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

 

 
  • Gary Middleton

    “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.”

    Yes, absolutely we can get to know people in different venues, especially now in the 500 channel universe. For some Joel McHale is the guy from The Soup, for others he’s the guy from Community, to some he is both and to others he is unrecognizable.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Same can be said about people interviewing Andy Ritcher which would be to talk about CONAN.”

    Andy has had a significant career beyond Conan. Has appeared on many shows over the years to talk about other projects.

    Let’s not kid around, Daily Show owns this issue. Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Ed Helms, Lewis Black, arguably Mo Rocca, arguably some others. It’s like a mini-SNL over there.

  • Gary Middleton

    Will TBS live streaming give Conan a ratings boost?

  • Nick

    “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.”

    No wonder why I couldn’t remember Monday’s show, lol). Still two very solid shows this week.

    I also want to point out that Carson Daly getting a 0.4 at 1:30am is remarkable. That’s what Nightline is getting at 12:30. It’s only 0.1 less than Fallon. The show is dirt cheap to produce and Daly gets paid pennies for it, yet it pulls in ratings that well. NBC will keep renewing this show as long as Daly wants to do it, imo.

  • Gary Middleton

    Nick, I agree and will add one thing we rarely if ever hear about Last Call: it’s an outstanding, highly unique broadcast. Part MTV and part PBS. Obviously Carson has the latitude to explore a wider range of personalities at that hour, and he isn’t wasting it. Shot well, edited well, first class all the way.

  • Hector

    Don’t watch Last Call but the few times I’ve checked it out, it seems like theyre doing a great job with the ‘new’ format.

    Can’t believe he was able to hang around for 8 years when he basically doing a traditional talk show format. Although I did like escalator interviews.

    By the way, great from references from Gary with Dino Stamatopoulos and Bashir Salahuddin.

    Bashir left Late Night about a year ago, along with at least 2 other writers around the same time. After that I felt there was a noticeable decline in the quality of the show.

  • Brad

    “Andy has had a significant career beyond Conan. Has appeared on many shows over the years to talk about other projects.”

    A significant career that all ends up in failure. Every attempt to start something on his own fails. What has Andy Ritcher accomplished on his own? Let me save you all from looking it up; Nothing!

    Nick, I completely agree. Carson Daly is running a very tight show and it is doing it masterfully. I’m glad to see it syndicated on FuseTV now and wish it would get some air time on MTV or VH1. I think it would do great on either station. Nobody said you had to run a big production to get good ratings, and Carson Daly proves that (but then again, the “competitiveness” of his time slot cannot prove that for certain).

  • Diana Santiago

    Quote from Les Moonves, at CBS upfront: CBS believes drama “belongs in prime time, not at 7 in the morning” — pic of Ann Curry crying on screen — “or at 11:30″ — pic of Leno.

  • Diana Santiago

    David Letterman just made an special (and rare) appearance at CBS upfront. No retirement announcement.

  • Ann

    “Quote from Les Moonves, at CBS upfront: CBS believes drama “belongs in prime time, not at 7 in the morning” — pic of Ann Curry crying on screen — “or at 11:30? — pic of Leno.”

    Right. Charlie Sheen/Chuck Lorre–prime time drama.

    Dave diddling his female staffers and being blackmailed…errrr, not drama??? Comedy of errors???

  • Brad

    “Right. Charlie Sheen/Chuck Lorre–prime time drama.

    Dave diddling his female staffers and being blackmailed…errrr, not drama??? Comedy of errors???”

    That is true Ann, but those were more than a year ago. In the past year, the drama has been on NBC’s late night and morning show franchises.

    And Diana, I’m sure the advertisers really appreciated the appearance. I think he’s got to do some work now that he’s neck and neck with Leno and new contender Kimmel.

  • Brad

    Just watched Leno’s interview with Ferguson. Turns out there was a air conditioner leak in one of the sections of the audience stands. The audience was placed on stage where the band is suppose to be. Very cool how the Late Late Show crew did that instead of telling them to leave. Very chill-laxed Californian of them.

