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


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.”


(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 *


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.


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


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.



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.


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

    “Won’t see me again.”

    I’m quite confident that if that episode of Conan does a 1.2, she will make an appearance.

  • Brad

    I appreciate the news Diana and I agree, that is a very good booking. The show is obviously going to be around them. However, Leno and Timberlake will most certainly get great ratings as well. I’ll very likely watch Conan over Leno that night but that doesn’t mean everyone will. Leno has a good booking that night.

  • Gary Middleton

    Another 0.6 for Leno last night. Game has changed, imo. If Leno is doing weekly .7s as he did last week, and the ABC or CBS 10 pm lineups come out extremely strong later this month, the Tonight Show will be within striking distance of everybody in any given week.

  • Adam

    Don’t worry Diana. I’ve given up on Conan. I used to be a huge fan of his. But his show is stuck in a rut. And I don’t watch Breaking Bad. So I won’t watch that Monday’s show. Conan has fallen. He’s now clocking time until his time to leave television arrives. Much like Letterman is. Conan won’t do anything outside his studio. He’s always behind the desk doing some written bit. It’s the same thing over and over and over.

  • Adam

    Hosting the Tonight Show changed Conan for the worst. 12:30 Conan is gone and isn’t coming back.

  • Adam

    I don’t understand the Conan camp’s hatred of Jay. It’s not out fault that Leno wins every time the Tonight Show airs. It’s been that way since Hugh Grant came on the show. The Tonight Show needs to appeal to EVERYONE. NOT just a specific slice of the audience. It’s been that way since Steve Allen hosted it, and when Paar and Carson followed him. It’s called BROADCASTING for a reason. It has to be BROAD. Conan was not broad. Handing the Tonight Show to him was a mistake. The Tonight Show stopped being number 1 for that seven month period until Jay came back. It’s just the law of the land. If you host Tonight, you MUST keep it number one. It’s been the rule since 1954. When Tonight first graced our tv screens. And I know every Conan fan will disagree with what I’m saying. Sorry. Tonight needs to be number one. And in order to do that, you must appeal to everyone if you’re lucky enough to be handed the show. Conan didn’t do that.

  • Adam

    Comedians want to host the show. But when they get handed the show, they have no idea of how to keep it number one. Jay has that. He’s always had it.

  • Gary Middleton

    Adam, he didn’t have it last week! And I assume he didn’t have it last night. Quite a ratings brawl in the next few months, imo.

  • Gary Middleton

    Sept. 23 turning into quite the battleground.

    Leno: Timberlake
    Kimmel: Shutting down Hollywood Blvd for a Paul McCartney concert
    Conan: Team Breaking Bad

    Yet so much of it comes down to how a new James Spader drama on NBC will do against a Jerry Bruckheimer/Dylan McDermott drama on CBS and Castle on ABC. I think we know the answer.

  • GARebelman

    The Blacklist is very promising and TVline predicts it to get an early season renewal.

    Hostages is depressing as hell and so is the previews! Who wants to watch 15 episodes to get depressed on? I sure won’t be

    Castle will do what Castle does. Skew old and be around a 2 demo.

  • Gary Middleton

    Probably a huge mea culpa here, but someone with knowledge please weigh in. When Arsenio’s people put out a press release saying that he won the week in 18-49, it sure seems like it’s based on 55 markets at the most and perhaps as few as 26. Here’s the exact wording on source:

    ” September 16, 2013 – THE ARSENIO HALL SHOW, the new syndicated late-night talk show with host Arsenio Hall, was the No. 1 late-night talk show on broadcast TV in the key audience demographic of Adults 18-49, in its first week on air, September 9 to 13. The CBS Television Distribution talk show also landed in a photo finish for No. 1 with “The Tonight Show” among Adults 25-54 according to Nielsen Station Index (NSI) Local People Meter (LPM) overnight ratings.”

    Does that mean just 25-54 was based on local people meters? Or 18-49 as well? And only 26 markets have that, right? Did Arsenio declare victory, and a 0.7 for Leno, with as much as 55% of the country still un-counted?

  • jcfreder

    In my view, one big reason to be skeptical of the comprehensiveness of the Arsenio numbers is how quickly they came out. We usually see the “final” weeklong late-night numbers the Thursday after the week has been completed. So it seems unlikely that we’d have Arsenio’s true numbers on a Monday, three days early. In fact, the latest version of this site’s syndicated show ratings carries the following caveat:

    “Please note that the syndicated weekly results are delayed versus normal reporting. While we get the broadcast and cable ratings for the prior Monday-Sunday period every Tuesday, there is an extra week of lag time with the syndicated ratings and these numbers are not for last week, but for the week before last.”

    I take this to mean that we probably would get Arsenio’s true final numbers for his first week a week from today.

  • jcfreder

    My suspicion is confirmed. This is from the press release:

    Nielsen national syndication ratings for the week are not scheduled to be available until Tuesday, September 24.

    The problem is that the form we get that info in is usually the top 25 syndicated programs. Arsenio is not going to qualify for that.

  • GARebelman

    Let me get this straight, Arsenio’s ratings are for the top 25 markets only? What about the bottom half which has more markets? If that is the case, is there even a point to say he is winning anything at that point?

  • jcfreder

    To the extent that the ratings are based on the top 56 markets (not sure whether that’s true), that’s 70% of the country.

    And of course the point is PR, not “truth.”

  • Gary Middleton

    Thanks, jc. When they say “local people meters”, I really think that might just be the top 26 markets.

    Should be interesting. Quite a few places where the African American population is fairly concentrated in the top markets. Greater Houston, for example, has a representation 70% greater than the Texas average. When they’re done counting all the Lubbocks and Laredos, maybe the picture changes a bit. Pennsylvania and much of the midwest have similar situations. Not to say that Arsenio doesn’t have crossover appeal, just that his share is probably not consistent across the board.

    Too bad we didn’t get Friday numbers so you could produce an overnight average. *If* Leno is getting particularly dented in the cities, then his chance for upward revisions in the weeklies is higher now.

  • Adam Stabelli

    I predict Arsenio will be gone by this time next year.

  • Douglas in TN

    So I assume that in these metered markets the show airs at 11 EST? In some areas here the show airs then, in some, it airs at 1AM or later. How are they counted, if they are?

  • Gary Middleton

    Douglas, the show airs at various times in the metered markets. Usually 11. As early as 10. I assume they’re counting the viewers regardless of what time the show airs.

  • jcfreder

    My best guess is that Arsenio’s press release number of .7 in the demo is coming from the 25 markets with people meters. Those markets account for about 49% of the “TV homes” in the country, but about 54% of the African-American TV homes. So there may not be as big of an adjustment as you think.

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