Late Night TV Ratings For December 23-27, 2013

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January 6th, 2014

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Via NBC's Press Release

‘THE Tonight Show,’ ‘LATE NIGHT’ DOMINATE 2013’S FOURTH QUARTER, WINNING IN EVERY KEY RATINGS MEASURE

 

 

 

Leno, Fallon Outperform ABC, CBS Timeslot Competition While Also Seeing Year-to-Year Increases Versus 2012 Fourth Quarter

 

 

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Jan. 6, 2014 — NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” have delivered #1 finishes for the fourth quarter of 2013 versus the ABC and CBS time-period competition in every key ratings measure — adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers — to triumphantly conclude the last full quarter for Leno at 11:35 p.m. ET and Fallon at 12:35 a.m.

 

 

Leno and Fallon are up versus the fourth quarter of 2012 in every key category, with both generating their biggest fourth quarter 18-49 audiences in three years, since 2010. In total viewers, it’s Leno’s biggest fourth-quarter overall audience in three years and Fallon’s biggest in the five years he’s hosted “Late Night.”

 

 

Versus the fourth quarter of 2012, “Tonight” is up 9% in both 18-49 viewers (to 1.140 million from 1.048 million) and total viewers (3.848 million vs. 3.522 million). “Late Night” is up versus the year-ago quarter by 19% in 18-49 viewers (802,000 vs. 673,000) and up 16% in total viewers (1.964 million vs. 1.696 million). At 1:35 a.m. ET, “Last Call with Caron Daly” jumped versus the fourth quarter of 2012 by 20% in 18-49 viewers (440,000 vs. 367,000) and by 12% in total viewers (980,000 vs. 877,000).

 

 

Leno has won his last 71 consecutive quarters versus CBS’s “Late Show” in total viewers, dating back to the third quarter of 1995, and has won 69 of his last 70 quarters in viewers 18-49.  Fallon has won 12 quarters in a row versus CBS’s “Late Late Show” in total viewers and has topped or tied “Late Late Show” in viewers 18-49 for all 20 quarters Fallon has hosted “Late Night.”

 

 

The quarter ended with the week of Dec. 23-27, during which Leno and Fallon once again outdelivered their ABC and CBS time-period competition in all key measures. Note it was a holiday week of mostly encore telecasts with Tuesday and Wednesday programming either preempted or excluded from weekly averages.

 

 

“Tonight” has now delivered bigger 18-49 audiences than “Late Show” for the last 58 weeks in a row and topped “Kimmel” for 47 of their 51 head-to-head weeks. In total viewers, Leno has out-delivered “Late Show” for 62 weeks in a row and “Kimmel” for 51 of 51 weeks.

 

 

Fallon has now generated bigger 18-49 audiences than “Late Late Show” for 63 of the last 64 weeks and prevailed in total viewers for 60 of the last 62 weeks. Versus “Nightline” in their head-to-head half-hour, Fallon has outdelivered the ABC series for 51 of 51 weeks in viewers 18-49 and 46 of 48 weeks in total viewers.

 

 

WEEKLY AVERAGES
(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of Dec. 23-27. 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, 3 share *
CBS “Late Show,” 0.4/2 *
ABC “Kimmel,” 0.5/2 *

 

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 0.3/2 *

 

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 0.5/3 *
CBS “Late Late Show,” 0.2/1 *

 

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,” 3.2 million viewers *
CBS “Late Show,” 2.3 million viewers *
ABC “Kimmel,” 2.2 million viewers *

 

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 1.4 million viewers *

 

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 1.7 million viewers *
CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.1 million viewers *

 

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.9 million viewers *

* All late-night programs on these networks were in rebroadcast last week except “Nightline.”  All Tuesday and Wednesday programming was either preempted or excluded due to the Christmas holiday.

FOURTH QUARTER / 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,” 2.6 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,” 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. 23-27

 

NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING

 

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. ET, “The Daily Show,” pre-empted
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” pre-empted

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,” pre-empted
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” pre-empted

 

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 1.0 million **

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 1.8 million viewers
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.2 million viewers

 

 

** In rebroadcast last week and pre-empted Tuesday

 

 

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  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Another win for Leno? Jeez, enough is enough. Get him out of there by next month!

    :shock: :lol:

    Will Tonight Show Fallon be able to get sustained numbers anywhere close to this?

  • Bubba

    Of course not… Once again, NBC proves what idiots they are.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Will Tonight Show Fallon be able to get sustained numbers anywhere close to this?”

    Would imagine NBC is extremely confident about the Fallon situation right now.

    1. He’s delivering massive numbers in Late Night relative to his already large lead-in, probably the highest Late Night to Tonight ratio in the history of that show.

    2. He delivered the highest SNL rating in years.

    3. He won Sunday night 10 pm vs. new scripted dramas.

    People can probably throw darts at any of those data points and argue they’re not valid for this reason or that reason. It’s true that Tonight is its own gig and you never know until you’re several hundred shows into it. But the evidence falls heavily on the side of the argument that Americans like to watch Jimmy Fallon relative to whatever else is on at the time.

