Late Night TV Ratings For November 11-15, 2013

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November 21st, 2013

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Via NBC's Press Release

 

‘THE Tonight Show,’ ‘LATE NIGHT’ CONTINUE YEAR-TO-YEAR GROWTH

 

 

Leno, Fallon Outperform CBS, ABC Timeslot Competition in All Key Demos, Total Viewers for Week of Nov. 11-15

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Nov. 21, 2013 — NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” have delivered more year-to-year gains during the week of Nov. 11-15, boosting both shows to wins over their broadcast-network timeslot competition in every key ratings category.

Both “The Tonight Show” and “Late Night” defeated their CBS and ABC competition in adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers.

Season to date, “The Tonight Show” is off to its biggest start eight weeks into a new TV season in three years in 18-49 viewers and in five years in total viewers. “Late Night” is delivering its biggest 18-49 and total-viewer audiences eight weeks into the season in the five years Fallon has been hosting.

Versus the first eight weeks of the year-ago season, Leno is up 12% in 18-49 viewers (with 1.109 million vs. 990,000) and up 9% in total viewers (3.693 million vs. 3.375 million). Fallon is up 24% in 18-49 viewers (799,000 vs. 646,000) so far this season and up 19% in total viewers (1.928 million vs. 1.625 million).

At 1:35 a.m. ET, “Last Call with Carson Daly” is also delivering sizable gains versus the first eight weeks of last season, up 21% in 18-49 viewers (443,000 vs. 366,000) and up 13% in total viewers (989,000 vs. 874,000).

For the week of Nov. 11-15, Leno delivered his biggest overall audience (3.767 million) in six weeks (since the week of Sept. 30-Oct. 4, 3.780 million) and second biggest in 14 weeks (since Aug. 5-9, 3.821 million).

Fallon generated his second-biggest overall audience (1.928 million) in nearly 11 months (since the week of Dec. 17-21, 2012; 2.029 million), trailing over that span only the show’s 1.959 for the week of Oct. 28-Nov. 1.

For the week, “Last Call” earned its second-biggest overall audience (1.074 million) in 14 months (since the week of Sept. 3-7, 2012; 1.102 million), trailing over that period only the 1.092 million earned one week earlier, Nov. 4-8, 2013.

“Tonight” has now delivered bigger 18-49 audiences than “Late Show” for the last 52 weeks in a row and topped “Kimmel” for 41 of their 45 head-to-head weeks. In total viewers, Leno has out-delivered “Late Show” for 56 weeks in a row and “Kimmel” for 45 of 45 weeks.

Fallon has now generated bigger 18-49 audiences than “Late Late Show” for 57 of the last 58 weeks and prevailed in total viewers for 54 of the last 56 weeks. Versus “Nightline” in their head-to-head half-hour, Fallon has out-delivered the ABC series for 45 of 45 weeks in viewers 18-49 and 40 of 42 weeks in total viewers.

WEEKLY AVERAGES

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of Nov. 11-Nov. 15. 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, 4 share
CBS “Late Show,” 0.6/3
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,” 0.6/3
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,” 2.9 million viewers
ABC “Kimmel,” 2.5 million viewers *

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 1.5 million viewers

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 1.9 million viewers
CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.4 million viewers

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 1.1 million viewers *

* Friday’s “Last Call” and “Kimmel” were encores.

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,” 0.6/4
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,” 2.9 million viewers
ABC “Kimmel,” 2.6 million viewers

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 1.7 million viewers

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 1.9 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 NOV. 11-NOV. 15

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,” 0.5

Comedy Central, midnight-12:30 a.m. ET, @Midnight 0.3

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.3

TBS, Midnight-12:30 a.m., “Pete Holmes,” 0.2

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 0.9
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.6

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,” 1.2 million

Comedy Central, midnight-12:30 a.m. ET, @Midnight 0.6 million

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.7 million

TBS, Midnight-12:30 a.m., “Pete Holmes,” 0.3 million

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 1.9 million viewers
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.3 million viewers

 
  • Gary Middleton

    Bette Midler on Leno Monday. With only about 40 shows left, mildly interesting to have someone so closely associated with Carson’s final days.

  • Gary Middleton

    Dave confirmed that he’s talking on the phone with Jay Leno. I suspect it’s a campaign to get Leno and his fans into Dave’s camp for the final, futile battle with the two Jimmys.

  • Gary Middleton

    Once again, Howard Stern proves he cannot deliver a number in late night.

    Overnight averages for the week:

    Leno: .9
    Kimmel: .78
    Dave: .54

    10 pm averages for the week:

    ABC: 2.12
    NBC: 1.76
    CBS: 1.68

  • Joel

    Gotta think Leno has a shot at a 1.0 for this past week since he almost always rounds up in the final.

