Late Night TV Ratings For May 13-17, 2013

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May 23rd, 2013

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Via NBC's Press Release

JAY LENO AND JIMMY FALLON DOMINATE WITH ‘TONIGHT’S’ BIGGEST 18-49 AUDIENCE SINCE DECEMBER AND ‘LATE NIGHT’S’ BEST SINCE NEW YEAR’S WEEK

For the Week of May 13-17, Jay and Jimmy Deliver Bigger Audiences Than Their Time-Period Broadcast Competition in Every Key Category – Adults, Men and Women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54

Last Call with Carson Daly’ Generates its Biggest 18-49 Audience Since November

For the Week and the Quarter to Date, ‘Tonight’ and ‘Late Night’ Are Delivering Gains vs. One Year Ago

‘Tonight’ Has Topped ‘Late Show’ for 26 Weeks in a Row in 18-49 Viewers and Beaten ‘Kimmel’ for 17 of 19 Weeks

‘Late Night’ Has Out-Delivered ‘Late Late Show’ in 18-49 Viewers for 31 of 32 Weeks and ‘Nightline’ Head to Head for 19 of 19 Weeks

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – May 23, 2013 – NBC’s late-night lineup has generated dominant wins for the week of May 13-17 versus the broadcast competition, as “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" have delivered bigger audiences than their respective ABC and CBS time-period rivals in every key ratings category -- adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, as well as total viewers.

Jay attracted his biggest 18-49 audience since December and Jimmy hit a high since New Year’s Week, while in total viewers, "Tonight" was at a 15-week high and "Late Night" scored a six-week high.

Jay and Jimmy generated gains versus the same week last year, with Jay up 14 percent in viewers 18-49 and 5 percent in total viewers, while Jimmy was up 8 percent in both viewers 18-49 and total viewers.

Jay and Jimmy are also delivering growth seven weeks into the second quarter of 2013, with Jay up versus one year ago by 5 percent in viewers 18-49 (with 1.063 million vs. 1.016 million) and up 7 percent in viewers 18-34 (337,000 vs. 314,000), while Jimmy is up for the second quarter by 7 percent in viewers 18-49 (701,000 vs. 656,000), 17 percent in viewers 18-34 (288,000 vs. 247,000) and 7 percent in total viewers (1.759 million vs. 1.642 million).

At 1:35 a.m. ET, “Last Call with Carson Daly” grabbed its biggest 18-49 audience (399,000) since the week of November 19-23, 2012 and biggest overall audience (994,000) since the week of October 29-November 2, 2012).

For the week of May 13-17, Jay delivered his biggest 18-49 audience in 21 weeks (1.123 million, best since 1.264 million for the week of December 17-21, 2012) and biggest overall audience in 15 weeks (3.618 million, best since 3.745 million January 28-February 1). It was Jimmy's top 18-49 audience in 19 weeks (696,000, best since 724,000 for December 31, 2012-Jauary 4, 2013) and biggest overall audience in six weeks (1.784 million, best since 1.797 million for April 1-5). Versus the same week last year, Jay's 1.123 million adults 18-49 was up from 986,000 and his 3.618 million viewers overall was up from 3.438 million. Jimmy's 696,000 adults 18-49 for the week was up from 643,000 and his 1.784 million viewers overall was up from 1.648 million.

Jay has now delivered bigger 18-49 audiences than "Late Show" for the last 26 weeks in a row and topped "Kimmel" for 17 of their 19 head-to-head weeks. In total viewers, Jay has out-delivered "Late Show" for 30 weeks in a row and "Kimmel" for 19 of 19 weeks.

Jimmy Fallon has now generated bigger 18-49 audiences than "Late Late Show" for 31 of the last 32 weeks and prevailed in total viewers for 28 of the last 30 weeks. Versus "Nightline" in their head-to-head half-hour, Jimmy has out-delivered the ABC series for 19 weeks in a row in viewers 18-49 and 14 of the last 16 weeks in total viewers.

WEEKLY AVERAGES

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of May 13-17.  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,” 0.6/3*

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

ABC “Nightline,” 0.4/2

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

NBC “Late Night,” 0.6/3

CBS “Late Late Show,” 0.3/2

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,” 3.6 million viewers

CBS “Late Show,” 2.7 million viewers

ABC “Kimmel,” 2.4 million viewers*

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

ABC “Nightline,” 1.5 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,” 1.0 million viewers

* Monday and Tuesday “Kimmel” telecasts 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,” 3.6 million viewers

CBS “Late Show,” 3.0 million viewers

ABC “Kimmel,” 2.6 million viewers**

 

 

 

 
  • MichaelChickless

    Yeah, better get Leno out of there soon.

