Late Night TV Ratings For December 16-20, 2013

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December 26th, 2013

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Via NBC's Press Release

 

‘THE Tonight Show, ‘LATE NIGHT’ DOMINATE TIMESLOT COMPETITION FOR WEEK OF DEC. 16-20

 

Original Leno Telecasts and Fallon Encores Outperform ABC and CBS Programs

 

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Dec. 30, 2013 — “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and encore performances of “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” defeated their ABC and CBS timeslot competition in all key demos and total viewers for the week of Dec. 16-20.

 

“The Tonight Show” also improved versus its year-ago performance in the adults 18-49, 18-34 and 25-54 adult demos, as well as total viewers. “Late Night” saw an increase versus a year ago in the adults 18-49 and 18-34 demos.

 

“The Tonight Show” drew 4.34 million viewers for the week, outperforming “Late Show With David Letterman (3.06 million viewers) and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (2.64 million). In viewers 18-49, “Tonight Show” (1.28 million viewers) was better than both “Late Show” (809,000) and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (939,000).

 

It is Leno’s top week in 18-49 viewers with no NFL lead-in since the week of Feb. 6-10, 2012 (1.307 million). It’s also his top week in total viewers with no NFL lead-in since March 22-26, 2010 (4.374 million).

 

“Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” drew 1.97 million viewers in encore telecasts, which was higher than originals of both “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.51 million) and “Nightline” (1.62 million). “Late Night” was also best in 18-49 and 18-34 viewers.

 

It’s Fallon’s top week in 18-49 viewers (783,000) with no NFL lead-in since Nov. 4-8, 2013 (799,000) and his top week in total viewers with no NFL lead-in since Dec. 17-21, 2012 (2.029 million).

 

1:35 a.m. ET, encore telecasts of “Last Call with Carson Daly” drew 1.05 million total viewers and 482,000 viewers in the 18-49 demo. Both were increases from a year ago.

 

“The Tonight Show” has now delivered bigger 18-49 audiences than “Late Show with David Letterman” for the last 57 weeks in a row and topped “Jimmy Kimmel Live” for 46 of their 50 head-to-head weeks. In total viewers, Leno has outdelivered “Late Show” for 61 weeks in a row and “Kimmel” for 50 of 50 weeks.

Fallon has now generated bigger 18-49 audiences than “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” for 62 of the last 63 weeks and prevailed in total viewers for 59 of the last 61 weeks. Versus “Nightline” in their head-to-head half-hour, Fallon has outdelivered the ABC series for 50 of 50 weeks in viewers 18-49 and 45 of 47 weeks in total viewers.

WEEKLY AVERAGES
(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of Dec. 16-20. 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,” 1.0 rating, 4 share
CBS “Late Show,” 0.6/3
ABC “Kimmel,” 0.7/3 *

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 0.5/3

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,” 0.4/3 *

TOTAL VIEWERS

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight,” 4.3 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,” 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 *

* “Last Call With Carson Daly” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” as well as the Friday “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 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,” 0.4/3

TOTAL VIEWERS

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight,” 3.9 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. 16-20

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,” 0.6

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, 0.6

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

TOTAL VIEWERS
Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m.  “The Daily Show,” 1.7 million
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 1.3 million
TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.8 million

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 1.7 million viewers
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.2 million viewers

 

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  • Gary Middleton

    Holy cow what a rout. Leno is closing in on 4 million viewers for the season average.

  • GARebelman

    This might be one of the last times we see a routine break of a 1.0 demo along with that 4 million crack.

  • Gary Middleton

    Not sure it was routine since The Voice did 4.0. And since it was the finale with a conclusion it probably did higher than 4.0 into the top of the hour.

    I believe Fallon will be able to do numbers like 1.0 in this circumstance.

    Well, the humble Fallon who sneaked on the air in 2009 and was quite gracious to Jay Leno earlier this year can do 1.0. A more hubris-filled Fallon, flagged in Hector’s post on the last thread, might find the battle more of a slog.

  • Richard

    This is a jab in the face of those who say that Jay only attracts the elderly demos.

  • Richard

    “The Tonight Show” has now topped “Jimmy Kimmel Live” for 46 of their 50 head-to-head weeks.

    I’m loving it! Oh and btw Happy New Year guys!

  • Gary Middleton

    Happy New Year, Richard!

    “This is a jab in the face of those who say that Jay only attracts the elderly demos.”

    In fairness, NBC had a 53% advantage over ABC at 10 pm and Leno only won the demo by 36%.

