Late Night TV Ratings For July 22-26, 2013

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August 1st, 2013

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Via NBC's Press Release

‘THE Tonight Show,’ ‘LATE NIGHT’ CONTINUE DOMINANCE OVER ABC, CBS TIMESLOT COMPETITION FOR WEEK OF JULY 22-26

Jimmy Fallon Defeats Both Jimmy Kimmel, David Letterman in 18-34 Viewers Despite the Latter’s Earlier Start Times

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Aug. 1, 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 22-26, delivering bigger audiences than their ABC and CBS rivals in every key ratings category.

Both Leno and Kimmel bested their ABC and CBS late-night timeslot competitors in adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers.

Note: Fallon was an encore on Tuesday, ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” was in rebroadcasts for the full week and CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” aired an encore on Friday.

For the week, Fallon delivered more viewers 18-34 (251,000) than Letterman (231,000) and ABC’s week of “Kimmel” encores (179,000), despite those shows starting an hour earlier when viewership levels are significantly higher. Fallon also out-delivered both those 11:35 p.m. shows last week in men 18-34 and women 18-34.

Additionally, for a second straight week, Fallon delivered more viewers 18-49 than ABC’s week of “Kimmel” encores (613,000 vs. 568,000), marking the first two times “Late Night” has topped Kimmel in the category since the ABC series moved to an 11:35 start time in January.

Leno delivered his biggest 18-49 audience (1.081 million) and overall audience (3.562 million) in four weeks, since June 24-28. Fallon generated his second-biggest 18-49 audience (613,000) in five weeks, since the week of June 17-21, trailing over that span only the prior week’s average of 663,000.

At 1:35 a.m. ET, “Last Call with Carson Daly” jumped versus the same week last year by 13% in viewers 18-49 (to 363,000 from 322,000), by 34% in viewers 18-34 (165,000 vs. 123,000) and by 13% in total viewers (895,000 vs. 789,000).

For the third quarter to date, Leno is up 6% in 18-49 viewers (to 1.073 million vs. 1.009 million) and up 11% in 18-34 viewers (352,000 from 316,000). Fallon is up 6% in 18-49 viewers (643,000 vs. 609,000) and up 18% in 18-34 viewers (272,000 vs. 230,000).

Leno has now delivered bigger 18-49 audiences than “Late Show” for the last 36 weeks in a row and topped “Kimmel” for 26 of their 29 head-to-head weeks. In total viewers, Leno has out-delivered “Late Show” for 40 weeks in a row and “Kimmel” for 29 of 29 weeks.

Fallon has now generated bigger 18-49 audiences than “Late Late Show” for 41 of the last 42 weeks and prevailed in total viewers for 38 of the last 40 weeks. Versus “Nightline” in their head-to-head half-hour, Fallon has out-delivered the ABC series for 29 weeks in a row in viewers 18-49 and 24 of the last 26 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 22-26. 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 *
ABC “Kimmel,” 0.4/2 **

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,” 3.6 million viewers
CBS “Late Show,” 2.7 million viewers *

ABC “Kimmel,” 1.8 million viewers **

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 1.4 million viewers

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 1.6 million viewers
CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.4 million viewers

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

* Tuesday’s “Late Night” and Friday’s “Late Show” were encores.

** “Jimmy Kimmel Live” was 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 22-26

NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING

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, 0.6

Each adult 18-49 rating point equals 1.27 million viewers

TOTAL VIEWERS

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m.  “The Daily Show,” 1.3 million viewers
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 1.2 million viewers

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.9 million viewers

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 2.2 million viewers
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.4 million viewers

 

 
  • Gary Middleton

    Meanwhile, this week Dave’s overnight household average beat Jay’s for the 4 nights they were head to head with new episodes. CBS did have a 67% viewer lead-in advantage at 10 pm. And I do think Dave’s wall of huge stars (Denzel, Cranston, Damon, Oprah) made a difference.

    Now they won’t be head to head again for most of the summer.

