Late Night TV Ratings For September 30-October 4, 2013

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October 10th, 2013

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Via NBC's Press Release

LENO, FALLON OFF TO STRONG TWO-WEEK GAINS VS. YEAR-AGO DEMOS, TOTAL VIEWERS

“The Tonight Show,” “Late Night” Continue to Dominate Broadcast Timeslot Competition in New Season

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Oct. 10, 2013 — NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” have delivered hefty year-to-year gains during the second week of the new television season, giving them convincing wins over broadcast timeslot competition.

Leno is off to his biggest opening two weeks into a new TV season in three years in 18-49 viewers and total viewers. Fallon has generated his biggest overall audience two weeks into a new season in the five years he’s been hosting “Late Night.”

Versus the first two weeks of the year-ago season, Leno is up 29% in 18-49 viewers (with 1.168 million vs. 902,000) and up 15% in total viewers (3.728 million vs. 3.232 million).

Fallon is up 30% in 18-49 viewers (740,000 vs. 569,000) so far this season and up 17% in total viewers (1.790 million vs. 1.527 million).

At 1:35 a.m. ET, “Last Call with Carson Daly” is also delivering sizable gains versus the first two weeks of last season, up 26% in 18-49 viewers (443,000 vs. 352,000) and up 12% in total viewers (995,000 vs. 886,000).

For the week of Sept. 30-Oct. 4, “The Tonight Show” delivered bigger audiences than CBS’s “Late Late Show with David Letterman” in all key ratings categories and topped ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in adults and men 18-34; adults, men and women 18-49; and adults, men and women 25-54, as well as total viewers. “Late Night” topped CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and, during their head-to-head half-hour, ABC’s “Nightline” in all key categories.

Despite later start times, Fallon out-delivered Letterman and Kimmel for the week in 18-34 viewers (with 316,000 vs. 216,000 for Letterman and 309,000 for Kimmel) and “Last Call” generated more 18-34 viewers than Ferguson (with 193,000 vs. 156,000).

“The Tonight Show” has now delivered bigger 18-49 audiences than “Late Show” for the last 46 weeks in a row and topped “Kimmel” for 36 of their 39 head-to-head weeks. In total viewers, Leno has out-delivered “Late Show” for 50 weeks in a row and “Kimmel” for 39 of 39 weeks.

Fallon has now generated bigger 18-49 audiences than “Late Late Show” for 51 of the last 52 weeks and prevailed in total viewers for 48 of the last 50 weeks. Versus “Nightline” in their head-to-head half-hour, Fallon has out-delivered the ABC series for 39 of 39 weeks in viewers 18-49 and 34 of 36 weeks in total viewers.

WEEKLY AVERAGES

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of Sept. 30-Oct. 4. 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,” 0.6/3
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,” 3.8 million viewers
CBS “Late Show,” 3.1 million viewers
ABC “Kimmel,” 2.5 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,” 1.5 million viewers

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

* “Last Call” was in rebroadcast last week and Friday’s “Kimmel” was an encore.

SEASON TO DATE

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,” 0.6/3
CBS “Late Late Show,” 0.4/2

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.3/3

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,” 2.5 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

SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK OF SEPT. 30-OCT. 4

NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. ET, “The Daily Show,” 0.8
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 0.6

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.2 **

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 0.9
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.7

Each adult 18-49 rating point equals 1.27 million viewers.

TOTAL VIEWERS

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m.  “The Daily Show,” 1.8 million
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 1.5 million

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.4 million viewers **

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 1.9 million viewers
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.4 million viewers

** Delayed by baseball overruns and excluded from season averages.

 

 

 
  • Gary Middleton

    Would be fitting if they bring in Joan Rivers to finish Arsenio’s run.

  • GARebelman

    So much for Arsenio taking a chunk out of Jay Leno’s audience. Pretty much confirmed he went from a 1.0 to a 0.4. Looks unlike Conan, there may not be as much patience as he is not on a “network” but under a carrier who may be a bit more trigger happy.

  • Douglas in TN

    Maybe they ought to try something unique, like a comedic blend of comedy and a newsmagazine-type show.

    Maybe they could call it…just throwing a name out there…the Wilton North Report.

  • Jim LaForte

    Okay. Here is what I think about “Arsenio.” His show is “too black,” and please do not take this the wrong way. I have watched his new show and think that it is good but looks cheap and is on a relatively smaller scale compared to his old show, which I am certain that his budget is not at all like it was when he worked out of Paramount.

    His black guests seem to talk on and on about things that are important to the black community, which I respect, but this loses me as a white viewer. To me, “Arsenio” does not seem broad enough to appeal to a bigger audience and with some adjustments, I have a feeling that he could do quite well.

    Unfortunately, it looks as though people have come, sampled and left. Does anyone agree? LOL!

  • Jim LaForte

    Jay Leno and Arsenio would be a good combination (I think) in syndication with Tribune.

  • David Mahin

    I like what you have to say Jim and wonder if you are right in your projections for after Jay Leno leaves the “Tonight” show.

    If everything remains the same as far as the current number of viewers, I am of the thinking that this is how it may play out in the 18-49 Demo:

    Dave: 0.7 – 0.8 Will win in total viewers.

