Late Night TV Ratings For April 29-May 3, 2013

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May 9th, 2013

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Via NBC's Press Release


‘Tonight’ Generates Bigger Audiences Than ‘Late Show’ and ‘Kimmel’ in Every Key Ratings Measure, With Jay’s Second-Biggest 18-49 Audience in Three Months

Jimmy Fallon Out-Delivers ‘Late Late Show’ in Every Key Category – Adults, Men and Women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, Plus Total Viewers

‘Tonight’ Has Topped ‘Late Show’ for 24 Weeks in a Row in 18-49 Viewers and Beaten ‘Kimmel’ for 15 of 17 Weeks

‘Late Night’ Has Out-Delivered ‘Late Late Show’ in 18-49 Viewers for 26 of 28 Weeks and ‘Nightline’ Head to Head for 17 of 17 Weeks

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – May 9, 2013 – NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” has delivered dominant victories versus CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman" and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" for the week of April 29-May 3, generating bigger audiences than both rival shows in all key ratings categories -- adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers.

Jay generated his second-biggest weeklong 18-49 audience in three months (1.039 million adults 18-49, biggest since April 8-12 and second-biggest since January 28-February 1). Note that "Kimmel" was an encore or Friday.

The "Tonight" margin of victory over "Late Show" is 36 percent in 18-49 viewers (1.039 million vs. 766,000), Jay's biggest advantage in the 19 weeks since December 17-21, the week of the "Voice" finale. Versus "Kimmel," "Tonight" prevailed by 27 percent in viewers 18-49 (1.039 million vs. 820,000), Jay's biggest margin in three weeks.

At 12:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" attracted bigger audiences than CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" and ABC's "Nightline" in 18-49 and total viewers, while beating "Late Late Show" in all key categories. "Late Night" topped "Late Late Show" in viewers 18-49 by a 22 percent margin (596,000 vs. 488,000) and head-to-head versus "Nightline" from 12:30-1 a.m. ET, Jimmy generated a 26 percent advantage (645,000 vs. 512,000).

Jay has now accumulated bigger 18-49 audiences than "Late Show" for the last 24 weeks in a row and topped "Kimmel" for 15 of their 17 head-to-head weeks. In total viewers, Jay has out-delivered "Late Show" for 28 weeks in a row and "Kimmel" for 17 of 17 weeks.

Jimmy Fallon has now generated bigger 18-49 audiences than "Late Late Show" for 29 of the last 30 weeks and prevailed in total viewers for 26 of the last 28 weeks. Versus "Nightline" in their head-to-head half-hour, Jimmy has out-delivered the ABC series for 17 weeks in a row in viewers 18-49 and 12 of the last 14 weeks in total viewers.


(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of April 29-May 3.  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,” 0.6/3

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,” 0.4/2

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

NBC “Last Call,” 0.3/2*


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

NBC “Tonight,” 3.4 million viewers

CBS “Late Show,” 2.8 million viewers

ABC “Kimmel,” 2.5 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,” 1.6 million viewers

CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.4 million viewers

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

NBC “Last Call,” 0.9 million viewers*

* Friday's "Last Call" and “Kimmel” were encores.


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,” 0.4

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 0.9

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,” 0.8 million

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 1.9 million

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


  • Neal

    Jay is DA MAN! DA KING!

  • GARebelman

    If Kimmel and Letterman are already this low, I can’t imagine what summer is going to look like. Yikes.

  • Gary Middleton

    I think they clipped the headline from the press release:

    “Jay Leno Delivers Dominant Wins Over Late Show and Kimmel for the Week of April 29-May 3″

    I give NBC credit for not underplaying Leno’s wins, at least not yet, even though continued Leno strength could set them up to look bad.

  • Gary Middleton

    JC did another great job with the ordinals and margins of victory. Everybody across the board did a little better than he expected.

