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.

 

 

 
  • jcfreder

    I highly doubt anyone in the news division or MSNBC cares one iota about a Leno joke.

  • Douglas in TN

    Well, especially at MSNBC, which has evolved into an Obama fan club, the most partisan network on television, I’m sure there are many hosts who wouldn’t be happy that somebody in the NBC family took a shot at Obama. Some hosts there have zero tolerance for criticism of Obama.

  • GARebelman

    Can’t say Jay isn’t an equal opportunity offender. Something you don’t see any of the other hosts do literally.

  • Gary Middleton

    I’m with JC. Nobody at MSNBC cares. Tonight Show hosts make fun of the President. It’s like getting upset with the maintenance staff for vacuuming.

    Also, this cable punditry stuff is more showbiz than people think. The red light comes on and you pretend to be worked up about whatever you’re supposed to get worked up about, and then you get on with your life. Wouldn’t be shocked if some of the MSNBC people voted for Romney, given their income brackets. A Republican administration may even be better for business at a ‘left wing’ channel.

  • Brad

    When one ticket wants to close loopholes and the other side does not, the big businesses that use those loopholes to their advantage would NOT want to vote for the Romney/Ryan ticket. For normal business who don’t have fancy lawyers, tax attorneys, high salary accountants, or lobbyists were MUCH in favor of the Republican ticket last fall. My family business included.

    I do believe their are more Republicans in show business than people believe. I bet $100 that Kimmel voted for Romney due to Martin Short’s sincerity on his show after the election did not go his way. The thing is, like Clint Eastwood said, is that they are all secretive, affraid to be outsted by the media or industry itself. When Steven Spillberg and Tom Hanks basically run the town, you really can’t be a Republican. Ironic though, thought Democrats were open to different people.

  • Gary Middleton

    Any idea that starts with “like Clint Eastwood said” I’ll take with a grain of salt.

  • GARebelman

    The newest NYT aricle confirms that Seth Myers on Late night will only work 4 nights a week with no Friday show. There will be a 50/50 chance Seth will still work on SNL because of that.

  • Gary Middleton

    It’s an interesting decision, GAR, given that Late Night has probably been strongest on Fridays. I wonder if Lorne believes that a Friday rerun would hold up at new episode ratings levels, the way Kimmel’s Friday rerun often does.

    The idea of keeping Meyers on SNL looks a little panicky and compromising to both shows.

  • jcfreder

    Keeping Seth on SNL seems like a pretty big mistake. Smacks of hubris to underestimate the titanic amount of effort that goes into creating a successful late-night talk show.

  • GARebelman

    I agree with you both. The late night shows typically do better on the weekend (Friday-Saturday) because more people are at home and stay up later than they would Mon-Thurs due to the obvious. I think it is a big mistake personally

    I think it is a mistake to try to keep Seth on SNL because then he’d have to compromise “Late Night’ quality to possibly do less funny bits and phone it in a bit. I hope they change their mind because that is not a winning formula.

  • Brad

    If Meyers was on SNL just to do Weekend Update, that’s okay, but to continue being a head writer and what not, terrible idea. I actually doubt they would do that but they could still make him write other bits or do more than just Weekebd Update which would be a mistake. Honestly, I can’t believe a split in work loyalty is even a thought.

  • Neal

    Leno ripped Bush and Palin mercilessly. Far worse than anything he has said about Obama.

    Leno is DA MAN! DA KING!

  • Diana Santiago

    Conan just got the hottest booking in late night next week.

    “Conan O’Brien will welcome Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and stars Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, Bob Odenkirk and R.J. Mitte on the Sept. 23 episode of Conan… It will be the first time the group has appeared together on a talk show, and the cast should have plenty to gab about.”

  • Gary Middleton

    I don’t know. I think the culture has some Breaking Bad fatigue setting in. If I was Leno on that Monday, I would not trade Justin Timberlake for the Breaking Bad crew.

    Meanwhile, we can pretty safely say now that Arsenio has taken a chunk out of Jay Leno. Been awhile since Leno had a 0.7 with new episodes. Arsenio won the week in 18-49. And Leno loses the AGT lead-in next week.

    Not the coast to the finish line many expected.

  • Diana Santiago

    Is there any difference between the “record 6.4 million viewers” Breaking Bad fatigue and the Justin “I’m every week on Late Night” Timberlake fatigue?

    Clearly, the Leno bias/Conan despise has found new frontiers in this board.

    It was a stupid mistake bringing that information. My bad. Won’t see me again.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Is there any difference between the “record 6.4 million viewers” Breaking Bad fatigue and the Justin “I’m every week on Late Night” Timberlake fatigue?”

    Absolutely. Breaking Bad has a short season and the chatter around this final run has burned much hotter and relentlessly for several weeks. It’s kind of like when the Super Bowl dominates for 2 weeks, and as soon as the game is over people are very ready to move on and it doesn’t matter that Dave booked the game MVP for the next night.

    We’ll see how it goes. If people are looking for a benchmark, Conan tends to hold about 34% of his lead in viewers. If Conan holds 40%, you’ll know he got a bump. But we won’t know if he would’ve gotten more from Timberlake, who has been an extremely reliable ratings help for Leno and particularly SNL and presumably Fallon.

  • Gary Middleton

    I bet NBC is quite happy that Leno’s numbers might go out lower thanks to Arsenio.

    And if Arsenio keeps this up, the idea that Kimmel in some way will have L.A. late night to himself will be shattered.

  • JB

    I don’t know, the Breaking Bad series finale is Sept. 29. The show’s hype will only be even more intense in these final two weeks. Also consider that they’ll be fresh off the Emmys the previous night in which they may take home several awards.

  • kscottk11

    I think it’s way to early to make any judgements on what effect, if any, Arsenio will have on late night.

    Right now, he is just a curiosity. Lets wait a couple of weeks to see if he can hold onto an audience, and shift people’s viewing habits.

  • Gary Middleton

    “The show’s hype will only be even more intense in these final two weeks.”

    Wonder if that’s possible, JB. I don’t know if anything can be bigger than ‘everyone talking about it, all the time’. The Emmys and all further celebration may be the equivalent of pushing on a string.

    But I’ve been way off the mark before and recently. And further to your points: the internet isn’t going to let anyone forget that it’s on.

    Great thing is, we’ll know literally within 18 hours of the airing.

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