Late Night TV Ratings For August 19-23, 2013

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August 29th, 2013

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Via NBC's Press Release

‘THE Tonight Show,’ ‘LATE NIGHT’ TOP TIMESLOT COMPETITION FOR WEEK OF AUG. 19-23

Encores of Leno, Fallon Outperform ABC and CBS Late-Night Competitors in Key Demos, Total Viewers

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Aug. 29, 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. 19-23.

“Tonight” encores outperformed CBS’s original “Late Show” and ABC’s rebroadcast “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in 18-49 viewers, total viewers and most other key measures.

Note: CBS Friday programming, including a “Late Show” encore, was delayed by an NFL overrun and is excluded.

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 has now delivered bigger 18-49 audiences than “Late Show” for the last 40 weeks in a row and topped “Kimmel” for 30 of their 33 head-to-head weeks. In total viewers, Leno has out-delivered “Late Show” for 44 weeks in a row and “Kimmel” for 33 of 33 weeks.

Fallon has now generated bigger 18-49 audiences than “Late Late Show” for 45 of the last 46 weeks and prevailed in total viewers for 42 of the last 44 weeks. Versus “Nightline” in their head-to-head half-hour, Fallon has out-delivered the ABC series for 33 of 33 weeks in viewers 18-49 and 19 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. 19-23. 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,” 0.6/2 *
ABC “Kimmel,” 0.5/2 *

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 0.3/2

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 0.4/2 *
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,” 2.7 million viewers *

ABC “Kimmel,” 2.0 million viewers *

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 1.3 million viewers

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 1.3 million viewers *
CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.2 million viewers *

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.7 million viewers*

* All NBC programming, as well as “Kimmel” and “Late Late Show” were in rebroadcast last week. Friday’s CBS programming was excluded due to an NFL overrun.

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,” 3.5 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. 19-23

NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. ET, “The Daily Show,” 0.4 (with encore telecasts)
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 0.3 (with encore telecasts)

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.4 (with encore telecasts)

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 1.1
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,” 0.8 million viewers (with encore telecasts)
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 0.7 million viewers (with encore telecasts)

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.8 million viewers

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 2.2 million viewers
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.4 million viewers

 

 

 
  • Gary Middleton

    ““Tonight” encores outperformed CBS’s original “Late Show” and ABC’s rebroadcast “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in 18-49 viewers, total viewers and most other key measures.”

    That’s a long way of saying Jay lost one of the demos again. Is it women 25-54 like last week?

  • GARebelman

    So embarrassing for CBS. Mind you Dave has Under the freaking Dome which funnels 10 million viewers and he STILL looses for the week . . .against repeats!

  • Jim LaForte

    Is Friday night’s encore affecting Dave’s weeklies?

    “We know that you’re on vacation and so are we.” “Late Show with David Letterman,” annual two-week back to back encore broadcasts! Join us for Friday night encores all summer with some of Dave’s favorite guests from shows that aired just two weeks ago….Why try? Only on CBS!

    At least Jay never burnt out….He was always there, knife in hand….LOL!

  • Brad

    Conan on “Fresh Air” on NPR. Kimmel and Fallon to be on the show later. Only 27 minutes long and talks about how Conan was an “out of the box” thinker. Nothing new in it but it was interesting for sure. My favorite was actually Conan talking about how people would think he’s depressed if he had a blank face on, a neutral face when thinking, because people are so use to him being so jippy like he is on the television show. Everything else is an interesting analysis and talk about his Late Night days. ENJOY!

    npr dot org/2013/08/27/216099380/how-conan-o-brien-rode-late-night-out-of-obscurity

  • Brad

    Dave’s bag of tricks is running low. Not much left beyond “wait and see how Fallon does” before the end-all goodbye tour.

  • anonymous

    The Tonight Show is no longer a big deal like in the old days where it was one of the few venues where people could go to catch up on their favorite celebrities in a more casual setting.

    The market demand for late night talk shows is just not that great anymore now that celebrities are over-exposed and over-saturated all over tv and cable and the internet and twitter and facebook.

    Leno is doing a little better than everybody else because he brings something extra to the table — a topical monologue that’s the best in the business and a broadbased comedy segment. Without that, all you can expect is what Kimmel and Letterman is getting.

    Looking at Fallon, he’s got the weakest monologue of them all and comedy segments like “models and buckets” and “dance your hats off” just aren’t going to cut it no matter how upbeat his personality is. Howard Stern was exactly correct in his evaluation of Fallon.

    With Leno out of the picture, you are likely going to see a three way tie of 0.7’s and eventually 0.6’s, with some industry analysts actually predicting a Letterman victory.

  • Gary Middleton

    ” comedy segments like “models and buckets” and “dance your hats off” just aren’t going to cut it”

    I don’t think we’re going to see too many of those. Remember, at 12:30, the mandate is to do something different from what the Tonight Show did at 11:30. Once you are the Tonight Show, you inherit all that comedic territory: longer monologues, more linear desk comedy, slightly more substantive interviews.

    Having said that, I think if Fallon had invented Stump The Band, we’d be hearing that “Stump The Band won’t cut it at 11:30.”

  • Brad

    The games you mentioned are too silly to make it onto The Tonight Show anonymous, I agree, but I don’t understand why so many say he cannot go out there and do his other games with his guests. I freaking love egg roulett involving Fallon and his guests. Tom Cruise and Seth Meyers, especially Cruise, were HILARIOUS! That’s the kind of fun I want out of a late night talk show. I think that’s the kind of stuff that gets guest out of their shell, out from the certain light the media cast on them, and show the true, fun side of them. I think that is what people want to see in late night because it is something new and exciting.

