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

 
  • Riggs

    The Louis C.K. plot was an arc on his show “Louie” – they talked about it last time he was on Letterman. As for the Letterman business model, this was in Variety this month:

    ‘The latenight audience isn’t young. The median age for “Late Show” season to date is 59.1, according to Nielsen; 57.5 for NBC’s “Tonight”; 53.5 for Kimmel; and 52.5 for Fallon. “The Late Show” is profitable, according to people familiar with the situation, and generates around $150 million in annual ad revenue.’

    I think in all of the 18-49 hoopla people forget that while that demo might bring in the most revenue, it’s not like they don’t get paid for the other viewers too.

  • Cosmos

    The truth is that broadcast networks draw most of their revenue from morning and evening chat shows.

    ‘Late Show led other late night shows in ad revenue with $271 million in 2009 (Wikipedia).’

    The more current ‘Variety’ figure is closer to what Kimmel was drawing in 2009: $138 million.

    There’s no doubt, however, that Letterman’s show is profitable, obviously, in spite of what the demos have been the last season and how the ad revenue has presumably been affected.

    Yet Letterman must be praying to Jesus for Jimmy Fallon to face-plant come March, and not be embarrassed by Lorne Michaels. He’ll even put on that green suit he was wearing for Howard Stern last week and do a leprechaun dance (not for God, but out of being competitive).

  • GARebelman

    So basically even the “young hosts” are old skewing overall. And Letterman is officially the oldest skewing according to that Variety piece.

  • GARebelman

    Quentin Tarantino basically just said that Jay Leno got his film career off to a start by having him on in 1992 and he praised him highly in his tenure.

  • Gary Middleton

    “I think in all of the 18-49 hoopla people forget that while that demo might bring in the most revenue, it’s not like they don’t get paid for the other viewers too.”

    But is it material? The ousting of Iron Jay certainly seems to argue in favor of this site’s contention that viewers over 50 do not move the decision-making needle.

    Thanks for the Variety information, Riggs.

  • Gary Middleton

    “So basically even the “young hosts” are old skewing overall. And Letterman is officially the oldest skewing according to that Variety piece.”

    The skew thing is kind of funny. I mean, it’s not like they can ask all their older viewers to leave. Any stat that can improve by subtracting viewers is suspect to me.

    If you only have 3 viewers and 2 of them are under 30, you skew young, but how are you doing?

  • Nick

    I think Leno getting canned is less about his viewers and more about the economics. NBC is probably cutting their costs in half, if not more, by consolidating in New York under Lorne Michaels. NBC saw the opportunity and jumped. Even if Fallon pulls in the same ratings Leno is now, even slightly less, NBC will still be making a ton more money.

    Still sad to see Leno go this way. He’s still very much at top of his game, completely opposite to Carson’s last days. Carson was like Letterman, in that he was simply riding out the motions (unlike Letterman, he knew when to step down – but that’s a discussion for another post). But Leno is still great at everything he does.

    Definitely sad to see him pushed out again. Fallon will never be able to interview a politician or deliver a monologue or demonstrate his quick wit like Leno does on a daily basis. So many things Fallon needs to work on, but sadly, they’ll never get worked on because he has too many people telling him “You’re perfect, what you’re doing is perfect.” In reality, it’s unfunny and offputting most of the time. Between the repetitive monologue jokes and “bits” only him and Higgins think are funny, Tonight will never look the same.

  • Gary Middleton

    Should it look the same, though? Time marches on. Leno’s Tonight brought an attitude and rock edge that Carson’s audience would not recognize. Fallon will confuse me often but maybe that’s supposed to happen.

    Some nights Leno is so great I can’t believe he’s going. And many nights the repetition is finally getting to me. Almost every act 2 segment is based on the premise that people are gullible, stupid or illiterate. And there are so many base sexual punchlines, often off-putting coming from a 63 year old.

    Yes, Dave should have been axed first. And if Kevin Eubanks was still on the show, I’d be far less judgmental.

  • Manny

    Lorne Michaels is 69 – older than both Letterman & Leno. And he’ll be the one producing Fallon’s Tonight Show? Fishy.

  • Nick

    Agreed on Eubanks, Gary. The show was far better with him. Still hoping he makes a return in some form in these last 2 months.

  • Nick

    Leno’s monologues have been really punchy and fresh this week, in my opinion. Fantastic jokes, props to the writers. Last week the monologues were putting me to sleep, but there’s been a lot of laughs in these first two shows. Something about Leno and the holidays really seems to bring out the best in him

  • Gary Middleton

    Manny, I doubt Lorne will be very involved creatively. It’s an executive role. He’ll use power and leverage and experience to secure talent and deal with the network and make sure the show has the infrastructure it needs.

  • GARebelman

    I wonder if we’ll even see a late night show over 3 million viewers after Jay leaves. We may see only below that starting when Fallon starts (after the glow wears off).

  • Gary Middleton

    This has been a ‘can’t believe he’s going’ night.

    Really enjoyed the airing of personal grievances at the end of Kid Metaphors.

    I guess another reason he might want to help out Dave: the desire to see Jimmy Fallon and NBC go down in flames.

  • Douglas in TN

    I remember the lead up to Leno’s first exit from Tonight…I thought the shows were pretty good…he and the material were pretty sharp. Same now. I just wonder where he has been most of the time for the last 20 years.

  • Richard

    Gary, Douglas in NT, GAR, Brad, Nick, Many, Cosmos, and everyone else…. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

  • Gary Middleton

    Same to you, Richard!

    Hope we eventually see last night’s sweep finale numbers. And it’s not sweeps anymore, but looks like Leno has a big NFL lead-in for his Thanksgiving show. Very late start in the east, but sometimes that just doesn’t matter.

  • Gary Middleton

    “I remember the lead up to Leno’s first exit from Tonight…I thought the shows were pretty good…he and the material were pretty sharp. Same now. I just wonder where he has been most of the time for the last 20 years.”

    All hosts seem better leading up to a finale. Dave, Carson, and maybe above all Conan.

    It creates a heightened atmosphere, and also something late night shows usually lack completely: a narrative.

  • Ferdinand

    Kudos to the contributors on this board. Although the conversation at times reminds me of speculations about the number of angels dancing on a pin, I appreciate the flourish.

  • Ferdinand

    Happy Thanksgiving from your northern neighbour/neighbor.

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