  • Jim LaForte

    Is that really being competitive when Jay’s booking policy does not allow “left overs” from Jimmy on his show? Gary, I tend to agree with you about Jay’s options, but you never know, this is Jay Leno that we are talking about.

    To me, it would appear that Jimmy Kimmel and Craig Furguson are going to have the pick of the litter as far as “A-Listers” go, being that their shows will be the only late nighters producing in L.A.

    Has Craig Furguson’s schtick started to wear thin? He puts on the airs that he does not care what happens, yet seems AWFULLY competitive to me. Out of everyone, does anyone else think that he has a lot to gain?

    My feeling is that Dave will be renewed until 2015, giving him 35 years on network television.

  • Richard

    I know this is off topic but..

    I miss the 90’s Leno: Iron Jay, Mr. Brain, Beyondo…..

    I also miss Conan’s “In the year 2000…”

    Those were good years.

  • Nick

    Yeah, I don’t know why Jay doesn’t revisit those old bits every now and again. More variety in the comedy bits would be greatly appreciated. Most of the time he seems to keep it simple and, well, lazy. Lots of desk bits, lots of studio bits. He only really goes out for Jaywalking, and there has been a lot less Jaywalking recently.

    But Jay’s monologue is obviously what draws people in, and what keeps him at #1. Without the monologue, his ratings would be lousy. That’s the way it’s always been, pretty much since Jay took over. It’s something that Letterman, Kimmel, Fallon, Conan, etc. could never top.

  • Brad

    Letterman of the 80’s and Carson of the 70’s. In late night, someone seems to get a decade.

    I feel like Ferguson is on the down swing now. His act is getting thin to me. I don’t watch his show anymore which is sad considering I use to watch every night at one point. The show is just too raunchy, disorganized, don’t care attitude, etc.. I stopped watching it and have only turned back on rare occasions. Last show I remember was the Sandra Bullock one and I felt like he didn’t treat her nicely. I don’t know, but it was a turn off. Sad because I use to advocate for to move to 11:35pn. Not anymore.

  • Nifty

    @Brad Same here. I’ve been watching the show this summer, but I stopped for a long time. I see his old monologues and sketches and go, “What happened?” I go to the imdb boards for the show, and a lot of people on there, including me, think one of the main problems is how much “Geoff” is involved. Funny story, Josh Robert Thompson, the guy who plays Geoff, got wind of this, and went on a mini rampage on twitter about how all the people on imdb are trolls. So, that makes me think he and Craig don’t really see, or want to see, what is happening to the show. Oh well.

  • Gary Middleton

    “I go to the imdb boards for the show, and a lot of people on there, including me, think one of the main problems is how much “Geoff” is involved.”

    I’m not a Ferguson viewer, but I caught a few minutes recently and had to wonder how much the joke of having a skeleton sidekick had run its course.

    Either way, the ‘this whole show revolves around me and my miraculous adlibbing skills’ approach is not built to last. No matter how good you are. If he got 3 years out of it, that would have been impressive. He’s closing in on a decade. No surprise if some viewers got burned out.

  • Gary Middleton

    “More variety in the comedy bits would be greatly appreciated. Most of the time he seems to keep it simple and, well, lazy. Lots of desk bits, lots of studio bits.”

    I don’t think it’s laziness, Nick. It’s ratings. What you usually find on these shows (to the frustration of the writers) is that the narrower the format, the higher the ratings. Viewers want to know what they’re getting and have that expectation satisfied. With most hit TV shows, you’ll find that once they found their way to the top of the ratings, their format only got narrower and never broader.

    FWIW, the latest Jaywalking was scrubbed because of his laryngitis. They subbed in a Photo Booth extremely last minute. They didn’t say it was a “Best Of” Photo Booth, but all of the content in it had previously aired over the years.

  • jcfreder

    From a story percolating through the media at the moment:

    A study of gags by late-night comics during the first half of the year found an abrupt change from 2012. Now Obama and Democrats are providing the lion’s share of punch lines.

    Obama was the target of 288 monologue jokes made by Jay Leno, David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson and Jimmy Kimmel, according to an analysis that was released Monday by the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University.

