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

 

 

 
  • Ann

    “Meanwhile, JC and Nick, an NBC executive at the upfronts said “we adore Jay” and “we’re doing everything we can to keep him in the NBC family.”

    Really? It only confirms that NBC is run by a bunch of doofuses who haven’t a clue about what they’re doing.

  • Nick

    We’re doing everything we can to keep him in the NBC family? What does that even mean? Giving him a Jay Leno’s Garage show on Saturday night? The Jay Leno Show at 8pm instead of 10pm? Leno would be beyond foolish to stay with NBC. Please Leno, just leave them once and for all. You’ll find work elsewhere.

    In other news, Letterman got a 0.4 in the overnights. And Leno got another 0.9. And Thursday Leno has been seeing 0.6s and 0.7s. I don’t know what happened, but his 18-49 rating has been on a major upswing as of late.

  • Gary Middleton

    Things got even crazier last night. Office finale lifted NBC, allowing Leno to put up a .9 vs. Dave’s .4 (!). That 0.4 might be the lowest overnight in the history of 11:30 network shows.

    And the bounces keep going Leno’s way. He has one of the first post-election Mitt Romney interviews tonight, right when a wave of scandals has hit the White House. Potential to make news.

  • Ann

    “… so they could keep everyone in place. This kind of decision has always been their MO. Keep talent from leaving.”

    Right. And that tactic never succeeds.

    “Those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.”

  • Gary Middleton

    “We’re doing everything we can to keep him in the NBC family? What does that even mean?”

    I think it just means that they’ve found themselves in an uncomfortable, slightly embarrassing situation.

  • jcfreder

    I think NBC is probably offering Jay similar things to what they offered him last time around before they gave him the Jay Leno Show: specials or a more sporadic show or something. How many cable channels does NBCU own? Jay is a valuable guy and if NBC can keep him in the fold, why not?

    I’m not saying that they are on red alert in an attempt Jay from going to another network or anything, but they have to be a little more concerned about that now compared to when they made the announcement. Even without other suitors, it makes sense for NBC to keep Jay around on its own merits.

    Of course, there’s always the question of what happens if Fallon tanks? Doesn’t it make sense to keep Jay in the bullpen, however farcical that sounds?

  • jcfreder

    Wow on that .4 for Letterman. It seems a little out of whack given his total viewer number/lead ins, etc, and I’m sure it’s lowballing it, but still, wow.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Of course, there’s always the question of what happens if Fallon tanks? Doesn’t it make sense to keep Jay in the bullpen, however farcical that sounds?”

    I can’t imagine it at this point, for many reasons. It’s one thing to keep Leno’s team together in another time slot. This time the team is being dissolved, Tonight is moving cities, there are lucrative tax credits that probably require them to keep the jobs in NY for a certain length of time, Lorne has probably cut a more iron clad deal, etc.

    The Deadline articles have some insightful commenters underneath. One of them pointed out that the leased space in Burbank will now be vacant, should another entity want to seize it and hold it for a Leno return.

    I don’t expect any of this, I think Jay is basically done in broadcast late night. But some interesting insights out there.

  • Brad

    Right you are JC. Got to keep your farm system on tight security. No need for the other networks to steal your crops.

    You all seem to forget the real reasons why NBC is making these moves…
    – Don’t want to see Kimmel get established, locking up a good size of the 11:30 crowd by slowly picking up viewers. Waiting two or three years he will be established.
    – Want to see Fallon take over a show at #1 to get as many viewers as they can to stay with Fallon
    – Market for Fallon is higher as he has online success and able to get good ratings when doing primetime specials
    – Ability to cut costs thus making more of a profit from The Tonight Show
    – Ability to collect on tax returns or simply paying lower taxes for moving The Tonight Show to New York
    – Promote Fallon’s version of The Tonight Show during the Olympics in 2014

    I understand not everyone agrees with these factoids, specifically the one about Kimmel, but these are the reasons why NBC wants to go with Fallon instead of Leno and I think they are very valid reasons.

  • Ann

    Even if Fallon tanks, I don’t see Jay coming back in any form to NBC. One of his reasons for accepting the 10 pm gig was to save his staff their jobs. That appears to be an option no longer. I think Jay is completely fed up with NBC.

  • Ann

    @Brad

    Based on what I see coming out of Fallon at this point I think NBC has put their money on the wrong horse…again. Burke has been drawn into the Lorne Michaels bubble.

  • MichaelChickless

    NewEnglandMike
    Posted May 16, 2013 at 2:21 PM
    Also, I think Letterman is his own worst enemy with his politics.

    I’ve been watching Letterman faithfully ever since he replaced Tom Snyder. But I’ve been finding myself watching Leno or Kimmel a lot more often recently to avoid the politics. I also don’t want to watch the Daily Show because of it.

  • Gary Middleton

    Why is Fallon growing a beard?

  • Nick

    NBC keeping Leno around in case Fallon tanks is ridiculous. You can bet that it says somewhere in Fallon’s new contract that Leno cannot come back and replace him. That’s a no-brainer. If he tanks, they’ll just have to ride it out and make it work – and I think this is a different scenario than with Conan, because Conan was obviously not suited to a wider audience, whereas Fallon has the ability to appeal to a wider audience.

    I understand that Leno wants to keep working, but he should move on and get the hell away from NBC, as fast as he can.

  • Ann

    I don’t know if Fallon could put a clause in his contract about Jay. That seems unlikely to me. I think people saying that is a joke.

    I do think it’s interesting that when Adam Sandler brought up Jay’s retiring, Jay wouldn’t say “retiring” but said “stepping back”.

    I think whatever Jay is going to do he going to keep it close to his belt until the time is right.

    I don’t know why Fallon is growing a beard. I didn’t watch this week until last night

  • Douglas in TN

    Could Leno’s reputation survive another battering with another round of take-back? He lost, deserved or not, a good chunk of both audience and respect the last time.

    Perhaps a bigger question, because he knew he was a punching bag, would he want to?

  • Gary Middleton

    “Could Leno’s reputation survive another battering with another round of take-back? He lost, deserved or not, a good chunk of both audience and respect the last time.”

    I don’t think he lost as much as people think. Apart from a 6-week period in 2010, the people who didn’t like Jay before the scandal still didn’t like him. And the people who liked Jay before the scandal still liked him. Any viewership drop was pretty close to commensurate with NBC’s collapse in prime time.

    “Perhaps a bigger question, because he knew he was a punching bag, would he want to?”

    Sure. A big part of Jay’s ‘thing’ is that he shrugs off all the hate and powers ahead. And on some level the public gets that and is into it. I also think through this process that the public has to some extent caught on that Jay doesn’t “give” anyone the Tonight Show.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Jay wouldn’t say “retiring” but said “stepping back”.”

    Exact phrase was ‘stepping aside’, and I don’t say that to be a nitpicker. Stepping back could imply slowing down for awhile. Stepping aside would seem to mean nothing other than “I’m leaving the Tonight Show”, which very much leaves the door open to doing his show someplace else.

    Nick, I think he should go wherever the best deal is. Even if that means NBC.

  • Gary Middleton

    The idea that Kimmel is about to endure a lead-in plunge may have been premature. Scandal and Castle may be done, but new episodes of things continue to fill ABC’s 10 pm slots next week including a Dancing with the Stars finale.

    After that, would imagine there are some NBA playoffs in the mix right through most of June.

  • Gary Middleton

    10 pm for the first 4 nights this week:

    ABC: 2.1
    CBS: 1.75
    NBC: 1.62

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