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

 

 

 
  • anonymous

    From the Carter book:

    “Rice and Reilly were well aware of who represented the main impediment to a quick annexation of Conan: Roger Ailes.”

    “Reilly knew the easiest way to get Conan in the door at FOX. All it would take would be the ultimate voice at the network, News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch, delivering one simple message: “I don’t give a sh*t. This is another Wall Street Journal. I want it.” That always produced results at FOX. But Murdoch remained noncommittal on Conan.”

    “Peter Rice was undaunted by this prospect. By his calculation, FOX would have to buy the stations out of their expensive barter deals at a cost of something approximating $100 million. That didn’t include the start-up costs for a new late-night show, which could run to another $70 million. Rice and Reilly still wanted to do it.”

    As per the Carter book, Rice and Reilly were willing to put up the money to make it happen for Conan, but were prevented by the staunch conservitives Ailes and Murdoch — Ailes by being openly against Conan, and Murdoch by being indifferent and not giving his blessing.

  • anonymous

    It is not likely to happen, but I would not put it past Rupert Murdoch who is known to want to influence public opinion through media. Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes started the FOX News Channel to counter-balance MSNBC.

    If he felt as passionately about late-night falling into liberal control as he does about cable news, he might consider taking on Leno to counter-balance Letterman and Fallon to influence public opinion. I’m not saying Leno would turn into Rush Limbaugh, just that Leno has a track record of calling out that the “emperor has no clothes” and pokes fun at both sides. Leno is a company guy and I’m sure Murdoch would feel that Leno would do him some favors for saving his tv career by leaning more to his way of thinking.

  • Diana Santiago

    Definitively something that Jay Leno needs: the favor of people that consider Faux News a religion.

  • Ann

    “I’m sure Murdoch would feel that Leno would do him some favors for saving his tv career by leaning more to his way of thinking.”

    I doubt it that Jay would do that. I don’t see Jay kowtowing to the Tea Party crazies any more than he is kowtowing to ultra liberals now. His TV career doesn’t need to be “saved” whether he goes on to another late night show or not.

  • Gary Middleton

    Anonymous, I don’t think Murdoch had to be politically motivated to balk at $170 million dollars in start up costs for a show that would have serious clearance issues.

  • Brad

    On Facebook, Jimmy Fallon has a photo of him in production dressed up like the main character in Game of Thrones. The picture reads “For those of you wondering why Jimmy has been sporting a beard lately… #GAMEOFDESKS”

  • anonymous

    “Anonymous, I don’t think Murdoch had to be politically motivated to balk at $170 million dollars in start up costs for a show that would have serious clearance issues.”

    — By his calculation, FOX would have to buy the stations out of their expensive barter deals at a cost of something approximating $100 million —

    The network executives were planning on buying out the stations of their deals in order to make clearance for Conan. They were figuring on making the money back in a few years and finally getting a foothold on a late-night talk show.

  • anonymous

    “I doubt it that Jay would do that. I don’t see Jay kowtowing to the Tea Party crazies any more than he is kowtowing to ultra liberals now.”

    Leno doesn’t need to kowtow. Leno as he is now is already a counter-balance to the other shows that defend the left and are a mouthpiece for the left.

    At FOX, he might be asked to throw in one or two more Obama jokes.

  • jcfreder

    I think “counterbalance” is the wrong way to describe Leno because that implies that he “on the other side of the scale.” He’s not. He has remained much more assiduously neutral than Dave. There are reasons for Fox to want Jay, but the idea that there would be a political reason to hire Jay is just off-base.

    Dave’s evolution as much more overtly political is interesting. Up until the Bush II era, I think he would fit right in with Carson or Jay in terms of not being able to guess political affiliation — he hit the Clintons as much as anybody. My guess is that the evolution is a combination of three factors: his politics actually did move quite a bit during this time; the Republicans have simply had more easily-lampooned characters over the last 10-15 years; and the latter-day Late Show has been even more about Dave’s own mood/thoughts than the earlier version. Love or hate Stooge of the Night, it is clear that Dave is genuinely angry with the failure to pass gun control, and he feels comfortable expressing that on-air.

