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

JAY LENO DELIVERS DOMINANT WINS OVER ‘Late Show’ AND ‘KIMMEL’ FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 29-MAY 3

‘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.

WEEKLY AVERAGES

(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*

TOTAL VIEWERS

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.

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 29-MAY 3

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

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

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,” 0.8 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

 

 
  • Douglas in TN

    Dave had Leonard Tepper!

  • Ann

    Apparently the shows producers wanted the fact that they were actors to go unmentioned. The wife had been on it before. My guess is that the two struggling L.A. actors knew where Pumpcast was shot and saw an opportunity and grabbed it.

  • Brad

    I’d give Letterman 1 for freeing up Robert Morton from the Late Show in 1996. However, I can understand not counting it because he came to fame in the 80’s.

  • Gary Middleton

    Robert Morton never came to fame.

  • Diana Santiago

    Conan helped launch Louis CK, Robert Smigel, Amy Poehler, Jack MacBrayer… Deon Cole is getting his own show. Plus John Krasinski, Mike Birbiglia, Angela Kinsey, Ellie Kemper and Mindy Kaling all interned for Conan.

  • Nick

    Yeah, the Pumpcast thing wasn’t staged. It was just poorly covered up and highly suspicious. And because the couple were actors and the wife had been on it before, it was probably known and purposely done on their part.

    But it’s nothing Jay would ever get fired over. lol. And still, it was highly entertaining. That seems to be the sentiment across the web.

    Meanwhile, Jay has had 3 solid shows in a row this week. Tonight’s show with Wanda and Martha was probably the best yet. Jay’s interview with Martha was near perfection. For some reason, I was on the edge of my seat watching attentively the entire time – I can’t remember the last time that happened during any latenight interview.

  • Gary Middleton

    Diana, I think all the shows have helped launch people in that respect.

    In terms of a show creating a celebrity who went on to exist outside the show? I claim Ross is the only one among the current 11:30 network shows. Dave had at least one on his previous show in the 80s, that being Chris Elliot.

    Conan’s show certainly created the character of Triumph, which can and has existed outside of Conan’s shows. On an iconic scale. Smigel himself was already as big as he was going to get as a featured SNL player. The rest of the list did not get famous on Conan, imo. Deon Cole is borderline for me in terms of being famous with his 21 thousand Twitter followers in what is clearly a social-media crazed Conan environment, but reasonable people can differ. Looking forward to his show.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Meanwhile, Jay has had 3 solid shows in a row this week.”

    Was there a special matinee I was unaware of? :)

    Nick, I swear, you’re the 4th person I’ve communicated with today who thought it was Wednesday. The NHL playoffs are throwing everybody off.

  • Gary Middleton

    Nick, the more I think about it, the more pathetic it strikes me that ABC News tried to blow the lid off the possible staging of a comedy bit on a rival network’s talk show.

    Alleged found comedy bits are somewhat staged, aka “produced”, all the time. It’s a way of not spending a month producing a 4 minute bit. And every interview on virtually every show is significantly staged. Show business is allowed to be staged. It’s not a news broadcast. It’s not a quiz or reality show where prize money is at stake.

    Is Dan Harris going to do a piece on how magicians aren’t really sawing the lady in half? Answer: only if someone is doing that ‘trick’ on a rival network show kicking ABC’s rear.

  • Diana Santiago

    “You saved my life, and you gave me a career.” – Louis CK to Conan O’Brien.

    But of course, how I dare compare Louis CK to Ross the Intern, the brightest star in Hollywood.

  • Ann

    I’m sure that ABC wants to stick it to Jay any way possible. They have to be red faced over the way Kimmel is tanking.

  • Gary Middleton

    “But of course, how I dare compare Louis CK to Ross the Intern, the brightest star in Hollywood.”

    Louis could be Elvis, you’d still be missing the point. Louis did not get famous on Conan’s show. Any more than Dino Stamatopolous did.

  • Hector

    Been thinking about this recently and just realized this is the perfect place for such a comment.

