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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  • Douglas in TN

    Watching Letterman the last few weeks has been fascinating and maddening. Some sharp new graphics, and there seems to be a bit more sparkle in the writing. More off the wall stuff.

    But the terribly unfunny “stooge of the night” has to go. You can sense the audience just doesn’t know what to do. And the fawning over Paris Hilton was nauseating.

  • Gary Middleton

    “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.”

    Great point, Brad, I think that’s right. Again tonight, the interviews were really quite a lot of fun on Leno. Sometimes you’re forced into great decisions you wouldn’t otherwise make.

    We’re all quite familiar with Dave’s regulars: Hanks, Baldwin, Bill Murray, Steve Martin, Martin Short, Amy Sedaris, etc.

    Very quietly and perhaps by default, Jay also has a cast of regulars. Not sure anyone has ever tried to compile that list but here’s a start: Lauren Graham, Wanda Sykes, Chelsea Handler, Terry Bradshaw, Bill Maher, Blake Shelton, Larry the Cable Guy, Dwayne Johnson, Seth MacFarlane, Diane Keaton, Abigail Breslin.

  • Aaron

    Wow, I didn’t realize that the opening graphics for Letterman have changed.

  • Gary Middleton

    Pending Friday adjustments, the 10 pm demo ratings for the week:

    ABC: 1.92
    CBS: 1.64
    NBC: 1.52

    For NBC to be this close to CBS in the middle of a sweeps period, the game has seriously changed.

  • Gary Middleton

    Tough Friday all around. Leno 0.6. Ferguson 0.2.

  • Brad

    The game really has changed. And ouch.

    What I like about Leno’s regulars is that it doesn’t feel like they are always on the show.

  • Nifty

    Letterman has recently turned into my favorite host. I definitely agree that the show is getting a bit quirky. I don’t know if Dave’s just getting happy, or what. I’ve been watching his show every now and then for the past 3 years, and these past 2/3 months are the first times I’ve ever seen him do his glass breaking stuff.
    Personally, I find Stooge of the Night hilarious. It shows how little these politicians actually care about the people they’re representing and instead act only on what they themselves, or their party feels. This is the first and last time I talk about politics on here.

  • Brad

    I’m having trouble posting my comment to this site.

  • Brad

    Hopefully Friday was the last day of “Stooge of the Night”. I though it was funny in a weird sense. I understood where Letterman was coming from, but his political involvement is really dumbfounded. I agree there should be more for mental background checks in obtain a gun but 1), it shouldn’t be enforced federally but at a state level, and 2), this bill had a bunch of other stuff in it that more conservative minded people thought was overkill and unfair to pass when all they wanted to pass was mental background checks.

  • Brad

    Anyways, I think Letterman should be more welcoming to conservative minded folks and try to invite them onto his show. To me, if he can get Chris Christie onto his show, he can get anyone (except Romney for an interview). I’m sure they would love to take on the spotlight to talk about the matter at hand that is gun control. Somebody has to be willing.

  • GARebelman

    I’m sure Dave will be angry he can’t get Mittins on pre election or post election.

    I have noticed a lot of guests on the Tonight Show as of late have been saying “how wonderful it is” to be on the show.

  • Gary Middleton

    GAR, just wait until Ken J shows up this week.

  • Douglas in TN

    Doubt Letterman was angry he couldn’t get Romney. Doubtful it would have helped Romney in any way, but it gave Letterman much more material than if he had showed up.

    But it just seems to me that as this country is split 50-50, politically, that talk shows hosts, if even to not make viewers mad, would avoid politics. As Carson’s true heir, I’m surprised Letterman has become overtly political.

  • Gary Middleton

    Letterman is not Carson’s true heir, that’s a huge misconception. Carson was not ironic, Carson was not grimacing and edgy, Carson played characters in skits like Red Skelton, Carson’s interviews were rarely contentious. And Carson did not do sprawling personal essays from the desk about national and personal crises. With the near-exception of the brief tribute to his son after the fatal car crash, which he did right at the end of the show at 12:30 a.m.

    The only thing Johnny and Dave had in common was they were talk show hosts from the midwest.

  • GARebelman

    It’s never good for a late night host to be overly political or be blatant about it. A fair bashing of both sides seems to work best. Otherwise half the country will be turned off from the git go. Letterman use to not be this political I don’t know why he started now.

  • Gary Middleton

    GAR, I think it’s working pretty well for Stewart/Colbert. We’re in a fragmented culture and as long as you’re exceptionally good at what you do, you can succeed by targeting a subset of the population.

    It’s not a great play for Dave, obviously, but I guess he’s at the point where he figures he might as well spend whatever currency he has left.

  • GARebelman

    Those two are different being political satire shows on cable. That wouldn’t work if you want a larger audience to watch you and not be fixated on your politics.

  • Douglas in TN

    I use the phrase “heir” largely because of Carson’s preference of Letterman. We all know Johnny would have preferred Dave for Tonight, and it goes without speaking Carson preferred Letterman’s CBS show over Leno’s show.

    And I disagree about Carson not being ironic. I don’t know how old you are, but I grew up in the age of Johnny before gray hair, and while it was a showbiz show no doubt there was a good bit of irony before it became the tightly scripted show it later became.

    Supposedly another major release of Carson shows is coming later this year. I’m hoping it focuses more on the early surviving Tonight Shows when it was often a freewheeling show.

  • Gary Middleton

    “I use the phrase “heir” largely because of Carson’s preference of Letterman.”

    But that would have no relevance to the point you were making: that somehow Dave would mirror Johnny’s approach to doing a show. He never has, in any way.

  • Brad

    I read up on why Mittens won’t come visit Letterman. Even though he avoided all shows when finally the GOP nominee, it was said he was upset with Letterman during his visit for the Top Ten List of “Things you don’t know about Mitt”. He thought a couple of the jokes were too much in poking fun at himself and didn’t like how Letterman made fun of him for not having a tie on (Romney trying to look like a commoner). I’m sure the video of Romney’s dog knocking at the car window to let him in wasnt helpful either.

    Honestly I think Romney got cocky with his stats and started to exile too many people. Marco Rubio could have been a fine VP pick and they could have pushed to capture the Latino vote. Then, in hope, you could have a Marco Rubio/Paul Ryan ticket in 2020, but nope. Oh well. What’s done is done. Curious to hear what’s happening with Romney and his future plans when he’s on Leno.

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