Late Night TV Ratings For September 16-20, 2013

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September 27th, 2013

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Via NBC's Press Release

LENO AND FALLON WIN THE BROADCAST YEAR, STEADILY STRETCHING THEIR LEADS THROUGH EACH QUARTER

Tonight Show’ and ‘Late Night’ Have Increased Their Margins Over ‘Late Show’ and ‘Late Late Show’ Vs. the Prior Quarter Throughout the Past Year

Leno and Fallon Have Also Consistently Increased Their Leads Over ‘Kimmel’ and “Nightline’ Since ABC’s Schedule Change in January

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Sept. 27, 2013 — NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” have concluded the 2012-13 broadcast year with dominant wins versus their broadcast time-period competition.

Both programs generated bigger audiences for the year than their ABC and CBS timeslot rivals in adults 18-49, total viewers and all other key measures — adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers.

For the broadcast year “The Tonight Show” and “Late Night” increased their leads over “Late Show” and “Late Late Show,” respectively, versus the prior year in viewers 18-49, viewers 18-34 and viewers 25-54.

Additionally, Leno and Fallon both steadily increased their margins through the course of the year, delivering bigger advantages from quarter-to-quarter throughout the year.

For the 2012-13 broadcast year, “The Tonight Show” increased its total-viewer margin over “Late Show” to 23% (3.550 million vs. 2.889 million), matching the year-ago 52-week advantage of 23%. In viewers 18-49, the lead grew to 29% (1.054 million vs. 820,000) from last year’s 12%.

In the 25-54 demo, the lead grew to 21% (1.347 million vs. 1.110 million) from last year’s 11% and the 33% lead in 18-34 (343,000 vs. 258,000) is up from last year’s 26%.

Fallon finished the 2012-13 year with a total-viewer lead over “Late Late Show” of 21% (1.735 million vs. 1.435 million), virtually matching last year’s 22%. Fallon increased his season lead over “Late Late Show” in adults 18-49 to 35% (687,000 vs. 510,000), up from last year’s 24%; in adults 18-34 to 68% (294,000 vs. 175,000), up from last year’s 56%; and in adults 25-54 to 21% (804,000 vs. 663,000), up from 18% last year.

For the third quarter, “Tonight” and “Late Night” earned their biggest quarter-long margins over CBS’s “Late Show” and “Late Late Show,” respectively, in the prior year, going back through the fourth quarter of 2012, with Leno’s and Fallon’s leads steadily increasing over that year. For the third quarter Leno led “Late Show” by a 53% margin in 18-49 viewers (1.057 million vs. 692,000), up from 39% in the second quarter, 17% in the first quarter and 14% in the fourth quarter of 2012. At 12:35 a.m. ET, Fallon topped “Late Late Show” by 53% (662,000 vs. 434,000), up from 43% in the second quarter, 30% in the first quarter and 18% in the fourth quarter.

In total viewers, Leno and Fallon also delivered their biggest margins of victory over “Late Show” and “Late Late Show,” respectively, in four quarters, with “Tonight” topping “Late Show” by 37% (3,486 million vs. 2.552 million), up from margins of 29% in the second quarter, 16% in the first quarter and 13% in the fourth quarter of 2012. Fallon beat “Late Late Show” in the third quarter by 34% in total viewers (1.702 million vs. 1.272 million), versus wins of 28% in the second quarter, 15% in the first quarter and 11% in the fourth quarter.

“Tonight” also continued to increase its margins over ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” versus their only two prior quarters of head-to-head competition in the hour, with a 49% third-quarter advantage in 18-49 viewers (1.057 million vs. 711,000), up from a 22% margin in the second quarter and a 9% lead in the first quarter. In total viewers, “Tonight” increased its lead over “Kimmel” in the third quarter to 65% (3.486 million vs. 2.2.117 million), up from 44% in the second quarter and 34% in the first quarter.

Fallon likewise pulled away from ABC’s “Nightline” in their head-to-head half-hour from 12:30-1 a.m. ET. In the third quarter, Fallon prevailed over “Nightline” by 63% in viewers 18-49 (702,000 vs. 430,000), up from 48% in the second quarter and 30% in the first quarter. In total viewers the “Late Night” edge grew to 30% (1.850 million vs. 1.428 million from 12:30-1 a.m.), up from 23% in the second quarter and 15% in the first quarter.

