Late Night TV Ratings For August 12-16, 2013

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August 22nd, 2013

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Via NBC's Press Release

 

ENCORES OF ‘THE Tonight Show,’ ‘LATE NIGHT’ DEFEAT ABC, CBS TIME-SLOT COMPETITION IN KEY DEMOS FOR WEEK OF AUG.12-16

Leno’s Week of Rebroadcasts Tops Kimmel’s Week of Four Originals and One Encore, While Fallon Bests Ferguson Again

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Aug. 22, 2013 — Encore telecasts of NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” have scored #1 finishes for the week of Aug. 12-16 over ABC and CBS timeslot competition.

Last week’s “Tonight” encores topped ABC’s week of mostly original “Jimmy Kimmel Live” telecasts, which got a boost on Wednesday from a guest appearance by Oprah Winfrey.  Note that all NBC and CBS late-night programming last week was in rebroadcast while Friday’s “Kimmel” was an encore and the rest of ABC’s schedule was in originals.

At 12:35 a.m. ET, Fallon rebroadcasts outscored CBS’s encore “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and ABC’s original “Nightline” during their head-to-head half-hour in every key category – adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers.  Leno topped “Late Show” in all those measures and beat the mostly original week of “Kimmel” in adults, men and women 18-34; adults, men and women 18-49; adults and men 25-54; plus total viewers.

Leno has now delivered bigger 18-49 audiences than “Late Show” for the last 39 weeks in a row and topped “Kimmel” for 29 of their 32 head-to-head weeks. In total viewers, Leno has out-delivered “Late Show” for 43 weeks in a row and “Kimmel” for 32 of 32 weeks.

Fallon has now generated bigger 18-49 audiences than “Late Late Show” for 44 of the last 45 weeks and prevailed in total viewers for 41 of the last 43 weeks. Versus “Nightline” in their head-to-head half-hour, Fallon has out-delivered the ABC series for 32 of 32 weeks in viewers 18-49 and 18 weeks in a row 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. 12-16. 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,” 0.7 rating, 3 share *
CBS “Late Show,” 0.5/2 *
ABC “Kimmel,” 0.6/3 *

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,” 0.3/2*

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.2/2 *

TOTAL VIEWERS

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight,” 2.9 million viewers *
CBS “Late Show,” 2.4 million viewers *
ABC “Kimmel,” 2.4 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,” 1.5 million viewers *
CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.2 million viewers *

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.8 million viewers*

* All NBC and CBS programming was in rebroadcast last week and 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. 12-16

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,” 0.5

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

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 1.0 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
 

 

 
  • GARebelman

    I don’t think the NYC stand up is what will appeal and bring in the numbers. Look what that has done with Community, 30 Rock, and all that. Where are the ratings? You hear how great they are and that’s it. Nothing to brag about in the Press release.

    Only reason SNL gets any numbers is due to zero competition and some just watch it for the sake of watching (like the Simpsons) despite saying it isn’t as funny anymore.

  • Hector

    ‘I don’t think the NYC stand up is what will appeal and bring in the numbers.’

    That’s why they’re going with Jimmy Fallon.

    He show is SNL-style at times, but Fallon is not the typical ‘NYC standup’.

    In some ways, he’s very different from Leno. Leno’s a pure stand up through and through. Fallon is basically a pure SNL cast member. Leno tells jokes. Fallon does impressions and sings songs.

    But they’re both very broad, try to appeal to as many people as possible, and aren’t trying to offend anyone.

    Ricky Gervais put it jokingly (but come on now):

    “He’s a great example of making the most of what you’ve been given. He’s not a comedian. He’s not a singer. He’s not really a good host. But he’s on telly every night. Making money. Somehow.”

    I also don’t see Leno coming back into the picture at NBC at 11:30. But…his contract isn’t up until September. It’s just too perfect. End of February until September. 7 months.

    Also, Fallon doesn’t run the network. NBC calls the shots. He goes on at 11:30 because NBC decided so. If the they want to cancel him, they can. Leno had his ‘pay and play’ clause and still got cancelled. (Of course there’s more to that story but still).

    His contract doesn’t guarantee he’ll get whatever his people negotiated for in terms of time on the air (although I’m guessing they have a new mention of time slot language in the new contract/amendment), it’s just guarantees he’s getting paid.

    Ferguson has the same clause Conan had. He’s not getting 11:30. He’ll get some kind of penalty payment though. Conan got his 40M plus.

    The reason why Fallon will stay on the air is not because of his contract. It’s because of Leno’s expiring one. There’s no Jay Leno Show that’s more costly to get rid of.

