Late Night TV Ratings For July 15-19, 2013

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July 25th, 2013

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Via NBC's Press Release

 

‘THE Tonight Show,’ ‘LATE NIGHT’ OUTPERFORM TIMESLOT COMPETITION IN EVERY KEY CATEGORY FOR WEEK OF JULY 15-19

Fallon Attracts More 18-49 Viewers Than Letterman for First Time This Season and Outdraws Kimmel Encores in Same Category for First Time Since January Timeslot Change

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — July 25, 2013 — NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" dominated their broadcast time-period competition for the week of July 15-19.

Both “The Tonight Show” and “Late Night” delivered 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.

For the first time this season, Fallon out-delivered “Late Show with David Letterman” in viewers 18-49 (663,000 to 650,000), despite starting an hour later. Fallon also attracted more 18-49 viewers than ABC’s week of “Kimmel” encores (663,000 vs. 642,000), the first time “Late Night” has out-delivered Kimmel in the category since the ABC series moved to an 11:35 start time in January. Fallon also out-delivered Letterman and the Kimmel rebroadcasts in men and women 18-49 and adults, men and women 18-34.

Note that CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” aired an encore on Friday and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” was in rebroadcasts through the week.

Versus the same week last year, Leno was up 12% in viewers 18-49 (to 1.038 million from 925,000) and up 15% in total viewers (3.512 million vs. 3.294 million). Fallon grew versus one year ago by 12% in viewers 18-49 (663,000 vs. 592,000) and 9% in total viewers (1.709 million vs. 1.573 million).

Fallon generated a six-week high in viewers 18-49, best since the week of June 3-7, and in total viewers it was his biggest audience in four weeks, since June 17-21. Leno had his biggest overall viewer total in three weeks, since June 24-28.

At 1:35 a.m. ET, “Last Call with Carson Daly” generated its biggest overall audience (921,000) in five weeks (since June 10-14), and did it with a week of rebroadcasts.

Leno has now delivered bigger 18-49 audiences than "Late Show" for the last 35 weeks in a row and topped "Kimmel" for 25 of their 28 head-to-head weeks. In total viewers, Leno has out-delivered "Late Show" for 39 weeks in a row and "Kimmel" for 28 of 28 weeks.

Fallon has now generated bigger 18-49 audiences than "Late Late Show" for 40 of the last 41 weeks and prevailed in total viewers for 37 of the last 39 weeks. Versus "Nightline" in their head-to-head half-hour, Fallon has out-delivered the ABC series for 28 weeks in a row in viewers 18-49 and 23 of the last 25 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 15-19.  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, 4 share
CBS “Late Show,” 0.5/2 *
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,” 0.3/2

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,” 3.5 million viewers
CBS “Late Show,” 2.5 million viewers *

ABC “Kimmel,” 1.9 million viewers **

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 1.2 million viewers

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 1.7 million viewers
CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.2 million viewers

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.9 million viewers **

* Friday’s “Late Show” was an encore.

** “Last Call” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” were in encores all week.

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 15-19

NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. ET, “The Daily Show,” 0.5
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 0.5

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, 0.6

Each adult 18-49 rating point equals 1.27 million viewers

TOTAL VIEWERS

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m.  “The Daily Show,” 1.2 million viewers
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 1.1 million viewers

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

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

 
  • Douglas in TN

    Jay’s the ultimate company man, so he’ll probably do what they ask him to do.

    10PM is out of the question.

    I wonder if they would try a Sunday evening show…perhaps 7 or 8 PM. Low budget, can’t do much worse than what they program there outside of football.

    Wouldn’t surprise me, either, if they pay him and bench him. Doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of interest in a Leno show out there…otherwise something would have leaked.

  • Richard

    “Jay Leno may be on his way out at The Tonight Show, but Greenblatt insists he is very hopeful that the veteran late-night ratings champ stays in the NBC fold, much as Bob Hope once did. In fact, he hinted at a couple of potential opportunities that his team and Leno were currently discussing at the network, but declined to go into too much detail . As for the decision to push him out early next year, Greenblatt acknowledged that he has been having conversations about a late-night transition ever since he took the gig in early 2011.”

    I think it’s best if Jay takes a year or two off, does a stand-up tour around the country and then return to TV. I think everyone is already tired of the whole who screwed who and we all need a break from this. As much as I like Jay (big fan for 20 years), maybe its best if he pursues other endeavors… a comedy show on cable, where they will let him do what he wants, is not such a bad idea.

    I’d love to see Dave interview Jay again too, in his own show, like the good old days.

  • Richard

    “Jay’s the ultimate company man, so he’ll probably do what they ask him to do. ”

    Jay has always been the ultimate employee: hardworking; always on time; treats his staff well and delivers the highest ratings… and never complains.

    But its time for Jay to stand up for himself more and leave NBC for good.

