Late Night TV Ratings For April 22-26, 2013

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May 2nd, 2013

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Via NBC's Press Release

‘THE Tonight Show WITH JAY LENO’ AND ‘LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON’ CONTINUE TO OUTPERFORM TIME-SLOT COMPETITION IN WEEK OF APRIL 22-26

 

Leno Has Now Defeated Letterman in 18-49 Demo for 23 Consecutive Weeks, Fallon Bests Ferguson in 18-49 for 28 of 29 Weeks

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — May 2, 2013 — “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” outperformed their respective time-slot competition in every key demo as well as total viewers for the week of April 22-26.

Leno won in the 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54 demos in adults, men and women over both “Late Show With David Letterman” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” In total viewers, Leno drew 3.5 million viewers while Letterman drew 2.8 million and Kimmel, which was in encores Tuesday and Friday but original telecasts the rest of the week, garnered 2.4 million.

Fallon outperformed “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and “Nightline” in their 12:30 a.m. timeslot in all key demos. Fallon (1.7 million) also drew more total viewers that Ferguson (1.3 million) and “Nightline” (1.5 million).

Leno has now delivered bigger 18-49 audiences than Letterman for the last 23 weeks in a row and topped Kimmel for 14 of their 16 head-to-head weeks. In total viewers, Leno has out-delivered Letterman for 27 weeks in a row and “Kimmel” for 16 of 16 weeks.

Fallon has now generated bigger 18-49 audiences than Ferguson for 28 of the last 29 weeks and prevailed in total viewers for 25 of the last 27 weeks. Versus “Nightline” in their head-to-head half-hour, Fallon has out-delivered the ABC series for 16 weeks in a row in viewers 18-49 and 11 of the last 13 weeks in total viewers.

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of April 22-26. 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.”)

WEEKLY RESULTS

ADULTS 18-49

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

NBC “Tonight,” 0.8 rating, 3 share
CBS “Late Show,” 0.6/3
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,” 0.3/2

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,” 3.5 million viewers
CBS “Late Show,” 2.8 million viewers
ABC “Kimmel,” 2.4 million viewers*

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 1.5 million viewers

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 1.7 million viewers
CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.3 million viewers

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.9 million viewers

* The Tuesday and Friday editions of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” 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,” 3.5 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.

SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK OF APRIL 22-16

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 with encore telecasts

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,” 1.6 million
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 1.3 million

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.7 million with encore telecasts

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

Tom Bierbaum

(814)452-2091

tom.bierbaum@nbcuni.com

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  • Gary Middleton

    The late night battle has been completely re-defined in the media as a fight for the 18-49 viewer.

  • jcfreder

    Sorry, going to have to disagree on that. The last time it truly mattered, Conan was extremely competitive in the demo and was still declared a huge failure. Even NBC daily reports list the household figure first. The demo number still has a certain degree of insidery showbiz quality to it.

  • Gary Middleton

    Things have changed since then. Arrival of Kimmel and Fallon both explicitly announced and reported in the mainstream as a reach for 18-49.

  • Nick

    Conan was competitive in the demo, but that was still down from what Leno was doing – not as much as total viewers, but still down.

    Of course, the demo is not why Conan was deemed a failure. It was the fact that he caused a show to go from 4.5 million to a 2.5 million viewers in a little over a month.

  • Gary Middleton

    This time around, if Fallon wins the demo he’ll be considered successful. Both because that’s the well-covered rationale for bringing him in, and because the Conan experience lowered expectations for a new entrant’s total viewers.

    Having said that, I think Fallon will do well in viewers.

  • GARebelman

    Then Gary must be really positive NBC’s 10PM lineup is going to go from dud to stud overnight next year and Fallon self starts.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Then Gary must be really positive NBC’s 10PM lineup is going to go from dud to stud overnight next year”

    I’ll speak for me, you speak for you.

  • GARebelman

    Then while speaking for you, how exactly is he going to be number 1?

  • Gary Middleton

    GAR, I think the key is crossover. Fallon is the first guy to attempt this in our lifetimes who bridges the Letterman and Leno cultures. Also bridges young and old, since he’s as enthusiastic and well versed about Neil Young as he is about Jay-Z. And I think he’s pretty well liked across both genders.

    Along with a more competitive NBC 10 pm lineup than Leno has worked with since 2008. Nothing spectacular, just the shows they already have in place, alongside a CBS lineup that is very noticeably weakening.

  • Gary Middleton

    10 pm. through 4 nights this week:

    ABC: 2.0
    CBS: 1.72
    NBC: 1.62

    You put Dateline instead of Rock Center into that mix on Fridays and NBC is likely doing at least 1.55 for the week, which is 30% to 60% higher than what Leno has had for most of the past couple of years.

