Late Night TV Ratings For June 17-21, 2013

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June 27th, 2013

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Via NBC's Press Release



Jay Tops All Time-Period Competition in Total Viewers While Jimmy Delivers Bigger Audiences Than ‘Late Late Show’ and ‘Nightline’ Head to Head in Every Key Category

For the Second Quarter to Date, ‘Tonight’ is Up 7% in Viewers 18-49 vs. Last Year and ‘Late Night’ is Up 6%

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — June 27, 2013 — NBC’s late-night lineup has delivered hefty gains versus the same week last year, with “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" jumping by 14% each versus the year-ago week in viewers 18-49.

“Tonight Show” scored a decisive win over all time-slot competition for the week of June 17-21 in total viewers in an atypical week in which Wednesday NBC telecasts were excluded due to an NHL overrun. ABC’s Tuesday and Thursday shows were delayed by high-rated NBA Finals coverage and the remainder of the week for “Jimmy Kimmel Live” was programmed with encores. Despite ABC’s significant NBA boost, “Tonight” tied “Kimmel” in 18-49 rating (0.9 each) and outscored “Kimmel” in adults 25-54 (1.2 vs. 1.0) and total viewers (3.7 million vs. 2.5 million). Jay also delivered bigger audiences than CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” in every key ratings category.

At 12:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" delivered bigger audiences than CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," as well as ABC's "Nightline" in their head-to-head half-hour, in all key categories -- adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers.

Versus the same week last year, Jay was up 14% in viewers 18-49 (1.084 million vs. 954,000), up 25% in viewers 18-34 (315,000 vs. 253,000) and up 6% in total viewers (3.637 million vs. 3.443 million). Jimmy Fallon scored gains versus the same week last year of 14% in viewers 18-49 (658,000 vs. 578,000), 27% in viewers 25-54 (830,000 vs. 653,000) and 10% in total viewers (1.756 million vs. 1.594 million).

Both Jay and Jimmy are generating growth 12 weeks into the second quarter of 2013, with Jay up versus one year ago by 7% in viewers 18-49 (with 1.075 million vs. 1.001 million), up 10% in viewers 18-34 (344,000 vs. 313,000) and up 1% in total viewers (3.553 million vs. 3.507 million), while Jimmy is up for the second quarter by 6% in viewers 18-49 (702,000 vs. 662,000), 16% in viewers 18-34 (294,000 vs. 254,000) and 6% in total viewers (1.775 million vs. 1.676 million).

Jay has now delivered bigger 18-49 audiences than "Late Show" for the last 31 weeks in a row and topped "Kimmel" for 21 of their 24 head-to-head weeks. In total viewers, Jay has out-delivered "Late Show" for 35 weeks in a row and "Kimmel" for 24 of 24 weeks.

Jimmy Fallon has now generated bigger 18-49 audiences than "Late Late Show" for 36 of the last 37 weeks and prevailed in total viewers for 33 of the last 35 weeks. Versus "Nightline" in their head-to-head half-hour, Jimmy has out-delivered the ABC series for 24 weeks in a row in viewers 18-49 and 19 of the last 21 weeks in total viewers.


(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of June 17-21.  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, 3 share*

CBS “Late Show,” 0.5/2*

ABC “Kimmel,” 0.9/4*

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

ABC “Nightline,” 0.5/3*

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

NBC “Late Night,” 0.5/3*

CBS “Late Late Show,” 0.3/2

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

NBC “Last Call,” 0.3/2*


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

NBC “Tonight,” 3.6 million viewers*

CBS “Late Show,” 2.6 million viewers*

ABC “Kimmel,” 2.5 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,” 1.8 million viewers*

CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.3 million viewers

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

NBC “Last Call,” 0.9 million viewers*

* Wednesday NBC results are excluded due to a hockey overrun. Tuesday and Thursday ABC programs were delayed by basketball overruns and Monday, Wednesday and Friday “Kimmel” telecasts were encores. Friday’s “Late Show” was an encore.


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


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**

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,” 0.5

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 0.3***

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.3 with encore telecasts

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 0.9

Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.5

Each adult 18-49 rating point equals 1.27 million viewers


Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m.  “The Daily Show,” 1.2 million

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 0.8 million***

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.6 million with encore telecasts

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

*** Monday and Tuesday telecasts of “The Colbert Report” were encores.

  • Gary Middleton

    Pretty close to being a Leno victory again, just a 1% differential in the demo.

    We’ve finally got a more normal week and Kimmel’s overnight last night matched what his network did at 10 p.m. I think Kimmel is defying what his critics expected would happen this summer.

  • GARebelman

    Bare in mind the overnights overstate Kimmel 95% of the time Gary

    1% is all Kimmel beat Jay by with a huge NBA week.

  • Gary Middleton

    GAR, I have taken the overstatement into account. Using JC’s very effective 15% formula, Kimmel still did in the mid 0.7s on a night with a sub-1.0 lead in. This is not remotely in the ballpark of what his detractors predicted. We’ll see how he holds up over the course of a full week.

  • Nick

    Good for Kimmel – but should it have been better? I think so. You don’t get much bigger lead-ins than that anymore, and Kimmel should’ve ran with it. But he didn’t. He squeaked by when he should’ve been far and above. To not even break a 1.0 is disappointing.

    Good for Leno. Getting weekly 0.9s in the summer, not to mention great viewer numbers as of late, is excellent. No doubt The Voice finale helped – I wish NBC would’ve included Tuesday’s number in its press release.