    So Jimmy Kimmel has had a bit in the last 6 months or so where people on Hollywood Boulevard get interviewed. It’s actually 2 or 3 bits: The pedestrian question, Lie Witness News, confusing question of the day, and I think that might be it.

    Anyway, for a guy who bashes Leno so much (and I remember reading an interview where he said he didnt want to do anything on his show that he thought Jay Leno would do), I find it funny that he’s basically doing Jaywalking.

    Sure he’s not walking around himself, but all three of those bits are basically Jaywalking. And he does one of those almost every day it seems.

    Really I can’t blame him because asking someone an easy question and getting a stupid answer is just funny. There’s no way around it.

    But its just funny to me considering all his Leno hate.

  • Hector

    So whats going on with Ross Mathews? He’s getting a show?

    If that’s true, I realize thats the main point you can make in arguing against what I’m about to say but….

    Ross Mathews isnt really that famous or successful. People like us who read this board and are into Late Night TV much more than the average person know him. And if you watch/watched Leno, you know him.

    Obviously there’s shades and degrees to this, but Leno 1, Letterman 0, Kimmel 0 should just be 0, 0, 0.

    I just don’t know how different Ross is from Calvert DeForest, Guillermo, Uncle Frank, and I thought I’d have a few more names here.

    Deon Cole is getting a show, but no one knows who the hell Deon Cole is. (By the way, I love Deon Cole. Just being realistic).

    Could we throw Andy Richter into that discussion? If Ross counts, should he count?

  • Brad

    “‘But of course, how I dare compare Louis CK to Ross the Intern, the brightest star in Hollywood.’

    Louis could be Elvis, you’d still be missing the point. Louis did not get famous on Conan’s show. Any more than Dino Stamatopolous did.”

    Louis CK did not get face recognition on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, but he did get famous for be on that show, he got known for being a writer on the hip and innovative late night show and that’s how he got hired to do other things in life.

  • Gary Middleton

    “I just don’t know how different Ross is from Calvert DeForest, Guillermo, Uncle Frank, and I thought I’d have a few more names here.”

    Extremely different. Ross came back as 2nd guest to promote his book. He has nearly half a million Twitter followers and a career far outside the scope of Tonight.

    The only reason anyone would interview Calvert DeForest- on a weekend morning show at best- would be to discuss their antics on Late Night. The only reason anyone would interview Guillermo would be to talk about his antics on Kimmel.

  • Brad

    I watch late night a lot but it all started from 2009 and onward, only watching Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert before then. Anyways, maybe it because I hadn’t watch late night before 2009, but I know Ross Mathews more as a weekly regular guest on Chelsea Handler than anything else. Any time I see him on Leno I’m like “hey! It’s that guy from Chelsea Handler” but of course now I know he actually was an intern at Leno thus the name Ross The Intern.

    Personally, I think he counts because people can easily recognize with all he does at E! Network, but then again you can say he, like Andy Ritcher, has had no success of their own outside late night that makes you wonder if they are worthy to be counted as someone famous.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Louis CK did not get face recognition on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, but he did get famous for be on that show, he got known for being a writer on the hip and innovative late night show”

    No, he got famous much later, for his stand up and TV programs. Staff writing is a behind-the-scenes activity. Even with the walk-ons, it didn’t make him famous any more than Dino or Bashir Salahuddin.

    “and that’s how he got hired to do other things in life.”

    Yes, it led to writing on Letterman and Chris Rock, which also did not make him famous.

    We’re talking about very different things. I’m talking about people who were made famous by a show. Not where they got their first gigs that built a resume and led to other things that led to fame.

  • Brad

    “The only reason anyone would interview Calvert DeForest- on a weekend morning show at best- would be to discuss their antics on Late Night. The only reason anyone would interview Guillermo would be to talk about his antics on Kimmel.”

    Same can be said about people interviewing Andy Ritcher which would be to talk about CONAN. Towards the end maybe the plug another soon-to-be failed attempt to start something on his own.

  • Brad

    “We’re talking about very different things. I’m talking about people who were made famous by a show. Not where they got their first gigs that built a resume and led to other things that led to fame.”

    Okay. I hear you now.

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