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

    “Step aside” or “step back” he wouldn’t say “retire”.

  • Douglas in TN

    “I don’t know if Fallon could put a clause in his contract about Jay. ”

    Probably not referencing him by name…but, guaranteed, time slot was specified, and wouldn’t surprise me if a Lenoish play or pay clause is in there, giving NBC the obligation to either stick by him or pay a Lenoish ungodly amount of money if they try to can him.

    Leno fans need to accept there is exactly 0.00% of Leno returning to Tonight after next February except as a guest. Right or wrong decision? Who knows…but that’s reality.

    And…if you didn’t watch, except for Stooge of the Night, last night’s Late Show was the best in months. Top Ten list crackled, and, although Barbara Walters is terribly overrated, her time with Dave was a lot of fun.

  • Gary Middleton

    Very slurred monologue by Leno tonight.

  • GARebelman

    Fallon looks terrible with that beard

  • Gary Middleton

    GAR, I’m extremely curious what is motivating the beard.

  • marco

    Letterman is getting so bad that ,Obama refuses to go on this pathetic show !!!

  • Brad

    Maybe Jimmy Fallon is trying to look older and more importantly maturer? Maybe it had to do something with the upfronts so people don’t think they are giving a young (and presumably dumb) kid advertisement money on his late night show. Not sure, just a theory.

    Leno is gone like Regis is gone. No looking back. Got to move forward. Every time the going gets tough, you can’t always go back to the way things use to be. It’s like a kid who moved out of his or her parents home. Just got to move on. Can’t keep on living on mommy and daddy forever.

  • Brad

    Thinking a little bit more about this, late night hosts and other television hosts don’t like the fact that they always have to be clean shaven every day for television. I remember Jon Stewart once talking about how he wouldn’t shave when he had a week or more off from his Daily Show. It got cute when his daughter told him to shave because he was so prickly that his kisses felt like death (LOL).

    Anyways, I am pretty certain Jimmy Fallon just had a week off from Late Night thus provoking him to shave for the week and then, by the end of the week, he had a good enough beard to rock that he might as well rock it for the week. I’m sure he’ll shave it off very soon if not this weekend. The most awkward part is growing out a beard and nobody would allow that to be seen on a nightly basis on Late Night. That’s always something that has to be done on a vacation or a very long weekend, like what I do or my professors or whoever.

  • Brad

    *thus provoking him NOT to shave for the week

  • Gary Middleton

    Brad, Fallon hasn’t had a week off since before sweeps started back in April.

    My instincts on this kind of thing jump to the “grief beard”. The way Gore grew one when he lost the election and Conan when he lost Tonight. But what he would be upset about I have no idea, and it could have nothing to do with that at all.

    His way of saying that 12:30 now feels like slumming? :)

  • Gary Middleton

    Save Rock Center?

    RC did it again, a 1.3 to crush CBS. For the week at 10 pm, if my math is correct, NBC has probably not come this close to overtaking CBS during sweeps in many years:

    ABC: 1.98
    CBS: 1.58
    NBC: 1.56

  • Gary Middleton

    And another .4 for Dave. The overnight averages are subject to revisions but here they are for the week:

    Leno: .88
    Dave: .48 (!)

    Dave’s number, for a sweeps period, would probably not defensible to advertisers.

    By JC’s method, Kimmel might end up in the mid-.6s, but his week was 40% reruns.

  • Douglas in TN

    I might be wrong, but despite Letterman doing stellar shows the last month, with the new writing team doing some sparkling stuff, Stooge of the Night is killing him.

  • Dr. TV

    3 share and you all talk like this is Seinfeld.

  • Gary Middleton

    Dr. then went to an excited NHL playoffs message board and told them “you all talk like this is the NFL.”

    Then he went to a $10 million lottery winner and said “you act like you won Powerball”.

    Then he went to a child’s birthday party, took out a pin, and popped all the balloons.

  • Gary Middleton

    Douglas, might be a bit of a perfect storm. Your concerns, plus CBS losing substantial ground at 10, plus Kimmel moving to 11:35, plus the natural trend of his audience outgrowing the demo.

    We’ve had a flood of really interesting stories in late night this year. If Dave really does go below .5 for a sweeps week, I think that would rank with all of them.

  • Ann

    The Pumpcast News video is now at 13.5 million+ views. I don’t know if it has helped TTS but it certainly hasn’t hurt it.

  • Ann

    Someone at NBC finally got smart and started posting videos on Youtube. Until recently they would block any clips that were posted by the public and make you go to NBC dot com to view them–with having to watch an ad first. Someone finally figured out that Youtube can bring free publicity.

    Who says these guys aren’t quick? LOL

  • Nifty

    Jimmy grew a beard around January also. I think he kept it for about a week.
    @Doug Is there really a new writing team on Letterman? That would definitely explain the recent uptick in quality. Did they overhaul the whole staff though?, because even the graphics and direction are different.

  • Douglas in TN

    Yes…about two months ago or so the Stangell brothers moved to other projects in Worldwide Pants. Almost an entirely new writing crew. And ever so glad to see Gerard Mulligan making some appearances…a terrifically underrated absurdist.

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