Late Night TV Ratings For August 5-August 9, 2013

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August 15th, 2013

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Via NBC's Press Release



Leno, With Visit from President, and Fallon Dominate Timeslot Competition in All Key Demos, Total Viewers for Week of Aug. 5-9

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Aug. 15, 2013 — NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” has delivered its biggest week in total viewers since December, while “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” has hit a nine-week high in ratings results for the week of Aug. 5-9.

Leno and Fallon enjoyed commanding margins of victory, topping their broadcast time-period competition for the week in every key ratings category — adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers.

Note that CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” was in rebroadcast last week while “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” excluded Thursday and Friday due to delays for golf coverage. ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” was in rebroadcast on Friday.

The Aug. 6 appearance by President Barack Obama generated “Tonight’s” biggest overall audience for any night of the week since July 2012.

The telecast with the President attracted a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49 or 1.430 million viewers in that category, and 4.947 million viewers overall. It’s the highest 18-49 rating for the show since Monday, June 10 and the biggest overall audience since Friday, July 27, 2012, the night of the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics.

These Aug. 6 results top President Obama’s prior appearance on Oct. 24, 2012 (1.355 million adults 18-49, 4.600 million viewers overall).

For the week, Leno’s average of 1.121 million adult 18-49 viewers was “Tonight’s” highest since June 10-14 and his 3.821 million viewers overall is the show’s best since Dec. 17-21, 2012, the week of last fall’s “Voice” finale. Fallon delivered his biggest overall audience (1.764 million) since June 3-7.

Leno has now delivered bigger 18-49 audiences than “Late Show” for the last 38 weeks in a row and topped “Kimmel” for 28 of their 31 head-to-head weeks. In total viewers, Leno has out-delivered “Late Show” for 42 weeks in a row and “Kimmel” for 31 of 31 weeks.

Fallon has now generated bigger 18-49 audiences than “Late Late Show” for 43 of the last 44 weeks and prevailed in total viewers for 40 of the last 42 weeks. Versus “Nightline” in their head-to-head half-hour, Fallon has out-delivered the ABC series for 31 of 31 weeks in viewers 18-49 and 26 of the last 28 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.”


(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of Aug. 5-9. 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,” 0.5/2 *
ABC “Kimmel,” 0.6/3 *

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*


11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight,” 3.8 million viewers
CBS “Late Show,” 2.2 million viewers *

ABC “Kimmel,” 2.2 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,” 1.8 million viewers
CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.1 million viewers*

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

* “Late Night” and “Last Call” were encores throughout the week. Thursday and Friday editions of “Late Late Show” were delayed by golf coverage and are excluded. Friday’s “Kimmel” 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,” 2.9 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.



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, 0.7

Each adult 18-49 rating point equals 1.27 million viewers


Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m.  “The Daily Show,” 1.4 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, 2.1 million viewers
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.4 million viewers


  • Brad

    In depth review about John Oliver’s 32-episode tenure at The Daily Show. For the most part I agree with this. Enjoy!

    avclub dot com/articles/the-daily-show-week-of-august-1215-2013,101708/

  • Douglas in TN

    ” DA perennial KING of late night!”

    Perennial, ending February 6, 2014.

  • Brad


    The point of the article was that life of The Daily Shoe can live beyond Jon Stewart and John Oliver proved that. For me, ratings wise, the small dip was due to the audience not giving Oliver a fair chance or the fact that with it being summer AND the show doesn’t have Stewart, people wrote it off in the TV Guide’s (if they still have those).

  • Gary Middleton

    Brad, my belief about the decline is there is a certain percentage of the Daily Show audience in NY and Florida that watches Jon Stewart for cultural reasons.

  • Brad

    You really believe there’s a good size group of people watch Stewart simply because he’s Jewish? I’m not too sure about this. He tells Jewish jokes off the cuff but there’s only one guy in the audience who gets it. Maybe there’s more at home but geez. Doesn’t look so promising.

  • Gary Middleton

    Yes, Brad, I really believe it.

    A rarity this week: Dave has the entire late night arena to himself. Can he take the demo?

  • Brad

    Prediction: He will but barely. So surprise he has late night to himself this week. I only remember that happening either around Thanksgiving or Christmas for Dave.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Can’t wait to see Conan’s ratings come next week.”

    You think it’ll be something other than 0.5?