    We’ll get a real sense of how solid Leno was when Fallon’s Tonight Show has a strong lead-in week like this. Is he an identical 1.0? .8? 1.2? Exciting that we’ll finally get the answer in the months ahead.

  • Gary Middleton

    I mean we’ll get a sense of how solid Leno was at this very late stage of the run. Obviously his powerhouse ratings record over 20 years is undeniable.

  • Neal

    That’s why Leno is the KING of late night! NO WAY that buffoon Fallon can live up to Leno!

  • Douglas in TN

    Neal, have your final Leno party all planned yet? It’s coming, really, really soon.

  • Gary Middleton

    Very odd to me that Seth Meyers got the cover of Time. Doesn’t seem to have the required magnitude.

  • Jim LaForte

    It is definitely an older audience at 10:30/11:30 than at 11:30/12:30 (depending on your market). That is why Jay has played so well, in my opinion. It is a totally different audience at the earlier time than the later one even though I am certain that there is over-lapping.

    Too many choices with basically the same format than there was 20 years ago. Well, Chevy, Whoopi, Later with Bob Costas, Arsenio, etc. It will be interesting to see how it goes and I am siding on a statistical tie in the demo with Dave garnering total viewers.

  • Jim LaForte

    Poor Neal. Jay will be back somewhere…some time….. Who wants to call Jay going to CNN or Fox News Channel, with Katie ending up at CNN?

  • Richard

    Jim, not sure Im understanding. Jay also wins the young demos, with or without the older folks.

  • Hector

    So I think Gary and I discussed this a while back……

    But I keep reading stuff that says Fallon is starting on the 17th, not the 24th?

    There’s some kind of press event on Tuesday, so I guess we’ll finally get some answers.

  • Hector

    Oh ok, just saw the new Fallon promo.

    So it seems like that’s the answer, but I’m still not so sure.

    I just assumed they’d put him on for a monologue (or lets be honest, a song) and/or have Costas interview him during the late night Olympic coverage at 11:35.

    Or with all the other Olympic coverage on other channels and online, are they putting him on for a full hour?

    Great lead-in, great numbers for Fallon.

    Then premiere week(s) continue with Seth Meyers?

  • Gary Middleton

    Hector, it strikes me as ill advised. To launch your late night show in the middle of this global event is very intrusive, it’s almost like putting down the athletes a little. Even though they’ll presumably wave flags through the whole thing.

    David Letterman did his show during the 1994 Olympics on CBS. It was kind of symptomatic of the ratings leadership flameout that was underway, imo. There was no off position to the self-promotion switch.

  • Hector

    I agree.

    I figured NBC would just promote the hell out of it during the Olympics. I thought with Olympic promotion, his premiere could approach Conan’s Tonight Show premiere (or even his finale).

    But with a full week of shows during the Olympics, he’s at least got to blow Conan’s first week numbers out of the water right?

    When is figure skating going to be on? Feb 17?

  • Gary Middleton

    “But with a full week of shows during the Olympics, he’s at least got to blow Conan’s first week numbers out of the water right?”

    Tough call, because network TV isn’t what it was back then and these Olympics will have no live nighttime content. For the record, Conan’s premiere week was 2.3 and premiere night 3.8.

    But whatever the number, it will be completely inflated and unsustainable and fodder for negative comparisons.

    “When is figure skating going to be on? Feb 17?”

    There will be variations of it on many nights, of course. Feb. 17 has the free ‘ice dance’, which is arguably the most populist of those events.

  • Gary Middleton

    Initial response can be deceiving too. Dave’s Olympic shows were deemed note perfect. Just the right mix of irreverent to CBS, patriotic, hilarious, and refreshing. Particularly the use of his mom on site, where she mixed with athletes and major political figures and it was all greeted as precious.

    There was only one problem. The shows didn’t belong there. Just like Stupid Pet Tricks didn’t belong on the Oscars.

    So as Lorne used SNL to train Americans that Fallon equals Christmas, and will use the Olympics to train Americans that Fallon equals the flag, he creates an absolutely unnecessary problem for a host who I think was well positioned to win the late night wars.

  • Gary Middleton

    Furthermore, maybe this prime time special is another arrogant overreach. Surprised how much it seems like a tiresome slog. 90% of it is “funny because it’s _____ performing it.”

    The best comedy on Fallon in the past 5 years was a result of Bashir Salahuddin and we’ve seen virtually none of his work in 40 minutes.

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