    Fallon was the toughest comic on Democrats, targeting them 240 times compared with 76 for Republicans. Letterman had 139 jokes about Republicans and 102 about Democrats, the CMPA found.

  • Brad

    But do they mention their democrats and does the audience know they are democrats? President Obama, Eliot Spitzer, Anthony Weiner, and San Diego Mayor Bob Filner are all Democrats but I never hear the host call them that. Whenever I hear a joke about a Republican it starts off “Today, Republican blah blah said…” but when it is Democrat I hear something like “San Deigo Mayor Bob Filner said today…” not even recognizing his party affiliation.

    I really hope I don’t start a political brouhaha hear but more jokes on a political party does not mean it is they are known jokes on a political party.

  • Gary Middleton

    “President Obama, Eliot Spitzer, Anthony Weiner, and San Diego Mayor Bob Filner are all Democrats but I never hear the host call them that. Whenever I hear a joke about a Republican it starts off “Today, Republican blah blah said…” but when it is Democrat I hear something like “San Deigo Mayor Bob Filner said today…” not even recognizing his party affiliation.”

    You really want them to say ‘Democratic President Obama’? Or ‘Democratic Mayor Filner’? Plain weird.

    If Weiner or Spitzer were candidates for Congress or the Senate, you’d be hearing their affiliations. It’s just not significant enough at the municipal level to add several syllables to a monologue joke.

  • Brad

    Well when you put it like that. Lol.

    I just feel like they shouldn’t mention party affiliation at all. Even when it is a Congressman or Senator they should be called, Congressman or Senator.

  • Brad

    That’s like Family Guy’s broadcasters always throwing it to “Asian reporter Trisha Takanawa for more…” Lol. Do we really have to mention race, ethnicity, or political affliation when mentioning somebody? I think occupation is good enough.

  • GARebelman

    Jay did a long interview with Lawrence O’Donnell on msnbc. he said his political views are “fiscally conservative and socially liberal” so I guess he is a libertarian then. Good interview.

    Jay has taken several jabs at NBC tonight with Obama.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Jay has taken several jabs at NBC tonight with Obama.”

    Missed the show and will have to watch online, but that sounds like a bad idea on at least four levels.

  • GARebelman

    He compared the Putin picture of PUtin looking depressed in the room with Obama to him in teh room with NBC executives. And said Obama is there to talk about jobs so he is there to help him find a new one :)

    . . . and Fallon’s opening just as it came on was talking to Obama with Fake Obama telling him he is confused as to why he is taking over when he is winning all key demos then proceeded to turn the channel to Ferguson

  • Brad

    The jabs weren’t significant in my mind, but I understand now why Obama went on Leno. Approval ratings. His disapproval rating is at an all-time low. Majority of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of Obama. This helped, I agree with him and Leno about getting some job acts together for infurstrature (and interesting thought from Leno to have a “Peace Corp” that are dedicated to rebuilding fallen cities and bridges), also glad to learn when ObamaCare is finally taking effect October and how whistle blowers should go about whistle blowing (though vague), but the event really reminded me how Obama is another Washington politician. And celebrating Hilary Clinton as a great Secretary of State? Yeah, it is a tough job, but she was no way a great Secretary of State.

  • Brad

    Beginning of Colbert was hilarious about Daft Punk and the VMAs controversy around Daft Punk being on another show before the VMAs.

    Even better, Conan with his employee in his monologue (turns out the Conan crew works on Fridays). Also, Steve Martin was great tonight. Loved the interview with his singer, but then again I might have been more interested being a musician. Even more, Martin doing “Conan Top Ten” is MUST WATCH for our crew.

  • Brad

    Anyone else seeing Arsenio Hall ads all over their local NBC affiliate late at night? I’ve seen many of Hall’s ads here in Boston for The CW.

  • GARebelman

    Arsenio is airing at 11PM in my Atlanta Market on the CW network. I saw one commercial when I was watching “Who’s Line” a week or so ago.

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