    Jimmy Kimmel: 0.8 – 1.0

    Jimmy Fallon: 0.7 – 0.9

    The younger demo will be split between the two Jimmy’s. Now Late Night on the networks may soon be the place to be, introducing younger viewers because of younger hosts.

    Dave ought to remain competitive because late night has always skewed older and perhaps with some of the changes that are taking place at “Late Show,” that show may be poised to be the winner. Hmmmmmmmm.

  • Leonard

    There is a double standard here… conan’s show gets .4 and his ratings are ‘ok’. Arsenio gets the same numbers and his ratings are ‘terrible’.

  • Gary Middleton

    “There is a double standard here… conan’s show gets .4 and his ratings are ‘ok’. Arsenio gets the same numbers and his ratings are ‘terrible’.”

    I agree, Leonard. And just to add insult to injury, a lot of black and Hispanic programming was booted from TBS to make room for Big Bang and Conan, for whom 0.4s garner multi-season renewal.

    The difference is Arsenio’s number hasn’t stabilized yet. Maybe in a month it’s 0.2.

    Truthfully, I’m not sure any of us really know what number is considered ok for late night syndication on what is surely a weak station lineup generally.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Jay Leno and Arsenio would be a good combination (I think) in syndication with Tribune.”

    Jim, someone here- perhaps it was you- speculated awhile back that they might go after Leno if Arsenio falters since they’ve already done the hard part of putting a station lineup together.

    It is a pretty fascinating idea. Tricky because Leno’s viewers are creatures of habit who watch news at 11. Regardless, Jay better have Arsenio’s blessing if he goes that route.

  • Gary Middleton

    Significant decline in Leno’s overnight average this week. Kimmel’s stays the same. So even if Kimmel gets the 15% “JC adjustment” down, Leno’s lead shrinks to 10% *despite no 10 pm advantage for Kimmel*. If Kimmel doesn’t get that adjustment, we have a new first place finisher.

    Overnight averages:

    Kimmel: 0.86
    Leno: 0.82
    Dave: 0.52

    10 pm averages:

    ABC: 1.72
    NBC: 1.72
    CBS: 1.68

    Most level playing field we’re ever going to see.

  • Jim LaForte

    So Gary, you are of the thinking that Jimmy will win the week? Amazing. Do you think that he will do it again? Is Leno still on fire?

  • Gary Middleton

    Jim, I guess we have to go with history and say that Kimmel’s 0.86 is likely to come down to the .7s. So chances are that Leno wins an uncomfortably closer decision this week, and that Kimmel wins next week with Leno in reruns.

    Right now Kimmel is surging and Leno is weakening. Kimmel’s surge has had a lot to do with the new broadcast season, then the Scandal premiere, and then the Kanye booking. But his other nights seem to be picking up as well, especially the Friday reruns.

  • Adam Stabelli

    NBC is slowly trying to dismantle Leno’s Tonight Show. It’s obvious.

  • Brad

    “Jim, someone here- perhaps it was you- speculated awhile back that they might go after Leno if Arsenio falters since they’ve already done the hard part of putting a station lineup together.”

    That would be me. Too soon to make a call on Arsenio Hall but Leno wants to keep going and would rather be syndicated late night show on broadcast rather than a basic cable network IF he can get guaranteed showings on the carries. That may be tough, but maybe Tribune can do that with big name Leno onboard.

    The problem is you just don’t know. That none of us knows what is possible. Maybe Jay Leno is willing to budge on his want now that his ratings aren’t consistently above 1.0 like they use to be and is at the age of 63 this time around on the free market. You never know.

  • Jim LaForte

    This is all very interesting to me. Then the news that “Katie” may be canceled and that her Q score is horrible with women. I really thought that Tina Fey or Amy Poehler would have been good hosts for now is “Late Night with Seth Meyers.”

    Craig Furguson will probably benefit from the changeover. I thought that he had a band in the new studio or did I hear wrong?

  • Jim LaForte

    0.2 might be a decent demo in syndication. Comparing Conan to Arsenio is like apples to oranges. Coco is on cable, Arsenio is on broadcast.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Craig Furguson will probably benefit from the changeover.”

    Very interesting point, Jim. At the very least, Ferguson will be up against a smaller show that takes Fridays off.

  • Jim LaForte

    Either way, with so called “dwindling” advertising revenue, new (younger hosts) who continue to deliver roughly the same demo numbers will do so far cheaper than their expensive predecessors. I do not forsee any of the new crop earning 30 million dollars per year and of the thinking that Dave is no where near that income level anymore other than on the back end. Who knows, I may be wrong. These shows will be cheaper to produce and deliver roughly the same numbers of viewers for far less money.

  • GARebelman

    NBC repeats top CBS originals and ABC originals in the overnights. Wonder what this weeks ratings will look like? Probably closer but it’s a touch more sadder to brag about beating repeats.

  • Riggs

    Jon Stewart was named as the highest paid late night entertainer with earnings of $25-30 million a year for hosting The Daily Show.
    The 50-year-old Stewart outpaced past late night salary leaders Jay Leno and David Letterman, in an annual survey released by TV Guide on Tuesday.
    The 63-year-old Leno took a pay cut last year with NBC and makes around $20 million a year after making nearly $30 million, while the 66-year-old Letterman also earns about $20 million a year.

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