Late Night TV Ratings For September 23-27, 2013

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October 3rd, 2013

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Via NBC's Press Release

‘THE Tonight Show,’ ‘LATE NIGHT’ DOMINATE PREMIERE WEEK AGAINST TIMESLOT COMPETITION

 

Leno, Fallon Reach Three-Year Premiere Week Highs in 18-49 and Outperform ABC, CBS Rivals in All Key Demos and Total Viewers

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Oct. 3, 2013 — NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” have delivered their biggest premiere-week audiences in adults 18-49 in three years.

Leno and Fallon have launched their 2013-14 seasons with dominant wins versus their broadcast time-period competition for the week of Sept. 23-27, generating bigger audiences than their slot rivals in adults 18-49, total viewers and all other key measures. Note: Monday’s “Late Night” and Friday’s “Kimmel” were encores.

Both “The Tonight Show” and “Late Night” were up versus premiere week last year in every key ratings measure while Fallon generated his biggest overall audience for any of his five season-premiere weeks to date.

“The Tonight Show” jumped 29% versus last year’s premiere week in 18-49 viewers (to 1.205 million from 935,000) for its top week-one result since 2010. “Late Night” was also up 29% (764,000 vs. 591,000) for its biggest 18-49 audience since 2010.

In total viewers, Leno was up 12% (3.678 million vs. 3.296 million) for his biggest premiere-week audience since 2010. Fallon was up 19% (1.836 million vs. 1.539 million) for his biggest week-one viewership since taking over “Late Night” in 2009.

“The Tonight Show” has now delivered bigger 18-49 audiences than “Late Show” for the last 45 weeks in a row and topped “Kimmel” for 35 of their 38 head-to-head weeks. In total viewers, Leno has out-delivered “Late Show” for 49 weeks in a row and “Kimmel” for 38 of 38 weeks.

Fallon has now generated bigger 18-49 audiences than “Late Late Show” for 50 of the last 51 weeks and prevailed in total viewers for 47 of the last 49 weeks. Versus “Nightline” in their head-to-head half-hour, Fallon has out-delivered the ABC series for 38 of 38 weeks in viewers 18-49 and 23 weeks in a row in total viewers.

For the premiere week of Sept. 23-27, encore telecasts of “Last Call with Carson Daly” generated the show’s biggest 18-49 audience (474,000) and biggest overall audience (1.028 million) in more than a year, since the week of Sept. 3-7, 2012.

For a second week in a row, “Last Call” encores edged originals of CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” in viewers 18-49, even though “Late Late Show” starts an hour earlier. For the week of Sept. 23-27, “Last Call” held the edge by 474,000 to 470,000 and for the week of Sept. 16-20, “Last Call” prevailed in that comparison by 352,000 to 348,000.

WEEKLY AVERAGES

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of Sept. 23-27. 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,” 0.9 rating, 4 share
CBS “Late Show,” 0.6/3
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,” 0.6/4 *
CBS “Late Late Show,” 0.4/2

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.4/3 *

TOTAL VIEWERS

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight,” 3.7 million viewers
CBS “Late Show,” 3.1 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,” 1.8 million viewers *
CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.5 million viewers

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 1.0 million viewers *

* Monday’s “Late Night” and Friday’s “Kimmel” were encores, as was the full week of “Last Call.”

 

SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK OF SEPT. 23-27

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, 1.2 million viewers

** Monday’s Comedy Central telecasts were encores.

 

 
  • Jim LaForte

    So Dave has slipped a tenth of a point this season. Very interesting indeed. It should get interesting as Jay’s finale grows closer.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    ADULTS 18-49

    11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
    NBC “Tonight,” 0.9 rating, 4 share
    CBS “Late Show,” 0.6/3
    ABC “Kimmel,” 0.7/3 *
    TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.5

    TOTAL VIEWERS

    11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
    NBC “Tonight,” 3.7 million viewers
    CBS “Late Show,” 3.1 million viewers
    ABC “Kimmel,” 2.4 million viewers *
    TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.9 million viewers

    Yep, time to sack Leno.

  • Jim LaForte

    With increasing salaries and production costs on an aging Leno “Tonight Show,” NBC’s decision may make sense given the age of the host. However, Bob Barker hosted “The Price is Right” until he was 84. Go figure.

  • Gary Middleton

    Leno came pretty much as close to a 1.0 as you can without actually having a 1.0. Perhaps as close as any of the hosts will ever come to a 1.0 in a normal week again.

