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



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.”


(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 *


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.


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,” 0.5
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


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


  • Diana Santiago

    David, I rest my case.

  • Brad

    Leno style comedy is about as flavorful as a McDonald’s meal. Bland, simple, basic, but the majority of people love it.

    I see nothing wrong with comparing Conan or even Kimmel to performing Leno-like comedy. Celebrity Polling on CONAN is so weak and basic that I could easily see Leno doing it to. But instead, Conan is doing it. It is sad he has stooped down to simple comedy a kid from “Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?” can write.

    I’m not saying Leno is bad or good critically. I’m just saying I like him but think he isn’t very innovative when it comes to comedy. When I see Conan do something that could have easily been Jay Leno’s bit I think of it as rather sad and disappointing. Here’s a guy thinking he’s better than Jay Leno, appealing to audience that think Leno is lame and boring, and yet he chooses to do lame bits like the man he hates.

    Does make you wonder why Conan is doing this. Are the executives telling Conan to broaden? Is Conan and company just lazy or lack innovation? Just curious as to why. All I know is that he doesn’t and he shouldn’t.

  • Brad

    In Bill Carter’s book “The War for Late Night,” the end talks about Conan and how he has gone to have a career that’s far and away from network television. The blood thirsty executives he worked for when at The Tonight Show are no longer breathing down his neck, but the success and fame that went with the hard work of pleasing executives is no longer available to Conan. The set, money, staff, crew, advertisers, ratings, popularity, star power; everything has changed. Even the rivals in his new station and time slot has changed. He’s on basic cable at 11pm, not network television at 11:35pm. His rivals are Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert (along with Chelsea Handler). They aren’t Letterman, Kimmel, and his now arch nemesis Jay Leno.

    Personally, he proved nothing moving to TBS. What, that he can still host a talk show? He did that for 20 years before. He didn’t show he could still be innovative (only teases of it), he didn’t revolutionized the late night format, and he’s in last place when it comes to traditional late night shows. He’s less popular than Fallon who’s on at 12:35am. He’s even less popular than Ferguson at times. Sure Conan is the star of the TBS network, but that’s easy to do when you are the only stable force on a channel that relies so heavily on syndicated television.

    Again, I’m not saying Conan is running a good or bad show. I like him, I watch his show the most out of any on television, but looking at it from a critical standpoint, I am disappointed. Disappointed at what could’ve been. What we have seen from him, what he use to have, and what he’s currently doing. Limited remotes, tighter budget, heavily relying on desk bits; this is not what I was hoping for. This is not how I wanted to see Conan after getting dumped from NBC.

    In comparison, Conan was in a great marriage with the super hot NBC. Things got bad, when the 16 year relationship, 4 years of being each others finance, they finally got married in 2009 and live together in LA. After only a few months the marriage started to tear itself apart. Divorce was in the best interest for both parties rather than make any compromises, though Conan was deeply upset about the whole event. Instead of him showing NBC off by having a better relationship, proving NBC wrong, he settled for the unknown and lacklusterous TBS while NBC got engaged to the young, handsome, and talented Jimmy Fallon who are soon to be married in 2014.

  • Brad

    ^last paragraph is must read.

    PS: I am thankful when you mention a great Conan episode Diana. I also appreciate you keeping us up to date on Coco news.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Leno style comedy is about as flavorful as a McDonald’s meal. Bland, simple, basic, but the majority of people love it.”

    I’ve never agreed with this assessment of Leno. Lorne Michaels was more accurate when he said that Leno does dumb jokes, smart jokes, hip jokes, mainstream jokes, lame jokes, funny jokes…basically a lot of jokes.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Is Conan and company just lazy or lack innovation?”

    When you’ve been on TV every night for 20 years and you’re on the other side of 50 years old, your innovating days are basically done. That level of creativity comes from a place of profound energy and subversion and audacity that 50 year olds should not have because their lives have changed.

    Richter talked about it on the Kevin Pollack podcast. They’re simply not interested in staying in an editing bay until 2 a.m. like they did in their 20s.

    Dave was accused of turning predictable around age 50 and paring back his schedule. Jon Stewart is accused of falling back on the same formula and obviously has pared back his schedule. Howard Stern is now a talent show judge whose radio show has as few as 8 episodes a month. Now these complaints about Conan, whom I suspect will do fewer episodes in his next contract.

