Late Night TV Ratings For January 20-24, 2014

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January 30th, 2014

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Via NBC's Press Release

‘THE Tonight Show,’ ‘LATE NIGHT’ HANDILY OUTPERFORM TIMESLOT COMPETITION FOR WEEK OF JAN. 20-24

 

Leno, Fallon Up Double-Digit Percentages in Every Key Ratings Category Versus a Year Ago

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Jan. 30, 2014 — “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” have dominated the broadcast competition for the week of Jan. 20-24.

Each program generated their second-biggest weeklong 18-49 audiences this season (1.249 million and 824,000 respectively), excluding the week of a high-rated NFL overrun. Fallon delivered his biggest weeklong overall audience (2.136 million), counting all weeks, in four years.

Versus the same week last year, Leno and Fallon were both up by double-digit percentages in every key ratings category. “The Tonight Show” was up 25% in viewers 18-49 (to 1.249 million from 999,000) and up 22% in total viewers (4.303 million vs. 3.529 million). “Late Night” was up 41% in 18-49 (924,000 vs. 585,000) and up 41% in total viewers (2.136 million vs. 1.515 million). The 2.136 million for Fallon is his highest since the week of Jan. 18-22, 2010 (2.162 million).

At 1:35 a.m. ET, “Last Call with Carson Daly” grew versus the same week last year by 35% in viewers 18-49 (444,000 vs. 329,000) and by 23% in total viewers (996,000 vs. 813,000).

For the week of Jan. 20-24, “The Tonight Show” and “Late Night” 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.

Note that Monday’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and “Nightline” were excluded from the weekly averages due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and Monday’s “Tonight Show” and Friday’s “Kimmel” were encores.

Fallon outdelivered CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” for the week in viewers 18-49, viewers 18-34 and all key adult-male demos, despite starting an hour later. In viewers 18-49, Fallon generated his biggest weeklong advantage over Letterman (824,000 vs. 712,000, +112,000) in a non-NFL week since Jan. 18-22, 2010.

Season to date, Leno and Fallon are delivering their strongest averages 18 weeks into a TV season in three years in 18-49 viewers. In total viewers, “Tonight” is at a five-year high and Fallon is delivering his top total-viewer average at 18 weeks in the five years he’s been hosting “Late Night.”

Versus the first 18 weeks of the year-ago season, Leno is up 8% in 18-49 viewers (with 1.139 million vs. 1.052 million) and up 9% in total viewers (3.876 million vs. 3.551 million). Fallon is up 18% in 18-49 viewers (802,000 vs. 678,000) so far this season and up 16% in total viewers (1.980 million vs. 1.705 million).

At 1:35 a.m. ET, “Last Call with Carson Daly” is also delivering sizable gains versus the first 18 weeks of last season, up 19% in 18-49 viewers (431,000 vs. 363,000) and up 11% in total viewers (966,000 vs. 870,000).

“Tonight” has now delivered bigger 18-49 audiences than “Late Show” for the last 62 weeks in a row and topped “Kimmel” for 51 of their 55 head-to-head weeks. In total viewers, Leno has out-delivered “Late Show” for 66 weeks in a row and “Kimmel” for 55 of 55 weeks.

Fallon has now generated bigger 18-49 audiences than “Late Late Show” for 67 of the last 68 weeks and prevailed in total viewers for 64 of the last 66 weeks. Versus “Nightline” in their head-to-head half-hour, Fallon has out-delivered the ABC series for 55 of 55 weeks in viewers 18-49 and 51 of 55 weeks in total viewers.

WEEKLY AVERAGES
(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of Jan. 20-24. 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,” 0.6/2 *
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,” 4.3 million viewers *
CBS “Late Show,” 2.9 million viewers *
ABC “Kimmel,” 2.5 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,” 2.1 million viewers
CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.4 million viewers *

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 1.0 million viewers *

* Monday’s “Late Show,” “Late Late Show” and “Nightline” are excluded from these averages due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Monday’s “Tonight,” Friday’s “Last Call” and Friday’s “Kimmel” 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,” 0.3/2

TOTAL VIEWERS

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight,” 3.9 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,” 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 JAN. 20-24

NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. ET, “The Daily Show,” 0.6
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, 0.9
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,” 1.5 million
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 1.3 million

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.9 million

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 2.0 million viewers
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.4 million viewers

 
  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Leno still dominating late night? Can we please get this guy off the air by the end of next week?