“Tonight” finishes the broadcast year having delivered bigger 18-49 audiences than “Late Show” for the last 44 weeks in a row and topped “Kimmel” for 34 of their 37 head-to-head weeks. In total viewers, Leno has out-delivered “Late Show” for 48 weeks in a row and “Kimmel” for 37 of 37 weeks.

Fallon has now generated bigger 18-49 audiences than “Late Late Show” for 49 of the last 50 weeks and prevailed in total viewers for 46 of the last 48 weeks. Versus “Nightline” in their head-to-head half-hour, Fallon has out-delivered the ABC series for 37 of 37 weeks in viewers 18-49 and 22 weeks in a row in total viewers.

WEEKLY AVERAGES

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of Sept. 16-20. 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, 3 share
CBS “Late Show,” 0.5/2 *
ABC “Kimmel,” 0.6/3 *

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,” 0.3/2

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,” 3.6 million viewers
CBS “Late Show,” 2.3 million viewers *
ABC “Kimmel,” 2.3 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,” 1.2 million viewers

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

* “Late Show” and “Last Call” were in rebroadcast and Friday’s “Kimmel” was an encore.

THIRD QUARTER

ADULTS 18-49

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight,” 0.8 rating, 4 share
CBS “Late Show,” 0.5/2
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,” 3.5 million viewers
CBS “Late Show,” 2.6 million viewers
ABC “Kimmel,” 2.1 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,” 1.3 million viewers

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

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,” 3.6 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. 16-20

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,” 0.6

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.5

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,” 1.6 million
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 1.3 million

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.9 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, 1.3 million viewers

 

 
  • Gary Middleton

    Looks like Leno’s biggest night will be sideswiped by a midnight government shutdown deadline. Even a decent chance of news department pre-emptions.

  • Gary Middleton

    LOL, only Leno got interrupted by the news department at midnight. Rejoined the show in the middle of a story that made no sense without the beginning. Would not have happened if Fallon were hosting, imo.

  • GARebelman

    I think you are exaggerating Gary, the news can interrupt just about anything these days.

  • Rif

    Conan gained somewhere between 0.2 and 0.3 in the demo moving to 11:30, not counting hoopla of the beginning and end.

  • Rif

    Sorry, didn’t refresh the page to see that Gary already said that.

  • Gary Middleton

    Rif! Great to see you.

    “I think you are exaggerating Gary, the news can interrupt just about anything these days.”

    GAR, it was a perfect control experiment. All 3 networks faced the same set of circumstances last night. Only one elected to interrupt its late night show. It was the one that would, in theory, have the most incentive to leave its late night show alone since it’s the dominant ratings leader.

  • GARebelman

    And Jay won the evening despite that interruption you claim was on purpose because it wasn’t Fallon :P

  • Gary Middleton

    You really think winning or losing the evening is the benchmark when his lead-in was 45% higher than the runner up?

  • GARebelman

    You made it seem like a 20 second interruption was going to collapse the night because NBC news with Brian Williams wants Jay to fail.

  • Gary Middleton

    Sorry for the confusion. First off, the news department doesn’t make the decision on breaking into programming. The network does. Second, it was not a 20 second interruption, it was several minutes. Lastly, we’ve been at this for years and I give you enough credit to understand what a 3.4 lead-in represents. In the future, I’ll be more painfully specific.

    NBC was the only network of three to interrupt their late night show. So either NBC is the only one that cares about news, or the only one that has it in for their current late night host. Not a tough call for me, given he has been fired.

    Might Jay’s 0.9 have been a 1.0 if they didn’t interrupt the show and likely convince many viewers to switch to cable news to follow developments? Yes, it’s very plausible. Could be the difference between a weekly 0.8 and 0.9. Might not alter the race vs. Kimmel and Dave. But that’s not the race he’s in now. He’s in a race against what Fallon will do next year. That’s where NBC executives have the most personal capital tied up, and that’s why they badly want Jay’s numbers to cool off. And I expect them to chip away with any means at their disposal.

  • Neal

    Jay is DA MAN! DA KING!

  • Douglas in TN

    Da cancelled and da fired king!

  • Dakota

    Where are Arsenio’s numbers?

    Team #Letterman and Team #Ferguson

  • Nifty

    Craig just beat Conan as the highest rated late night show on imdb. Not counting Daily Show and Colbert, of course. I just found that interesting, don’t know if you guys care.

  • Jim LaForte

    Gary, I totally agree with you. NBC is starting to dismantle the “beast” that is the Jay Leno “Tonight” Show.

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