Late Night TV Ratings For April 15-19, 2013

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April 25th, 2013

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Via NBC's Press Release

With ‘Kimmel’ Airing First-Run Telecasts on Four of Five Nights, Jay Leno Rebroadcasts Deliver Bigger Audiences in 18-49, 25-54, 18-34 and Total Viewers

Fallon Encores Best ‘Late Late Show’ Originals in All Key Categories and Top ‘Nightline’ Originals Head to Head in All Key Demos

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — April 25, 2013 — Encore telecasts of NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" have delivered bigger audiences than ABC's mostly original "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and all-original newsmagazine "Nightline," respectively, in adults 18-49 and other key measures during the late-night ratings week of April 15-19. Note that “Kimmel” aired a rebroadcast on Friday, but was otherwise in originals last week.

The "Tonight Show" encores also beat CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman" rebroadcasts in every key ratings category — adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers — and Fallon encores topped CBS's "Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson" originals in every one of those key measures.

“Tonight Show” rebroadcasts generated bigger audiences than ABC's mostly original "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in adults 18-49 (1.001 million vs. 962,000), adults 25-54 (1.269 million vs. 1.250 million), total viewers (3.010 million vs. 2.802 million) and even adults 18-34 (332,000 vs. 297,000).

While Leno and Kimmel rounded to a tie in 18-49 rating for the week (0.8 each), 'Tonight' prevailed over ' Kimmel' by a 4 percent margin in 18-49 viewers.

For their head-to-head half-hour, Fallon rebroadcasts out-delivered ABC's original "Nightline" in every key demo — adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54. Fallon’s margin in 18-49 viewers for that half-hour was 18 percent (704,000 vs. 599,000).

Leno has now delivered bigger 18-49 audiences than "Late Show" for the last 22 weeks in a row and topped "Kimmel" for 13 of their 15 head-to-head weeks. In total viewers, Leno has out-delivered "Late Show" for 26 weeks in a row and "Kimmel" for 15 of 15 weeks.

Jimmy Fallon has now generated bigger 18-49 audiences than "Late Late Show" for 27 of the last 28 weeks and prevailed in total viewers for 24 of the last 26 weeks. Versus "Nightline" in their head-to-head half-hour, Fallon has out-delivered the ABC newsmagazine for 15 weeks in a row in viewers 18-49 and 10 of the last 12 weeks in total viewers.

Versus the same week last year, Leno was up 16 percent in 18-49 viewers (1.001 million vs. 866,000) and up 18 percent in 18-34 viewers (332,000 vs. 282,000). Fallon was up 25 percent in 18-49 viewers (651,000 vs. 519,000), up 34 percent in 18-34 viewers (265,000 vs. 198,000) and up 15 percent in total viewers (1.525 million vs. 1.330 million).

At 1:35 a.m. ET, encore telecasts of "Last Call with Carson Daly" were up versus the same week last year by 8 percent in viewers 18-49 (370,000 vs. 344,000) and up 43 percent in viewers 18-34 (164,000 vs. 115,000).


(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of April 15-19. 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, all encore telecasts

CBS “Late Show,” 0.6/3, all encore telecasts

ABC “Kimmel,” 0.8/3*

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

ABC “Nightline,” 0.5/2

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

NBC “Late Night,” 0.5/3, all encore telecasts*

CBS “Late Late Show,” 0.4/2

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

NBC “Last Call,” 0.3/2, all encore telecasts


11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET

NBC “Tonight,” 3.0 million viewers, all encore telecasts

CBS “Late Show,” 2.5 million viewers, all encore telecasts

ABC “Kimmel,” 2.8 million viewers*

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

ABC “Nightline,” 1.8 million viewers

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

NBC “Late Night,” 1.5 million viewers, all encore telecasts *

CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.4 million viewers

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

NBC “Last Call,” 0.8 million viewers, all encore telecasts

* Friday’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” was an encore. The first 24 minutes of Thursday’s “Late Night” are excluded due to preemptions for news coverage from Boston.


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


11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET

NBC “Tonight,” 3.5 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.



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, 0.6

Each adult 18-49 rating point equals 1.27 million 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,” 1.3 million***

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.9 million

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

Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.3 million

*** Comedy Central’s Monday telecasts were encores.





  • bonnie blue

    If Leno isn’t on at 11 or 11:30 SOMEWHERE, I won’t be watching any late-night show. I like Jimmy Fallon when he does music and dancing, but his monologues and interviews don’t compare to Jay’s.

    I think Jay beating Kimmel so badly is a hoot … Kimmel has been SO NASTY to/about Jay … Karma is a b****, JK!

    Please go to another network, Jay. Your audience will be there!!!

  • Gary Middleton

    22 episode renewal for Parenthood, an expensive show that only got 15 episodes this season and 18 the year before. They clearly want 10 pm running full steam in 2014.

  • Nick

    They know with Parenthood they can get at least around a 2.0, and for 10pm, for NBC, that’s excellent. If Revolution sticks after The Voice, they know they will be guaranteed a 2.0-2.5, also good. Same goes for Chicago Fire, and I wouldn’t be surprised if SVU gets moved to 10pm to also get a fourth sure ratings winner at 10pm.

    Meanwhile, Kimmel and Leno both at a 0.8 last night, even though the lead-in difference was 1.8????? Kimmel is a joke.