    I mean… CBS treats Dave like gold. TBS treats Conan like a king. And these guys aren’t even close to winning the ratings war.

    The hell with NBC.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Jay’s the ultimate company man, so he’ll probably do what they ask him to do.”

    Leno will go where the best deal is just like anybody else would.

    He might choose a nightly show on the Recipe channel before a weekly show on NBC, since he has made it clear he doesn’t believe in weekly versions of the kind of show he does. But whatever option he chooses, it’s unlikely to be a good one.

  • Gary Middleton

    “But its time for Jay to stand up for himself more and leave NBC for good.”

    Leno always stands up for himself as anybody else would. If NBC offers the best deal, as it did in 2009, then leaving NBC would not be standing up for himself.

  • Gary Middleton

    Last week’s 10 pm averages:

    NBC: 1.44
    CBS: 1.28
    ABC: .96

    NBC is basically doing the same numbers it did during the May sweeps, and way higher than February. For those wondering why Jay Leno has no summer swoon like the others: NBC 10 pm has no summer swoon.

  • jim laforte

    This all wreaks of a potential publicity stunt. Bring the ratings up and then announce that “after careful consideration, “NBC/Comcast is pleased to announce that Jay Leno will host the ‘Tonight Show’ through the next thirteen weeks…..”

    The trends are reversing. Dave will probably end his tenure earning as much as he did when he started at CBS. Do you think that another personality could draw the numbers for the studio audience to fill the Ed Sullivan Theater?

    The math is wrong. Dave works 42 weeks per year with ten weeks off, I thought….

  • jim laforte

    Johnny Carson reportedly earned $30,000,000.00 during his final year as host of the “Tonight Show.” Johnny worked three night weeks and four night weeks during sweeps period. He also had fifteen weeks of vacation each year. Johnny’s 30 million is worth what in today’s dollars? Is it true that Ellen earns $52 million dollars per year? And why was that judge so hurt by a pay cut that they canceled his show? Just wondering. Some of these shows air in late night in different markets…

  • GARebelman

    As I am trolling the links about the meetings with Bob Greenblatt over his Jay Leno comments I am noticing the following:

    1) A majority are not in Fallon’s corner at all despite him being the younger guy

    2) At least most think NBC is screwing up again

    3) Most think Jay should just leave NBC entirely and find a location that will appreciate him better

  • Gary Middleton

    “Do you think that another personality could draw the numbers for the studio audience to fill the Ed Sullivan Theater?”

    Not necessarily, but I’ve always thought that massive crowd was a detriment. The lengthy applause breaks are an opportunity to change the channel.

    I feel the same way about all the special on-the-road episodes that people like Conan do in 2000 seat theaters.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Johnny’s 30 million is worth what in today’s dollars?”

    Officially, about 50 million. But it’s realistically far more since the BLS greatly understates inflation.

  • Gary Middleton

    “This all wreaks of a potential publicity stunt. Bring the ratings up and then announce that “after careful consideration, “NBC/Comcast is pleased to announce that Jay Leno will host the ‘Tonight Show’ through the next thirteen weeks…..””

    Fallon’s Tonight Show will debut on time. NBC has the benefit of the 2010 example to know how much worse it gets when you reverse course.

    As far as Fallon’s growing chorus of skeptics, we all know few believed Leno should follow Carson, and even fewer believed he would ever beat Dave in the ratings.

  • jcfreder

    @Jim LaForte — I wouldn’t go so far to say they’ve rebranded, but clearly somebody at the Late Show thought it was time to switch some things up; the new opening/camera angles/return to doing more pure comedy bits has livened up the show quite a bit. Odd to me that Dave hasn’t changed the set in so long . . .

    @Brad — I don’t think the guest host thing is a legitimate option. For one, there’s multiple reasons someone like Stephen Colbert is not going to “audition” for the CBS job by guest hosting. But at any rate, I guess I agree with you if you’re saying that he’d be a strong contender. If I was CBS, Colbert would be the first person I’d call the minute Dave announced he was hanging it up.

    But back to the guest host thing, the wikipedia entry matches my recollection:

    “In the summer of 2003, Letterman had guest hosts for a month. They were Tom Green, Tom Arnold, Kelsey Grammer, and Jimmy Fallon (who later went on to become the host of Letterman’s old show, Late Night). The rating separating Letterman and Leno increased and Letterman ended this experiment a month after it began.”

    @Grant Balfour — “I don’t think CBS tells Letterman much. The guy is a legend and a television icon and that has currency. As for whether he still has gravitas or not – the guy was honored by the Kennedy Center this year!” Exactly.

