Late Night TV Ratings For December 9-13, 2013

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December 19th, 2013

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Via NBC's Press Release

 

Tonight Show,’ ‘LATE NIGHT’ CONTINUE TO DOMINATE TIMESLOT COMPETITION

 

 

Leno, Fallon Handily Win Week of Dec. 9-13 While Also Increasing Year-Ago Demos, Total Viewers

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Dec. 19, 2013 — “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” have dominated the broadcast competition for the late-night ratings week of Dec. 9-13.

Both programs delivered bigger audiences than their respective ABC and CBS time-period rivals in every key ratings category — adults, men and women, 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers.

Versus the same week last year, Leno is up 14% in 18-49 viewers (to 1.094 million from 958,000), Fallon is up 37% (772,000 vs. 565,000) and “Last Call with Carson Daly” also grew by 37% (446,000 vs. 326,000). In total viewers, “The Tonight Show” topped its audience for the year-ago week by 17% (3.850 million vs. 3.294 million), “Late Night” was up by 24% (1.911 million vs. 1.547 million) and “Last Call” also increased by 24% (1.007 million vs. 812,000).

Season to date, “The Tonight Show” is off to its biggest start 12 weeks into a new TV season in three years in 18-49 viewers and in five years in total viewers. Fallon is delivering his biggest 18-49 and total-viewer audiences 12 weeks into the season in the five years he’s been hosting “Late Night.”

Versus the first 12 weeks of the year-ago season, Leno is up 11% in 18-49 viewers (with 1.133 million vs. 1.025 million) and up 10% in total viewers (3.821 million vs. 3.465 million). Fallon is up 23% in 18-49 viewers (806,000 vs. 657,000) so far this season and up 19% in total viewers (1.964 million vs. 1.656 million).

At 1:35 a.m. ET, “Last Call with Carson Daly” is also delivering sizable gains versus the first 12 weeks of last season, up 21% in 18-49 viewers (441,000 vs. 365,000) and up 12% in total viewers (980,000 vs. 876,000).

“The Tonight Show” has now delivered bigger 18-49 audiences than “Late Show with David Letterman” for the last 56 weeks in a row and topped “Jimmy Kimmel Live” for 45 of their 49 head-to-head weeks. In total viewers, Leno has out-delivered “Late Show” for 60 weeks in a row and “Kimmel” for 49 of 49 weeks.

Fallon has now generated bigger 18-49 audiences than “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” for 61 of the last 62 weeks and prevailed in total viewers for 58 of the last 60 weeks. Versus “Nightline” in their head-to-head half-hour, Fallon has outdelivered the ABC series for 49 of 49 weeks in viewers 18-49 and 44 of 46 weeks in total viewers.

WEEKLY AVERAGES

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of Dec. 9-13. 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,” 0.4/3 *

TOTAL VIEWERS

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight,” 3.9 million viewers
CBS “Late Show,” 3.1 million viewers
ABC “Kimmel,” 2.6 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,” 1.9 million viewers
CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.5 million viewers

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

* Friday’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “Last Call With Carson Daly” 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,” 3.8 million viewers
CBS “Late Show,” 3.0 million viewers
ABC “Kimmel,” 2.7 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,” 2.0 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 DEC. 9-13

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

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.4

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 0.8
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.5

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,” 1.3 million

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.7 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, 1.1 million viewers

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  • AllOfHerTw!st

    With ratings like these, I don’t think Jay will stay on the air another 2 months!

  • Nick

    Do you have to say that every week? lol

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Yes, but I say it just a little bit differently each time. :-) ;-)

  • Gary Middleton

    “Yes, but I say it just a little bit differently each time.”

    LOL! Outstanding.

    Jay always took pride in saying he was “#1″. Well, last week there was no cheat or contortion by which any competitor on broadcast or cable could even pretend to have topped Jay Leno in 18-49.

    Leno: .9
    Adult Swim: .8
    Kimmel: .7
    Stewart: .7
    Letterman: .6
    Colbert: .5
    Conan: .4

  • Sam

    Jimmy is the best…. naturally witty

  • Gary Middleton

    If anyone had said in late 2010 that Jay Leno would finish 2013 with demo ratings 125% higher than Conan, they would’ve been laughed off the internet.

    Around that time, Comedy Central was starting to make press release noise about Daily Show beating Leno. That quieted down. November 2011 Letterman’s PR team sprang to life because they had a week or two where they beat Leno. This is just grisly:

    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

  • Ralph Hahn

    I wouldn’t put any money down on Leno staying retired from The Tonight Show. We traveled this journey before, remember? As Yogi Berra said, “It’s Deja Vu all over again.”