    ABC is just trying to draw controversy to Leno’s pumpcast video to slow down the draw of viewers to the clip. Kimmel has to have the hit videos, not Leno. It was clever of them, but really childish at the same time.

  • Ann

    @Brad

    The point is that Moonves has no room to talk. IIRC CBS was still guffawing at the Jay/Conan thing when it was hit with the Sheen/Lorre blowup.

  • Brad

    I agree, but I’m saying Moonves can get out from under that because that was last year, this is this year. If that had happened this year and he went and attacked NBC like he did, they he would have absolutely zero room to take.

  • Gary Middleton

    “A significant career that all ends up in failure. Every attempt to start something on his own fails.”

    True, but I think that’s ok. You can have a pretty good career stringing together shows that last a season, movies that don’t do well, voice work, plus roles in the occasional monster hit like Elf. By my criteria, being invited on other shows to promote his own projects means his fame took him beyond the scope of Conan.

  • anonymous

    Article about Letterman:

    David Letterman is well known for shunning public events like CBS’ upfront. But in the midst of big late-night changes at NBC and ABC, the veteran late-night host showed up at the CBS presentation for the first time in 15 years.

    Letterman walked out to a thunderous applause and engaged in a looong hug with Moonves. “I’m honored to be here for your pledge drive,” Letterman quipped, proceeding to make fun of CBS head of sales Joanne Ross’ projection dress. “Everyone here is very excited to see me, they think I’m Bob Schieffer. When Leslie invited me here, I thought I was being fired.”

    “This man has been nothing but supportive of me and my staff, I can’t think of being at a better place,” Letterman said, pointing to Moonves. “Doesn’t he look great after the gastric lap band surgery. This is the man who single-handedly is saving network television.”

    Said Moonves after Letterman left the stage, “We love that guy and we’re proud to have the best in the business and a true legend call CBS home.”

    Later at the CBS upfront party, Moonves said it was his idea to invite Letterman. “I thought with all the changes in late-night, he is the dean,” he said.

  • Nick

    I do enjoy Carson’s show from time to time. It’s really a great way to kill a half hour when he has a good band, musician, or guest on. He’s kind of like the authentic Jimmy Fallon – you can tell he’s passionate about music and what he talks about in his interviews, without being over the top, dramatic, or unauthentic in the process. It’s the perfect show for him.

    It is hard to believe he had to endure a traditional talk show format for 8 years. At least NBC gave him some creative freedom them – for instance, the shows spent on one musical act, with a blend of interview and performances, were by far the best, and I’m glad to see this morphed into the show he’s doing now.

    Speaking of bands, Leno’s booking team seems to be having an easy time lately booking some A-list celebs, but they seem to be having trouble booking A-list bands. Aside from the occasional Fall Out Boy or Avril Lavigne, there’s a lot of unknown bands popping up. Like tonight’s band, Pyramid? It took me 20 minutes to finally find something about them on the internet. They are EXTREMELY known – it’s cool to see them getting a break on Leno, but you have to wonder if they didn’t get on merely out of the lack of bigger-name bands to book.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Bashir left Late Night about a year ago, along with at least 2 other writers around the same time. After that I felt there was a noticeable decline in the quality of the show.”

    Agree 100%. The way Robert Smigel could always make me laugh in the 90s, Bashir was that guy in this decade. Very special talent.

  • Gary Middleton

    Nick, lately when I feel that way I look at Dave’s lineup and usually find his music lineup isn’t that much bigger.

    But as I’ve suggested before, if I were a band I would steer clear of Leno because of the sound mix. It always sounds to me like they’re playing in the next room.

  • Gary Middleton

    Extremely unusual move for Letterman. I can only conclude that his ratings are so low he figures he needs all the friends he can get among advertisers and affiliates.

    Fascinating that H5-0, Dave’s Monday savior, has been demoted to Fridays.

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