Late Night TV Ratings For September 2-6, 2013

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September 12th, 2013

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Via NBC's Press Release

‘THE Tonight Show’ GENERATES ITS BIGGEST WEEKLY 18-49 AUDIENCE SINCE DECEMBER

Thursday’s ‘Tonight,’ Delayed by an NFL Overrun, Delivers the Show’s Biggest Single-Night 18-49 Audience Since Thanksgiving

For the Week, Leno and Fallon Draw Bigger Audiences in All Key Measures Versus ABC and CBS Time-Period Competition

Despite His Later Start Time, Fallon Beats ‘Late Show’ and ‘Kimmel’ For the Week in 18-34 Viewers, While Also Topping ‘Late Show’ in 18-49

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Sept. 12, 2013 — NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” has delivered its biggest weekly adult 18-49 audience since December, boosted by a Thursday telecast that followed the NFL Kickoff primetime telecast. That Thursday edition earned “Tonight’s” biggest single-night 18-49 audience for any night of the week since last Thanksgiving, a night also boosted by a primetime NFL telecast.

For the week, “Tonight” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” topped their ABC and CBS time-period competition in every key ratings category: adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers. Note that all Monday telecasts are excluded from these averages due to the Labor Day holiday and all NBC Thursday programming was delayed significantly by the NFL overrun.

The Thursday “Tonight” averaged 1.825 million adults 18-49 despite starting at 1:39 a.m. ET, the biggest 18-49 audience for “Tonight” on any night of the week since the November 22, 2012 Thanksgiving telecast averaged 1.848 million adults 18-49.   For the week, “Tonight” averaged 1.217 million adults 18-49, Leno’s biggest weekly18-49 audience in 37 weeks (since December 17-21, 2012, the week of the “Voice” finale, 1.264 million).

Jimmy Fallon registered his biggest 18-49 audience since the week of July 15-19 and a week of “Last Call with Carson Daly” encores attracted that show’s biggest 18-49 and overall audiences since the week of June 10-14.

For the week, Fallon delivered more viewers 18-34 (280,000) than Letterman (113,000) and “Kimmel” (241,000), and also generated a bigger 18-49 audience (646,000) than “Letterman” (562,000) despite those CBS and ABC shows starting an hour earlier when viewership levels are significantly higher. At 1:35 a.m. ET, “Carson Daly” delivered a bigger 18-49 audience (384,000) than CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (351,000), though “Late Late Show” starts an hour earlier.

Leno has now generated bigger 18-49 audiences than "Late Show" for the last 42 weeks in a row and topped "Kimmel" for 32 of their 35 head-to-head weeks. In total viewers, Jay has out-delivered "Late Show" for 46 weeks in a row and "Kimmel" for 35 of 35 weeks.

Fallon has now amassed bigger 18-49 audiences than "Late Late Show" for 47 of the last 48 weeks and prevailed in total viewers for 44 of the last 46 weeks. Versus "Nightline" in their head-to-head half-hour, Jimmy has out-delivered the ABC series for 35 of 35 weeks in viewers 18-49 and 21 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 Sept. 2-6. 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,” 1.0 rating, 5 share *
CBS “Late Show,” 0.4/2 *
ABC “Kimmel,” 0.6/2 *

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,” 3.4 million viewers *
CBS “Late Show,” 2.3 million viewers *

ABC “Kimmel,” 2.2 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,” 1.7 million viewers *
CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.1 million viewers *

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.9 million viewers*

* Monday telecasts are excluded due to the Labor Day holiday. Thursday’s NBC programs were delayed by an NFL overrun and that night’s “Late Night” and “Last Call” results are excluded. “Last Call” ran rebroadcasts throughout the week.

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 SEPT. 2-6

NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. ET, “The Daily Show,” 0.7 ***
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 0.5 ***

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.4 ***

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 0.9
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.6

Each adult 18-49 rating point equals 1.27 million viewers.

