Late Night TV Ratings For August 26-30, 2013

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September 6th, 2013

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Via NBC's Press Release

NBC’S ‘THE Tonight Show,’ ‘LATE NIGHT’ HANDILY OUTPERFOM TIMESLOT COMPETITION IN WEEK OF AUG. 26-30

Leno, Fallon Draw Bigger Audiences in All Key Demos and Total Viewers Versus ABC, CBS Programming

Despite His Later Start Time, Fallon’s Encores Beat Mostly Original ‘Late Show’ and ‘Kimmel’ Rebroadcasts in 18-34 Viewers, While Also Topping “Kimmel’ in 18-49

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Sept. 6, 2013 — NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” have delivered dominant wins versus their broadcast time-period competition for the week of Aug. 26-30.

The two programs generated bigger audiences than the timeslot competition in adults 18-49, total viewers and all other key measures. Note that Fallon, “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” aired encores last week and “Late Show with David Letterman” was in rebroadcast on Friday.

“The Tonight Show” and “Late Night” generated their biggest audiences in 18-49 and total viewers in three weeks, since Aug. 5-9. Leno averaged 1.016 million viewers 18-49 and 3.516 million viewers overall while Fallon delivered 615,000 viewers 18-49 and 1.662 million overall.

For the week, Fallon’s rebroadcasts delivered more viewers 18-34 (246,000) than Letterman’s week of four originals and one encore (222,000) and “Kimmel’s” week of encores (177,000).

Note that, compared with Fallon, “Late Show” and “Kimmel” start an hour earlier when viewership levels are significantly higher. In fact, in viewers 18-49, Fallon’s rebroadcasts topped Kimmel’s encores (615,000 vs. 599,000), despite “Late Night’s” later start time.

Leno has now delivered bigger 18-49 audiences than “Late Show” for the last 41 weeks in a row and topped “Kimmel” for 31 of their 34 head-to-head weeks. In total viewers, Leno has out-delivered “Late Show” for 45 weeks in a row and “Kimmel” for 34 of 34 weeks.

Fallon has now generated bigger 18-49 audiences than “Late Late Show” for 46 of the last 467 weeks and prevailed in total viewers for 43 of the last 45 weeks. Versus “Nightline” in their head-to-head half-hour, Jimmy has out-delivered the ABC series for 34 of 34 weeks in viewers 18-49 and 20 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. 26-30. 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,” 0.8 rating, 4 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,” 0.5/3 *
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,” 3.5 million viewers
CBS “Late Show,” 2.5 million viewers *

ABC “Kimmel,” 1.9 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,” 1.7 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,” “Last Call,” “Late Late Show” and “Kimmel” were in rebroadcast last week and Friday’s “Late Show” 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,” 3.5 million viewers
CBS “Late Show,” 2.9 million viewers
ABC “Kimmel,” 2.4 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,” 1.4 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. 26-30

NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. ET, “The Daily Show,” preempted
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” preempted

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.5

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,” preempted
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” preempted

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

 

 
  • E.S.

    I still don’t understand how people would rather watch Jimmy FAILon than Craig Ferguson after all this time.

  • Gary Middleton

    One of the bigger routs we’ve seen in in total viewers as Dave slips to 2.5 million.

    The party for Jay ends in 3 weeks when new episodes of everything return and the gaps shrink. I don’t consider a Leno sweeps win a slam dunk if NBC’s 10 pm lineup should go 0 for 5. We’ve seen it happen.

  • TazMan

    E.S. I agree about Ferguson, but lets remember that these ratings show Craig’s ratings on his 3rd straight week off. The Robot Skeleton Army started back to work on Monday 09/02/2013 with the start of his 10th season.

    TazMan

  • Nifty

    I’ve been a big fan of Craig’s for about 2 1/2 years now,but the ratings don’t surprise me. The show is getting way too repetitive and boring, so though I don’t find Jimmy funnier, per se, I do at least find enjoyment in the fact that he doesn’t do the same exact thing every night.

  • Brad

    Jimmy is always something new. Something I truly appreciate. It is sad that Letterman and Ferrguson stock to the same format night after night. It is really such a drag.

    Speaking of Ferguson, still find it shocking he ties Carson Daly like he does. I think that says more about Dave as a lead in rather than Craig but what do I know.

  • Riggs

    Letterman’s fortunes again don’t seem to bad – be a different story if Jay wasn’t leaving but he’s tying the much younger kimmel in the demo and beating him handily in total viewers.

  • GARebelman

    Final figures of NFL last night was 25 million people. I wonder how many stayed up to watch Jay and Fallon at 1:35 at night?

  • Douglas in TN

    Meanwhile Arsenio slips into the late night game with perhaps the least fanfare I’ve ever seen for such a show.

    Gone in 13 weeks?

  • Nick

    Very solid return for Leno originals. And pretty awesome that Fallon repeats managed to beat several Kimmel repeats and Letterman originals. Still good for NBC all around.

  • Gary Middleton

    Conan held less than 28% of his Big Bang viewer lead-in last night, and Leno’s competitors did putrid overnights even by their own standards. Seems like the NFL dents everything in its path.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Gone in 13 weeks?”

    No chance, imo.

  • Gary Middleton

    “I wonder how many stayed up to watch Jay and Fallon at 1:35 at night?”

    Would’ve helped if the game was closer. I assume the drop off after the 3rd quarter was severe.

    Kimmel’s 0.4 overnight might be the lowest we’ve seen for a new episode. Maybe Kimmel is especially vulnerable to losing audience to a live sporting event.

  • Gary Middleton

    In a situation like this, is there any precedent for including Leno’s rating in the weekly number but excluding Fallon’s? Could they do that if it met their needs?

  • anonymous

    “Seems like the NFL dents everything in its path.”

    Football’s further expansion into weeknights.

    NFL Monday night
    NFL Thursday night

    College football Thursday night
    College football Friday night

  • Gary Middleton

    Best Leno monologue performance of the year tonight.

  • E.S.

    @Douglas in TN

    Ricki Lake’s comeback lasted one season. I’m taking it that Arsenio’s does as well.

    It appears that no one wants to return to the ’90s.

  • Brad

    Not enough advertisement for the Arsenio Hall show. Yes, I know about it, but I don’t knowmuch about it. We have no clue how the show is going to be. I mean, we all assume little will change but is that truly the case? Will it really be 99% like the 90’s show he hosted? We’ll find out soon enough.

  • Gary Middleton

    Spoiler alert: Arsenio will come out and say some things to camera/audience, and then will say some things to guests, and then some guests will perform.

    Thought he was terrific with Dave last night, and vice-versa. Arsenio is extremely engaging, and when he’s not funny (which is frequent) he’s insightful and eloquent. Classic Arsenio-ism last night, in response to Dave claiming to fear competition from the new Arsenio venture: “it’s a little show for people who don’t have one.”

  • Gary Middleton

    When Kimmel moved to 11:35, it dented Dave’s ratings just enough to alter the chemistry of a close race.

    Could Arsenio do that to the king of late night starting Monday?

  • Nifty

    Well, Craig is starting to get 0.9s in TOTAL VIEWERSHIP. Is it because of Dave’s lead ins, or Craig’s repetitiveness? I think both, but I place more Blane on the latter.

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