  • Cosmos

    NBC’s strategy with Lorne Michaels as executive producer with SNL alumni in tow leaves you scratching your head. Could they could be trying too hard to win with all the SNL branding? Who wants to watch SNL programming six nights a week?

    A Fallon fail come March would remind you of Bill Buckner back in 1986 the way NBC is going, unless Conan’s fail already did. Call it the “Luck of the Irish.” Letterman is rope-a-doping with the competition, saving his strength for an unbelievable trouncing of his juniors, and Leno must be preparing for another inevitable comeback.

    Kimmel in the demo might just be the first television personality though to truly capitalize on the viewing habits of gen Y with a commercial, establishment shtick that transcends the generation gap. ABC sold their souls for this guy by dumping Nightline and if it pays off, going to hell in a bucket must be a nice ride.

    This late night world is of course different from the one Carson left in ruins over twenty years ago. As satisfying as it is that television is declining slowly into oblivion, it’s even more satisfying that college kids see comedians their parents age and laugh at their jokes (I’m just getting over the nineties where that happened with Letterman zombies). Youth who mimic their favorite entertainers, well, maybe they’ll have their own talk show, too.

  • Elizabeth

    Cosmos – technically speaking – Lorne Michaels did not produce The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, he was an executive producer on Conan’s successful Late Night run, but the two parted ways when Conan took over The Tonight Show.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Letterman is rope-a-doping with the competition, saving his strength for an unbelievable trouncing of his juniors”

    If you have a moment, Cosmos, elaborate on this one. Saving his strength in what sense? What are we not seeing from Dave right now that we are going to see in the spring?

    btw, Dave must’ve had a pretty big bounce last week if Fallon’s .63 didn’t beat him. Unless NBC merely forgot to tell us that Fallon beat Dave this time, which would surprise me.

  • Jim LaForte

    Gary, I think that what Cosmos is alluding to is that Dave is not really strutting his stuff right now because he is basically having his a@@ handed to him on a plate in the current competitive environment. Maybe he is letting Jay have it all for the moment because he is leaving, which of course is not a good business example to follow.

    I too believe that Dave will become a force to reckon with come February, yet with all of the NBC shows being produced from New York and 30 Rock, tend to wonder if they are in a better situation booking-wise. Any thoughts on this?

  • Jim LaForte

    Forgive me for ranting, but here goes: I wonder if Late Night will become a new growth time period given how they are shaking things up. With younger hosts driving the product who are hip and up to date on the whole Social Networking thing, I am of the thinking that this time period on the networks may show growth in terms of the all important youth market, but not necessarily TOTAL audience. Both Dave and Jay have a lot of what I refer to as “fat,” in older “non-essential” viewers. Looking back on the whole Johnny to Jay thing, Dave never spoke up or asked Johnny Carson what HE felt….

  • anonymous

    How well Fallon does depends on where all of Leno’s viewers go. Fallon is riding on Leno’s lead-in coat tails.

    Will Fallon retain all of Leno’s viewers? Highly unlikely, which probably means a three way tie of 0.7s and 0.6s as the format fades off into irrelevance.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Fallon is riding on Leno’s lead-in coat tails.”

    Considerable evidence that this is not the case. Jimmy Fallon has been doing north of 70% of Leno’s number, and last week I think it was around 76%. In the Conan Late Night days, and earlier days of the Fallon show, it was around 55%. And let’s face it, doing over 70% of your lead in when your show ends at 1:35 a.m. is remarkable. Fallon is becoming its own force, imo.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Gary, I think that what Cosmos is alluding to is that Dave is not really strutting his stuff right now”

    Jim, my question was: what does that mean? What stuff are we not seeing now that we will see in the spring? He will use more intonation? Wear more expensive suits? Ask better interview questions? I don’t understand.

    “I too believe that Dave will become a force to reckon with come February, yet with all of the NBC shows being produced from New York and 30 Rock, tend to wonder if they are in a better situation booking-wise. Any thoughts on this?”

    SNL is definitely what gives the leverage. ‘Do Fallon and you can do SNL.’ Even “Do Fallon and you *might* get SNL. But if Fallon does .8 and Dave does .6, which is obviously a possibility the way things have been going, Fallon won’t need leverage.

  • Nick

    Interesting what you guys think about Letterman. I have to agree that CBS is probably placing all their bets on Letterman gaining viewers and demo when Leno leaves, and, well, if he doesn’t, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear a retirement announcement in the fall.

    I think Fallon can do a regular 0.9/1.9, and I’m sure NBC would love that, considering it’s better than Leno. But I HIGHLY doubt he’ll go higher than that. I just can’t see it. Be sure that he’ll try to be as broad as possible, but in the end, he’s only slightly less niche than Conan. It’s the SNL/Lorne brand that’s going to hurt him the most, imo. That New York kind of humor does not translate well with Middle America, usually, and Fallon may still be too green or goofy for a lot of Jay’s viewers to swallow (whereas Letterman or Kimmel, who go with very straight humor, may prove to be a good alternative.)

