Late Night TV Ratings For June 3-7, 2013

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June 13th, 2013

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Via NBC's Press Release


Leno, Fallon Best Letterman, Kimmel, Ferguson and ‘Nightline’ in Key Demos and Total Viewers; Leno Hits 2013 Ratings High in 18-49 With June 4 Telecast

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — June 13, 2013 — “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” both scored impressive wins in total viewers and key demos over their timeslot competition for the week of June 3-7.

From 11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m., “The Tonight Show” outperformed both “Late Show with David Letterman” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in the 18-49, 18-34 and 25-54 demos, as well as total viewers.

In week-to-week “Tonight Show” comparisons from a year ago, the current week is up 21% in the 18-49 demo and up 5% in total viewers (3.585 million vs. 3.434 million).

The June 4 telecast of “The Tonight Show” earned the show’s best 18-49 demo in 2013.

Kimmel, which received the benefit of the NBA Finals lead-in on Tuesday and Thursday, had encore telecasts on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Letterman offered original programs during the week, except for Friday.

Fallon bested “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” in the 18-49, 18-34 and 25-54 demos, as well as total viewers.

In week-to-week “Late Night” comparisons from a year ago, the current week was up 17% in the 18-49 demo and up 11% in total viewers (1.813 million vs. 1.624 million).

The June 4 “Late Night” telecast was the show’s best in the 18-49 demo since March 15, 2013, the final night of Justin Timberlake week.

Leno has now delivered bigger 18-49 audiences than “Late Show” for the last 29 weeks in a row and topped “Kimmel” for 20 of their 22 head-to-head weeks. In total viewers, Leno has out-delivered “Late Show” for 33 weeks in a row and “Kimmel” for 22 of 22 weeks.

Fallon has now generated bigger 18-49 audiences than “Late Late Show” for 34 of the last 35 weeks and prevailed in total viewers for 31 of the last 33 weeks. Versus “Nightline” in their head-to-head half-hour, Fallon has out-delivered the ABC series for 22 weeks in a row in viewers 18-49 and 17 of the last 19 weeks in total viewers.


(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of June 3-7.  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,” 0.6/3 with Friday encore telecast

ABC “Kimmel,” 0.7/3 with encore telecasts on Mon., Wed., Fri.

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,” 0.4/2

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET

NBC “Last Call,” 0.3/2 with Friday encore telecast


11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET

NBC “Tonight,” 3.6 million

CBS “Late Show,” 2.6 million viewers with Friday encore telecast

ABC “Kimmel,” 2.3 million viewers with encore telecasts on Mon., Wed., Fri.

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 million viewers with Friday encore telecast


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,” 0.6/3

CBS “Late Late Show,” 0.4/2

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET

NBC “Last Call,” 0.3/2


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.



Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. ET, “The Daily Show,” 0.6

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


Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m.  “The Daily Show,” 1.4 million

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 1.1 million

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.8 million

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 2.1 million

Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.7 million

Stuart Levine


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  • Gary Middleton

    Can’t agree, Brad. Conan would not have done bits with Leno, he had disdain for Leno comedically and otherwise. But you got an explicit, emphatic torch-passing moment. *That* is the most you can ask for. It’s bigger than any taped, bi-coastal comedy bit, imo.

    You also got Leno’s lengthy, impassioned speech in 2004 that has since been used against him. With the famous “See you in five years, buddy!” It was so convincing that it actually made the entire world think Leno ‘gave’ the show to Conan, which of course is not possible.

    Then and now, Leno is playing ball in any way that is asked of him.

  • Richard

    “Can’t agree, Brad. Conan would not have done bits with Leno, he had disdain for Leno comedically and otherwise. ”

    It’s sad. Leno gave Conan the best lead-in in late night TV for 17 years.

  • Douglas in TN

    ” It was so convincing”

    For some…perhaps even for many. But there were many of us who didn’t believe it for a minute that Jay was going quietly into the night. I remember seeing the clip and telling my wife there was no way Leno was going to walk away from that show. Like now, we realized he was being fired. But some of those who had followed the careers of these guys had a sense that the cage would be rattled at some point.

