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

    JC, I do expect big adjustments to Arsenio since the top markets tend to have African-American populations significantly larger than the national average.

  • jcfreder

    True. Hopefully we’ll get a ratings report Thursday.

  • GARebelman

    I expected Arsenio to have some initial interest but we’ll see what happens in two weeks when the Fall season starts.

    Any predictions, this early, as to who will win premiere week in late night? I think Jay won last year. I think Letterman did the year before that.

  • Dr. TV

    I will say this once again. 99% of the audience does not watch each of the 3 shows at 1135p. The battle for late night has long since gone.

  • Gary Middleton

    In 1993, when Dave went to war with Leno’s Tonight Show, Dr. could have said “95% of the audience does not watch those shows”. In the 1980s, he could have said “95% of the audience doesn’t watch Carson”. If he wants, he can say “94% of the audience doesn’t watch Big Bang Theory”.

    It all misses the point.

  • Adam

    I don’t see Dave going anytime soon. His ego won’t allow it. Plus, Moonves’s mentality that the talent decides when it’s time to go. Not the network.

  • Douglas in TN

    Adam’s correct. Although ego probably plays a part in it, there are two bigger reasons:

    *No way CBS will get in the crossfires for getting rid of a legend like Letterman, especially now as the honors and such are coming in. NBC is still remembered by many as screwing Carson over, and, now Leno.

    *Letterman’s show, even with the diminished ratings, is still a money maker. When it’s not, that’s when I imagine he gets that call from Les Moonves.

  • Brad

    Just sad Letterman isn’t giving up yet. Hopefully saw ratings war and new blood of Jimmy Fallon at tonight will put him in a place of “what am I doing here.”

  • Douglas in TN

    Sometimes I wonder how much or if he follows the ratings. It’s been reported that Leno is aware of the ratings, almost minute by minute. I wonder if Letterman is, too. I doubt it.

    In twenty years I can only remember him referencing ratings twice. On one occasion, after a particular crack, about 1998 or so, he cracked “Sheesh…we’re not doing THAT badly…”

    A friend made a frightening suggestion last night…that when Dave does walk, CBS hires Ryan Seacrest for a show. A man with many successful gigs but with little personality.

  • Brad

    A legit suggestion but I do not know how that would go. I’ll be thinking about this for a long time now.

  • Douglas in TN

    I don’t know. American Idol seems to be on life support…wouldn’t surprise me if they bag it after this season, and Seacrest’s (confusing) game show is getting pitiful numbers. Overexposure may have taken another victim.

  • Gary Middleton

    I like Ryan Seacrest but he would get killed in late night, just as he got killed in daytime. He is a fine broadcaster, but not somebody you tune in to see. He’s somebody who introduces the people you tuned in to see. Like Dick Clark was.

    If I were CBS, I’d hand the show to Bill Burr. Something tells me a prolific, theater-filling working class Boston comic who rejects irony could do well in this game.

  • Brad

    Bill Burr should try something smaller first. I know he’s a stand up comic but has he ever done anything on television besides specials? The only way he gets the 11:35 job is if he guest hosts for a week or two to get some ratings and reviews on him before going head first on him.

    Btw, I said Seacrest is a legit suggestion. That doesn’t CBS should or is on the top of the list. Just a very good thought though his daytime kill would definitely be the mega con in putting him in late night.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Sometimes I wonder how much or if he follows the ratings. It’s been reported that Leno is aware of the ratings, almost minute by minute. I wonder if Letterman is, too. I doubt it.”

    Once you’re pretty sure you’re going to get killed every night, you stop looking at the scoreboard.

    It’s easy for Dave to act like he doesn’t care about ratings when he can’t get them. It’s easy for Jay to act like he doesn’t care about awards and critical raves when he can’t get them. Everyone involved is faking it.

  • jcfreder

    The Dick Clark analogy is not relevatory by any means but it is spot on. When Letterman leaves, his replacement will be a comedian, not someone like Seacrest. Probably someone who is currently hosting a show. Ferguson, Stewart, Colbert and perhaps Conan (as more of a last resort) are probably already on the short list. Colbert would be my choice, and I could see him being interested seeing as he’s always going to be playing second fiddle to the Daily Show. There is simply no reason to give the 11:35 gig to someone untested as a host. Even assuming that CBS would be interested in someone like Bill Burr, it would make much more sense to move Ferguson to 11:35 and give Burr the 12:35 show as a testing ground.

    Also, reports are that Carson Daly is done hosting Last Call and will be going to the Today Show, with an eye toward possibly replacing Matt Lauer (which seems like a disaster waiting to happen to me).

  • Brad

    Daly replace Lauer? Jimmy Neutron is not old enough yet.

  • Brad

    Leno has been on Ferguson a couple times now, and vice versa. Leno also had Arsenio on a few times and did a cold open for Arsenio’s first show back, but do you think Leno would go on Arsenio Hall to do an interview? Or is it too much of a competitive thing to go on an 11pm show? (Maybe go on when Tonight is in reruns?)

  • Gary Middleton

    I think he’ll do Arsenio’s show after his Tonight run ends. Too competitive and too much of a hassle.

    Ferguson was a special situation where it was almost like a guy had crossed the aisle in Congress for Leno.

  • Brad

    I’m glad he did though. #LAbuddies

  • Douglas in TN

    Not much of a Tonight Show Leno fan, but I think this ranks as one of the best lines of the year:

    “”Hey, can you tell I’ve lost some weight? I’m on that new Obama diet. Every day I let Vladimir Putin eat my lunch. That’s how it works.”

    I imagine this caused some heartburn by some at NBC/MSNBC.

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