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.


  • GARebelman

    What I am saying is you said that NBC’s 10PM’s were very strong (you are saying now they are trending downward some now). I do remember you saying they’d bench the whole lineup on Jay’s last week. But for you to say the 10PM on NBC is already trending downward, how does that help Fallon exactly?

  • Gary Middleton

    “But for you to say the 10PM on NBC is already trending downward, how does that help Fallon exactly?”

    It doesn’t. My case was never that Fallon would win because NBC would own 10 pm this fall. In fact, when I made the case, I had no concept that NBC would even be competitive this fall.

    My case is that whatever guns NBC has will be firing nonstop during Fallon’s first months, and that will be enough. Fallon will not face the 1.0-ish 10 pm averages that Leno has so often dealt with. There will not be a Rock Center doing 0.7 every week. If anything does a 0.7, it’s going to get yanked and replaced fast. That’s my call.

  • Gary Middleton

    Kimmel trending globally tonight.

  • anonymous

    “In late night, CTD’s Arsenio Hall declined 11% to a 0.8 [households] in its third week. The show’s executive producer, Neal Kendall, was dismissed last week.”

    Broadcasting & Cable

  • Douglas in TN

    It’s being reported that in Chicago Arsenio’s ratings have sunk to a point where he is rating lower than “30 Rock” did previously. Ouch.

  • Bill Gorman

    FYI, for the week ending Sept. 29, Arsenio averaged a 0.4 adults 18-49 rating.

  • Gary Middleton

    Thanks, Anonymous and Bill.

    So it looks like the “JC adjustment” for Kimmel returned last week and Leno can breathe a sigh of relief for the moment. Results seem to be something like this:

    Leno: .89
    Kimmel: .748
    Letterman: .61

    For the current week, obviously, Kimmel could win if he has another big Scandal night.

  • Ferdinand

    I’m new to the discussion and am wondering how such a broad demographic category (18-49) can provide a proper perspective on viewership. There is very little comparison to be made between Leno/Letterman and Kimmel nor between Fallon and Ferguson. Arsenio’s return is especially perplexing. His approach hasn’t wavered from self-congratulatory adulation and a cavalcade of former A-list actors, comedians and musicians. Conan O’Brien’s show just seems a washout when placed in association with the other late night offerings.

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