  • Gary Middleton

    Has NBC aired a single promo yet for ‘Leno’s final month’?

  • GARebelman

    Mind you Sunday has higher amount of people watching in prime time than regular work week at 11:30PM so there is some caveats here. We won’t really know where Fallon hangs likely until after his first month on the gig. Will be interesting where Summer ratings will be. Only the faithful watch then seemingly.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Mind you Sunday has higher amount of people watching in prime time than regular work week at 11:30PM so there is some caveats here.”

    Not sure that’s a caveat. All those ‘people watching in prime time’ were also available to the shows that Fallon trounced last night. And to all of the other non-Football, non-Globes Sunday night shows that failed to do Fallon’s number over the years.

  • Richard

    I agree Gary. Fallon is already beating Dave and neck and neck vs Kimmel. And his show starts an hour later!
    I suspect that 2014 for Fallon is going to look a lot like it was for Dave in 1994.
    Not sure about 2015….

  • Liz

    Great demo number for Fallon last night – it’s possible some people tuned in after watching his special on Sunday.

  • Gary Middleton

    Good eye, Liz. Nearly caught Leno, tied Kimmel, and nearly lapped Letterman. And notwithstanding a lot of rounding distortion, doing 3.5 times the demo of Late, Late Show must be some kind of record for an episode with no special circumstances.

    Of note for those wondering if Fallon’s show could adapt to 11:30, the episode last night was the exact Tonight format. 10 minute monologue, a desk bit that Letterman would have done 30 years ago, interview a movie star, interview a supermodel, introduce a musical guest.

  • Gary Middleton

    Dave’s demo number last night, “0.4/1″, is something I don’t recall seeing before.

  • GARebelman

    Can Dave really be useful for CBS anymore? I mean really, I think Moonves is lying at this point.

  • GARebelman

    I think at this point, the only time Dave will beat anybody in 18-49 at least is if somethigun drastic happens with him, a guest or has a sitting President on or he will probably win handily if Jay goes on his show (which I suspect he will do, if any of you saw when Stern was on last, Dave looked angry as hell when STern was bashing Jay)

  • Gary Middleton

    GAR, a Leno-Letterman reunion will be huge. But I’m just wondering out loud here: is there a scenario where it’s not as huge as we thought it would be?

    The scenario involves Fallon dominating in late night. Letterman a distant 3rd. Or, if you include all the people who beat him last night, 6th.

    So say one night, the 6th place host gets a visit from a guy who used to have a talk show. Is that a drop-everything-you’re-doing event for viewers 49 and under? Probably, but who knows. There was a time not long ago when the idea of David Letterman showing up to receive the Johnny Carson Award from Bill Murray would have rated higher than .6 or whatever that did.

  • GARebelman

    I don’t know how big of a win it will be but it will be a win for at least a day. I am sure CBS will milk the mess out of it with advertisements and an actual press release. Will probably want to have it during May sweeps or Fall sweeps at least.

  • Jim LaForte

    I realize that some of you think that I am crazy for continually saying this. But I would not count Dave out; not yet anyway. I do not understand a 1 share. This is worse then pathetic…

  • Jim LaForte

    “than….” Also, CBS has done NOTHING to promote the Letterman show outside of the network. Okay, occasionally on the radio stations owned by CBS, but they are horrible, years old in style promos that need some sprucing up.

    I also believe that there may be some fallout with long-time Letterman fans being how Leno is perceived to have screwed him out of the “Tonight” job in the public’s eyes. With Jay gone, what will the theme now be?

  • Jim LaForte

    My guess is that Dave will “announce” his retirement and go on to win his final year.

  • Gary Middleton

    “With Jay gone, what will the theme now be?”

    Jim, I believe that’s an issue for the entire field. Conan, Kimmel, and Letterman have to some extent defined themselves as “Not Leno”. When that raison d’etre is gone, we may find that some of the remaining players don’t like each other as much as they once let on. It could get really interesting.

    “I realize that some of you think that I am crazy for continually saying this. But I would not count Dave out”

    I love contrarian calls, Jim. When Conan debuted on TBS at 2.0 or whatever, only one person here said ‘he’s going down to .3′. It was nuts, he sounded like an idiot, and he was totally right.

    Your call looks increasingly crazy as Fallon puts up huge numbers in every situation NBC puts him in.

  • Jim LaForte

    So what are you thinking Gary? Is it your feeling that Dave is a goner ratings-wise either way?

  • GARebelman

    I think if Dave doesn’t announce retirement soon he will trend downward more. A majority of Jay’s viewers aren’t going to him and I certainly am not. I tried that in 2009 and Not doing that again. He is signed through 2015. I think he should announce in May that he is leaving. Hell announce in May sweeps 2014 with Jay as your first guest and leave in style.

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