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



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.


(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 *


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.”




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.


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.


  • Gary Middleton

    Clearly there was little if any downward revision from Kimmel’s overnights last week.

    If that happens again this week, we’re looking at a whole new ballgame. His Monday through Thursday average as it stands now rounds to 0.9.

  • Tony

    Not a bad week for Dave. 3.1M viewers. When was the last time he pulled in more than 3 million viewers?

  • Gary Middleton

    Does Leno have a problem here?

    This week’s overnight averages:

    Leno: 0.88
    Kimmel: 0.86

    GAR, if that’s a reflection on what’s really happening, interrupting Jay’s show Monday with a news report could easily have ended up costing him the week.

  • Gary Middleton

    btw, Leno is vulnerable to downward revisions this week due to NFL football, and the fact that NBC 10pm had downward revisions every single night.

    10 pm averages:

    ABC: 2.0
    NBC: 1.98
    CBS: 1.82

  • Gary Middleton

    “Not a bad week for Dave. 3.1M viewers. When was the last time he pulled in more than 3 million viewers?”

    Good eye, Tony. I think it was a week in mid-April when Kimmel was in reruns.

    Bill Clinton and particularly Cher combined to make it happen this time.

  • kscottk11

    Jon, I don’t think either Chelsea Handler or Conan would be a real option for CBS replacing Letterman at 11:30.

    First, Chelsea is too crude and obnoxious for network TV. She would have to tone-down her act for network TV, and that would kill her late night career.

    I think she is doing fairly well on the little E Network. It’s a cheap show to produce that’s got a loyal following. And it stands on it’s own following no lead-in support.

    And, also, I don’t think Conan is a real possibility at CBS because he’s “burned” so many bridges in late night and CBS might not want to touch him. Also, I don’t think he’s adapted his humor to be broad enough to anchor a wide national 11:30 network show.

    When February 2014 comes around and Leno gone, I think late night TV viewers might become more fragmented than ever with so many players trying to grab a piece of this “Late Night Pie.”

    I think there could be some causalities in this crowded late night universe.

  • Jim LaForte

    Wow! Gary, is that not why Dan Rather was told not to wait until Friday to make the announcement that he was “retiring?” DO you think that CBS is trying to bury the news?

    Cosmos, I have to agree with you. It is definitely NBC’s to lose. Even though I have commented that given Jay’s age and the cost associated with producing his show, that by having ONE Executive Producer (NBC Suit) Lorne Michaels (Yes, I believe that he is a SUIT. LOL) produce ALL of NBC’s signature shows, and control ALL of the late night television content, that costs will be far cheaper. Now you will see cross overs from all of the NEW YORK based shows that will be produced in the SAME building and produced by the SAME person.

  • Jim LaForte

    What is Jay’s show costing to reach that 0.9 vs one that is hosted by Jimmy Falick? What? A “bonus” for leaving early? No, that is the fifteen million dollars that Jay gave up last year. Anyone remember? Where is he off to next? Someone posted that Steve Burke checked with Fox to see if there was any interest in Leno. That is really intriguing. LOL!

  • Tony

    Great week for Kimmel too. His show is still not as popular as Nightline used to be.

  • Tony

    When Leno retires I wonder if any late night show is able to pull in more than 3 million viewers?

  • Gary Middleton

    “DO you think that CBS is trying to bury the news?”

    Absolutely. I don’t think CBS nor Dave wants a conversation that could serve to remind people that Letterman’s show is a distant third place.

  • GARebelman

    An uber solid 0.4 for Letterman last night :)

  • Gary Middleton

    Kimmel has his Kanye West booking. The whole ‘feud’ is surely a stunt but all’s fair.

    Does Kimmel have a shot at winning the week?

  • GARebelman

    So Kimmel has to manufacture drama for ratings now. What book has he read “Reality shows 101″ or something?

  • Adam Stabelli

    You know Kimmel’s show is in trouble when he has to manufacture drama just to get people to watch.

  • GARebelman

    Sounds like textbook Howard Stern. I think he has been hanging around him a bit much.

  • Gary Middleton

    None of his stunts will matter if there isn’t a natural upswing going on in Kimmel’s viewership. Just as ‘Hugh Grant Night’ wasn’t what put Leno in the lead for the next 14 years.

    We’ll know from tomorrow’s weekly result how serious a threat Kimmel is to Leno. In last Thursday’s weekly number, there was *no downward revision* to Kimmel’s overnight average. A spectacular deviation from last season.

    If that happened again, then Leno and Kimmel could have a photo finish for last week. And if it happens again this week, and Kimmel blows it out in the demo for Kanye West and Scandal Thursday, Kimmel could win. Note Blacklist starting to fade towards the 2.0s, Chicago Fire starting to fade towards the 1.0s, and Wednesday is an NBC misfire.

  • GARebelman

    Yet you ignore that CBS and ABC aren’t exactly knocking it out of the ball park at 10PM night after night. I remember it was you who said this would be epic for Fallon next year and this would propel him to victory. Are you going to back track now on that Gary? ;)

  • Gary Middleton

    “Yet you ignore that CBS and ABC aren’t exactly knocking it out of the ball park at 10PM night after night.”

    I don’t understand the connection to what I wrote. All I said was that *if* Kimmel has no downward revisions again, then he’s in a photo finish with Leno for last week. That’s just math. We’ll see tomorrow. And that *if* he is in a photo finish, then he’s likely a threat again this week with a big stunt booking and weakening NBC numbers. And obviously that would represent a whole new ballgame in late night.

  • Gary Middleton

    “I remember it was you who said this would be epic for Fallon next year and this would propel him to victory. Are you going to back track now on that Gary?”

    Can’t make heads nor tails of this. Would be much easier if you show me exactly what I said rather than make up your own dubious version.

    I expect NBC to bench anything that’s working in Leno’s final 2 months, have it reappear when Fallon debuts, and to stack as much strength at 10 pm as it possibly can. And to keep new episodes running through May sweeps. And for Fallon to win his first several months because of that.

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