  • jcfreder

    PROJECTED MAY 2013 SWEEP

    TOTAL VIEWERS
    Jay 3.40M
    Dave 2.80
    JKL 2.46

    18-49 RATING
    Jay .82
    JKL .65
    Dave .59

  • Drum

    It’s a shame that last night’s Ferguson got only 0.3.
    It was one of his best episodes i’ve ever watched.

  • Gary Middleton

    We may never find out how close Dave came to doing a .5 during sweeps.

    I notice the NBC release has a lot less “Jay” and a lot more “Jay and Jimmy”.

  • Drum

    NBC used to put out selected cable results with their press releases.
    What has changed?

  • Nick

    I notice the same thing, Gary.

    But Leno’s ratings run lately has been impressive. His demos have consistently been going up, and he’s been consistently above 3.5 million viewers. And for the last two weeks he has been WAY ahead of his competitors. Compared to Letterman and Kimmel, this is a good position to be in heading into summer.

  • Gary Middleton

    “NBC used to put out selected cable results with their press releases. What has changed?”

    Drum, NBC still puts out that information. Often TVBN will clip the press releases. Here you go:

    SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK OF MAY 13-17

    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,” 0.5
    TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.4
    Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 1.0
    Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.7

    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,” 1.2 million
    TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.8 million
    Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 2.0 million
    Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.3 million

  • Drum

    Thank you Gary.

  • GARebelman

    Dave and Kimmel are probably going to enter embarrassing territory this summer if this is what their May numbers look like, Yikes.

  • Brad

    Is there anything an executive at CBS or ABC can do to improve Letterman or Kimmel besides superb 10pm lead-ins?

  • Brad

    CNN is taking a stab at late night with their own show. It will be Friday nights at 11pm with George Stroumboulopoulos as the host. “Stroumboulopoulos” premieres Sunday, June 9th after the season finale of “Parts Unknown” and will then shift over to Friday nights with the first Friday being June 14th.

    adage dot com/article/media/cnn-late-night/241662/

  • Brad

    An interesting read.

    “TV monologues deader than dial-up — late night all about viral video”

    nypost dot com/p/entertainment/tv/video_games_PQCNk2dUzeU3H1836LpUtM

  • Gary Middleton

    Brad, George is really a Carson Daly type. His show in and of itself won’t likely impact anyone. But if it’s a signal that CNN wants to get more into entertainment programming, maybe it signals that they could make an offer to someone like Leno.

  • Gary Middleton

    I don’t understand how late night could be about viral video. Late night is the opposite of viral video.

  • GARebelman

    Anybody got any predictions about where all the Late night hosts will plummet over the summer? No more big lead ins. NBC still has the Voice which will run to mid June but the rest is nothing spectacular.

  • Gary Middleton

    GAR, I think Revolution goes until June.

    ABC will have NBA finals, and depending on how Kimmel does after those it could be an exclusion or a massive ratings bonanza.

    As far as low prints, I’ll say 0.5 for Dave, a rounded-up 0.6 for Kimmel, and (optimistically) 0.7 for Jay. I’m sure the big question this summer is whether fans will stay for The Daily Show with John Oliver.

  • GARebelman

    Revolution concludes the week after next. So just the first week in June. Your predictions are about what I suspect as well. Jury is out on if John Oliver can keep the Daily Show competitive during Stewart’s brief hiatus.

  • Brad

    If he can tie the show’s ratings with The Colbert Report, John Oliver will do a job well done.

    Gary, I think the article shows once again that networks are into having hit videos come from their late night talk shows. Conan does it, Fallon does it, Kimmel does it, and so does Stewart and Colbert. Leno, Letterman, and Ferguson are all late to the party.

  • jcfreder

    Good call, GAR – it’s going to be very interesting to see what happens with the Oliver Daily Show. To the extent that there is any drop off (and I think there will be some after the initial curiosity factor), those viewers could go somewhere else. (My bet would be on Adult Swim or DVR, but you never know).

    Given Jay’s enduring appeal and the fact that CNN basically has nothing to lose, CNN would be crazy not to at least feel Jay out.

  • Gary Middleton

    JC, they do have something to lose: money.

    The problem is the Leno talk show model is expensive, and CNN’s lead-in to him will never be higher than 0.2. The only time CNN does better than that is if a huge story is breaking, in which case Leno would be pre-empted anyway.

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