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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  • Douglas in TN

    Two things about the Fallon special…

    1. I found myself laughing constantly through it. Thought a lot of it was just old fashioned having-fun-on-TV silly, a nice throwback to the days when not everything was tightly scripted every moment like on today’s Leno and Letterman.

    2. My daughter said it was on in her dorm…standing room only in the community room. That’s why I think Fallon will in many ways succeed. Would a group of college kids crowd a room and watch a Leno or Letterman special in 2014?

  • Gary Middleton

    Douglas, I think that was the rationale for why Conan was going to be a huge hit. “College kids love him!”

    College kids have never been critical to this daypart. A group of college kids wasn’t going to watch a Leno special at any point. And they weren’t going to watch a Carson special in 1972 either. They were into The Doors and Zeppelin, not Dean Martin and Pearl Bailey.

    And FWIW, the last we heard about median age, Fallon’s was really quite high. Which isn’t a bad thing. Older people watch more TV.

    My money is still on Jimmy Fallon. I just think the hype is making it more difficult. Feels like they’re force feeding America something it liked anyway.

  • Hector

    “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.”

    I’m standing and applauding.

  • Hector

    I loved how Fallon introduced one of the segments by talking about having the best band in late night and how The Roots put music to the “songs we write”….

    You know, songs like ‘SexyBack’, ‘We Can’t Stop’, ‘What Does The Fox Say?’, ‘Blurred Lines’, ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’, and the them to Sesame Street.

  • Hector

    *theme to Sesame Street.

  • Neal

    Doug, Conan was an even bigger hit in colleges but he bombed on Tonight! College kids are NOT reliable viewers!

    Richard, Leno wins both the older AND young demos so it’s truly suicidal for NBC to dump him!

  • Douglas in TN

    My memory recalls Conan rarely, if ever, lost in the demo and Leno lost that quickly upon his return.

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