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

 

 

 
  • Brad

    Letterman wants to keep busy. It is like the baseball players who become coaches and announcers. They love baseball so much they want to stay in the baseball world. Well Dave wants to stay in the Late Night world. Unfortunately, very tough to get the spotlight in television if you aren’t the star. Become a part-time writer is NOT what Letterman or anyone late night host wants to do after their hosting jobs are all dried up.

  • Brad

    Yes, Carson occasionally wrote jokes to Letterman and Letterman occasionally read the occasional jokes, but that not the life Letterman would want to have with Conan or whoever he ends up having a relationship with if he was to go out next year (just saying).

    Gary, how did Letterman carefully phrase his words so it meant “I’ll die before being carried out.” I never got that from anything he’s said.

  • GARebelman

    Just noticed that Jay is a guest on Ferguson this coming up Tuesday. At least we know one place Jay will be routing in late night. They always have good and pretty funny conversations together regardless of who is on what show.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Gary, how did Letterman carefully phrase his words so it meant “I’ll die before being carried out.””

    He didn’t have to carefully phrase his words to mean that. He had to carefully phrase his words to make it look like they didn’t mean that.

    ‘I’ll only leave when the boss asks me to’ means ‘I’m staying as long as I can.’ That’s the actual, English-language meaning. But by not phrasing it ‘I’m staying as long as I can’, and making a meal out of what is in reality a truism (‘When Les calls me and asks me to go, I’ll hang it up’ or whatever), he made it seem like he was proactive in his exit plans.

  • Brad

    Ohhhh. Okay. I understand now. Staying ’til the last second but not actually saying it so literally. Leno was too literal Nd simple in his goodbye thoughts that people thought he was a jerk. Makes perfect sense now.

    I agree GAR. Leno and Ferguson always have a good time together. Probably helps they are both stand up comics themselves and go on the road still even though they run a late night gig. Also similar family backgrounds. They are just similar people. It must really help relate and all. :)

  • Richard

    “Leno and Ferguson always have a good time together. Probably helps they are both stand up comics themselves and go on the road still even though they run a late night gig. Also similar family backgrounds. They are just similar people. It must really help relate and all. :)”

    I think also because Ferguson is the only late host to send Jay an invitation.

    I think Jay would also go to the Late Show w Dave if he was invited.

    But you are right. Both Ferguson and Jay have more in common than with the other late night hosts.

  • Brad

    True. Well Fallon goes on Leno but not vice versa. Yea yea, Jay’s on just before him, but going on a lower rated show on rival network isn’t exactly how it should go.

  • Gary Middleton

    Richard, I would imagine Jay has a standing invitation from Dave. Not a tough call for Dave: the night Leno comes on could do a 1.5 in the demo.

    Would also guess Jay can go on Fallon if he wants to. And Arsenio starting next week.

  • Brad

    But then why doesn’t he go on Fallon? I assume because he’s in NY which explains why he buddies with Ferguson so much more.

  • Gary Middleton

    That’s certainly a factor, Brad, and rarely if ever does a Leno hiatus week coincide with Fallon being in production.

    Leno might also be a little leery of how a youthful NYC audience will receive him.

    But mostly I think he has no motive to go on Fallon right now. While the Ferguson relationship has probably made him very happy. Craig has come on his show several times, most recently during sweeps on very short notice. In doing so, Craig contributed to the rout of his sort-of boss David Letterman. With whom I strongly suspect Craig has friction.

    So while slime like George Lopez goes on CNN and spouts nonsense like “all of the other late night hosts, to a man, dislike Jay Leno”, Craig Ferguson has gone to remarkable lengths to prove otherwise.

    I don’t know that this is why Jay makes the trip to Television City, but it’s what I believe.

  • Neal

    Letterman SUCKS!

    Jay is DA MAN! DA KING of late night!

  • GARebelman

    Does Jay ever do stand up in NYC? I always hear how he is everywhere but there. In Vegas, Florida, sometimes Boston but I never hear about NY?