  • Brad

    For any who do not know how show biz works, it was convincing. When I saw it I at least thought he would step aside and not refuse every offer after his primetime show bombed EXCEPT for when his 11:30 slot was offered back.

    Anyways, what is done is done. I understand Conan not wanting to do anything with Leno because of their different humors but honestly, Conan should’ve tried to do his best to transition into 11:30 and to me, he failed. He should’ve welcomed Leno and his audience more, not have disdain for them both. He was always resistant to change or advise NBC executives had to say. Stern was absolutely right that Conan wouldn’t like it and that he should stay on at 12:30 at night (or should I say in the morning) where no one would bug him, where he could do whatever his heart desires. That’s why I’m glad he found the great compromise of Tonight and Late Night by landing on TBS where he’s the star of the channel who gets to do what he wants on his show.

  • GARebelman

    I honestly don’t know what will happen with Jay though it will break my viewing habits. Fallon has a lot to work on as some of this stupid bits people will be turned off by. Sorta like when I do when I switch the TV off for the night.

    Fallon will skew young but won’t dominate. Probably under 3 million viewers like everybody else. Will be curious to see what the NBC press releases will look like by then. Will be hilarious if they have to search for crap to put in it like the ABC releases do.

  • Gary Middleton

    “For some…perhaps even for many. But there were many of us who didn’t believe it for a minute that Jay was going quietly into the night.”

    My comment wasn’t that they believed or didn’t believe Jay was going quietly.

    My comment was that the speech convinced them that Jay ‘gave’ Conan the Tonight Show. There is absolutely no doubt that 99% of the population believed that Jay ‘gave’ Conan the Tonight Show, and then ‘took it back’.

  • Nick

    Brad, even 3.5 years later I wouldn’t say that The Jay Leno Show “bombed.” On most nights, it met expectations. Some nights, it exdeeded them; others, it fell slightly short. It all depended (like NBC execs and Jay said from the beginning) on the competition and the lead-ins. His average was a 1.5 – on some nights he would go as high as a 1.8-2.0, other nights he would fall to a 1.2-1.4. It wasn’t until word got out that the affiliates were happy and, eventually, NBC cancelling it, when ratings sunk. If NBC had kept it going, used the Olympics to promote the hell out of it, I think it would have been just fine. Not to mention the fact that numerous of their 10pm dramas since have pulled/are pulling the same or lower numbers, and are far more expensive to produce.

    But NBC, essentially, panicked. Like they normally tend to do. The disgruntled affiliates were knocking at the door, Conan was pissed he didn’t have the lead-in support, NBC saw how low The Tonight Show ratings were getting and all hell broke loose.

    Which is why I fear for Fallon. But with Greenblatt in and Zucker out, it should be different this time. NBC has no other options but to wait it out and make it work.

    Many people thought Jay should have stepped down after NBC cancelled his show, but why should he have made that decision? He wasn’t really doing anything wrong. He gave Conan TTS. He fulfilled his promise. Even though Leno has shown his manipulative side before, it was NBC who wanted Conan gone. They were the ones that paid him $40 million to get the hell out, not Leno.

  • Douglas in TN

    The only variable, Nick, is that if the amount NBC had to pay Leno to leave was less than what they had to pay Conan, Leno might have had his parking pass revoked instead. It was all about money. Supposedly Leno had an astronomical payout penalty in his contract. It just cost less to show Conan the door.

  • Gary Middleton

    That was no accident, Douglas. The purpose of the Leno penalty clause was not to make Leno rich in the event of a firing, it was to make a firing impossible.

    It was designed to never be in the realm of being payable.

  • Gary Middleton

    Nick, standing up to the affiliates at that point was not an option. Late local news is critical to the affiliates, they were enduring a disaster, and a revolt was about to take place.

