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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  • Gary Middleton

    Patience shouldn’t be a problem, Brad, because there is nobody in the bullpen. I believe NBC could help Fallon a little, but probably won’t, by restraining itself from hype before Fallon takes over. Prime time specials and saturation promos during the Olympics are the equivalent of digging a hole, imo.

  • Gary Middleton

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

    Ironic, Nifty. Because the big dart the Conan people always loved to throw at Leno was ‘he’s not relevant’. An amorphous dig obviously designed to elude objective analysis. But the best way to describe Conan right now is probably ‘irrelevant’.

  • GARebelman

    I don’t hear anything about Conan anymore. I don’t see links for him, I don’t even see his die hard fans hardly anymore. They just up and vanished. Makes you wonder how long TBS will keep him around now that his ratings have gone back to his original levels when he went to TBS to start ff with. His contract runs through November 2015, will he be the next late night casualty?

  • Gary Middleton

    GAR, not necessarily. 45 million dollars for 160 hours of original programming is a pretty good deal for TBS.

  • Gary Middleton

    Having said that, GAR, I assume it only gets tougher for Conan when he has to compete directly with the first half of Fallon’s show. There was no overlap between Conan and Leno’s audiences, but there is likely considerable overlap between Conan and Fallon.

    In fact, I claim Leno’s departure makes life more difficult for every show that proudly defined itself as ‘Not Leno’. Dave, Kimmel, Conan, and to a lesser extent the Comedy Central guys.

  • Richard

    Anyone know how Arsenio is doing?

  • GARebelman

    I guess we’ll see Gary. I think after Jay leaves we will hardly ever see anybody crack 4 million viewers. At the current state of affairs, it appears to be rather difficult for the other two to even crack 3 million half the time.

  • Douglas in TN

    Sometimes we forget that these shows, with their often pathetic numbers, sometimes offer great television.

    Case in point…each year Darlene Love on Letterman. Paul Shaffer’s recreation of Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound gets better every year, as does Darlene. When Dave goes, it will be sad to see this tradition end.

  • Gary Middleton

    With the size of that Darlene Love production, and the ratings for Late Show, they may need to make that a sponsored segment soon. “Papa John’s presents Darlene Love”.

    Meanwhile, the Peacock did some serious strutting again this week. 10 pm averages:

    NBC: 2.02
    ABC: 1.3
    CBS: 1.26

    11:35 averages:

    Leno: .92
    Kimmel: .76
    Dave: .54

  • anonymous

    “CTD’s Arsenio Hall earned a 0.7 in its initial sweep.”

    broadcasting & cable

  • Gary Middleton

    Thanks, Anonymous. Just to clarify for anyone who needs it, 0.7 is the household number. The demo number is almost certainly 0.3 or 0.4. For some context, here are the household numbers for other syndicated shows during sweeps:

    Dr. Phil: 3.4
    Ellen: 3.0
    Live with Kelly: 2.9
    Dr. Oz: 2.2
    Maury: 2.1
    Steve Harvey: 1.8
    Katie Couric: 1.7 (canceled!)
    Rachel Ray: 1.5
    Wendy Williams: 1.4
    Jerry Springer: 1.3
    Queen Latifah: 1.1
    Bethenny: 0.9

    The only shows lower than Arsenio are ones I haven’t heard of, like “The Test” and “Trisha”. In fairness, the bigger shows may have stronger station lineups, which is partly how Katie can get canceled with a 1.7.

  • Gary Middleton

    Wonder what Kimmel was thinking tonight as Jimmy Fallon brought the house down with help from Timberlake, McCartney, Madonna, Barry Gibb, and the mayor of NYC.

    Lorne Michaels and NBC are obviously committed to using blunt force for this launch, as CBS and Letterman did in 1993. Reasonable people can differ on whether that’s the best way to do these things.

  • Douglas in TN

    First time I’ve watched SNL in two years, and first time I’ve laughed in six or so.

    I’d yank Leno’s parking pass now and just let it happen.

  • Douglas in TN

    So can we assume that the “for rent” sign will be up in front of Arsenio’s studio?

  • Richard

    Thanks Gary for the information

  • Richard

    Unless im reading this wrong, the Tonight Show is also beating daytime shows like Dr Oz and Dr Phil. Not bad if you ask me.

  • GARebelman

    The household share numbers are the equivalent of the 56 metered market numbers that NBC releases daily. Like Jay’s household would be something like a 2.8-3.0 as of late. TVBN doesn’t post them but shows like NCIS tend to have shares like 7.5/12 etc etc.

  • Jim LaForte

    Gary, you bring up some great points, but this is a marathon, not a race. Over-hyping can have devastating affects just as it did on Conan when NBC crowned him as the new King of late night entertainment…only after a week of hosting the “Tonight Show.”

    Look how long it has taken “Kimmel” to get the “juice…” I agree with another poster when they said that in the end it will be a “statistical tie” in the demo with Dave probably getting TOTAL Audience and 25-54…

  • Nick

    Ehh, you can say “it’s not a marathon, it’s a race” all you want, but that doesn’t change the fact that Fallon isn’t ready for the job. Leno’s viewers will tune in to see Fallon on his first day, but if he sucks, you better believe they’ll be gone on Day 2.

    He’s great on SNL because that’s his home. He can read cue cards and mess up a joke and be goofy because that’s what’s expected on this show. It’s even what’s expected on Late Night. But the expectations are much, much, much higher on The Tonight Show.

  • GARebelman

    They can over expose Fallon with SNL, prime time specials and bombard the winter Olympics, that won’t make people show up to the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon week after week if they don’t like the material. My prediction is still a statistical tie in the Demo and 18-34 with Letterman likely taking 25-54 by a hair and a notch in total viewers. If there is going to be a King of Late night, it certainly isn’t going to be next year.

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