TOTAL VIEWERS

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m.  “The Daily Show,” 1.8 million viewers ***
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 1.4 million viewers ***

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

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 1.8 million viewers
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.2 million viewers

*** Comedy Central programming was preempted on Monday and “Conan” was in rebroadcast that day.

 

 

 
  • Gary Middleton

    “The Thursday “Tonight” averaged 1.825 million adults 18-49 despite starting at 1:39 a.m. ET”

    LOL, a 1.44 in the demo in the middle of the night. Good thing lead-ins don’t matter.

    btw, worst call in perhaps the history of these threads: my suggestion that they might not include that night in the averages.

  • Gary Middleton

    When they exclude Dave’s strongest night, what do you get? A weekly 0.4.

    Is 0.4 a record low for new episodes of an 11:35 network show?

  • Gary Middleton

    .28 for Ferguson?

  • GARebelman

    Is nobody watching Letterman and Craigy Ferg anymore? Looks like Letterman will be trolling Jay’s cell phone in 2014 for a guest appearance at this rate just for somebody to watch!

  • jimbo

    Why is it whenever they talk about Leno’s ratings they also have to stick Fallon n there also…I cant wait to see the lousy ratings Fallon generates once he takes over. NBC thought Conan was going to be good but look where he is…Suck i Fallon, maybe Conan can use anouther side kick!

  • James Laforte

    Dave a 0.4? Really? Is this humanly possible on network television? What are CBS’s live clearances at 11:35 compared to NBC? Anyone know?

  • Nick

    That Letterman 18-34 rating is just….and his 18-49 rating is just….wow. Don’t quite know what to say. Just….wow.

  • Douglas in TN

    Dave usually recovers come fall premiere time…but holy cow those are awful numbers.

  • Douglas in TN

    Does this include any fall out from the Time Warner blackout?

  • Gary Middleton

    No Time Warner impact. Everything was settled before any of these shows aired.

    This was the result of a guy who is already doing very poorly having his far-and-away best night eliminated from the calculation.

    And btw, Jay’s great result was similarly affected by having his worst night eliminated.

    Dave will certainly bounce hard when the new season begins. How much depends on how well CBS 10 pm does. Dave only did 0.6 in May sweeps and, though it may not look that way now, 0.6 in sweeps is extremely dismal. And it was partly because CBS 10 pm had faded significantly.

  • Gary Middleton

    “I cant wait to see the lousy ratings Fallon generates once he takes over.”

    I think you might have to wait quite awhile, because NBC is going to give Fallon every 10 pm edge imaginable. I believe they will bench every show in January, all of them, to suck as much life out of Leno as they can. And then they will line up their 5 strongest shows at 10 pm in front of Fallon, like gigantic offensive line. With new episodes stretching right through May sweeps. Hence the first 22 episode order of Parenthood since most of us were born.

  • GARebelman

    I don’t know I remain skeptical. Have you see how bad Dave has done with 10 million viewers watching Under the Dome on Monday? That’s a lot more viewers than most shows on CBS’s prime time outside of CSI and Blue Bloods and he still lost to Jay.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Have you see how bad Dave has done with 10 million viewers watching Under the Dome on Monday?”

    Not as bad as he does the other 4 nights. That’s why the return of CBS dramas and- perhaps- a weekly 10 pm average closer to 2.0 than 1.0 should at least get Dave back to 0.6 and maybe even the occasional 0.7 if the stars align.

    Now what if NBC’s 10 pm goes 0 for 5? And the Arsenio dent takes a tenth of a point off Iron Jay? Is the late night horse race back on at that point?

  • Gary Middleton

    “What are CBS’s live clearances at 11:35 compared to NBC? Anyone know?”

    I think they’re both pretty close to 100%. No?

    Can you find a significant market where Dave isn’t on at 11:35/10:35?

  • anonymous

    Excellent post by Kyle B. from the Arsenio thread that is worth repeating:

    “Ancient history incoming. Arsenio’s old show was produced by Paramount, and was sold in syndication and aired on many Fox affiliates, where Hall who took over for Joan Rivers as host of The Late Show, had performed well. Fox had cancelled TLS, but the show wasn’t taken off immediately, Fox let Hall ride out the remainder of the show’s run, and despite some success with him, chose not to keep the show on with him as host.

