Late Night TV Ratings For May 6-10, 2013

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May 16th, 2013

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Via NBC's Press Release

JAY LENO AND JIMMY FALLON CONTINUE LATE-NIGHT RATINGS DOMINANCE IN WEEK OF MAY 6-10 AGAINST ABC, CBS TIME-PERIOD COMPETITION

Leno Outperforms Letterman, Kimmel in 18-49, 18-34 and 25-54 Demos as Well as Total Viewers While Fallon Defeats Ferguson, ‘Nightline’ in Same Categories

Leno and Fallon Generate Gains vs. the Same Week Last Year and for the Second Quarter to Date

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – May 16, 2013 – Both “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” delivered bigger audiences than their respective ABC and CBS time-period competition in every key ratings category for the week of May 6-10.

Leno delivered his biggest 18-49 audience (1.104 million) since the week of Dec. 17-21, while it was Fallon’s largest audience in the demo (679,000) in four weeks and biggest overall audience (1.768 million) in five weeks.

Leno has now delivered bigger 18-49 audiences than “Late Show with David Letterman” for the last 25 weeks in a row and topped “Jimmy Kimmel Live” for 16 of their 18 head-to-head weeks. In total viewers, Leno has out-delivered “Late Show” for 29 weeks in a row and “Kimmel” for 18 of 18 weeks.

Fallon has now generated bigger 18-49 audiences than “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” for 30 of the last 31 weeks and prevailed in total viewers for 27 of the last 29 weeks. Versus “Nightline” in their head-to-head half-hour, Fallon has out-delivered the ABC series for 18 weeks in a row in viewers 18-49 and 13 of the last 15 weeks in total viewers.

Versus the same week a year ago, Leno was up 7 percent in viewers 18-49, 27 percent in viewers 18-34 and 3 percent in total viewers, while Fallon was up 9 percent in viewers 18-49, 14 percent in viewers 18-34 and 11 percent in total viewers.

Both Leno and Fallon are posting strong numbers six weeks into the second quarter of 2013, with Jay up versus one year ago by 4 percent in viewers 18-49 and up 5 percent in viewers 18-34, while Jimmy is up for the second quarter by 6 percent in viewers 18-49, 18 percent in viewers 18-34 and 7 percent 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,” 0.9 rating, 4 share

CBS “Late Show,” 0.6/2

ABC “Kimmel,” 0.7/3*

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET

ABC “Nightline,” 0.5/2

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,” 2.7 million viewers

ABC “Kimmel,” 2.6 million viewers*

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET

ABC “Nightline,” 1.8 million viewers

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET

NBC “Late Night,” 1.8 million viewers

CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.3 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,” 3.0 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,” 1.5 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, 1.8 million

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

 

 

 
  • GARebelman

    The old guy who shouldn’t be on the air won every single category plus 18-34. Get him off the air now. People in first place need to gracefully step aside! :)

  • Gary Middleton

    GAR, the old guy who shouldn’t be on the air finished a distant third with .587. His Friday show did .49. And he made his first up fronts appearance in probably 2 decades, presumably as a plea to advertisers and affiliates not to bail on him.

    Everyone was sure Jay is the only late night veteran who would have to be “carried out in a pine box”. They could not have been more wrong, Dave is 66 and clinging with every fiber of his being.

  • Nick

    Wow, highest 18-49 in 5 months. First 0.9 in awhile. Fantastic rating for Jay.

    I wonder if he can beat it next week. So far, this week’s overnights have been stellar, and Friday’s show with Mitt Romney and the American Idol winner could be big.

  • Gary Middleton

    Kimmel was around 0.68 if anyone’s interested.

    If we count Stewart/Colbert’s hour (debatable because it’s 35 minutes earlier), Dave was 4th. Leno crushed Dave by 47%.

    The now-fading strength of CBS 10 pm dramas was masking serious cracks in the Letterman facade.

  • jcfreder

    Gary, just curious, where did you get such a detailed number for Dave’s week and Friday?