  • anonymous

    Letterman on his 20th anniversary show:

    “I want to be dragged out of here kicking and screaming like they did with Regis.”

  • Brad

    Bad call Letterman. Bad call. Especially when you aren’t #1, not even #2. Regis was in a way better position than Letterman rating wise.

  • Nifty

    Was Dave’s anniversary show exciting at all? Did they show old clips, or anything, or was it mostly just a regular show?

  • GARebelman

    Letterman is doing horrible. Regis at like 80 was doing better in the morning by far and people actually WERE watching.

  • Douglas in TN

    Brad…bad call how? Regis is often a punchline on the show…at least three times a week. He and Letterman are close friends, Regis is the most frequent guest…Regis is almost as much a part of the show as the staff. He’s really poking a little fun at Regis, and at himself. He’s aware there’s talk of when the geezer will leave the Ed…he jokes about that often, too.

    It was a sort of low key anniversary show. Even the bits that could have been spectacular were throw aways. Bill Murray was over the top. for me, the ending video montage and Gladys Knight were the highlights.

    It just seemed kind of off because it was taped earlier in the week. Those early tapings are often on the awkward side.

  • Brad

    What I don’t like about Letterman (if that Regis joke was just a joke) is how ungracefully he will be when the inventiable happens. I mean, no way CBS is going go on like this until Dave turns to be as old as Regis is now. No way at all.

    I just hope what Letterman says is really true. That he will indeed bow out when Les Moonves gives him the call.

  • anonymous

    Washington Post:

    His contract is up in 2014. He says he’ll go when CBS chief Leslie Moonves tells him to go, and drops a hint that he can’t envision working beyond the next five years. But he also couldn’t see himself lasting for the initial 30. The “jolt” of performing is what keeps him on camera, on the edge.

    “You know, at the end of that hour you’re so full of adrenaline and caffeine and I would have to — where would I go to get that?” he says. “Even if you’re really amusing at the dinner table with your wife and your kid, you’re not up for hours thinking, ‘Uh-uh-uh-uh-uh I’m wired.’ .?.?. I’ll miss it. Sure, I’ll miss it. I’ll find something else to do.”

  • Douglas in TN

    Brad…as long as Late Show is making money for CBS I doubt he’ll get that call from Moonves. They have the combination of a legendary host and a show that turns a nice profit. But when that profit disappears, the legendary host goes into the history books.

    I can’t envision a transition where Dave would be ungracious. He was extremely gracious to Conan when he left Late Night. He knows his legacy…he won’t go out with that stigma.

  • Gary Middleton

    “I just hope what Letterman says is really true. That he will indeed bow out when Les Moonves gives him the call.”

    Brad. When the head of the network asks you to go, you’re gone.

    Dave’s comment that he’ll leave when asked was, in substance, saying he’ll stay until he drops dead if they let him. The same thing everyone mocked Leno for.

    But Dave phrased it so cleverly, as he usually does, that people thought he was saying the opposite.

  • Gary Middleton

    “I can’t envision a transition where Dave would be ungracious. He was extremely gracious to Conan when he left Late Night. He knows his legacy…he won’t go out with that stigma.”

    Dave’s exit from NBC was among the most ungracious of all time. To the point where he recently expressed enormous regret over the childishness of it.

    I’m not a fan of Leno’s NBC jokes. At all. But holy cow, Dave would put a spotlight on photos of not-famous network executives and mock them.

    The Conan aspect is neither here not there, since Dave quit Late Night. He was not forced out of that show.

  • kscottk11

    “I can’t envision a transition where Dave would be ungracious. He was extremely gracious to Conan when he left Late Night. He knows his legacy…he won’t go out with that stigma.”

    Letterman and legacy, as innovative and inventive he was 25 years ago on NBC and about the first 1 1/2 years – 2 years on CBS, and the way he changed the late night format, legacy, yes. But to be remembered for what he has been doing on his current Late Show, I don’t know how favorably he is going to be remembered for the current show he does now.

    For Letterman to celebrate his twenty years on CBS, is that all the show he can put together to honor his tenure on the CBS Network?

    Letterman gave CBS a successful Late Night Franchise and his production company “World Wide Pants” produced that “monster hit” Everybody Loves Raymond for CBS, so I think Letterman earned “equity” on the CBS Network.

    I think those two factors might have played a role in Letterman’s longevity on CBS Late Night.

    IMO, I think Letterman has been doing a mostly uninspiring show for most of his CBS run.

    I think Dave has been basically “giving the finger” to the whole late night landscape because he can and CBS doesn’t have anybody in the “bullpen” to replace him. Craig Ferguson very questionable.

    I wonder what CBS-CEO Les Moonves and other CBS Executives really think of Letterman. Unlike NBC, CBS Executives publicly respect their on-air personalities.

  • Gary Middleton

    Ask a 25 year old not named GAR or Brad who Johnny Carson is.

    None of these guys are going to be remembered. It’s a disposable genre in a medium that may not even be around soon. So making any decisions based on legacy is pretty silly, and my guess is Dave knows that. He watched Johnny waste away miserably in his last decade of life and has no interest in following suit. Remember, Dave sought to emulate Johnny in all kinds of professional ways, but not this one.

    Have to do what makes you happy. For Dave, that’s still the show. Maybe not doing the show, but having it. A place to get jolts of applause and meet young women in a walled fortress where he is unquestionably king.

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