  • Gary Middleton

    Nick, as JC has documented with startling accuracy, a 0.8 for Kimmel is more like a .68. And 0.5 for Dave following a 2.0 is also a brutal way to start sweeps, but it’s hard to know what adjustments might take place there.

    Even if Parenthood dips to 1.5, that’s 50% to 90% higher than a Smash or any other number of failed dramas. I also think they’re going to do something about Rock Center on Fridays, no way they’re going to let Fallon follow that.

  • GARebelman

    They’ll probably leave Parenthood at 10PM Tuesday. Throw Chicago Fire at 9PM Wednesday to lead in to the Chicago Fire spinoff at 10PM. Push SVU to 10PM Thursday is what I’d do.

  • Gary Middleton

    I think they might even find a way to make The Voice go to 11 some nights, and also move AGT to earlier in the spring and have that go to 11 some nights.

    I predict Fallon will have a 10 pm average significantly higher than what Jay Leno sees most weeks, and way higher than what Leno will see in his final month of January, 2014.

  • Douglas in TN

    One can almost imagine what happened for Letterman happening for Fallon. CBS beefed up and buttressed their new Letterman show in 1993, and for a while Letterman kicked Leno’s rear. Then CBS’ primetime collapsed, and Letterman was relegated to figure skating as a lead in. And CBS lost football.

    The phrase “figure skating actually does well for us, Dave…” (Moonves to Letterman, as it got testy)still elicits a laugh for us Letterman fans two years later.

    It’s often forgotten that by 1996 Letterman was making verbal waves suggesting he was going to leave at the end of that current contract.

    NBC could beef up and give Fallon one heck of a bump, then collapse.

    But at least he won’t have “Ten at Ten” as a lead in.

  • Gary Middleton

    Letterman would have crushed Jay in that first year anyway, he was a cultural phenomenon.

    And would have lost later on anyway because he was, in essence, an alternative comedian.

    I believe it was Jim LaForte who pointed out that a key part of the CBS struggle in the mid-90s was the loss of key affiliates, who left as a result of the Fox NFL deal.

  • Gary Middleton

    I do think that NBC is going to do what every network does and give Fallon too big of a launch. It will serve as a hindrance more than a help, causing a hangover he will have to recover from.

    The way Conan’s big Tonight and TBS launch were not helpful, and Dave’s massive launch was like a stock market bubble he would never fully recover from. While guys like Arsenio and Jimmy Fallon basically sneaked onto the air and had very smooth rides.

  • Ann

    Jimmy needs to knock off the singing chicken thing–not funny and stupid.

  • GARebelman

    Anne – IT’s things like that that annoy the crap out of me. I hope he knocks that off next year. It’s things like that that make me want to turn the channel.

  • Ann

    Yup, Gar, I agree. It’s things like that which makes me wonder how well he’s going to transition to TTS.

  • Ann

    It makes me wonder whether Jimmy is getting into the same bubble Conan got into, i.e. more interested in him and his writers amusing themselves than the audience.

    The very thing that Jay gets criticized for–gauging audience reaction to bit, is what has made him last as long as he has. He sees his job as making the audience laugh.

  • Neal

    Bonnie, I won’t watch late night either without Leno. What’s disgusting is Leno is younger than other TV stars like Letterman, Chris Matthews and almost 2 DECADES younger than Barbara Walters! Not to mention Betty White!

    They could easily renew Leno till he’s 70!

  • Douglas in TN

    “They could easily renew Leno till he’s 70!”

    But they didn’t. He’s da fired…da toast…da on the way out….

  • Paul

    Yea the whole thing doesn’t make sense does it? Jay gets canned and still has the best numbers in every category. He’s beating Dave and even Kimmel by a million viewers and the guy their Jay replacing him with has only half the viewers. I just this thing this whole deal is NBC’s goal to become last place. Jimmy Fallon even with the early time slot and The Tonight show brand is not going to gain the million plus viewers to beat out Jimmy Kimmel to take second place. The best he’s going to do is around 2.3 million about the same as Conan did when he moved to the early time slot!

  • Gary Middleton

    “It makes me wonder whether Jimmy is getting into the same bubble Conan got into, i.e. more interested in him and his writers amusing themselves than the audience.”

    I have no concern about that. I believe Fallon is the anti-Conan. He will try different things, look at the minute-by-minute ratings, and if something is causing a mass exodus you won’t see it again.

  • Gary Middleton

    Big night for Conan.

    If he does the full 20 minutes without help from Smigel and does well right to the end, or even near the end, I will be massively impressed.

    Seth Meyers did that. Wanda Sykes. Not many others in the last couple of decades. 20 minutes looks like a sprint to a seasoned comedian, but once they get on that podium it is decidedly a marathon.

  • Gary Middleton

    Conan may have had the best line ever at a WHCA dinner when he hosted in 1995:

    “I have an announcement for those of you watching tonight’s event live on C-Span: for god’s sake, it’s Saturday night.”

    Worth going to Youtube to see just how hard that killed.

    I’ll be watching tonight live on C-Span.

  • Douglas in TN

    All one has to do for that evening is be unlike how Jay Leno did it. All Jay did was scoop up some left over cue cards in the studio and recycle some lame jokes.

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