    With that all said, I’m really gonna miss the Jay/Jimmy combo. It’s perfect the way it is, imo. Fallon/Seth, 5 nights a week – kinda sounds like a headache waiting to happen.

  • Cosmos

    Gary,

    My instincts were telling me that Letterman’s subtext was grounded in his belief that viewers will go with thw tried-and-true rather than any sort of novelty once Fallon hosts “Tonight.” Imo Letterman hasn’t changed his act in 30+ years and if you go back to archives, you will see that he occasionally alludes to his influence on younger comics and their being derivative. I believe he could really slam Fallon in the ratings. The future of late night is anyone’s guess.

  • kscottk

    Comcast/NBC should relish both the mostly positive overnight ratings they receive each day, and they also should appreciate the favorable weekly press-releases they get to issue about how well both their 11:30/12:30 shows are doing in the ratings as Leno’s Tonight Show tenure comes to an end.

    Because when Mr. Jimmy Fallon takes over the Tonight Show and everybody’s viewing habits settle in, I’m not so sure if we’re going to be reading the same positive nightly and weekly press-releases from Comcast/NBC.

    Pure speculation:

    I think Comcast/NBC might be giving their late night viewers a reason to change the channel when Fallon takes over the Tonight Show.

    NBC is turning their weeknight Tonight/Late Night Shows into one Lorne Michaels’ produced two hour Saturday Night production. I’m not so sure how well that is going to be received on a nightly basis from a broad national viewing audience.

    People get stuck in viewing habits and get comfortable hosts. Unwanted change is not always a good thing.

    Maybe firing Leno is less about ratings and more financial/economic.

    Having the younger Fallon take over the T/S and having Lorne Micheals the sole producer in the same NY 30 Rock location of both Fallon’s 11:30 and Seth Myer’s 12:30 shows is probably much cheaper to produce together. Tax breaks?

    imo, I don’t know if Fallon has the right kind of humor for the 11:30 Tonight Show hour for the long haul.

  • Douglas in TN

    That last segment of Howard Stern on Letterman may be the most intriguing I’ve ever seen between the two.

    I’ve never cared for Howard Stern, but sometimes enjoyed his banter with Dave. Dave seemed genuinely irritated by Stern this trip.

  • Elizabeth

    kscottk – I would not underestimate Fallon, he was highly panned as a terrible choice for “Late Night” when he took over for Conan. His success came as a surprise to most. He’s holding on to and bringing a new audience to retain 76% of Leno’s audience. I personally think he appeals to women which is something that I believe is true of Leno and not necessarily the competition.

  • Gary Middleton

    “he’s only slightly less niche than Conan. That New York kind of humor does not translate well with Middle America, usually, and Fallon may still be too green or goofy for a lot of Jay’s viewers to swallow (whereas Letterman or Kimmel, who go with very straight humor, may prove to be a good alternative.”

    Extremely interesting, Nick. I’ve always made the exact opposite case: Fallon is the boy next door, his jokes are earnest, classic song and dance man, as down the middle as Carol Burnett. Letterman is an ironic deconstructionist and Kimmel is his faithful disciple, and that’s what has always put a ceiling on their ratings.

    There is one thing that Jimmy Fallon, to my knowledge, can’t do. Just saw clips from a very serious and probing interview that Carson did with Jim Garrison in 1969. We’ve seen Leno go at it with Ted Cruz as recently as a couple of weeks ago. Tonight hosts have always been capable of a substantive debate. Haven’t seen that skill from Fallon. But maybe viewers don’t want that these days anyway.

  • Gary Middleton

    ks, there were unquestionably favorable economics in consolidating NBC late night at 30 Rock. And economics are critical now that the audiences for these shows are so much smaller than they used to be.

    I’m less concerned than you are about the 30 Rock shows being too similar. In the Carter book, Lorne displayed remarkable awareness of what Leno does and why it works. And SNL has always been several shows in one: political satire that sets the tone for the nation one minute, projectile vomiting or monkey boy the next minute. Straight ahead monologue jokes in Weekend Update, abstract digital short the next.

  • Gary Middleton

    Appreciate the response, Cosmos. Still don’t understand what you think Dave will do differently in the spring, but no need to pursue that. Fun that a significant faction here is looking for David Letterman to make a spectacular rebound from an incredibly deep hole, in the 18-49 demo, vs. hosts who are decades younger.

    Would be enjoyable to take your money on that bet, and maybe even more enjoyable to lose my money on that bet.

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