  • Nick

    Gary, in the meantime, Leno did a 0.8 with a 0.7 lead-in. Kimmel likely did a 0.7-0.8 with a 0.9 lead-in. The case always seems to be that Kimmel is doing fine but should ultimately be doing better.

  • Nick

    It’s all about connecting to middle America. This has been said over and over again, and everyone in the business knows that Leno is the only late night host with the ability to do this, but it couldn’t be more true. Leno attracts all ages, all races, all parts of the country, while Letterman and Kimmel have a much narrower audience.

    Hopefully Fallon gets it through his head that this is what he needs to do. Video Game Week and Wheel of Carpet Samples is not going to do this.

  • GARebelman

    Howard Stern pointed that out to Fallon that he can’t do video game week and all that and expect to win anything. Fallon seemed to brush it off as if he doesn’t think about it.

    He better think about it, those two things Nick pointed out, dancing/singing chickens, Models and Buckets isn’t going to do it. He will attract the same small audience as Letterman and Kimmel. He will get thrashed and called dumbing it down as usual but what works works in late night.

  • MichaelChickless

    I think Leno’s gotten better now that the end is in sight. And I’ve been a Letterman fan over the years. But I’ve often found myself watching Leno over Dave recently. Is Leno really going to stay off the air forever after he leaves The Tonight Show?

  • Nick

    It’s clear that NBC is looking for a host that can bring both a large demo and a large audience. 2.5 million for The Tonight Show is unacceptable.

  • Gary Middleton

    Nick, I guess what I’m saying about Kimmel is people thought “if he does .68 with a 2.0 lead-in, then surely he’ll do .5s at best with a 1.0 lead in” and that’s just not happening. We’ll see what the weeklies say, but it looks like Kimmel’s floor was substantially underestimated.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Is Leno really going to stay off the air forever after he leaves The Tonight Show?”

    He’ll probably be a guest on a lot of shows, which has the potential to be excellent. He could do a much smaller cable show somewhere, but I don’t think that would go very well at all. Cable is where centrists go to die.

  • Richard

    I think Jay will continue to do stand-up and host a show (on cable) about cars. He will definitely be missed….

  • Brad

    He’s done some specials on cars and automotives on the History channel. Maybe Speed or Spike TV would be interested in Leno. He would have to go with a car show for his next show as it would provide himself with a niche on cable television which, as Gary pointed out, is much needed to make it on cable.

    However, I do wonder if Leno could do a cheapo 30-minute show on Hulu or somewhere online. They were interested in Conan to do something like that but Conan had better demographics online. Also, HBO was willing to do a weekly with Conan for $30-40 million (I think) for a weekly. However, I cannot see enough people in love with Leno like they were with Conan, willing to do whatever it takes to see their fallen late night host.

  • Brad

    Arsenic Hall returns to late night on 9.9.13, roughly 70 days from now. What kind of ratings do you think he’ll need to stay in business?

  • claude

    hi guys, i’d really appreciate it if someone here can tell me. i can’t find this info anywhere. Who got the better rating on late night.. is it fallon now, or Conan back then? and was it close?? i’ve alwys wondered who was more popular with the young audience….thanks

  • Richard

    Jay’s followers don’t make a lot of noise but they do watch his show consistently, regardless of the lack of lead ins or Howard’s rants.

    Leno will always have solid ratings no matter where he goes.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Who got the better rating on late night.. is it fallon now, or Conan back then? and was it close?? i’ve alwys wondered who was more popular with the young audience….thanks”

    Claude, that’s a pretty unanswerable question because network TV numbers were higher across the board back then. Dave routinely did 1.0 or higher, Leno 1.4, etc. So Conan’s numbers were certainly higher than Fallon’s, but so were Craig Ferguson’s. Here’s what happened in the 4th quarter of 2008, Conan’s final full quarter at 12:35:


    ADULTS 18-49

    11:35 p.m. ET
    NBC “Tonight,” 1.3/5
    CBS “Late Show,” 1.1/5
    ABC “Nightline,” 1.1/4

    12:05 a.m. ET
    ABC “Kimmel,” 0.6/3

    12:35 a.m. ET
    NBC “Late Night,” 0.8/4
    CBS “Late Late Show,” 0.6/3


    11:35 p.m. ET
    NBC “Tonight,” 5.0 million viewers
    CBS “Late Show,” 4.0 million viewers
    ABC “Nightline,” 4.0 million viewers

    12:05 a.m. ET
    ABC “Kimmel,” 1.8 million viewers

    12:35 a.m. ET
    NBC “Late Night,” 2.0 million viewers
    CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.9 million viewers

  • Gary Middleton

    So Conan’s ability to hold an 18-49 viewer was comparable to Fallon’s, maybe very slightly lower. In overall viewers Fallon holds better, while Conan was in a tighter horse race with Craig Ferguson.

  • Brad

    Interesting to see how much has changed since then, specifically in the ratings. Thanks for the flashback Gary.

  • Richard

    I’m here scratching my head….

    The ratings for late night shows are the lowest I’ve ever seen, and yet…

    now we have more late night shows running against each other than ever (Conan, Leno, Dave, now Kimmel and soon Arsenio Hall).

    My question is… why this late-night arms race now and not back then when Jay and Dave were getting 1+ ratings?? Is the late-night business that more lucrative?

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