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

 

‘THE Tonight Show’ SCORES BIGGEST WEEK SINCE DECEMBER WHILE ‘LATE NIGHT’ HITS NINE-WEEK HIGH

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.”

WEEKLY AVERAGES

(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*

TOTAL VIEWERS

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.

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,” 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.

SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK OF AUG. 5-9

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, 0.7

Each adult 18-49 rating point equals 1.27 million viewers

TOTAL 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

 

 
  • Douglas in TN

    For a few weeks this spring and summer, Letterman’s show sparkled, with some newly found energy, shown in the monologue, the bits, and sprinkled in absurdities.

    Sadly, the sparkle seems to have not lasted long. Most nights, as many note, he just doesn’t seem to want to be there.

  • Brad

    I just hate that about Letterman. He never brings his A-game but yet he won’t give up The Late Show without a fight. Everyone talks about how Leno is a jerk for saving up his money and never spending it, but what the heck is Letterman doing that isn’t that? Letterman saves his paychecks and puts on a flaky show for them. At least Leno enjoys what he does.

    Letterman’s monologue was crap yesterday. However, his Top Ten on A-Rod was terrific! Too bad it was the writing that was brilliant and Letterman’s weak performance/broadcast almost took away the magic of it all.

  • GARebelman

    I guess I picked the wrong time to watch then Douglas >_> He is the only one with originals this week so if he doesn’t win, I don’t know what to say.

    He was tripping over his words and stuttering really bad at the desk bit last night

  • Gary Middleton

    A lot of this is a function of age. Whatever flaws exist are accentuated by old age, and age is accentuated by a daily broadcast.

    When I see Larry King on TV now, he strikes me as very sharp and vibrant. Because he can pick and choose his spots. When he was on nightly, even 10 years ago, there were many times it looked like he was going to drop dead on the air.

  • anonymous

    There’s nothing wrong with Letterman. That’s just his manner of speaking and how he naturally talks. Let’s not resort to age profiling of Letterman now.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Let’s not resort to age profiling of Letterman now.”

    Politically correct terms, no matter how artful or clever, will not trump science. There will not be 70 year old world track and field champions. There will not be 70 year old world chess champions. Everybody slows down.

    If you’re on every night, a lot of diminished moments will make it to air.

  • Gary Middleton

    Chelsea Handler inked her lucrative 2 year contract in late 2011. Presumably a decision will have to come in the next few months about whether to renew her. Will they?

    Back when they made the current deal, Chelsea still showed up in the weekly ratings.

  • anonymous

    You would consider yourself lucky to be Letterman’s age and have his mental capacity. I for one am not going to call him washed up until I see him lose his train of thought on air.

  • GARebelman

    TV guide updated who makes the most on the air. Stewart is now on top.

    Jon Stewart (The Daily Show): $25-30 million
    Jay Leno (The Tonight Show): $20 million
    David Letterman (Late Night): $20 million
    Jimmy Kimmel (Jimmy Kimmel Live): $10 million

  • Hector

    Letterman’s age shows regularly.

    It’s just little things that occur so its hard to give concrete examples. Stuttering or tripping over his words isn’t necessarily a part of that but Letterman in general is a great broadcaster. So it’s possible that is a sign of age.

    He screws up jokes in the monologue.

    When he starts just talking about whatever’s on his mind, he does it at the expense of the 2nd segment bit and/or top ten list. He’s often ‘opened’ the top ten list and then started on his rant, with no explanation, no transition. Again, not necessarily age but maybe. He doesn’t rehearse, so maybe he just does what he wants, goes out and wings it.

    Often asks Paul if ‘we opened the thing’ or not. Sometimes when he has, sometimes when he hasn’t.

    (One great moment happened where he’s introducing the topic of the top ten list, setting up the premise. Sounds like he’s going to go into the list, so Tony Mendez his cue card guy tells him to ‘open’ it. Letterman is visibly angry with him and yells at him that he’s going to open it. Again, it’s not part of the bit, theyre not acting. He mad that he’s interrupted on air. He continues setting up the bit, and then he’s about to go into the first item on the list. So Paul chimes in that he needs to open it. Letterman’s able to turn it into a joke, saying, ‘Why didnt anyone tell me?’ and it’s hilarious, a great moment.)

    There’s lots of little moments. They’re mostly not that big of a deal, especially if it’s in an interview. There’s the occasional screwed up joke, which the writers must love.

    But the thing is, Letterman is such a great broadcaster, and has always been so quick, (and his audience eats up everything he does), that it’s never a big deal. He can usually get himself out of it, or make a joke about it and move on.

    No one said anything was wrong with Letterman or that he has limited mental capacity.

    But having a drop off in quickness or effort or showing his age is not something that can be denied. He’s not what he once was. That doesnt mean he has no ability or talent left. He could stay on another 20 years and still be a sharper wit than Fallon could ever be.

    He of course still has that greatness in him, except it only shows a handful of times a year.

  • anonymous

    “He could stay on another 20 years and still be a sharper wit than Fallon could ever be.”

    Thank you, sir!

  • jcfreder

    Letterman is 66.

    Some of it is age.
    Some of it is not rehearsing, so he is “winging it” more, rather than having the show more tightly packaged.
    Some of it is his “does not give a crap” attitude, which actually is probably somewhat correlated to age.

    @Douglas — I do not understand where the idea that he “doesn’t seem to want to be there” comes from. It’s been repeated over and over how much Dave lives for that one hour a day. I mean, he’s cranky in general, but it’s pretty clear he loves hosting a talk show.

  • Gary Middleton

    “You would consider yourself lucky to be Letterman’s age and have his mental capacity.”

    Exactly. Dave is sharp for his age. Sharper than I’ll be at 66. Sharper than I am now.

    But he’s not competing with me, and he’s not competing in an oldtimers league. Dave is in 3rd place out of 3 networks and the margin of defeat has been expanding rapidly.

    Could Bjorn Borg beat all of us in tennis today? Of course. Irrelevant.

  • Gary Middleton

    “He could stay on another 20 years and still be a sharper wit than Fallon could ever be.”

    Fallon is not trying to compete on wit. They all bring different things to the equation. Carson did not have the quickness and wit of Dick Cavett. People liked Johnny’s presence.

    Fallon has a range and energy and spirit which Dave could not match at any age. We’ll see if people are interested in that. If they are, and Fallon still has a show when he is 66, all of those qualities will be diminished by age.

  • Riggs

    Is Dave in 3rd place? I keep seeing that he’s beating Kimmel in total viewers and tied with him in the demo but i don’t watch that closely. I suspect he’ll be doing better than expected when Leno leaves.

  • Riggs

    Guess I’m looking at “Season to Date”

  • Gary Middleton

    “Is Dave in 3rd place?”

    Fair question. Dave skidded startlingly into distant third in May sweeps. But he did edge out Kimmel in February sweeps. Summer is kind of a mess because someone is in reruns all the time. So we’ll find out in November if May was a head fake. Probably obvious where I stand on that issue.

    May’s numbers were certainly impacted by the fading strength of CBS 10 pm shows like Hawaii Five-O, and the success of ABC’s Scandal.

  • Diana Santiago

    Conan’s encore beat in the demo a brand new Letterman with Louis CK as guest.

  • GARebelman

    Shows Letterman is nothing without a lead in as viewers won’t watch when he has repeats as lead ins over the summer.

  • Gary Middleton

    Absolutely true, GAR. Which is why things bode very ill for Dave if the CBS 10 pm lineup falters any further.

    Not saying it will. But it’s been a long, long time since it’s been this vulnerable.

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