    At least not yet.

  • Hector

    *The reason why Fallon will stay on the air (if things are not going so well)

  • Gary Middleton

    Great post, Hector. Fallon was the kind of stand up that hipster NYC comics would ridicule: an impressionist guitar act who attracts a lot of women after the show.

    Nobody from that world seemed especially excited when Fallon got Late Night. They certainly weren’t into his formulaic movie Fever Pitch. He was never their darling on SNL, Will Ferrell was.

    If Fallon fails to draw a broad audience, it won’t be because he’s too hip for any room.

  • David Moller

    I notice that these threads always revolve around Jay Leno one way or another. Whether its ratings, transition, competitors, fans who love him vs those who hate him, etc…

    So whatever happened to Conan? Seems like there is only one person in this forum that wants to talk about him, and most of what she says falls on deaf ears.

    Has Conan become that irrelevant that no one cares to talk about him???

  • Gary Middleton

    “I notice that these threads always revolve around Jay Leno one way or another. Whether its ratings, transition, competitors, fans who love him vs those who hate him, etc…”

    David, it’s because most of the genre and its fans made Leno the benchmark. If you weren’t Jay Leno, you were cool and brilliant by virtue of being “Not Jay Leno”.

    One of the exciting things about 2014 is ‘Not Jay Leno’ won’t be good enough anymore. Differences between Conan, Kimmel, Fallon, Letterman and the Comedy Central guys will be more likely to get some attention. And they will all be more subject to criticism.

    Leno the lightning rod allowed for an air of harmony among the other players that I don’t believe really exists below the surface.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Seems like there is only one person in this forum that wants to talk about him, and most of what she says falls on deaf ears.”

    I don’t think it’s deaf ears. There just isn’t much for anyone to say about those posts, just as there is little to say about Neal/Mario’s Leno posts. They love Conan/Leno, and that’s excellent, but since there’s no analysis involved it’s hard to imagine what anyone would add.

    That’s not a criticism of Diana nor Neal. Just my take on why they rarely spark discussion.

  • Douglas in TN

    As frustrated as I get with Letterman sometimes, it’s even moreso sometimes with Conan. Of all the late night shows, I would propose that Conan’s may be the most inconsistent.

    Some nights he and his show flirts with genius and greatness. Some nights the show, as Dave used to say, is so bad it barely sticks to the film. Most nights it’s just a typical talk show.

    When the show started on TBS he continued doing his Conan-lite Tonight Show, bordering on Leno-type blandness. This year his show occasionally goes off into absurdity that is delightful. But most nights (I DVR him and the others) I end up fast forwarding.

    Of all the shows, though, one thing that turns me off is his constant sucking up to celebrities…from the bows at the beginning to the awkward fawning when they’re on stage.

  • Diana Santiago

    “So whatever happened to Conan? Seems like there is only one person in this forum that wants to talk about him, and most of what she says falls on deaf ears.”

    That’s because most of the posters want to make Conan invisible.

    “There just isn’t much for anyone to say about those posts, just as there is little to say about Neal/Mario’s Leno posts. They love Conan/Leno, and that’s excellent, but since there’s no analysis involved it’s hard to imagine what anyone would add.

    Really? When you post “Jay Leno killed tonight”, GAR and the rest respond on the “analysis”. When I post “Conan was great tonight” or “he did great on Monday’s numbers”, comments are derogatory or nonexistent.

    That’s the balance on this board. All other Conan fans flew away because of that.

  • kscottk11

    “So whatever happened to Conan? Seems like there is only one person in this forum that wants to talk about him, and most of what she says falls on deaf ears.”

    Conan or his show aren’t news worthy anymore. His ratings aren’t significantly up or down. People generally don’t like or dislike him. He’s by and large inoffensive and his show isn’t doing anything headline grabbing anymore. I think people largely are indifferent about him. I think he has become mostly lost in oblivion and become irreverent on TBS.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Really? When you post “Jay Leno killed tonight”, GAR and the rest respond on the “analysis”.”

    But they don’t respond when Neal/Mario posts it. That’s the subtlety you’re missing.

    I post a lot of criticism of Leno. Neal/Mario only posts worship of Leno, as you do of Conan (not one negative post on Conan in the 4 years I’ve been here).

    That doesn’t make me great or you not great. I’m just explaining why, in all likelihood, your posts are not deemed analytical. When Brad posts something about Conan, there’s every possibility many will weigh in.