  • Jim LaForte

    I am kind of surprised, or ahead of the times, but would it not make sense for the network television model in late night to target 25-54 being that it is rapidly becoming a “legacy business?” Of course I understand how important 18-49 is, but every cable network is doing the same thing…

  • GARebelman

    It would make more business sense to do 25-54 demo ratings for late night. They are more dependable in what is being seen on broadcast at that hour anyway. News shows and many cable outlets charge for that demo as it is. I don’t know why Late Night just HAS to be 18-49.

  • Brad

    How come we still haven’t heard what Jay Leno is going to do once his Tonight Show gig is up? Is that contract of his really that constraining that Leno can’t have any talks outside NBC?

  • Gary Middleton

    The demo situation is simple: money. Clearly there is a lot more money in ads for Burger King and Best Buy than Celebrex and Lipitor.

    If you want to target the same audience as cable news, then you are going to be pitted against their endless supply of inventory. Economics 101 is barely needed to know what massive supply does to price.

  • Gary Middleton

    “How come we still haven’t heard what Jay Leno is going to do once his Tonight Show gig is up? Is that contract of his really that constraining that Leno can’t have any talks outside NBC?”

    Probably is that constraining, yes. But let me put two other possibilities out there:

    1) He and his team know that his Tonight Show farewell will get less attention if it’s already known that he will be resurfacing elsewhere.

    2) He has no worthwhile options.

  • Aaron

    Conan has now been doing remotes in various areas of LA every week recently. I wonder why he has increased the amount of remotes?

  • Nifty

    I honestly don’t even think of Conan until I see these ratings, each week. Anyone here on my same boat?

  • Rudolph

    Please NBC bring back CONAN to NBC, he is the best and give Jay some other show, jimmy fallon is boring

  • Rudolph

    forgot to add that CONAN on TBS is more boring than Jay Leno

  • Brad

    “Conan has now been doing remotes in various areas of LA every week recently. I wonder why he has increased the amount of remotes?”

    Maybe he’s too bored sitting in his studio. That he wants to get out more. I honestly believe this is the reason because he never did more remotes when his ratings were 0.3 sometime ago so I doubt he is doing this to get more viewership. I think he just sees it as something fun and exciting to do and a good way to get some laughs on television and online

  • Tom K

    Conan is the only one I watch. After Leno screwing Letterman years ago and pulling stuff like writing during a writers’ strike, doing a Favre with his retirement and killing scripted shows that would have aired during his primetime fiasco, and just having comedy aimed at the lowest common denominator, to which he thinks, with his arrogance, that he needs to EXPLAIN the joke, I will be happy to see Jimmmy Fallon take over. Leno is a bottom feeder who needs to go….

  • Brad

    I understand Gary but Leno must want to do something. I mean, he can always book more gigs to fill up his time but you would think he’d want a television gig where he shows up to every day. Yeah, it’ll hurt his legacy, but that’s not something he cares about. I’m just surprised nothing has been talked about.

    You know what I wonder? What if he went onto FOX knowing he’ll have very little clearance. About 60% clearance. He does not care because this is his best offer. Leno get FOX late night off the ground and eventually the other affiliates start to show him when it makes sense (syndicated contracts expire). That would be something. Will it happen? Doubtful, but possible.

  • Brad

    I’m concern about Fallon. I like Jay’s monologues because, as Gary said it, he has it all; the political, the satire, the corny, and pop culture references. Fallon is a real nice guy and I watch him on occasions. I love the games he plays with his guest, but I don’t know about his professionalism. The monologues just aren’t killer or close to it. Kimmel probably has the best monologue that’s second to Leno and that says something because 1) Kimmel’s monologue delivery could certainly be better (he’s very dry) and 2) Kimmel will be Fallon’s competition come February.

    Also, Fallon interviews with guests can be god awful at times. I saw his interview with Kate Upton recently (love her) but he asked her all the worst questions. I learned nothing. Kept saying how beautiful she looked in her second Sports Illustrated cover. The thought of “how do you embrace the cold when you are in Antarctica” and she would’ve explained how a crew was always by her side so after the pictures were taken they’d immediately wrap her in a special thermal coat to handle Antarctica’s coldness.

    I’m concern Fallon is going to get slaughtered because the nice factor won’t be enough. After Leno is gone Kimmel will own late night in LA. He’ll own monologues in late night. He’ll be second to Letterman in interviews but he’s got enough working for him like his guest list and Letterman’s lagging ratings that it will not matter.

    Fallon may be the man to take over The Tonight Show but this will surely be an uphill battle for NBC who never seems to have any patience for these kinds of things.

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