  • Nick

    Gary, I lol’ed at your post, but you couldn’t be more right. Everyone makes fun of Jay for not leaving, but Letterman is officially past his prime. He couldn’t be more of a ratings loser at this point. .49 on Friday? Not even a 0.6 average for the week? While Jay is inching up, Letterman is inching down. It’s getting ugly.

  • Gary Middleton

    Nick, the wildcard Friday is Rock Center. That show can do 0.6 in a bad week. Last week it shocked the world and topped a new Blue Bloods with a 1.2. I think that’s what tipped Jay’s weekly number to 0.9.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Gary, just curious, where did you get such a detailed number for Dave’s week and Friday?”

    The ABC press release. In the Nightline days those told us everything. Now they are obviously less chatty, but in their need to beat their chests about how badly they’re crushing Dave they drop us some nuggets.

  • Nick

    It’s a battle of the newsmagazines this Friday. I doubt 48 Hours will be able to top 20/20 or Rock Center. Plus Jay has two strong guests. But last week, Jay’s mostly 0.8s adjusted up to a 0.9. I wonder if he could adjust up to a 1.0 this week.

    How were jc’s predictions this week btw?

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    Doesn’t local news go before all of these anyways? The local news lead in matters a bit, but that’s second hand lead in. Revolution, Grimm, and Chicago Fire did well for NBC this week, but I don’t think it made a huge difference in the ratings.

  • Ralph Hahn

    Both Leno and Kimmel beat Letterman in the Adults 18-49 demo. And, Dave is going to go another two years after next? Insane. Time to move Ferguson up. He’s the best and he’s stuck at 12:30.

  • GARebelman

    Dave certainly needs to announce his retirement next year. It’s time to go when you are third place when you have the best possible 10PM lead ins. I can’t imagine how painful this summer will look with no lead ins at all.

  • Douglas in TN

    Right Patrick…to an extent late news either helps or hurts the late night shows. I wonder if the damage done in 2009 and 10 to local news from the Jay Leno Show have healed, helping his numbers.

    Now in one of my markets, the CBS affiliate wins handily, and Letterman beats Leno handily. But, as pointed out, 10PM is sinking on CBS…and we’re just heading into summer.

    One of the complaints Letterman waged against CBS, from about 1996 on, was that the network did little to promote his show. And he did little, personally. Maybe he’s learning he has to play the game.

    At the same time, hard to imagine the overt anti-Republican (with one exception) Stooge of the Night is making some viewers mad and leaving. I see that even on Letterman fan boards.

  • Gary Middleton

    Nick, I’m not so sure JC rendered predictions this time.

    GAR, for the record, Dave didn’t have the best possible lead-ins. ABC beat them handily, and NBC nearly tied them.

  • jcfreder

    The projections would have been:

    Total
    Jay 3.34
    Dave 2.75
    JKL 2.55

    Demo
    Jay .80
    JKL .67
    Dave .59

    Jay has started to do better than the projections, perhaps its a trend.

  • jcfreder

    @Gary – thanks for the tip – I don’t know why the ABC press release that was posted here doesn’t have the full info.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Doesn’t local news go before all of these anyways? The local news lead in matters a bit, but that’s second hand lead in.”

    Local news is heavily influenced by 10 pm. That’s why there could be no affiliate peace until the Jay Leno Show was taken off the air.

    Have to turn your back on a lot of mathematical coincidence to believe 10 pm isn’t the main reason Jay’s margins over Dave have blown out to 2008 percentages. Right when the CBS 10 pm edge crashed from 80% to nearly zero is when the horse race ended and the clobbering started.

    H5-0 demoted to Fridays speaks volumes.

  • GARebelman

    In the Atlanta market, the ABC affiliate is the strongest and the oldest skewing. NBC and FOX are second. My CBS affiliate is weak. And oddly mostly very young “attractive” ladies on the air. Take that at your will.

    So Gary, does this mean that in order for Dave to be competitive, CBS 10PM lineup has to be abnormally high all the time?

  • jcfreder

    @Patrick – the leadins do make some difference. For instance, this year, Kimmel averages about 35% higher on Thursdays than on the rest of the week, presumably because of Grey’s/Scandal.

  • Gary Middleton

    You’re right, jc, tvbtn frequently clips the releases.

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