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


  • Gary Middleton

    No booking war inside NBC, GAR. Tonight will have the right-of-way on everything.

    So this NBC fall lineup is wild. Not one current 10 pm show is in its familiar spot.

    So right when NBC is on the verge of overtaking CBS, they blow up the schedule.

    Crazy or no?

  • Ann

    “You can make fun of Conan’s ratings all you want; that doesn’t change the fact that Conan will still have a show after Jay is gone. On the 21st century, monarchies are obsolete; being “a king” is worth nada.

    Keep weeping.”

    Diana, thanks but I’ve never needed your permission to make fun of Conan. :)
    If he keeps it up he wouldn’t have a show pass 2015. Pulling down 0.4’s with summer coming doesn’t bode well for him

    Unlike you I don’t have a schoolgirl crush on anyone. No weeping here. Jay will be fine either way. Conan will always be an “almost was”.

  • Ann

    I saw I recent interview with Jay and he was asked if he would ever go on Dave’s show. He said that it’s probably going to happen.

  • Gary Middleton

    Ann, I believe the line was “that might happen”.

    Guy I know who is close with Jay says he’d definitely do it if invited. I hope he never does.

  • Ann

    I don’t see why not. It certainly would be interesting to watch.

  • Brad

    What I wrote on my Facebook page about the recent late night news:

    “I don’t like to brag, but I have to with this news. I am apart of a late night blog and totally called this last year that Seth Meyers will succeed Jimmy Fallon for the NBC show ‘Late Night’. Seth Meyers will be great in the Late Night business. He was one of the final three to be the co-host with Kelly Ripa in replacing Regis Philbin, his performance at the correspondent’s dinner two years ago was stellar, and he’s been a solid writer at SNL over the past few years. Very happy to see him follow Jimmy Fallon. There’s no doubt NBC will be my one stop to satisfy my late night cravings.”

    This is a very youthful late night duo, the youngest pairing in a long while, maybe ever as I don’t know another pairing where one host was 38 (Fallon) and the other was 39 (Meyers). This looks to be a very good move for NBC, but only on the surface. There are still many questions I have about this whole thing.

    – Is abandoning L.A. completely the right move? How will this affect ratings and bookings? Does this give rivals like Jimmy Kimmel and Craig Ferguson the upper hand now that there is less competition in the L.A. area?

    – Is having two host who act very similar a good move? Will people embrace the duo with great crossover ratings like the Comedy Central duo of Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert have? Or is the duo too much for people to handle for two hours straight finding it rather annoying?

  • Douglas in TN

    Diana…do you think Neal knows that Conan has been renewed for a couple of more years? He’ll be ecstatic.

  • Gary Middleton

    “This is a very youthful late night duo, the youngest pairing in a long while, maybe ever as I don’t know another pairing where one host was 38 (Fallon) and the other was 39 (Meyers).”

    Leno and Conan were collectively a much younger duo in 1993.

  • Gary Middleton

    Brad, they are going to put a huge emphasis on making Seth’s show look different from Fallon’s. Whether that succeeds or not is an open question. Leno’s prime time show was forced to look different from Tonight, and the result was something pretty unnatural and at times excruciating.

    Some have hinted it might lean more Daily Show than classic talk show.

    I agree, Meyers is terrific at almost everything he does. But whether people will tune in to watch him is one of those things we probably can’t know until his show starts. You can put on a great show that nobody watches.

  • Diana Santiago

    Gary: In addition to “Conan”, Conaco is producing Deon Cole’s Black Box and the Pete Holmes Show on TBS, Eagleheart on Adult Swim, and Super Fun Night on ABC.

  • Brad

    Wow! Super Fun Night got picked up by ABC!? If that turn into a success that’d be great for Conanco.

    I hear you Gary. I can see Meyers have trouble attracting people initially, but follow Fallon with Lorne Michaels backing him up, he’s got some time to catch fire. If Fallon can turn from a hot sweat mess that can’t stop laughing on SNL to the late night talk show host who’s taking over the Tonight Show, the #1 show in late night, I think Meyers can make something happen at Late Night.

