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

 

 

 
  • Aaron

    Nifty, how is the direction of the show different?

  • Douglas in TN

    “3 share and you all talk like this is Seinfeld.”

    Exactly right. That’s why the budget cuts on Leno in 2012 were surprisingly late to me. Spending so much on a show with such low numbers, even though a “#1″ show is, business-wise, absurd. Not made public, Letterman’s show also probably had a production budget cost, likely including a smaller salary.

    Sure, when I was a kid, Paar and Carson had up to a 70 share…networks threw big, big money at those shows. No longer. Won’t surprise me if in another decade late night shows, if still around, look more like cable access shows. (Although Meal or No Meal is already of that caliber.)

  • GARebelman

    Letterman’s numbers are looking God awful. Safe to say he isn’t winning May sweeps. Jay’s 56 metered market had a 3.0 (for Friday) which means that is a huge swing in viewers overall.

  • Douglas in TN

    With Letterman’s show…it’s hard to explain, there is, most nights, a neat sparkle, even from him himself. The monologue jokes are punchier, and, thankfully, he’s not repeating the same damn jokes every night anymore. I love the almost-nightly cue card visual gags and absurdities.

    Disappearing are the act II desk rants, and more scripted comedy bits, and more absurdities. Top Tens have improved a lot…this week’s about senior citizen brothels was a masterpiece.

    Some delightful absurd stuff in act IV or V…enter Gerard Mulligan.

    I only wish they would spotlight Alan Kalter more…he’s a gem.

  • Nick

    Wow, Leno hit a 3 share. Finally. He undoubtedly had a GREAT week.

  • Gary Middleton

    “That’s why the budget cuts on Leno in 2012 were surprisingly late to me. Spending so much on a show with such low numbers, even though a “#1? show is, business-wise, absurd.”

    Businesses are sometimes constrained by things called contracts.

  • Nifty

    @Aaron I meant direction as in camera direction. It’s nothing big, just that they show Dave’s run across stage from a birds-eye view and show the audience from Dave’s perspective.

  • GARebelman

    I guess Late night is entering strange territory this summer.

    Jay’s ratings are going up randomly

    Letterman’s monologue and second bit is changing.

    Kimmel. Uh nothing is changing

    And Fallon thinks a beard is great.

  • Doug

    What are shares? I know it is related to ratings but how?

  • Brad

    I’ve been having issues posting my Kimmel comments on this site so my apologizes in advance as I will be stating my thoughts in multiple submissions…

  • Brad

    If Kimmel continues this trend he will look to be established which is what NBC fears when they still haven’t gone through with their switch. Kimmel has done this before at midnight where he slowly continued to gain viewers while everyone else continued to lose viewers. Now Kimmel is at 11:35 slowly gaining viewers. They likelihood of him doing better with age is starting to look apparent.

  • Brad

    Wow, my iPhones pasted over the rest of what I wanted to copy and there’s no such thing as undo on these things.

    Anyways, Letterman has two tricks left in his hat for ratings and that is to say goodbye to the world of late night television or hope to do better than the Jimmies once Jimmy Fallon take over The Tonight Show. We’ll have to wait and see how things go down against both Jimmies, Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon, before we hear the end-of-the-road speech from Letterman or one of the top executives at CBS. Why? Because we honestly don’t know how Letterman had beaten Conan last time around. Was it the scandals making Dave interesting again, was it the fact people gravitated towards him because he was the classic alternative, not the new alternative late night host? Did The Jay Leno Show true affected Conan’s Tonight Show? The honest truth is that we don’t know, that there are a lot of valid reason but with only a few months of data it is hard figure out truth in how Dave beat Conan in 2010. This is why I don’t think it is time to say goodbye to Dave yet.

  • GARebelman

    Brad I certainly do not agree with you. I find the “Kimmel factor” to be overrated to the max.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Kimmel has done this before at midnight where he slowly continued to gain viewers while everyone else continued to lose viewers.”

    Not sure that’s true, though he surely lost viewers at a slower rate than the older guys.

    In the November 2008 sweep, for example, he averaged 0.6 in the demo and 2.1 million viewers. In the last November sweep: 0.5 and 2 million viewers, despite being on 5 minutes earlier and having better affiliate clearance.

    “Now Kimmel is at 11:35 slowly gaining viewers.”

    Is that true? After topping .7 in the early going, Kimmel seems to do in the high .6s with a new Scandal and the low .6s without one. The fluctuations seem to depend on ABC 10 pm. JC, do you see growth in Kimmel’s viewership?

    To that end, GAR, I don’t think Leno’s ratings are going up randomly as you put it. I think his ratings have risen with NBC 10 pm, up massively from earlier in the year.

  • Gary Middleton

    Brad, Conan was host of Tonight for 34 weeks. Dave only won the demo in 5 of those. All after the scandal and the launch of the Leno 10 pm show. Before that Dave never even came close.

    And even in that difficult post-scandal and Leno show period, Conan took the demo more often than not.

  • Gary Middleton

    In fairness, that whole pre-scandal period was the quiet off-season for CBS prime time. But that only shows how weak Dave is when things get a little too apples-to-apples. Conan massacred Letterman most of that time.

    The scoreboard in each of the 5 weeks before the scandal:

    Conan 1.3, Dave .7
    Conan 1.1, Dave .7
    Conan 1.1, Dave .8
    Conan 1.2, Dave .7
    Conan 1.0, Dave .7

  • Douglas in TN

    And, don’t forget the sequel to that…that within weeks of Leno returning to Tonight his “demo” rating sunk below Conan’s. That just had to have set off some bells in NBC, I really think leading to the decision they made this year. But in March, 2010, and in June, 2010, when Leno took Tonight to it’s lowest ratings ever, what could NBC do? They made their bed.

  • Don

    Jay is still the king of Late Nite shows. Letterman
    needs to retire soon. He is NOT funny.

  • Brad

    “Brad I

  • Brad

    “Brad I certainly do not agree with you. I find the “Kimmel factor” to be overrated to the max.”

    I’m just a messenger. I’m going by what ABC tells me on how he improves each year overall. I know about the issues like going doing in sweeps like Gary pointed out, but I just thought someone should bring up about the Kimmel factor. Personally, I think he’ll gain viewers but I do think it will be something to sneeze at. Last I understood Kimmel would go up in the percentage of viewers by signal digits. The whole thing is overrated. Kimmel has been around for 10 years now and as Gary put it once before, “you can’t re-introduce Kimmel”. He’s ABC’s cheap alternative who they can use as utility man (for specials and what not). Hopefully they are happy with that and understand that the potential to be #1 is extremely slim (one must not say never), but if can get 5-10 more years out of him, that’d be great.

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