  • Jim LaForte

    Here is another point that I find odd that no one has brought up. (my o.c.d. kicking in…) Leno allegedly took a pay cut of nearly 1/2 of his $30,000,000.00 last year and will be off the air for at least six months after he leaves “Tonight.” How much did NBC/Comcast save? They will be paying for all of the new construction and deconstruction (in Burbank). How is all of this math going to equate? Did Jay’s “willingness” to take a pay-cut pay for the transition itself? Hmmmmmmmmm.

  • Darrin

    A good portion of the country can’t watch CBS right now thanks to CBS and TWC having their heads up their corporate butts. Ratings are completely MEANINGLESS until we can ALL choose what to watch.

  • GARebelman

    For the record, I don’t even bash Conan. I don’t even watch! What is there for me to bash other than his ratings?

    Regarding Jay, I read that his entire staff and I guess him are paid by NBC up until September to keep with the contract other than just flat out severing it.

  • Gary Middleton

    Jim, I assume Leno’s pay cut was- as advertised- to preserve staff for his remaining tenure. In other words, they couldn’t fire Leno at that point, but they could have fired a ton of other people. The result would have been a far worse Tonight Show into the home stretch, so Jay wisely took the cut.

  • Gary Middleton

    “A good portion of the country can’t watch CBS right now thanks to CBS and TWC having their heads up their corporate butts. Ratings are completely MEANINGLESS until we can ALL choose what to watch.”

    Darrin, I am under the impression that less than 3% of American TV households are affected by this. Am I wrong?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Darrin, I am under the impression that less than 3% of American TV households are affected by this. Am I wrong?”

    Certainly in the mid single digit % range. Enough to possibly tip the rounding down a tenth for these Late Night ratings, but no more than that. I haven’t been following the dispute closely enough to remember seeing a good estimate from somebody else, but I’m sure they exist.

    It’s not easy to calculate exactly on your own, The 3 blocked markets (NYC,LA,Dallas) are ~13.5% of US TV HHs

    http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/08/31/nielsen-local-television-market-universe-estimates-for-2012-13/146976/

    The unknown (to me) is what % of the HHs in those markets are TWC subscribers. If you know that, you can fairly accurately calculate the lost CBS viewers.

  • Gary Middleton

    Thanks, Bill. According to an AP report posted here by our friend Anonymous, 18% of those households are TWC. 18% of 13% is 2.4%.

  • Monte Cristo

    @ Santiago,

    “That’s because most of the posters want to make Conan invisible. ”

    I think Obrien’s show has pretty much taken care of that invisible part itself. as another poster mentioned, people prefer to focus on what’s on top. if for nothing else, just out of courtesy people don’t want to add insult to injury by putting a spotlight on a last place show. apparently you have a hard time comprehending that.

    What is amazing is almost five years later, some hardcore Obrien people still blame others for the lackluster showing of that late night program.

    “Really? When you post “Jay Leno killed tonight”, GAR and the rest respond on the “analysis”. When I post “Conan was great tonight” or “he did great on Monday’s numbers”, comments are derogatory or nonexistent.”

    Really? you really want to compare the substance and sanity of your posts vs middleton’s and GAR’s? When they say leno kills it, most likely leno beats all other late night programs as suggested by the hard rating data; when you say Obrien does great, either it’s subjective, or you are comparing Obrien to himself.

    And talking about derogatory comments, have you shown any remorse of calling leno watchers dumb? if not you have no business whining about derogatory remarks.

    “That’s the balance on this board. All other Conan fans flew away because of that.”

    you mean like less than half of the so called team coco flew away from watching his show?

  • Monte Cristo

    @ DTN,

    “When the show started on TBS he continued doing his Conan-lite Tonight Show, bordering on Leno-type blandness. This year his show occasionally goes off into absurdity that is delightful. But most nights (I DVR him and the others) I end up fast forwarding.”

    even in a post that admits the disappointing performance of Obrien, you still did’t forget to take shot at leno and tried to put the poor showing of Obrien on leno. Only once again you did it comically.

    First, if indeed Obrien was emulating leno occasionally, then it was his decision to do so, but frankly not a smart one. Obrien is not leno, and vice versa. their family backgrounds and career paths are so different. That’s not to say who is better, as we all agree comedy is subjective. Personally I will never find absurdity delight, but I respect your taste.

    second, that blandness of leno has carried him on top of the late night programs for 20 plus years. Unless you want to retreat to Santiago’s assertion that people who watch leno are dumb, that is another topic for another day. But if indeed Obrien intentionally did leno light, it only means he did a lousy job doing it because he flunked on a proven winning format.

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