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

 

 
  • Nick

    On the flip side, a fantastic episode of Leno from start to finish tonight (not trying to sound biased, I just thought it was a stand out episode, lol).

  • Gary Middleton

    Kimmel owns the internet tonight, globally. Of the late night hosts, I’d say he remains the king of the truly massive viral video. Which is ironic considering he was the most anti-internet host for many years.

    And this time it’s Dave who gets delayed on his biggest night of the week.

  • GARebelman

    Thank you everybody for handing my butt to me on the other page guys. I stand corrected :P

    I didn’t watch Arsenio but judging by Nick’s assessment, he is living in Nostalgia land. That can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Arsenio won’t have much to work with in Atlanta market as the CW does not give lead ins.

    Having viral videos may sound dandy but with Kimmel it never translates in to ratings :)

  • Gary Middleton

    “Having viral videos may sound dandy but with Kimmel it never translates in to ratings”

    I agree, GAR. And I even wonder to what extent this kind of hoax irks people a little on a delayed basis. So they laugh at first, and then they kind of resent being played, and resent having to be suspect of every entertaining video they see online. Yes, they should be suspect anyway, but they don’t necessarily like that fact. And now associate that annoyance a little with Jimmy Kimmel.

    But helpful to ratings or not, I admire Team Kimmel’s ability. Obviously a lot of people are trying to create massive viral videos, and Kimmel is doing it the best.

  • Intern Jack

    You know to some folks “rebroadcast” is a swear word.

  • Douglas in TN

    During Arsenio’s first run, his show was always about the “now.”

    This new show…at least its premiere, seems to be about the “then.”

  • Gary Middleton

    Really enjoyed the Youtube clips from Arsenio’s debut. Leno and Hall were both excellent in the cold opening. Some strong jokes in the monologue. I fully expect the references to the past to subside almost immediately, and be pretty much gone by next week.

    And just like in 1989, Hall’s debut is completely overshadowed by another late night host.

  • Gary Middleton

    Leno’s 0.6 overnight is weaker than we normally see for a new episode, even post-Siberia.

    Did Arsenio dent Leno?

  • Gary Middleton

    Arsenio did a 1.0 in the metered markets. Not bad for a show which most here agreed had no hype behind it.

    Yes, Arsenio surely does much better in those large cities and his national number will regularly come in lower. Still, a promising start from a consistently underrated broadcaster.

  • Nick

    Agreed, Arsenio had a very strong debut with no hype going in. Wonder if this will sustain. Also seems like he took a dent out of Leno, which I’m sad to see because both Leno and Fallon put up fantastic episodes last night.

  • Hector

    Didn’t see the show last night. Was hoping it’d be online.

    Just saw some clips.

    The only comedy I was able to see seems to match Nick’s review.

  • Brad

    I didn’t get to see the new show. I remembered about it over the weekend but forgot about it came Monday. Anyways, saw some clips on his website and thought Arsenio Hall is doing a very good job. It seemed as if Hollywood cast Arsenio in carbonite and thawed him out 19 years later. The set looks great, the band sounds hip, the sketches were cute, and the jokes weren’t half bad. He is not the funniest person in the world, but he is likable, and likability is what’s needed when you are on television night after night.

  • Brad

    “NBC got a more mixed result Monday night for the premiere of its much-publicized new game show, “Million Second Quiz.” “Quiz” managed to win its hour and finished second over all among broadcast shows on the night. But it averaged only 6.5 million viewers, and lost about a half a million of them in its second half-hour.

    If NBC is hoping to relive the phenomenon of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” it has some distance to go.” – Bill Carter

    Poor, poor NBC.

  • Richard

    “But helpful to ratings or not, I admire Team Kimmel’s ability. Obviously a lot of people are trying to create massive viral videos, and Kimmel is doing it the best.

    There is nothing to admire Gary. For an average Joe to get 10 million views for a viral video, that is extremely good. But for a multi-millionaire celebrity with a team of people to help him out? Hardly.

  • Gary Middleton

    Richard, there are many deep pocketed teams attempting it without Team Kimmel’s success. I would argue that includes Teams Fallon and Conan.

    Hottest Leno crowd of all time tonight. Not sure hot crowds are so conducive to comedy.

  • Nick

    Brad, you really liked Arsenio’s set? I thought it was dark, bland – basically a worse, cheaper version of Jimmy Fallon’s set.

    I think Arsenio did have some good jokes, and his delivery is probably already second to Leno. But the sketches and pre-taped bits were terrible. Even the one with Leno. The cuts to and from them were even worse. Definitely some kinks to work out there.

    My biggest complaint still remains with the overall feel of the show, which was dated dated dated. I was really hoping Arsenio would come out and attempt to change latenight, but there was nothing modern or innovative about it. Just another shark in the water.

  • Brad

    For syndicated, I think it looks really good. If I was really judging I’d say the set looks like a “high end” PBS set. Hall just needs a gig and not go overboard with the setup. I was sort of hoping for his old set or something like Lopez Tonight, not as dark but as flashy, but then I realized how much of a distraction that would be. In short, Arsenio has a very solid, low cost set up. (Also, I’d take Hall’s studio of Ferguson’s or Fallon’s any day if the week.)

  • Brad

    Arsenio never said he would change late night. No one on his crew like the director or executive producers said it either. They all just wanted a piece of the pie.

    Arsenio does have some things to work out. He has some broadcasting skills too work as well as what you listed. Tonight he introduced the band members to the audience by simply pointing and saying their name. This is television. I can’t see depth all to well with who he’s pointing to either. In short he should’ve went “Nick Richie on keys” or whatever his name is.

  • GARebelman

    I wonder if NBC will report Arsenio’s weekly numbers in the press release? For all the bashing we like to do for NBC, if it wasn’t for them, we would never know ANY of the numbers!

  • Gary Middleton

    GAR, I think we would always know the numbers courtesy of whoever is in first place.

    Even when ABC was merely in a position to pretend Nightline was in first place, they put out all the numbers.

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