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





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.



(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 *



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.


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



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





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.



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




  • Gary Middleton

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

    Yes, I think he’s yesterday’s man. Accentuated by the fact that CBS 10 pm has become a headwind instead of a tailwind for perhaps the first time since GWB’s first term.

    True, north of a million demo viewers will become free agents when Leno leaves. But I think the Leno viewers have had a lifetime to make their decision on David Letterman.

    Huge respect for your thoughtful call, Jim. Type of thing that makes threads worth reading.

  • Gary Middleton

    A reminder that not everybody gives a you-know-what about Johnny Carson.

    “Jay Leno: the best talk show host in the history of television.”

    -Mark Wahlberg

  • GARebelman

    Is it me or is Fallon have at least one segment or something bragging about taking the Tonight Show now? Virtually all of the fast talking in this bit I don’t even like has been about that alone.

  • Gary Middleton

    GAR, I guess it’s a fine line between bragging and promotion. As Leno fans, you and I are hypersensitive to it in a way that most people probably aren’t. But yeah, these big ratings he’s been putting up seem to have lit a bravado fuse. Maybe Lorne is egging him on too. The way he’s harping on “bringing it back to NY” gives it that extra feel of conquest.

    Related story. The Seth Meyers promos suggest that, contrary to what some of us predicted, Lorne is not downplaying the fact that NBC late night is all in the same building now. Quite the opposite, they are playing it up.

  • Gary Middleton

    Thoroughly excellent Leno show this evening made me think “they’re definitely going to rerun this one.”

    Then I realized that they aren’t.

  • Joel

    Fallon’s 0.5 barely carried half of Leno’s 0.9 last night.

  • anonymous

    Fallon appears to be in a strong position; but here is looking at it from the side of caution.

    Season to date total viewers:
    Leno 3.8 million / Fallon 2.0 million = 52.6% retention
    Letterman 3.0 million / Ferguson 1.5 million = 50% retention

    Fallon’s fully-staffed show slightly outperforms Ferguson’s bare-bones show in terms of retention.

  • Nifty

    You’re just now noticing that? If the ratings situation with Dave and Jay were reversed, Craig would always win. It’s evident on nights where Dave does well. Also, Craig is still frequently mentioned by people as one of the best, if not, the best of all the hosts.

  • anonymous

    Here’s the danger of focusing only on college age kids from a press release on this site.


    PERSONS 18-24
    “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” 282,000
    “The Colbert Report” 236,000
    “Conan” 173,000
    “Chelsea Lately” 168,000
    “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” 126,000
    “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” 124,000
    “Jimmy Kimmel Live” 71,000
    “The Late Show with David Letterman” 60,000
    “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” 47,000

    There aren’t that many college age kids that are regular late night talk show viewers to count on for your show’s success. In 2014 there are even less.

    When it becomes Fallon vs. Kimmel vs. Letterman, how many 18-24’s will they be fighting over? 300,000 viewers? They can’t be counted on.

    Fallon runs the danger of trying to appeal to college age kids and turning off the “real” late night talk show audience if his humor is perceived as silly and juvenile.

    Brad pointed out that Kimmel will own Hollywood; and if Kimmel will steal from Fallon’s playbook by having more of his guests participate in the show the way Matt Damon did at the start, he could steal some of Fallon’s premiere thunder.

  • Liz

    Anonymous, You have to look at the last half hour to balance out the retention rate. Looking at those numbers Fallon preforms much better than the competition. On Monday his demo number went up from Jay’s last half hour numbers.

  • GARebelman

    When I was in college (which wasn’t that long ago) the last thing I was concerned about was late night TV. Hell I wasn’t watching TV at all. I didn’t have time. I had college assignments to do in the dorms all day!

  • Gary Middleton

    “Looking at those numbers Fallon preforms much better than the competition. On Monday his demo number went up from Jay’s last half hour numbers.”

    Excellent point. Anonymous, last time we saw half hourlies on this thread, they showed Leno crashing harder than Dave in the back half.

    Even so, I look at those numbers and see Leno winning by 21% and Fallon winning by 33%. If that’s the worst thing we can say about Fallon, who is clearly wanted for his work in the demo rather than total viewers anyway, then I figure he’s in pretty good shape.

  • Gary Middleton

    Great data, Anonymous. College kids have never been a factor in this competition. They weren’t into Carson, they weren’t into Leno. In the 60 year history of late night TV, maybe they’ve backed a winner for 18 months (Dave in 1993-4). And he would’ve won without them.

  • GARebelman

    Leslie Mann is having close to a emotional breakdown on television over Jay Leno leaving late night.

  • Gary Middleton

    That was wild, GAR. In the middle of it, she managed my favorite remark ever spoken to Jay Leno.

    “Different activities require different outfits.”

    -Leslie Mann

  • Aaron

    I think Fallon will have more initial success at the Tonight Show than Conan ever did. For one, Jimmy built up his fan base for Late Night within 5 years of the show being on, so he still has the same fanbase. Conan was on Late Night much longer than Fallon, so his fanbase had more time to change over the years; his ratings faced serious competition during his final years at Late Night, especially after Craig Ferguson became the host for the Late Late Show.

  • Neal

    Leno keeps showing he is the KING! NO WAY will that twerp Fallon live up to what Leno has done!

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