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.

  • Richard

    And speaking of Arsenio Hall, anyone know at what exact time his show will air?

    I’m guessing 12:35pm since Dave is an hour earlier…

  • Brad

    My understanding is late night television is highly regarded by a network as it provides their station with 4-5 shows a week on relatively modest budget. A season of a television drama on cable is roughly 13 episodes or double that (22-26 episodes) on network television. While dramas can get much better ratings than a late night show, dramas always have a high failure rate with a high start up fee. The cost?

    “It can run from the low hundreds of thousands (minimum of about $500,000 to produce a Pilot for a drama series) to the $13 Million PER EPISODE NBC paid Warner Bros. to produce the hit show ER (network average is $1.5 to $2 Million per episode for a television series).”

    So lets say it is $2 million per episode for a television drama. That’s $26 million for a 13-episode season. Not too bad right? Well now you have to think that a full season for television is from September to May, 9 months of television. That means you need to spend $26 million two more times totaling $78 million for a full season.

    But then again, this all for one hour for one night a week. Sure you can use an episode for reruns but you still have 3-4 days (some stations may or may not use Friday nights for showing movies) of free space on your weekly schedule. So; what is the best solution? Late night programming. 4-5 days of week of new shows for 40+ weeks a year. That’s at least 160-200 new episodes a week. CONAN at $70 million is working out great TBS for all the reasons above.

  • Brad

    Hall will be in syndication. I think times will vary depending on the affiliate but something tells me it will be in the 11am-12am area. Really depends on the affiliate which really sucks to advertise. “Check your local listings.” Yeah, real helpful.

  • Nick

    It would be nice if Leno could average 4 million viewers and a 1.0 demo this fall before he’s ousted. If NBC’s 10pm is good, I think it’s certainly possible. He’s been consistently growing all spring/summer, albeit slowly.

    But wow, everyone talks about how much Leno fell – but Letterman took a huge hit. Once averaging a 1.1, now hitting 0.5s. His reruns have been doing 0.4s. You have to wonder what CBS is thinking right now.

    I also have to wonder when ABC is going to pull the plug on Nightline.

  • Gary Middleton

    Nick, I believe Dave’s appearance at the upfronts was a clear, high pitched, desperation signal. He is fighting to stay on the air.

  • Gary Middleton

    “My question is… why this late-night arms race now and not back then when Jay and Dave were getting 1+ ratings??”

    Most of the shows competing now were around back then. Tonight, Late Night, Late Show, Late Late Show, Kimmel, Stewart/Colbert, and Chelsea.

    TBS was about to launch Lopez. Now they have Conan instead.

    BET was about to launch Monique. That’s gone, and soon we will have Arsenio.

    Seems like a fairly constant situation. While at the same time, the existing shows are getting smaller. They do more reruns. They have smaller budgets. They swap out expensive (Team Leno) for cheaper (Team Fallon).

    So if anything, I think there’s a contraction happening in the genre. With another wave of contraction to come, because CBS will have to do something about Dave.

  • Gary Middleton

    Chance of another Kimmel win this week due to extremely rare circumstances. New episodes from Kimmel while NBC, CBS, Comedy Central, and TBS are all on hiatus.

    btw, on the booking front, nothing has changed. Kimmel continues to use about a guest a week who has just been on Leno, while Leno will not use any guests who have just done Kimmel. Doesn’t always lead to the most stellar lineups for Jay, but pretty amazing he has kept the policy and the ratings lead through the first half-year of Kimmel’s 11:30 run.

    7 months to go.

  • Richard

    Gary and Brad, thanks for the informative replies.

  • Richard

    “And speaking of Arsenio Hall, anyone know at what exact time his show will air? I’m guessing 12:35pm since Dave is an hour earlier…”

    Correction, I meant *12:35am*

  • Brad

    If I were CBS I’d tell Dave that 2014 is his last year, get him to generate buzz, and try to get an even battle with the Jimmies in the ratings. That’d be the way to stick it to Fallon for booking guests.

    But who will come in after Dave? I have no clue and I doubt CBS has the gràtzias to try out guest hosts on Dave’s show. Seems like they’ll have to figure something out internally, demoing whoever in Ferguson’s studio when on he’s vacation or what not.

    First ABC’s move then NBC’s. Soon all eyes will turn to CBS.

  • Nick

    Leno was original last week, Gary. Are you talking about this coming week?

  • Gary Middleton

    Yes, Nick.

  • Gary Middleton

    This week on the Howard Stern show:

    STERN: When Leno was doing stand up in the 80s, he was one of the best, wasn’t he?

    SEINFELD: THE best.

    STERN: You worshipped him.

    SEINFELD: Worshipped him. Still do.

  • Brad

    Questlove talking about writing a theme song for the Tonight Show. Saying he wants to make it iconic but a hip-hop song musicians would want to sample. Not a fan of this underground, hip-hop like sound. It has to get poppy or jazzy but that’s my opinion. Here’s the news piece.

    news dot yahoo dot com/roots-want-tonight-show-theme-sampled-183519540.html

  • Gary Middleton

    Jon Stewart picked a very interesting time to set up shop in Egypt.

  • Brad

    Watching a repeat of Kimmel where Johnny Deep kisses him. Why him and Charlie Sheen and whoever else feels like it is necessary to kiss him, I don’t know, but it surely makes for a good story and video clip.

    Gary, sorry to correct you but Stewart is set up in Iran, but indeed it has been an interesting time to be in the Mideast .

  • Hector

    Stewart was in Egypt last week.

  • natrx

    As much as I am a huge Letterman Fan, he needs to start taking his job more seriously and stop ‘getting by’ by slacking and thinking his position is secure for life.

  • Richard

    Gary, what was Howards response to Seinfeld’s comments about Jay?

  • Brad

    That’s why I hope CBS or Letterman announce that next season is his last. I feel like the only way to juice Letterman is the acualization that this is the end, not talks of how it could be the end.

    This documentary that Jon Stewart is doing keeps on getting more interesting.

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