Late Night TV Ratings For July 8-12, 2013

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July 18th, 2013

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Via NBC's Press Release

JAY LENO AND JIMMY FALLON OUTSCORE THEIR BROADCAST TIME-SLOT RIVALS IN EVERY KEY MEASURE FOR THE LATE-NIGHT WEEK OF JULY 8-12

Leno Tops Letterman by a 43% Margin in Viewers 18-49 and Kimmel by 75%; Fallon Beats Ferguson by 34% and ‘Nightline’ Head to Head by 64%; It’s Jay’s Biggest Margin to Date Over an 11:35 p.m. ET Kimmel

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — July 18, 2013 — NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" have dominated their broadcast time-period competition for the week of July 8-12, delivering bigger audiences than their ABC and CBS rivals in every key ratings category: adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers. Note that CBS’s “Late Late Show with David Letterman” and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” aired encores on Friday.

Versus the same week last year, Leno was up 11% in viewers 18-49 (to 1.065 million from 957,000), while Fallon grew versus one year ago by 5% in viewers 18-34 (239,000 vs. 228,000).

Leno led the broadcast competition by a wide margin last week, topping CBS’s “Late Show” in viewers 18-49 by a 43% advantage (1.065 million vs. 747,000) and ABC’s “Kimmel” by 75% (1.065 million vs. 607,000). At 12:35 a.m., Fallon out-delivered CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson by 34% in viewers 18-49 (593,000 vs. 443,000) and head to head from 12:30-1 a.m. ET, Jimmy prevailed over ABC’s “Nightline” by 64% (630,000 vs. 384,000 for that half-hour).

Leno generated his biggest margins over Kimmel (+75% in 18-49 viewers, +68% in total viewers, 3.3 million vs. 2.0 million) in the 27 weeks since ABC moved “Jimmy Kimmel Live” to the 11:35 p.m. ET hour.

Leno has now delivered bigger 18-49 audiences than "Late Show" for the last 34 weeks in a row and topped "Kimmel" for 24 of their 27 head-to-head weeks. In total viewers, “Tonight” has out-delivered "Late Show" for 38 weeks in a row and "Kimmel" for 27 of 27 weeks.

Fallon has now generated bigger 18-49 audiences than "Late Late Show" for 39 of the last 40 weeks and prevailed in total viewers for 36 of the last 38 weeks. Versus "Nightline" in their head-to-head half-hour, “Late Night” has out-delivered the ABC series for 27 weeks in a row in viewers 18-49 and 22 of the last 24 weeks in total viewers.

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.”

WEEKLY AVERAGES

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of July 8-12.  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,” 0.8 rating, 3 share
CBS “Late Show,” 0.6/2 *
ABC “Kimmel,” 0.5/2 *

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 0.3/2

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,” 3.3 million viewers
CBS “Late Show,” 2.6 million viewers *

ABC “Kimmel,” 2.0 million viewers *

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 1.3 million viewers

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 1.5 million viewers
CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.3 million viewers

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.8 million viewers *

* “Last Call” was in rebroadcast last week and Friday’s “Late Show” and “Kimmel” were also 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,” 2.5 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,” 1.7 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 JULY 8-12

NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. ET, “The Daily Show” (preempted)
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report” (preempted)

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” (preempted)
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report” (preempted)

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.8 million viewers (encore programming)

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 2.1 million viewers
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.3 million viewers

 

 

 
  • Gary Middleton

    Some of us wanted to know where the floor is for Kimmel’s new episodes and I assume we’ve found it. As miserable a 10 pm performance from ABC (or any network) as we could imagine. Depths of summer. Against new episodes from the competition. The result: 0.48. And 2 million viewers. I figure that is the floor.

  • Gary Middleton

    If I’m reading it right, the Emmy nominations mostly shut out multiple generations of hipster favorites: Conan, Letterman, and Ferguson.

  • bonnie blue

    Wow, NBC! How do you like Jay NOW? Foolish, foolish people!

  • Gary Middleton

    Chelsea Lately returns to the cable top 100, a true rarity in the past 2 years.

  • Gary Middleton

    Remarkable accuracy (again) from JC, particularly on total viewers:

    PROJECTIONS FOR WEEK OF 7/8/2013

    TOTAL VIEWERS
    Jay 3.22M
    Dave 2.63
    JKL 2.05

    18-49 RATING
    Jay .84
    Dave .61
    JKL .53

  • Nick

    Poor Kimmel. Even with poor lead-ins, even in the summer, those ratings are terrible.

    Meanwhile, for another year I’m wondering how Fallon is managing to score an Emmy nominations. His show strikes me as the completely opposite of Emmy worthy.

  • anonymous

    FOURTH QUARTER 2012

    ABC “Nightline,” 0.9
    ABC “Nightline,” 3.9 million viewers

    Fallon should look at what is happening to Kimmel as a warning sign. A good portion of the Nightline audience did not stick with Kimmel. How will Leno’s audience view Fallon after he takes over The Tonight Show? It is also very likely that a good portion of Leno’s audience won’t stick with Fallon.

