is tough when Joan Rivers and Chevy Chase bombed the way they did. Its tough to start any late night show. Sure its Leno and he has experience, but look at Conan at TBS. All his years of experience, which is nearly the same as Leno’s, has gotten him crap for ratings. Why will Leno do better? Conan’s 2009-2010 stint did BETTER than Leno’s 2010-2011 stint at The Tonight Show. Time Warner trouts about how TBS and TNT are on nearly as many television sets as the big networks, but that doesn’t help Conan. This is why I think Leno would do about the same as Conan in the 18-49 ratings ALONG with aging audience that’s within that demo, therefore 0.4-0.5.

  • Brad

    Not only is Reagan argument a straw man argument, Reagan had to appeal to a broad audience in order to get elected, not an age specific 18-34 or 18-49 demo.

  • Gary Middleton

    Brad, I would imagine Reagan swept the demos in ’84. :)

  • anonymous

    I’m not the one portraying Leno as “pushing 70. People slow down, they grope for words more, they slur more.” that networks won’t touch out of fear that he would go downhill any day that he can’t do his job anymore.

    I’m just pointing out people past 63 who don’t show that decline and are/were still productive.

    And Reagan beat Carter and Mondale soundly, winning practically all age groups.

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