    I think Jay would agree to go on Dave but he’d probably wait until like a sweeps week or something. Doubt he’d do it Fallon’s first week (something Dave would salivate over if Jay would agree to that). Would be odd as Dave praised the man when the news broke yet for the past few years it has been non stop Jay bashing. Dave sure is Bi polar sometimes.

  • Richard

    “So while slime like George Lopez goes on CNN and spouts nonsense like “all of the other late night hosts, to a man, dislike Jay Leno”, Craig Ferguson has gone to remarkable lengths to prove otherwise.”

    It’s good that some people are not afraid to make it known that they like Jay, such as Ferguson or Fallon (who I think is truly genuine).

    But seriously, I’ve never seen so much resentment by other late-night hosts towards a man that continues to beat everyone, both in terms of ratings and work ethic. I know, I know, a lot has to do with the old Jay/Dave battle for the TS or the Conan TS fiasco. And I know that for some ‘bottom-of-the-barrel’ comedians, the only way to get some headlines is to say something bad about Jay.

    But sometimes I think there are other motives to isolate him … jealousy perhaps? if you can’t beat the king, then isolate him?

  • Hector

    I also think Fallon genuinely likes Jay.

    But that brings up a point. I often hear/read Fallon described as a very genuine guy. I think that quality or at least that perception is part of what makes him so likeable.

    But if you watch his show, you know that he ‘loves’ everything and everyone, thinks everybody hits home runs, thinks everything is ‘super duper fun’, and considers almost everything ‘genius’.

    Now I know that’s the job. Sell the movie, sell the show, make the guest look good. But is genuine the right word to use for him?

    Or does he actually love everything (or most things)?

  • Gary Middleton

    “Does Jay ever do stand up in NYC?”

    Leno mostly plays casinos, and the big ones in that region are outside of NYC itself. So he’ll do the Borgata in Atlantic City a lot. I think he’s done Mohegan Sun in Uncasville Connecticut, and Foxwoods near Hartford.

  • Gary Middleton

    “But is genuine the right word to use for him? Or does he actually love everything (or most things)?”

    Such a fantastic question. Maybe it’s *the* question with regard to Fallon.

    I think he’s genuine. His stand up and SNL career was mostly mimicry of other celebrities. He’s perhaps the most absorbent cultural sponge we’ve ever seen. He can imitate everyone, sing songs from every era and every genre, knows his Sanford & Son references and Saved By The Bell references equally well. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then he might really love everyone who has made a mark in show business.

  • Gary Middleton

    “But sometimes I think there are other motives to isolate him … jealousy perhaps? if you can’t beat the king, then isolate him?”

    Very schoolyard, isn’t it?

  • kscottk11

    “But sometimes I think there are other motives to isolate him … jealousy perhaps? if you can’t beat the king, then isolate him?”

    I think all the other Late Night hosts are jealous or envy Leno because he’s been the #1 guy in Late Night for the last twenty years. All the other hosts act like spoiled little children at Christmas time towards Leno because he has held the “One and Only Tonight Show toy” for the last 22 years and continues to keep it a dominate #1. And they can’t beat him.

    They all think if they had the TS they would have done such great things with it (Letterman, Conan). Unlike Leno.

    However you feel about Leno, he is still the most relevant guy in Late Night.

  • kscottk11

    However you feel about Leno, he is still the most relevant guy in Late Night.

    I take that back. I don’t know if Leno is anymore relevant than anybody else in Late Night.

    But I do think he generates more public opinion both positively and negatively than any other host.

  • Gary Middleton

    “I think all the other Late Night hosts are jealous or envy Leno because he’s been the #1 guy in Late Night for the last twenty years.”

    If Dave had been #1 the last 20 years, this resentment would not exist. They’re upset because they are Letterman descendants (Kimmel, Conan, Stewart) and the ratings were a repudiation of their comedic world view.

    The ones who are not Dave-influenced artistically (Fallon, Ferguson, Arsenio) are the ones who have no qualms with Leno and may even have great respect for his iron man accomplishments.

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