    I do think a Daily Show/Late Night show format for Meyers would work nicely. His work is more scripted (in a good way) as he was and currently is still the head writer at SNL.

  • Brad

    Btw. Just saw the 4-minute The Blacklist trailer. Looks very good.

  • Gary Middleton

    Thanks, Diana. Huge year!

    Brad, I have no doubt people will check the show out and that Meyers will do something excellent. But until anybody gets a show, you can’t know if they’re somebody that people will tune in to watch on a regular basis. People either connect with you that way or they don’t.

    I can tell you right now that I’m a huge Seth Meyers fan and I think I’ll be a regular viewer. Will that turn out to be true? Not knowable.

  • Hector

    I don’t mean this as a knock on Seth Meyers, I just literally want some feedback to fill in things I’ve either forgotten or never knew.

    But what are all the things he’s done that are so excellent?

    I don’t know what to expect from his Late Night.

    Nothing memorable comes to mind for Seth Meyers on SNL. Am I forgetting a character or sketch (not Weekend Update of course)?

    I know he’s been head writer. Tina Fey was funny on the show, but we didn’t know how great she was until 30 Rock, movies, books, and hosting the Golden Globes. Adam McKay is another funny former head writer but I didnt know who he was until after he left SNL. From what I understand, Seth’s major contributions are the cold open/political stuff. So the Daily Show-style rumor doesnt sound unlikely.

    I know he hosted the WHCD and the ESPYs twice. I know he got good reviews for the WHCD.

    I don’t think he’s a bad choice. But I also don’t think, “Wow! This is going to be a really funny show! He’s the perfect choice. I cant wait to see it.”

    I could see him do well copying the Daily Show.

    This probably won’t happen to distinguish it from the Tonight Show, but I just can’t picture him doing a traditional talk show.

    No one knew Conan in 1993. Lorne knew what he was doing.

    When Fallon was named Conan’s successor. I thought it was a horrible choice. He was a great SNL cast member though. Perfect for that show, not a talk show. I still dont think he’s a good host, but he’s shown he’s was a good choice.

    Now, Seth Meyers. Lorne Michaels has shown he knows what he’s doing. He keeps being right.

  • Brad

    Honestly, neither one is cut out for interviews. If I was a celebrity, I wouldn’t want to be interviewed by either one. Both are empty and hollow. Fallon is overjoyed by everything and Meyers has a little sass going on with him saying “oh really” to his fake guests on SNL. For interviews, everyone in late night but those NBC have chosen have more character and realism in their interviewers, even Leno.

  • Brad

    I remember two interviews of Fallon’s that make me wonder what the heck is he doing. One interview was with Steve Buscemi where Buscemi told an awkward story about meeting Frank Sinatra. After he finished, Fallon said “Oh my god, that was like, the greatest story ever”. Buscemi had a look on his face like “are you kidding me?!” Fallon’s attitude was totally over-the-top.

    The other one was when Fallon interviewed New York Giants’ QB Eli Manning, telling him how much of a great quarterback he is while the audience (I presume) and I were wondering why the heck is Fallon brown nosing a guy who didn’t get his team to the playoffs last season. I presume the audience was wondering the same thing because they weren’t cheering or screaming or what not when Fallon was giving Eli Manning over-the-top compliments. I like Eli Manning, but Fallon was totally brown-nosing his guest.

    Fallon’s interview skills have to be the worst amongst late night stars. He can never go deep into a conversation. He’s good with a guest for one segment of the show which is why I find the three-guests shows to be the best.

  • GARebelman

    Fallon acts high during interviews. He is overly hyper and has the wildest reactions ever. At least Leno is subtle even though his interviews can be a hit and a miss.

  • Gary Middleton

    I have no concerns about the interviewing ability of any of the late night hosts.

    Pretty much every host from Carson until today has been skewered for their bad interviewing skills. But it never mattered. None of them are running for Charlie Rose’s gig.

  • Ann

    I don’t really have an opinion about Seth Meyers at this point since I rarely watch SNL. Since it basically has no competition, its numbers are in a vacuum.

  • Brad

    Gary, they could at least try to be like Charlie Rose. They run a late night (comedy) talk show (interview). Their skills should be 50/50.

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