President Obama's Appearance on 'The Tonight Show' Earns Top Tuesday Overnights in 21 Months

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August 7th, 2013

Tonight Show Obama

via press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday night:
  • With a guest appearance by President Barack Obama, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” delivered its highest rating in metered-market households (a 3.8 rating, 10 share) for any night of the week in nine months, since Wednesday, October 24, 2012 (4.0), the night of Obama’s prior appearance on the show, and highest for a Tuesday night in 21 months, since October 25, 2011 (4.1), the night of another appearance by President Obama.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Tonight” averaged a 1.2/6 in adults 18-49, the show’s highest result for a Tuesday telecast since December 18, 2012, the night of the “Voice” finale.
  • At 12:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" scored its highest Tuesday rating in metered-market households (1.7) since December 18, 2012 (1.8)
  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.8/10; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.8/5 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.8/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.2/6; "Late Show," 0.3/2 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.1/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.7/6 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.0/3).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/1).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.
NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.
  • Jacobo

    Wonder how he gets Obama to go on his show so many times.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Jacobo: Because Leno has been doing Obama jokes on his show and Obama wants to make some gains with the audiences at NBC Burbank. I gues The Prez feels that he doesn’t NEED to go on Letterman because Dave, his staff, his guests and his audiences are so pro-Obama, why preach to the choir. As I have have said before, people have been saying that Leno has been picking on Obama. Although I don’t think that Jay is a very funny man or a good talk show host, he is an “equal opportunity offender” like Johnny Carson was. Letterman is pro-Obama and pro-Democrat all the way.

  • Ralph Hahn

    P.S. Leno also has the highest-rated talk show on the air. (GREAT reason for NBC to take him off the air, isn’t it?) ROFLMAO

  • rgxx

    Obama only went on Leno for damage control…Leno has been calling it like it is – so his royal majesty has to go tell his one of his subjects to chill out by making this appearence.

  • Wallaby2012

    WORST president EVER.

  • Monikka

    Who will interview presidents and presidential candidates on NBC after Leno leaves? Fallon is a lightweight.

  • Mike

    @ Wallaby2012

    Care to elaborate on why you believe so? As a Canadian, I find your comment rather amusing considering the amount of harm that Bush did to the US’ stature both at home and abroad. IMHO Bush was definitely worse than Obama.

  • Mark

    To Mike— If you lived in the U.S. , you’d know that Wallaby 2012 is completely correct. Obama’s policies have RUINED this country . We’re suffering here in the U.S. !! Unemployment is up ,people are losing their homes , Obamacare is causing Americans to pay much more for healthcare than before. I don’t know if you see it on your news , but Obama is embroiled in multiple scandals. HE IS THE WORST PRESIDENT — EVER !!!! I only hope that we can recover when a new president is elected.

  • Dana

    Mark and Wallaby2012 are right. In fact, 74% of Americans think we’re going in the wrong direction. As evidenced by Obama’s appearance on Jay Leno,Obama is a celebrity president. He cares more about hobnobbing with celebrities than he does that this country is on its knees thanks to his ridiculous policies. He is , by far , the worst president ever ( and I was born when Truman was president ) No one has been worse for this country. No one. Feel lucky you live in Canada,Mike.

  • cloud topper

    I saw a segment on TV that said that people in other countries have no idea that the vast majority of Americans DISAPPROVE of the way the President is handling things. They only see the ” nice and fluffy ” stories about the President. They don’t hear about the scandals. They have no idea what it’s like to struggle to make ends meet. They think everything’s rosy . Of course Americans know how terrible President Obama is.

  • Neal

    Dana, Mark, and Wallaby take your klan hoods off LOSERS! You guys just can’t accept the fact that Romney got his ass totally kicked! Obama was clearly re-elected because Americans are smart enough to know tax cuts for the rich only help the top 1% which are people like Romney!

  • Monikka

    Dana said ” Feel lucky you live in Canada,Mike” without a trace of irony that Canada has socialized health care and, gasp, no mortgage interest deduction.

    Mike, what you are dealing with here are anti-Obama parrots who can’t, as you asked, “elaborate on why they believe so.” Those who can’t explain why they are displeased with President Obama are (a) either too stupid to change the channel from Fox News or (b) racists or (c) gun nuts.

  • Monikka

    Oh, by the way, Dana, Canada has more restrictive gun ownership laws too. Yes, Mike, feel lucky you live in Canada.

  • Mike

    @ Mark

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate has gone down, and has been on a downward trend since 2009. According to CoreLogic, the Financial Times, and the Business Insider, the number of US homes lost to foreclosures has gone down by 27%. While it still remains higher than levels seen between 2000 and 2006, it’s definitely improving. Besides, the fact that they couldn’t afford to pay their mortgage when the crisis hit suggests that they shouldn’t have been given a mortgage in the first place. You are correct that under Obamacare, certain groups of people will have to pay more for healthcare — the cost of non-group market plans are expected to increase by 10 to 13 percent by 2016, but at the same time, over 57% of those under that coverage would be eligible for subsidies that would cover that increase in cost. Furthermore, year over year, the cost of Obamacare has only caused a rate hike between 1 to 3 percent in that group. Therefore, it is NOT in fact MUCH more. Besides, the increases are due to covering more people (which isn’t a bad thing) and requiring a higher minimum level of benefit (which isn’t a bad thing). Universal health care is nothing to be afraid of; it exists in many Western countries, including Canada, Sweden, Iceland, Norway, Japan, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Israel, Austria, Belgium, etc. Lastly, the President embroiled in a scandal is nothing new — Obama, Bush Jr., Clinton, Bush Sr. …

  • Mike

    @ Dana

    What’s your source for this 74% disapproval? Again, you have not provided any concrete evidence to suggest he is indeed the worst President beyond your own personal opinions.

    @ cloud topper

    What news organization aired this segment? You do realize that in Canada, we receive CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox, CNN, Fox News, etc. on our cable and satellite systems. I think you are making a rather broad generalization that lacks any basis in fact. Personally, I am well aware of the current situation in the US, but I seem to be politically unbiased in this case compared to people on here — probably because I am not American.

    @ Neal

    Your politically biased comment adds nothing of value to the discussion. While I respect your right to voice an opinion, there are more respectful and mature ways to do so. It is this type of political polarization that only makes matters worse, not better.

  • Mike

    I like facts along with the appropriate source(s). You are free to express your opinion too if you so desire. However, please do not try to pass off opinion as fact.

  • Lisa

    Is this a website about TV or about politics ? Yes , a large number of Americans think Obama’s doing a great job. Yes , a large number of Americans think Obama’s the worst President ever. What does that have to do with TV ? Stop already !!! My goodness you’re all so hateful !

  • Jim LaForte

    Ralph, I do not see any valid reasoning in your comments. David Letterman is a registered INDEPENDENT. He is not Liberal in the sense that you are talking about, nor in the tank with Obama. I also never see the correlation of what you and others are talking about as you probably never watch Dave. It is not feasibly possible for a host of a major late night television show, on a major network to be one-sided in their politics and political humor. Jay is more Liberal than Dave, but he hides it differently.

  • Jim LaForte

    and Jay gets the big guests first because of a) his location and b) his popularity with viewers (ratings).

  • Stanley

    Erik- I agree , but I think you’re being too kind. Neal’s beyond an idiot !

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