    @Gary — I think Jay’s departure is something Dave will not mourn. It has to be exciting to see things get shaken up and be given another chance to get to #1, particularly after the Jay/Conan switch was so good for Dave. As for the fear of “owning” the loss if Fallon and/or JKL beats him, I can’t imagine that worries Dave THAT much. He’s certainly faced bigger embarrassments (the sex scandals, public reception to his hosting the Oscars, etc) and at any rate, it’s not as if Dave’s legacy will be what he does in 2014. He’s already playing with house money. To used your washed-up ballplayer analogy, it’s not like Hank Aaron is crushed by embarrassment with how he played for the Brewers at the end of his career; you can’t unhit all those Braves home runs.

  • Gary Middleton

    JC, I did a bad job explaining my position.

    I don’t think Dave is concerned about legacy nor embarrassment at this point in his life. I think he is 100% motivated by staying on the air and maintaining his walled fortress on Broadway.

    The status quo allowed Dave to cruise along with nobody asking a lot of questions. Jay and Dave.

    Like when Peter, Tom, and Dan were the anchormen for decades. You didn’t expect any different, not even a whisper about change. Then suddenly, all three were gone in the span of about 9 months.

    Once the billiard balls start careening around the table, you don’t know how anything will settle and for Dave’s situation the potential downside outweighs the upside for what his needs are.

  • Gary Middleton

    “It has to be exciting to see things get shaken up and be given another chance to get to #1″

    There is nothing about Dave that makes me think he likes when his world is shaken up.

  • Diana Santiago

    “I was delighted by everything that happened, except you losing your job… I refer to that period as the Golden Age of Television.” – Dave to Conan when the latter visited the Late Show in 2012.

    I do think Dave likes when things are shaken up…

  • Gary Middleton

    Dave was speaking in hindsight.

  • Gary Middleton

    Also, we should remember why he was so delighted. His world had already been shaken up epically by the sex scandal. Having the focus shifted to other things was a godsend.

  • kscottk11

    Apparently, NBC might be getting some “cold feet” about how well Fallon will do replacing Leno on the Tonight Show. And, also, now it seems they’re
    getting a little jittery about Leno being a future unsigned Late Night “free agent.”

    When NBC fires Leno, I do not think it is going to leave this crowded Late Night TV landscape in a better place for the Late Night viewing audience.

    However you feel about Leno, I don’t think any of these current 11:30 network players put together a more broad-based watchable show, in it’s entirety night in night out, then Leno does with his Tonight Show. We all know what Letterman and Kimmel bring to the 11:30 network hour. IMO, not much.

    Jimmy Fallon is a real “wild card.” He has a fun show at the “12:30 hour!”

    But the 11:30 Tonight Show is a different hour, I wonder what kind of long-term “shelf-life” Fallon will have playing those cutesy “Price is Right” games and doing impressions at the 11:30 hour? He’s Johnny Carson like, but Fallon is no Johnny Carson and it’s now a completely different Late Night landscape.

    I think Fallon’s humor could quickly become very limited at the 11:30 hour. And after that what’s next for Fallon?

    The Tonight Show has never recovered from it’s last unneeded fix four years ago in 2009. I think NBC wanted to distance itself from Leno and move the
    show East To New York to get a fresh start.

    And they’re having Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels take over the producing duties of both Fallon’s 11:30 Tonight Show and Seth Meyers’ 12:30 show. That could quickly feel like a lot of SNL 5 nights a week 2 hours a night plus Saturdays.

    Both Carson and Leno were continually so dominate at the 11:30 hour because they both had broad, wide-ranging national appeal and a everyman likeability. By moving the Tonight East and having Fallon take over, will NBC risk losing a chunk of the middle America and West Coast 11:30 audience?

    When watching daily/nightly talk shows, people get stuck in viewing patterns/viewing routines and get comfortable with the host. With change, people could switch the channel and might not come back.

    As I previously posted on this site a couple of years ago, quoting Bill Maher on CNN’s Larry King in February 2010 “For whatever reason Jay Leno has the pulse of main stream America like nobody else.” I still think that’s a fair statement.

    Come February 2014, the other networks and their shows are going to be salivating to see whether NBC and Fallon “drop the ball” when Fallon takes over the Tonight show. It’s going to be interesting!

  • Brad

    “I think Fallon’s humor could quickly become very limited at the 11:30 hour.”

    It is all about the writers and the staff NBC puts around Fallon. I’ll tell you this. If the executives tell him he has to do the first act just do the monologue, his comedy bits for the rest of the show won’t get so warned out.

    Bill Maher is absolutely right on about Jay Leno’s pulse on mainstream America. Exactly the reason why I watch his show so much.

    Whoever stated that Conan fans have to stop watching YouTube clips and actual watch the show, you are right on! Unfortunately, I compromise and just watch the first half of the show and occasionally an interview or two. I hate their indie band scene and what’s worse is no matter who they bring on that I like (Jimmy Eat World, Blink-182) they sound terrible. Worse than the bands on The Tonight Show in my opinion.

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