  • Richard

    “I’ve never agreed with this assessment of Leno. Lorne Michaels was more accurate when he said that Leno does dumb jokes, smart jokes, hip jokes, mainstream jokes, lame jokes, funny jokes…basically a lot of jokes.”

    Very well said Gary.
    Jay may not do enough comedy anymore, but when he is at the top of his game, I think he is the fillet-mignon of late night jokes :)

    He delivers them better, and has the most fun doing them.

    But what gets me is that it’s always the mid-tier comedians such as Kimmel, Lopez and that Ricky Gervais who act as if they are the authority on who is funny and who is not.

    The 80’s version of Leno would kill these guys easily. There is no comparison.

  • kscottk11

    Monte Cristo, a very eloquent post describing Diana Santiago and her one sided fascination with her “Fair Prince Conan O’brien.”

    Brad, also, equally great comments about Conan’s floundering post NBC Late Night career.

    I think Johnny Carson set the the “blue prints” how to best do the 11:30 Tonight Show hour for longevity.

    I think the most successful 11:30 hour is still monolog driven. Doing current social and politically humor in the the monolog is still the best way to anchor the 11:30 hour. I think doing “vanilla humor” might still have the longest-lasting broad appeal.

    I don’t know how welcome innovation is at the 11:30 hour for a long successful run.

    Leno modeled his show after how Carson did his show and Letterman also “adjusted” his show less successfully after Carson’s Show, too.

    I’m not so sure how Fallon’s humor will play for longevity at the 11:30 hour. I think how Johnny Carson went about doing the Tonight Show is still the “Gold Standard” for the 11:30 hour. Until someone is strong enough do do it differently than Carson did, I think it’s questionable how successful they’ll be. Is Fallon that man?

  • Brad

    It seems like innovation is what gets your name out there while doing a show with steady formula is what gets you to keep the job. Leno understood this to a T.

  • Brad

    @Gary: I thought Conan only have four episodes instead of five a week would help keep the show innovative. That on Fridays they could go shoot remotes, prepare a skit, do something. Instead the did a remote in the office about one of their employees who consistently shows up 3 hours late on Fridays. It was hysterical, but this is the only thing they’ve done on a Friday for how long now? Pathetic.

    Conan wanted creative freedom which is why he did not listen to NBC executives on The Tonight Show and cited TBS’s allowance of creative freedom on CONAN as one of the big reason for signing with them. Tell me, what is so special on Conan that couldn’t have been done on The Tonight Show? It took getting fired from NBC to start from scratch? Not the initial move to L.A. to start hosting The Tonight Show?

    I would have done many thing differently if I were Conan. I would moved The Tonight Show to 12:05am as punishment for not listening to my executives (though it was Leno’s 10pm failure that made the shift), waited for Leno’s contract to expire knowing his show is to expensive for the long run and his eventually have to get canned, maybe even work it into the contract to iron clad it to happen, and eventually come back at 11:35pm with a new perspective, or maybe wait until there is an actual opening at Fox or ABC. 7 months of free falling ratings at 11:35pm isn’t exactly a great feature on a résumé to show the other networks. I would’ve worked my way back, showed Kimmel what’s what at 12:05am, and prove to everyone that you are meant to host a talk show at an earlier time slot.

  • Gary Middleton

    ” I thought Conan only have four episodes instead of five a week would help keep the show innovative. That on Fridays they could go shoot remotes, prepare a skit, do something.”

    He’s 50. He has a family. He’s involved with several other projects. And he’s probably more sick of talk show bits than we could possibly imagine.

    When you’ve got tens of millions of dollars and own the show you work on, you start to scale back on the stuff you don’t feel like doing.

  • Richard

    “….(though it was Leno’s 10pm failure that made the shift)”

    And Conan’s failure to dominate the late-night competition even before the Jay Leno show started.

  • Brad

    Well yes. I was trying to play both roles. Lol.

    @Gary. If he just wanted to produce shows and focus on his kids, why didn’t he go to HBO to do a weekly show? I just think Conan bite off more than he could chew, unknowing what age would do to him.

  • Brad

    Look. You just don’t go around not listening to your executives, tell everybody you want to do things your way, and then perform to a standard that would’ve been acceptable by the original executives.

