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

 
  • Ferdinand

    Any chance Michaels or Bloomberg will appear on Leno?

  • GARebelman

    My sole request, no Fallon on his last show. I think NBC forced that with Conan and it was weird. It should be his last week of what he wants.

  • Gary Middleton

    GAR, it’s probably telling that Fallon was in LA yesterday but isn’t a guest on Leno. Pure conjecture on my part, but it feels like Fallon and his team believe they are past the point of having to do a ton of Leno homage.

  • GARebelman

    Perhaps. NBC has been promoting the hell out of it. Of course promotion doesn’t automatically make the ones who have been watching the show for Jay all these years magically transition over. I don’t think /as/ many will bail as they did for Conan but I Don’t think it will be a slam dunk either. As always there will be the week of initial interest then after that it’s up for grabs. May depend purely on who has the strongest prime time lineup.

  • Gary Middleton

    What a difference 4 years makes. The 2nd Fallon Tonight Show Promo was shown on Deadline on the weekend and the comments were vicious to Fallon and overwhelmingly pro-Leno. Just shows how much the pendulum can swing.

    The first several comments:

    “FAIL”

    “Has NBC set the return date for Jay yet? ;)”

    “This is pretty embarrassing. What’s weird is that Jimmy Fallon’s charm has completely worn off just in time for him to get the Tonight Show. The guy has bottomed out his career once. Can he do it again? I think so.”

    “I think most of us know this isn’t going to go well.It is difficult to comprehend that even the idiot running NBC can’t see that. And no,I am not picking on Jimmy. I’m just stating the obvious.Things are going to get very ugly,very fast when Jimmy takes over The Tonight Show.”

    “when Leno leaves, we all leave with him.”

  • Gary Middleton

    I think the commenters are all blissfully unaware of the strength of Fallon’s various ratings performances.

  • pgwenz

    Mr. Middleton,

    If NBC has been so anxious to get rid of Jay for years then why did they opt for him over Conan in 2010?

    If there is so much apathy about him leaving then why are there so many angry comments under the Fallon promos?

    How will Jimmy do without Leno’s lead-in? Not well I suspect. A frat boy with a talk show – that’s all he is. I predict he loses to Kimmel and maybe even Dave. And if Jon Stewart ever ends up on the Late Show the two Jimmys might as well quit.

  • Douglas in TN

    If NBC has been so anxious to get rid of Jay for years then why did they opt for him over Conan in 2010?

    Answer…the penalty to get rid of Leno was MUCH higher than it was to get rid of Conan. Simple math.

  • pgwenz

    So … NBC couldn’t have negotiated a deal with Leno like they did with Conan? Especially after Jay asked to be released from his contract? Why is it so hard for Leno haters to just admit the guy was a good. likable host?

  • Gary Middleton

    “If NBC has been so anxious to get rid of Jay for years then why did they opt for him over Conan in 2010?”

    NBC changed hands in early 2011. Different people.

    Douglas is technically right, but this version of NBC never would’ve given Leno the contract that led to the penalty clause.

    “If there is so much apathy about him leaving then why are there so many angry comments under the Fallon promos?”

    In the grand scheme, 29 isn’t that many comments.

    “How will Jimmy do without Leno’s lead-in? Not well I suspect. A frat boy with a talk show – that’s all he is. I predict he loses to Kimmel and maybe even Dave.”

    I’ll take the other side of that bet. Literally, if it were offered in Vegas, I would bet a lot of money that Fallon will do big numbers. Because he always seems to do big numbers.

    Fallon isn’t Conan. He’s in it to win, not to score hipster points with the back of the room.

  • Gary Middleton

    “So … NBC couldn’t have negotiated a deal with Leno like they did with Conan?”

    No. The amount involved would have been catastrophic. The purpose of the penalty clause was to entitle Leno to an amount the company would never be willing to pay, thus ensuring he could stay on TV for the life of the deal.

  • pgwenz

    Mr. Middleton,

    I have been reading this site’s biased coverage of Leno ever since the Conan debacle in 2009-10. This certainly does not surprise me.

    Dave once got good ratings, too. Until people discovered Jay was better. This time it won’t take a year and a half. Maybe a month.

  • Gary Middleton

    Conan was Dave’s disciple, it makes sense that neither was an enduring ratings smash.

    I contend Jimmy Fallon is the first new mainstream 11:30 host since Jay Leno.

  • pgwenz

    I just don’t see the wider 11:30 audience enjoying beer pong, thank you notes and a host who hasn’t stopped giggling since 1998.

  • GARebelman

    I’ll admit Fallon is horrible at interviews. Jay is much better and actually seems more engaged especially if its political. Though he doesn’t attempt to be a smart arse like Dave he does liven it up. Fallon I have never not once see ask a serious question and I literally learn nothing about anybody he interviews. He needs to work on that ASAP.

  • Gary Middleton

    Thank you notes is a very standard, mainstream, 11:30 style talk show desk bit. I think you’ll see a lot less beer pong- less games in general- in the 11:30 broadcast.

    But here’s the main thing. He’s already doing 70% of Leno’s number at 12:35. Picking up 350 thousand demo viewers by moving up an hour seems like not that huge of a task. Kimmel did 2/3 of that by moving up 25 minutes.

  • GARebelman

    Let’s not forget that Kimmel has been proclaimed the new King of All Media dethroning Howard Stern according to the recent ABC press release :)

  • Gary Middleton

    The guest list as it stands for the 14th last show through the 10th last show has been revealed and it’s sort of ignominious. After all this time of holding onto the booking policy, the white flag is waved.

    Matt Leblanc after he did Kimmel and Conan(!). That’s Thursday.

    Monday, just 6 days away, the big post-Blacklist slot, is completely “TBA”. Would like to think that’s because there’s an exciting surprise there, but…the Matt Leblanc thing.

    Only 2 names from the prediction list are there so far: Adam Sandler and Terry Bradshaw.

  • Gary Middleton

    And that’s after taking David Koechner post-Conan last week, and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings post *everyone* this week.

  • Joel

    Fallon again only did a 0.5 last night following Leno’s 0.9

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