    If there was a crystal ball the affiliates could look in and see what the 10 pm ratings would be in the next 3 years, they would’ve stayed with the Leno show for sure. But no such thing existed, and all they understood was that their 11 pm cash cow was dying.

    What I never understood is why the network didn’t know that a 1.5 average (the targeted rating) would trigger an affiliate revolt. It seemed pretty obvious.

  • Douglas in TN

    Correct…remember when the Boston NBC affiliate, at first, resisted carrying the Jay Leno Show? He seemed to be the only one to smell the manure before it was dropped.

  • GARebelman

    In yet the affiliates seemingly have no problem with every Thursday at 10PM show being under a 1.0 Demo and things like Ready for Love with only 2 million viewers leading to them half the. The silent outrage.

  • Nick

    Silent outrage, absolutely. I’d like to know what’s going on now with the affiliates. They have to be furious at some of the lead-ins they’ve been given.

    Meanwhile, Howard Stern is tearing Fallon to shreds on his own show. Pretty much just said everything we’ve been saying all along – he’s not cut out for the job. And I’m loving it. Quite frankly, Fallon is still almost as green as he was 4 years ago. I can’t believe this guy is getting The Tonight Show. Seth Meyers would’ve been a better host.

  • GARebelman

    Howard Stern was pointing out the obvious in hilarious ways “You can’t do an entire show about video games at 11:30″ “I noticed you are doing a slightly longer monologue, you know they made Johnny and Jay do that they are going to make you do a 20 minute monologue too” “You should have stayed here, nobody cares what you do here but they will care at 11:30″

  • Gary Middleton

    Stern was as great as I’ve ever seen him, genuinely great, and my mind *still* drifted after the first five minutes. Something about these radio people does not travel well to the visual medium.

    Nick, I think the affiliates are probably finally feeling OK about 10 pm, at least for the moment. May was probably their best sweeps period of this decade.

    I believe NBC should swallow its pride and un-cancel Rock Center.

  • Tony

    Yes that was awesome, Stern took Fallon to school!

  • Gary Middleton

    Another thing Stern told Fallon was that Kimmel will win all the booking battles because Kimmel is in L.A.

    At odds with Ferguson’s producer Peter Lassally who claimed being in L.A. is a disadvantage.

    I think Stern is probably right on this point. And little else.

  • GARebelman

    Stern was right on about everything and I don’t say that much. Minus his Leno bashing but we knew he’d do that. Jay has said on air that executives slip him notes about “things he needs to work on to appeal to a certain demo”. I doubt Fallon gets that at 12:30. He brought up the appealing to a broader mid west Demo and he’ll have to change his format because the executives will actually care at that point.

  • anonymous

    “The Arsenio Hall Show, which launches in national syndication Sept. 9, will be shot at the Sunset Bronson Studios in Hollywood.”

    “Leon Knoles will direct the upcoming syndicated late-night talk show The Arsenio Hall Show…. Knoles is a veteran director and technical director who worked for three seasons on American Idol and five season on Last Comic Standing.”

    So an already saturated late night talk show genre will become even more saturated with the addition of Arsenio. The only thing that Fallon will have going for him is that he won’t have to compete head to head against Leno (at least as far as we know). People will say Fallon will catch on like Carson. The problem with that is that Fallon will have none of the advantages Carson had. There was practically nothing else on tv to watch so Carson benefitted from a virtual monopoly over viewership. NBC and the networks no longer have that monopoly so Fallon’s Tonight Show will not reverse the trend of ratings going downward.

  • Brad

    “At odds with Ferguson’s producer Peter Lassally who claimed being in L.A. is a disadvantage.”

    When you are on at 12:35am getting 0.3 in the ratings while there are a billion other shows being taped in L.A., it certainly becomes a disadvantage. In late night alone it would be better to go on Leno, Kimmel, Conan, or even Chelsea Lately then go visit Ferguson.

    Depending what CBS does with their 11:35 slot in the future – if they stay in New York or move to L.A. – Kimmel will win all the booking battles in late night for the meantime. Done deal.

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