    I’ve read articles about how Conan should just quit the late night gig. That nobody cares and it is doing a disservice to his years on NBC. I don’t believe or wish for that. I just believe Conan is a hypocrite. Gets mad at executives for wanting him to tone it down. Eventually tones it down. Gets mad that he’s getting bumped for another host. Bumps Lopez and bumped Leno original. Talks about how his show has no money (I understand it also a joke), makes $11.5 million in hosting job alone. You want to do something cool for the show? Take it out if your paycheck and write it off as a business expense.

    I like CONAN and I watch it more than any other late night show for the most part, but Conan is no angel. I just we can agree on that.

  • Gary Middleton

    “If he just wanted to produce shows and focus on his kids, why didn’t he go to HBO to do a weekly show?”

    Weekly shows are harder than nightly ones. People expect you to do something of huge consequence. Leno been quite outspoken on this topic.

    And “quitting the late night gig” is a glib notion from people with no such decision in front of them. It’s a nuclear option that almost nobody ever chooses. Because if you change your mind later, it’s extremely hard to come back.

  • Gary Middleton

    From a Hollywood Reporter interview with Jerry Seinfeld:

    THR: You’re close with Jay Leno. What kind of advice have you given him about life post-The Tonight Show?

    Seinfeld: Jay’s got a pretty strong internal driver. He kind of knows what he wants; he knows what he doesn’t want. So I’m not really directing him, I just listen to him. He’ll figure out what he wants to do, and when he figures that out, I’ll encourage him to do it. Whatever it is.

    THR: What would you have done if the network had come to you while your show was still at the top and said, “We’re pulling you off in a few months”?

    Seinfeld: After I stopped laughing, what would I say? It’s quite a story, isn’t it? And a struggling network, by the way. We have a No. 1 show, and we’re going to take it off the air. … So what do you do? Do you keep him on there until he’s Andy Rooney? Do you wait until the numbers start to slip? I don’t know. Who is the head of NBC now? Anybody? This is a good question for you to ask them. I’d read that interview.

  • Gary Middleton

    I forgot who among you advocates for CBS to push the ‘legacy’ angle. Is it Jim LaForte? Anyway, it looks like Dave’s 4,000th episode will air soon after Fallon’s debut. That would be a pretty good opportunity to stake out that ground.

  • Brad

    Do you not think that would be right up Conan’s ally? Hard hitting monologue, sketch, serious interview, another fun bit, and then a musical act of some magnitude. Sounds good to me. I know it will still be time consuming but at least you aren’t spending so many hours on rehearsal and being on television. Take those hours and make a remote perhaps. Unfortunately, I don’t think Conan can handle that pressure.

    FYI, I don’t think Maher has any regrets going to HBO. Yes his show is different from what Politically Incorrect was, but the guys seems to be able to go on the road a lot more know then he use to be able to. He’s got the best of both worlds. If only Conan could do stand up. *Sigh*

  • Brad

    *And Maher’s show is much different from anything Conan has done beyond the monologue.

    Letterman’s “How To Defeat the Jimmies in the Demo”:
    – Celebrate your 4,000th episode
    – Have Jay Leno as your guest
    – Win over the best guests in New York with your veteran booking department
    – Toy with the idea of retirement (but not necessarily mean it like The Eagles)

  • Brad

    Dear NBC,

    Thank you for canceling Jay Leno’s version of The Tonight Show. It has really made a big impact in television. I mean, let’s face it, we know it was ludicrous that you guys had a number one show on your struggling network. Getting beaten by Univision, a Spanish-speaking channel, yet lead the rating late night? That does not seem right.

    Anyways, I digress. I am glad to see your pick of Jimmy Fallon as the new Tonight Show host. He’s up for some great competition with David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel. Letterman might be old but he’s got the New York booking gig to a T. He has relationships that have been together for decades which will certainly come in handy. Fallon has only been in the late night business for four years but what does it matter? He’s young.

    And with The Tonight Show no longer in Los Angeles, Kimmel gets to be the top dog in the area for late night bookings. That should not matter too much. It is not like all the big Hollywood stars live in Hollywood right? Plus, Fallon’s young. All the stars have to go to Fallon just because of that fact alone. No other reason necessary.

    I know you’ve worked hard to make this happen. You’ve been trying to replace Leno for nearly 10 years now but now you are finally going to pull the plug on him. What’s the that can happen? Not like you’ve replaced Leno before and regretted it.

    I wish you nothing but the best,
    – Les Moonves

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