    With that hour primed for return to the local affiliates, Paramount stepped up and signed him for his own show. All was well-until a jealous Fox saw how well Par was doing with a show running on a majority of their network affiliates. They decided to launch another late night talker starring Chevy Chase. Since it was a network show, Arsenio’s would have to be pushed back an hour later on those Fox stations. Here’s when things started to go wrong…What didn’t get widely reported back then (no internets or tvbythenumbers!! ), is that To prevent a backlash against Chase displacing Hall when Chase’s show was to launch in the fall, Fox quietly pushed for those affiliates to move Hall back an hour during mid summer. Every Fox affiliate in my region’s TV Guide, had simultaneously moved Hall back an hour at the same time that summer (1993). Ratings naturally lowered, but the entertainment media never bothered reporting the whys behind the drop. As things are today, the screeching was centered entirely around the show’s decline in viewers. Letterman left NBC WHY-because he wanted to be on in an earlier timeslot. But there was no correlation made between Hall getting pushed back an hour on a majority of the stations carrying him, and his lower ratings. The show was still doing well, but the change in timeslot definitely hurt, and a overly biased media gleefully feeding the false perception that the show had ”failed”.

    The final insult came, when Chase’s show bombed after a few months and was cancelled, and Fox, rather than return the hour back to affiliates, which would allow them to move Arsenio back to 10pm (or 10:30 in some markets), decided to squat on the hour and program reruns of In Living Color, with the stated intent of trying another talk show in late night. Something that never happened.
    With the perception that his show had faltered wrongly dominating media conversation, Paramount and Hall didn’t continue after the 4 season run.”

  • Brad

    ““Have you see how bad Dave has done with 10 million viewers watching Under the Dome on Monday?”

    Not as bad as he does the other 4 nights. That’s why the return of CBS dramas and- perhaps- a weekly 10 pm average closer to 2.0 than 1.0 should at least get Dave back to 0.6 and maybe even the occasional 0.7 if the stars align.”

    What are we talking about here? Dave doing 0.1 to 0.2 points better in the demo come this fall? Not saying this to you, but this idea, this event is pathetic. CBS needs to figure out a game plan because Letterman is now a fish out of water and the clock is start to tick in rather you want to keep it or throw it back in.

  • Nick

    Does anyone here watch Letterman? I caught a few minutes on Tuesday and it was just hard to watch. I’d hate to sound like the ageist here, but he’s just too old to continue hosting. He’s mumbling, stepping over words, ruining punchlines, and is just as slow as could possibly be. He turns a 10-second joke into a 1-minute joke because he can’t see the teleprompter and messes up, forgets why he thought it was funny in the first place, and/or drags it out for no apparent reason (or maybe for lack of material?) I really, really hope Letterman wakes up and realizes his time is up.

  • Gary Middleton

    2 0.6s for Leno this week. Don’t recall that in the pre-Arsenio era. Challenging 4th quarter ahead for the late night king?

  • jcfreder

    I have to say that is really surprised by Arsenio’s ratings thus far. It turns out that he ended up in decent time slots in more markets than I would have thought (the splintering media landscape really helps him in this regard, and makes me think that Conan should have considered a syndicated show). I guess his first-night 1.0 isn’t that surprising, but a third night .9 is. It remains to be seen what adjustments get made to the finals for these numbers, but it’s not automatic that it will be a huge downgrade. I tend to assume that Letterman’s audience is probably more large urban-area centric than Leno, but Dave’s numbers actually go up in the finals from the overnights.

    BTW, has anybody seen what Arsenio did ratings-wise Thursday — I don’t see any reporting of that. Let’s hope the NBC press releases start including Arsenio, at least in the weekly version.

  • jcfreder

    @Gary – I agree that it seems like Arsenio has taken a chunk out of Jay.

    As for Dave, he will go up once the season starts. His 4Q numbers have increased from the previous 3Q about 20-30% each of the last three years at least. But wow, this last week’s number was low. It actually was below what the overnights had for him, which is the first time that has happened in the 9 months I’ve been paying attention.

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