    Kimmel’s 0.7 is the first big miss I can recall for JC’s projections. A reminder that it’s a whole new ballgame when ABC’s prime time shows come back.

  • Gary Middleton

    Yes, Jim, Dave picked up pretty much where he left off in the May sweeps. I would suggest the missing 0.1 largely went to Kimmel when he moved to 11:35.

  • Ralph Hahn

    NBC puts out practically the same news release, week after week. Always headline with Leno, Fallon. And, Jay STILL gets the ax before the Olympics. Unbelievable!

  • Jim LaForte

    It sure would be nice if CBS started doing a little more to promote “Late Show with David Letterman” other than on the network. There is no synergy amongst the other cable outlets that CBS/Viacom own which appear to the 18-49 demo. 25-54 seems to be where the broadcast networks are the strongest but demos be damned. LOL!

  • Cosmo Vittelli

    Jim,

    Worth pointing out that Dave himself might be admitting defeat on- and off-camera thereby instructing his network to quit beating the proverbial dead horse. Synergy requires a focal point and Letterman is well-known for “celebrating failure.”
    Ironic though that Dave was often higher in the demo through course of late night wars, usually while noting that he related less and less to young people. See Mannie the Hippie.
    CBS always received positive reviews for hiring Dave, given that they were gambling at 11:30 PM back in ’93 and had never challenged Carson. This next season with Dave could again highlight genius of Moonves.

    Cosmo’s call: NBC’s to lose.

  • anonymous

    From tv media insights:

    WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 16

    Week two of Warner Bros. talker “Bethenny,” hosted by reality star Bethenny Frankel, scored a 0.9 (first week ratings are being reprocessed), which tied “Arsenio Hall” from CBS Television Distribution in late night. “Arsenio” slipped by 18 percent in this second week (versus a 1.1 in household for the week of Sept. 9), but he was preempted (or bumped) to a later time period in several markets due to sports-related preemptions. “Arsenio’s” adult 18-49 rating – 0.5 – still tied David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon and Conan O’Brien, while beating Craig Ferguson, Carson Daly and “Chelsea Lately.”

  • Gary Middleton

    Thanks, Anonymous, that’s great. Will be interesting to see how Arsenio held up in the face of ‘premiere week’.

  • Nick

    Wow, great for Jay. Was hoping he’d get a 1.0 but it’s nice to hear he was close!

    Kimmel should be able to maintain a regular 0.8 once Scandal returns. Perhaps even higher. Meanwhile, Jay has a great Monday/Tuesday/Friday but continues to get hit hard on Wednesday/Thursday.

  • Neal

    Jay is da MAN!

    The undispted KING of late night!

  • Douglas in TN

    Uh, the soon to be, uh, former king of late night. The reign is coming to a close.

  • Gary Middleton

    Even after the “JC adjustment”, Kimmel did at least a 1.0 last night. As long as he has Scandal in front of him, there is no question Letterman is a weekly 3rd place show, and Leno better keep his foot on the gas.

    Speaking of which, 0.9 is outstanding for Leno on a Thursday with Julianne Moore and an odd collection of act 2 skits.

  • GARebelman

    Mind you Kimmel always revises down from the overnights but he should stay ahead of Letterman or at least match him because of Thursday alone.

  • Gary Middleton

    GAR, even *after* the typical revision, that’s a 1.0 or more for Kimmel. Massive in today’s landscape, and massive relative to the mid-.6s that many have come to expect from Kimmel.

    And that was with John Mayer on. What might it be when the queen of Scandal, Kerry Washington, stops by on the 17th? What might it be if Kanye West comes on? Kimmel has a lot of aces to play for the next 2 months. King of late night better floor it.

  • Gary Middleton

    I guess Leno’s 0.9 last night could be revised significantly lower given the NFL game on the Cleveland affiliate.

  • Douglas in TN

    Dave has reupped his contract through 2015.

    “Les and I had a lengthy discussion, and we both agreed that I needed a little more time to fully run the show into the ground,” said Letterman.

  • Gary Middleton

    It’s a standard concept in business and politics to release bad news on a Friday afternoon so fewer people hear about it. Known as “the Friday news dump”. Hilarious that they announced Dave’s renewal that way.

  • GARebelman

    And after that he will extend. And after that, he will extend. People love to mock Jay but Dave is pretty much doing the same thing. Except nobody apparently has anything to say.

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