  • anonymous

    “I think “counterbalance” is the wrong way to describe Leno…”

    You are right, Leno is not strictly for one side or the other. But during the last election, while Leno was doing How Bad Is The Economy jokes, Letterman was ruthlessly attacking Romney every day and calling him Mitch.

    For the next presidential election, I don’t know how comfortable conservatives will be to have the late night comics attacking their candidates and shaping public perception without someone like Leno there who is more even handed with his jokes.

  • anonymous

    And remember, Jimmy Fallon sang at the DNC convention immitating James Taylor and ridiculing Romney.

  • Gary Middleton

    I agree, JC, and I think Leno would avoid even the appearance of being the comic voice of the right wing. Could be wrong about this, but I believe Jay Leno would rather be a guy who used to be on TV than a perceived agenda comic.

  • Gary Middleton

    “The network executives were planning on buying out the stations of their deals in order to make clearance for Conan.”

    On those particular stations. I don’t think it would have cleared him nationally. But even if I’m wrong about that, $170 million is a gigantic hole out of which to climb and I believe lots of networks would have balked at it on financial grounds.

    I don’t believe Fox was really in that game. They have a long history of helping drive up the price for the competition.

  • anonymous

    I think late night shows were making around $200 million a year in ad sales at the time so Rice and Reilly were expecting to recoup that money and get a late night show established and become a player. As it stands now, the network gets nothing from the late night hours. Not one penny.

  • Badlands

    Wow, that NY Post article is ludicrous, even by Post standards (and they once had a front page article about an event I attended that I knew for a fact was almost completely made up). I highly doubt politics had even a tiny effect on the decision. Jay is an equal opportunity offender and I have no problem with that.

    As for Dave, the biggest problem of “Stooge of the Night” is that it isn’t remotely funny, which is generally a prerequisite for a comedy bit. I’m as pissed off as anyone about congress voting against 80-90% of their constituents, but I don’t want to hear about it on a late night show unless it’s discussed with an appropriate guest.

  • Gary Middleton

    It beats losing money, anonymous. There’s a reason they haven’t been active in late night. They have no 10 pm programming, so it’s a pretty diffuse network at that hour. Clearances are tough.

    This was still only around 12 months removed from the depths of the financial crisis. $170 million was a ton of money.

  • anonymous

    Like I said, it is not likely to happen, but from a political perspective, you can understand why the conservatives would be upset to see late-night controlled by Stewart/Colbert, Fallon, and Letterman, all people who are more sympathetic to the cause of the liberals and basically provide them free air time to promote their side and attack conservatives.

    Would Murdoch be upset enough to bring Leno to FOX even in the role of a non-partisan? I don’t know, but we’ll find out when Leno leaves NBC.

  • GARebelman

    Jay’s contract expires in September of next year, are they going to sever it right at February and pay him out?

  • Brad

    Conan would’ve started out with 60% clearance like Letterman had at CBS. Then over the next two years you eventually get 100% clearance. Conan’s demand for 100% clearance killed the deal with FOX in my opinion and with it the TBS offer, which was essential the same as FOX’s but with a 100% clearance, made it a done deal for Team Coco. That’s how interpret the whole thing. Real simple.

  • Brad

    As for this whole Leno voicing the right, it won’t happen. If Fox wanted to they could’ve given Dennis Miller a talk show on their network. Maybe a weekly gig, maybe a nightly one, whatever on FNC (more realistic possibility). The point is Dennis Miller could’ve countered Bill Maher on HBO but FOX has never done such a thing. If they haven’t done it with Miller, a Conservative Comedian who is frequently on the Fox Network and had nearly 10 years of success with Dennis Miller Live on HBO, then it isn’t going to happen.

    Sorry. I’m upset too. I wish there was someone who see’s life and politics from the other prospective. One can only dream (and hopefully it’ll be ME).

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