  • Hector

    Watching Seth Meyers on Fallon. He mentioned that he will be on the 8th floor of 30 Rock.

    Carson Daly started his show in 8H, the same studio as SNL. I doubt this is what will happen with Meyers.

    The old plan for Fallon was to combine 6B and 8G into one very tall studio. This would have affected Football Night in America which is in 8G (fall Sundays). Potential landing spot for Meyers.

    And there’s other space that I guess could be modified for Meyers, but either way Late Night is going to be two floors above The Tonight Show.

  • GARebelman

    I am watching Letterman only because I never changed channels after Under the Dome. Still no second segment I see -_- I thought some of you said he started doing one besides the same old desk rant?

  • GARebelman

    . . . and talking about he Late Shift movie on HBO from the 90s.


  • Brad

    Letterman is?!?!? ????

    This floor plan thing for NBC late night is driving me insane. I would love to know if Fallon’s studio is going to get expanded. It has to. It honestly has to. The guy uses the stage for his game and barely squeezes in his tables and guests. Sooooo much props to the floor director and his screw but the bigger show deserves to have some ease. Be apart of the promotion.

    I can care less where Meyers is going but I hope he gets his own studio rather than share one. That’s all I hope to find out.

  • Hector

    Fallon’s going to be in the same studio.

    Not exactly just a new set. The infrastructure is said to be changing, whatever that will mean who knows.

    It’s capacity will increase to 240 from 189.

    Either way, it’s the same studio. I don’t see how they can create much more space with that many people in the audience. Still need lights, equipment, and so on.

  • Brad

    Still can’t believe Chelsea Handler took over The Tonight Show stage Conan O’Brien had. No offense to her but so undeserved. No way she would’ve gotten a stage of that size and caliber if Conan hadn’t left the NBC family.

  • Brad

    Thanks Hector for all the info! Hopefully everything all works out for Fallon and Co. He deserves it.

  • Hector

    People have noted how Letterman’s show has changed, or seems different, or has a new crew.

    I haven’t noticed anything all that different. A slight increase in frequency 2nd segment ‘bits’ (meaning an actual desk pieces like charts and graphs, small town news, etc) but its not much.

    For the past few years, random, throw away gags and quick walk-ons from characters and the crew have been the norm rather than a straight desk piece.

    A few years ago, there was a long spell where Letterman did almost no 2nd segment comedy at all. He just took the time to talk about something on his mind. He sometimes wouldn’t even do the top ten list during this period. It’s probably been about 2, 3 years since that time, maybe 4 or 5 even now that I think about it.

    He of course still does that now sometimes, but I haven’t noticed any real, noticeable change in the show since the new head writer took over.

    That’s the other thing. There’s isn’t a new crew or ‘new writers’ as in a whole new crew.

    The current head writer was previously on the writing staff (In fact he was the guy you saw most of the time when Letterman spoke his producer. He’d be standing behind her.) And the former head writers are still on the staff. In the past year, I think maybe two writers have been added (only 1 of which was added since the head writer change I believe, and that was pretty recent). Including those two, I think maybe 3 writers were added in the past two years. And in that time 2 or 3 writers are no longer on the staff.

    The rest of staff is almost entirely guys who’ve been working on the show over 10 years and a few over 20 years.

  • Hector

    Of course that’s all just info pieced together from what I can gather. A little from Imdb. A few stories came out when Letterman changed head writers.

    Plus, I actually look at the credits of the show. Because I’m weird.

    For instance, I just noticed Fallon now only has 18 credited writers. Mike Shoemaker is no longer credited as a writer and producer. He’s staying at 12:30 with Seth Meyers.

  • Hector

    Agreed on Chelsea Handler in Conan’s old studio.

    I thought the plan originally in 2010 was to use that for NBC news.

  • GARebelman

    Yep Brad Letterman was. HE was complaining about how the person who played him in the Late Shift wore a red whig and he has never had red hair. I see why I don’t watch. This is the most off the wall stuff I have ever seen. People love to bash Jay but at least he doesn’t ramble at his desk for 10 minutes.

    Thank you for the info Hector! I haven’t watched in ages this is the first time really. I see why nobody watches after large lead ins like Under the Dome now. Just wow.

  • GARebelman

    Regarding Fallon, he is moving to Studio 6A while they spend time doing STudio 6B increasing the audience capacity by a few dozen extra seats. I hope they don’t make the set too huge.

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