  • anonymous

    Who was it here that said Kimmel was most like Johnny Carson of all the hosts today and that would be the reason Kimmel would beat Leno?

  • Brad

    NBC at 10pm continues to rise. I see no reason why it won’t be better for Fallon in 2014 then it has been for Leno from 2010-2014.

    “But I think [Letterman's] poor ratings have less to do with what people think about him and more with how his lead-ins are performing. And lately CBS has been hitting lows in the 10pm hour.”

    When has Letterman beat Leno after 2010? My understand is he beat Leno during the fall sweep in 2010 (or maybe 2011). To me, when CBS had the best ratings and NBC has the worst ratings, and the hasn’t happened again, sounds like The Late Show has some explaining to do.

  • Brad

    As for Kimmel, I guess I’ll continue to speak on his behalf. I think he has been good but there are no improvements to his show in my eyes. Not really. I think he has had better guests but it hasn’t improved his ratings. Honestly, I didn’t see this coming. I thought his ratings were going to beat Leno, or at least tie him. They aren’t even competitive when one week it is 0.8 and the next it is 0.6. I think Gary may have nailed it on the head when he said, paraphrasing, that Kimmel has been on for 10 years and he isn’t changing. He isn’t going to be that big star in the late night scene. However, to his credit, Kimmel still runs a tight operation on a good budget. Kimmel doesn’t make a lot of money from hosting JKL, none of his workers do really. The setup is sustainable but it is upsetting to those who thought he was going to go far.

    Btw, I’ve watched him twice this week for the first time in a while. Mel Brooks, or should I say “Turkmenistan”, filling in for Robert Downey Jr. Wednesday night was great! Also, I enjoy Kimmel’s “Man on the Street” segments with his audience. Really engages me with the show and its audience, more so then any other show. However, that’s just one segment. Conan wins the night for me every time. I feel satisfied just watching his show when I use to crave for more.

  • anonymous

    Let’s not forget we don’t know how Arsenio will impact Fallon, Kimmel, and Letterman. Safe to say it won’t help their numbers.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Who was it here that said Kimmel was most like Johnny Carson of all the hosts today and that would be the reason Kimmel would beat Leno?”

    I said he was the most like Johnny temperamentally, and that he would eventually beat Leno in the demo as Jay’s audience exits the demo. The latter is not, imo, a bold prediction as much as a truism if Kimmel doesn’t choke to death on a sandwich or something. But we won’t find out because, as I also predicted, Jay is gone in 2014.

    But you’re right, Kimmel is doing way worse than I thought he would. I sure wouldn’t have guessed Jay would be beating him often in 18-34.

  • Brad

    It is still early enough for Kimmel. It can all swing his way by the end of 2013. You never know. Molly McNearney, head writer for and wife to Jimmy Kimmel, has said she wanted to leave the show at some point to do some new projects. Hopefully it is soon so Kimmel can have some better jokes to work with with a better head writer. Also, maybe a new producer is due to get some new ideas. May I suggest Robert Morton? Also some actual actors for its sketches would be nice. Guerremo can’t be the go to actor on the staff. His bad acting humor only works half the time. Some of the sketches really do deserve a solid actor.

  • Neal

    U R so right MB and Janie. A LOT of people will stop watching if NBC goes ahead and dumps Leno! He’s the undisputed King!

  • Gary Middleton

    Brad, I want to suggest that these things are rarely about producers and writers. Usually enough people either like the host or they don’t. Sometimes you can add a Kevin Eubanks or Andy Richter, or switch venue size, and it materially alters the show. But for the most part, it really is maddeningly simple and tinkering is ineffectual.

    In other news, I’m quite happy with the job Leno’s booking team did creating a sweeps guest list from non-A-list spare parts. Lauren Graham, Wanda Sykes, and Aaron Eckhardt might not be the hugest names but they’re usually lots of fun, and Mitt Romney 2 weeks from tonight seems quite promising.

  • Brad

    I’ll give credit where credit is due, and Leno’s booking staff is indeed making the best of what the got. They are like the Red Sox in the offseason. Not a great free agent market for ’12-13, but we made the best of it and have the best record in all baseball. It is all about making the best out of what you have. Personally, I find the guests on Leno lately to be enjoyable rather than #1, and to me I’d rather have the fun show night after night rather than A-list celebrity people either love or hate. (And I agree, the Romney interview looks quite promising).

  • Douglas in TN

    ” if NBC goes ahead and dumps Leno! He’s the undisputed King!”

    Hey drama queen…it’s a done deal…the contract’s signed, and studio being built. Leno is da done.

    The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Coming soon to irritate a fanboi near you. (And, by the way, Conan was renewed into 2015!)

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