    JC projection:

    Leno: .75
    Kimmel: .61
    Dave: .58



  • Gary Middleton

    With Ferguson pulling 0.36 in the wake of Dave’s floundering, NBC probably doesn’t have to worry about Fallon losing to Craig before getting promoted. Like Conan occasionally did.

    But the gap between Leno and Fallon, which had narrowed to nearly 40% at times, has blown back out to nearly 75%. NBC probably doesn’t want to see a lot more of that.

    btw, the general understanding had become that Jay only beats Dave by a hair nowadays. But some of these Leno wins over Dave are on par with the margins of victory he had in 2008. Total rout. The renewed competitiveness of NBC 10 pm, especially vs. sagging CBS 10 pm, has changed the game.

  • jcfreder

    Based on recent ratings and previous year’s trends, I think summer will go something like this:

    Jay 3.2M
    Dave 2.5M
    JKL 2.3M

    18-49 RATING
    Jay .74
    JKL .59
    Dave .54

  • GARebelman

    Unless they just pretend Jay isn’t winning anything including the youngest skewing demo would make their press release bizarre.

  • Gary Middleton

    Would imagine everyone will look the other way on the off-season numbers, a period riddled with holiday weekends and sports exclusions.

  • Nick

    Wow. Another huge victory for Leno. Way bigger than I expected. Goes to show how much the fast nationals underrate him, and how much they overrate Kimmel.

  • ROLY


  • Douglas in TN

    Hey Neal…did you hear the wonderful news?

    “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” is coming early next year. Aren’t you excited?

  • GARebelman

    Deadline just put out an article on the late night ratings just a bit ago asking “Why are they canceling Jay Leno again?” Usually they only put out negative press on him with last night with him saying Les Moonves is cheap with Ferguson.

  • kscottk11

    Strong show for Leno Wednesday night.

    That couple singing on Pumpcast News, who they brought in to sit in with Rickey and the Band were fantastic. By having the couple sit in with the band, that’s the most Leno’s got out of Rickey since he became Leno’s band leader nearly three years ago.

  • Monikka

    I have to wonder why NBC is getting rid of Leno too. Watched the Wednesday episode because Ferguson was on and was really impressed with the Tonight Show. The mix of entertainment textures within one show was delightful.

    I hope Ferguson learned something from that show. The Late Late Show has become so rote and one-note lately.

  • anonymous

    Among all the late night hosts, my opinion of Fallon:

    monologue — Fallon comes in last.
    interview — Falon comes in last.
    gravitas — Fallon comes in last.

    Ability to reach a wider audience — Fallon runs the risk of seeming too juvenile, too silly, too raunchy. 11:35 pm needs someone people can identify with (personality wise) which is why Leno has been so successful (the common everyday guy persona). Fallon might be seen as the guy who is too hip, too cool for school.

    Those are the reasons why I don’t think Fallon will do as well as Leno.

  • Gary Middleton

    It is certainly a risk, Anonymous. But these are all criticisms that were leveled against Carson at the beginning. He could not interview like Paar, and his humor was deemed pretty silly and low brow relative to Steve Allen and later Dick Cavett.

  • Gary Middleton

    10 pm ratings through Thursday:

    ABC: 2.05
    CBS: 1.77
    NBC 1.67

    Final Blue Bloods tonight, so Dave’s Fridays are about to get a lot uglier and of course he will go to reruns for many of those.

    Kimmel is 7 days away from losing all of his 10 pm jet fuel.

    On NBC, Revolution continues into June.

  • Gary Middleton

    Kimmel has reruns Monday and Tuesday. Is that so he can attend the up fronts? And if it is, does that tell us how much ABC cares about Kimmel’s sweeps number?

  • GARebelman

    The Voice also runs in to June too and they typically air the finale for two hours on a Tuesday 9 to 11PM so that will be Jay’s biggest Lead in for the year.

  • Gary Middleton

    Jimmy Fallon will never have to follow Rock Center.

    Lauer, Leno, and now Brian Williams all sustain damage this year. NBC’s big three.

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