Late Night TV Ratings For December 30, 2013-January 3, 2014

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January 10th, 2014

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Via NBC's Press Release

‘THE Tonight Show,’ ‘LATE NIGHT’ ONCE AGAIN PROVE BEST DURING DEC. 30-JAN. 3 HOLIDAY WEEK

 

Both Programs Defeat ABC, CBS Timeslot Rivals in Key Ratings Categories While ‘New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly’ Sees Record Results

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Jan. 10, 2014 — “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" have dominated the broadcast competition during the disrupted holiday week of Dec. 30-Jan. 3.

Both programs delivered bigger audiences than their 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.

The week featured record results Tuesday night for "NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly" (3.2 rating/11 share in adults 18-49, 9.5 million viewers overall), which matched its highest adult 18-49 rating in its nine years on the air (a 3.2 was previously achieved in 2009) and set a new record in total viewers (topping the prior record of 9.3 million in 2009).

"NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly" was the only 11 or 11:30 p.m. Tuesday telecast on ABC, NBC or Fox to grow versus last year in 18-49. Fox's "New Year's Eve Live" was down by 6% (with a 1.7 rating vs. last year’s 1.8) and ABC’s "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2013" was down 8% (7.1 vs. 7.7). In total viewers, the Fox telecast decreased by 10% (4.4 million vs. 4.9 million) while the ABC program was up 3% (22.8 million vs. 22.2 million).

All regular late-night programs on ABC, CBS and NBC were in rebroadcast last week except “Nightline.” Some Tuesday and all Wednesday programming was either pre-empted or excluded due to the New Year’s holiday.

Season to date, “Tonight” is off to its biggest start 15 weeks into a new TV season in three years in 18-49 viewers and total viewers. Fallon is delivering his biggest 18-49 audience 15 weeks into the season in three years and his top total-viewer average in the five years he’s been hosting “Late Night.”

Versus the first 15 weeks of the year-ago season, Leno is up 8% in both 18-49 viewers (with 1.132 million vs. 1.053 million) and total viewers (3.820 million vs. 3.546 million). Fallon is up 16% in 18-49 viewers (792,000 vs. 681,000) so far this season and up 14% in total viewers (1.947 million vs. 1.714 million).

At 1:35 a.m. ET, “Last Call with Carson Daly” is also delivering sizable gains versus the first 15 weeks of last season, up 19% in 18-49 viewers (436,000 vs. 366,000) and up 11% in total viewers (972,000 vs. 874,000).

"Tonight" has now delivered bigger 18-49 audiences than "Late Show" for the last 59 weeks in a row and topped "Kimmel" for 48 of their 52 head-to-head weeks. In total viewers, Leno has out-delivered "Late Show" for 63 weeks in a row and "Kimmel" for 52 of 52 weeks.

Fallon has now generated bigger 18-49 audiences than "Late Late Show" for 64 of the last 65 weeks and prevailed in total viewers for 61 of the last 63 weeks. Versus "Nightline" in their head-to-head half-hour, Fallon has outdelivered the ABC series for 52 of 52 weeks in viewers 18-49 and 47 of 49 weeks in total viewers.

WEEKLY AVERAGES
(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of Dec. 30-Jan. 3. 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,” 0.7 rating, 3 share *
CBS “Late Show,” 0.6/2 *
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,” 0.5/2 *
CBS “Late Late Show,” 0.4/2 *

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,” 3.0 million viewers *
CBS “Late Show,” 2.7 million viewers *
ABC “Kimmel,” 2.1 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,” 1.6 million viewers *
CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.2 million viewers

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.8 million viewers *

* All regular late-night programs on these networks were in rebroadcast last week except “Nightline.” Some Tuesday and all Wednesday programming was either pre-empted or excluded due to the New Year’s holiday.

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,” 0.3/2

TOTAL VIEWERS

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight,” 3.8 million viewers
CBS “Late Show,” 2.9 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,” 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

SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK OF DEC. 30-JAN. 3

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, 0.7
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,” 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, 1.3 million viewers

** In rebroadcast

 
  • AllOfHerTw!st

    It’s about time that NBC got rid of, oh never mind!

  • Pete

    Conan beat Colbert a few times this week. That hasn’t happened in a long time.

  • Gary Middleton

    Pete, it may have been the best week Conan has ever had on TBS in terms of delivering a number on his own.

    A new thing for Kimmel to worry about?

  • Gary Middleton

    Leno’s lineup next week:

    Mo 1/13: Jennifer Lopez, Aaron Eckhart, Dorian Holley
    Tu 1/14: Matt Damon, Larry the Cable Guy, Chris Isaak
    We 1/15: Vanessa Hudgens, Foreigner
    Th 1/16: Mark Harmon, Kristin Chenoweth
    Fr 1/17: Chelsea Handler, Bob Costas, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

    Then nine more shows. Any guesses who will be on?

  • Hector

    not 14 more shows?

    or is another week of repeats coming?

  • Gary Middleton

    I’ll suggest:

    Wanda Sykes
    Arnold Schwarzenegger
    Jerry Seinfeld
    Terry Bradshaw
    Betty White
    Bill Maher
    Ben Affleck
    Seth MacFarlane

    And these in the maybe category:

    Vince Vaughn
    Barack/Michelle Obama
    Joe Biden
    Seth Meyers
    Lauren Graham
    Arsenio Hall
    Adam Sandler
    Tom Cruise
    Jim Carrey
    Sandra Bullock
    Cameron Diaz
    Michael Douglas
    Garth Brooks
    Vintage Trouble

    Who am I forgetting?