    Fallon’s “like-ability factor” is also over-rated. He needs to pay attention to the things he does that get on the viewer’s nerves.

  • Justin

    Letterman moved an hour earlier and has had (almost) no problem since.

  • bonnie blue

    I “like” Jimmy Fallon but will not watch him at 11:35 as I do Jay. If Jay goes to another network, I’ll be with him; if not, I don’t like Fallon enough to watch him. I love Kimmel bombing … he is a nasty piece of work!

  • Nick

    Regardless of ABC lead-in, Nightline did not do nearly as bad as Kimmel did last week. I’m still slightly confused over ABC’s logic. You cannot tell me that a 0.5/0.3 is better than a 0.9/0.6. It just doesn’t add up. Doesn’t make any sense. Why did ABC make this move when they’re the ones hurting over it? Now Nightline is dead and Kimmel was struggling, when just a year ago Nightline was considered a winner and Kimmel was considered respectable.

  • GARebelman

    The Arsenio Hall Show will debut in my market (The Atlanta Market one of the top 10) on the CW network at 11PM

  • GARebelman

    And finally I can post again. I didn’t disappear, just couldn’t post.

    Now you are seeing what happens when Kimmel is given NBC lead ins that Jay has to deal with on a daily basis, the bottom drops out and it looks horrible. I can actually picture Fallon doing this bad as well with no lead ins. Kimmel was suppose to be the next big thing, the driving factor of the younger demos. Why would you want to place an expensive 30 second ad on a show where the bottom drops out when it has no lead in?

  • Gary Middleton

    The comparison to Nightline’s Q4 number is a massive distortion.

    -Kimmel is a one hour show that ends at 12:35. Nightline was a half hour show that ended at midnight. If Nightline went to 12:35, you’d have seen something very different from 0.9.

    -Q4 is during broadcast season when ABC has huge hit shows at 10 pm. During a comparable period, Kimmel averaged around 0.7.

    -Q4 2012 featured a tightly contested election campaign. At this point in 2012 (mid-July), Nightline’s season-to-date was 0.8. Kimmel’s is 0.7, which means during Nightline’s slot of 11:35 to midnight Kimmel is at least 0.8 and maybe higher.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Why would you want to place an expensive 30 second ad on a show where the bottom drops out when it has no lead in?”

    I wonder about it from a booking perspective. Should a famous guest think “I’d better go on Leno so I can promote my movie to significantly more people”? Or should they think “I’d better go on Kimmel because he’ll still be here after February and I need to stay in his good books”?

  • Gary Middleton

    If Nightline went to 12:35, and we assign it the same 25 to 30 percent 2nd half dropoff Leno and Letterman have, then last year’s season-to-date 0.8 would be a 0.7 at best. Same as JKL.

  • Hector

    Damn Yahoo, this morning they had a story up with Emmy noms and incorrectly had Conan included in the Best Variety Series category.

    I guess that’s bound to continue to happen since there’s basically a guaranteed spot for Colbert & Stewart. Bill Maher and SNL are almost guaranteed a spot every year. That leaves everyone else to battle for 1 or 2 spots.

    In general I think Conan and Fallon definitely deserve the spot over Kimmel. I thought he might have gotten some love last year since he was hosting.

    Like last year, he and Fallon get the last two spots.

    Then the writing nominations. Like last year, Portlandia gets the fifth nomination along with the first 4 previously mentioned shows.

    This year they added a sixth and Kimmel gets it. That’s crazy. Of the traditional talk shows, Jimmy Kimmel Live is not as well written as Fallon and nowhere close to Conan.

    I suppose it’s partly because the writing noms are based on individual episodes and not the show overall. My guess is Kimmel’s submission for consideration was the Matt Damon-hosted show.

  • Hector

    Also, the voters are supposed to vote on what theyve seen and well we know about ratings.

    Plus, I just found the Emmy ballot online and there’s a lot of competition even in the Variety categories.

    These shows have to beat out Chelsea Lately, Kathy, Brand X, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, The Jeselnik Offensive, The Burn with Jeff Ross, plus many sketch shows on Comedy Central.

    I usually just think of these categories as Colbert, Stewart, Maher, SNL, Conan, Kimmel, and Fallon battling for 5 spots. (or really Conan, Fallon, Kimmel for 1 spot). Portlandia shook things up last year. Ferguson’s never really gotten any love (1 nom in the old Individual Performace category).

    Leno’s gotten very little love excluding technical categories. Letterman’s received plenty of recognition and continued to receive it long after it was no longer deserved, but has finally been nudged out of the category.

  • anonymous

    FOX is going on an all-out offensive against Saturday Night Live by premiering:

    “ANIMATION DOMINATION HIGH-DEF, FOX’s new late-night animated programming block, will premiere on air Saturday, July 27 (11:00 PM-12:30 AM ET/PT) on FOX, and will include the debuts of AXE COP and HIGH SCHOOL USA!.”

  • Nifty

    Anthony Hopkins went on Craig Ferguson before The Tonight Show. Has that happened before?

  • Gary Middleton

    Great catch, Nifty.

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