    In the very dark horse category: George Clooney has a movie out on the 7th. He wrote and directed it, he will probably commit to promoting it in a big way. Would be his first visit to the Tonight Show since 2007.

  • Gary Middleton

    Thanks, Hector, 14 is correct.

  • Gary Middleton

    Johnny’s last 14 shows that had guests. Massive emphasis on stand up comics.

    14: Don Johnson, Amanda Plummer, Christopher Parkening

    13: Jerry Seinfeld, Carl Reiner, BB King

    12: Bill Cosby, Bob Saget, Harry Connick Jr.

    11: Jonathan Winters, Dame Edna, Jimmy Buffet

    10: Steve Martin, Farrah Fawcett, The Temptations

    9: Madeline Kahn, Buddy Hackett, Dianne Schuur

    8: Garry Shandling, George Foreman

    7: Bob Newhart, Magic Johnson, Lyle Lovett

    6: George Carlin, Liv Ullman, Gloria Estefan

    5: Michael Keaton, Martin Short, Teri Garr

    4: Clint Eastwood, David Letterman, Bob Hope

    3: Mel Brooks, Tony Bennett, Jack Lemmon

    2: Tom Arnold, Roseanne Barr, Richard Harris

    1: Robin Williams, Bette Midler

  • Jim LaForte

    So what was Carson Daly’s actual rating which “grew” from year to year but is not posted? Or did I miss it? And wow! Jimmy Kimmel fell down a bit…

  • Gary Middleton

    Here you go, Jim:

    From 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., “NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly” (5.2 rating, 11 share in metered-market households) is up 6 percent versus last year’s 4.9/11, to match the annual special’s highest rating ever in its nine years on the air. The only other year “NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly” was able to match last night’s 5.2 was four years ago on Dec. 31, 2009. Versus two years ago, last night’s rating is up 21% (5.2/11 vs. 4.3/10 on Dec. 31, 2011).

    “NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly” was the only 11 or 11:30 telecast on ABC, NBC or Fox to grow versus last year. Other late-night averages last night in the 56 markets metered by Nielsen included: Fox’s “New Year’s Eve Live,” 2.6/6 in metered-market households from 11 p.m.-12:30 a.m., down 7% vs. last year’s 2.8/6; and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2013″ on ABC, 10.1/24 from 11:30 p.m.-1:15 a.m., down 5% vs. last year’s 10.6/25.

    In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly” (3.1 rating, 11 share in adults 18-49) is up 11 percent versus last year’s 2.8/10) to hit a four-year high (best since 2009, 3.4). It’s the second highest Local People Meter rating to date for the annual special in its nine years on the air (2005-2013). Versus two years ago, “NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly” is up 19% in the Local People Meters (3.1/11 vs. 2.6/9 on Dec. 31, 2011). Other Local People Meter results last night were a 2.1/8 for Fox’s “New Year’s Eve Live,” up 5% vs. last year’s 2.0/7; and 7.1/28 for ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2013,” down 8% vs. last year’s 7.7/29.

  • Aaron

    Gary, Conan has been putting out some of his best shows ever in the past few weeks. He’s been doing remotes every week now, some of the best ever (the visit to the American Girl store was one of the funniest things ever, especially since it took place in an environment one wouldn’t think of Conan visiting). There’s also more interaction with Jordan Schlansky, which is always fun to watch. Essentially, the show has been feeling lately like a less ambitious version of Late Night.

    Is it possible that the return to silliness has been brought about due to Conan’s satisfaction in knowing that Leno is leaving soon? Maybe it somehow took something off his chest, allowing him to be more silly and fun than he ever has in Burbank.

  • Douglas in TN

    Not much of a Leno fan, but I do think the apathy about him leaving, especially by the network he made millions and millions for, is astounding.

  • Douglas in TN

    And it looks like, if Zucker to be taken at his word, the Leno to CNN idea is a no-go.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Is it possible that the return to silliness has been brought about due to Conan’s satisfaction in knowing that Leno is leaving soon?”

    Sure hope not, Aaron. It would mean he’s certifiably insane. And whatever psychological problems he has wouldn’t go away just because Leno does.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Not much of a Leno fan, but I do think the apathy about him leaving, especially by the network he made millions and millions for, is astounding.”

    Douglas, I suspect apathy is an understatement. I think they’ve waited years to get rid of Leno. They’re excited it’s finally happening. And with the numbers Fallon has put up in Late Night and prime time and SNL, they’re anticipating this the way a Red Sox fan looks at the bases loaded with nobody out and Ortiz coming to the plate. I bet they have visions of Fallon settling out at 1.0. And after a few drinks they throw around the idea of 1.1.

  • Gary Middleton

    btw, Douglas, if you google ‘NBC Burbank Requiem’, a pretty good article about the end of that era comes up.

  • Gary Middleton

    Overnight averages this week:

    Leno: .84
    Kimmel: .72
    Dave: .58

    With Blacklist and Scandal on the shelf, CBS ruled at 10 pm:

    CBS: 1.78
    NBC: 1.44
    ABC: 1.26

  • Ralphie

    That’s odd. The late local news ruled at 10 p.m. here, and on all three stations!

  • Gary Middleton

    Fallon caught another break this week as ABC’s new 10 pm entries crashed and burned very hard. To go with Scandal’s significantly shortened episode order.

    Hard for me to picture Fallon doing anything but winning big between now and September.

    If he gets a ratings upper hand, will be interesting to see how much Lorne plays hardball with Letterman regarding booking. Dave has never faced that before, since he and Jay had a pact. Perhaps Dave will rarely get an under-50 name first.

  • Gary Middleton

    I think Colin Farrell belongs on the likely Leno guest list for the final 14.

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