    :grin: ;-)

  • Joel

    I expected the 1.0 from Leno but surprised Fallon didn’t pull a 0.7

  • jcfreder

    It was a .65 for Fallon coming out of a .98 for Jay. A very good showing for both.

  • Gary Middleton

    It was weak for Fallon only compared to the phenomenal numbers he had been doing. By any historical standards, it was great to do 66% of Jay’s demo number.

    In case anyone is curious, it was .70 even for Kimmel and a brutal .56 for the legendary David Letterman. So Leno destroyed Kimmel by 40% and Dave by 75%.

    .358 for Ferguson, .349 for Carson Daly.

  • Gary Middleton

    So, were we all wrong and the Fallon finale is after the opening ceremonies on Feb. 7th? And does that lead-in guarantee Fallon’s finale will top Leno’s?

  • GARebelman

    Well I’ll be Monday through Wednesday are repeats for Fallon. New on Thursday AND Friday. NBC looks a touch desperate now doing that

  • Hector

    GARebelman, Gary…

    Where do you get your information on repeats/guests and such?

  • Hector

    In looking for that info it seems like one of those repeats of Late Night might be the very first episode.

  • Gary Middleton

    Hector, it’s called the “Late Night TV Page”. And according to them, the shows aren’t reruns but rather clip shows. Which, of course, is a huge Lorne Michaels staple. So why do one when you can do three?

  • Hector

    Also, if they do repeat that 1st episode (and not edit it), that means Conan O’Brien will be on back NBC briefly.

    They should repeat the 6th show. That episode had Jimmy Fallon’s best bit ever: The Gadsden Purchase sketch.

    Darn, it’s been taken off or hidden on YouTube. In the last year or two, they actually put it back up.

  • Hector

    Ah ok. Thanks Gary.

    Hmmmm so basically cutting up his Best of Special? With a few things added in?

  • Hector

    There should be a Best of Bashir Salahuddin night.

  • Gary Middleton

    Definitely, Hector.

    On a personal note unrelated to ratings, I believe I have bailed on Jimmy Fallon. I was instinctively drawn to him and his show pretty much from the day it started in 2009. Tonight I heard his theme start up and instinctively shut it off immediately.

    Appears I will either like the new Seth Meyers show or will be finished as a late night TV viewer.

  • underdog

    Wow, now they’re really phoning it in; They just showed the same best of Jaywalking segment tonight as they did in the 2009 finale.

  • Douglas in TN

    Gary…what caused this?

  • Joel

    Gary, you are that offended just cause of a joke that wasn’t even said by Jimmy?

  • jcfreder

    So on Friday the 7th, Fallon has his finale after the Olympics (or right after the late local news?), but there will be NO Tonight Show aired? Has that ever happened?

    They might as well go ahead and call it the Tonight Show at that point.

  • jcfreder

    Here’s something you may find interesting. I tried to find data for each host’s last 15-18 months following an earlier late night show. Here is what percentage of what they’ve been able to retain from the earlier show:

    Fallon: 66% of 18-49, 42% of 50+, 49% total viewers
    Ferguson: 63, 45, 50
    Colbert: 80, 78, 79
    Conan (after Leno): 55, 30, 39
    Kimmel (after Nightline): 59, 43, 47
    Letterman (after Carson): 56% of households

    I think a caveats here are that shows following half-hour lead-ins should probably do better, so Kimmel and Colbert should be adjusted down, but even so, huge numbers for Colbert. If I were CBS, I’d move heaven and earth to make Colbert Dave’s replacement when that time comes.

    Conan was by far the worst at keeping older viewers, which showed in his Tonight Show ratings.

    Fallon is doing a good job of retaining viewers, which bodes well for his Tonight Show. The 15-18 month numbers perhaps even sell him short, as Fallon seems to have kicked it into gear more recently. The overall viewer number should drop from Leno, but I can’t see how it will be close to how many fled Conan.

  • Stone

    re: Bailed on Jimmy Fallon: I did that years ago, although I sample his show occasionally to see if he’s improved, I find his monologue intolerably amateurish. He’s stiff, unexpressive & his voice trails off at the punch line. I’ve been watching the most professional comedian in late night every night for 22 years, but I’ve recently added these in anticipation of his departure: Conan (he makes me laugh), Arsenio (not so funny but good bright energy). I like Seth on SNL and also hope he’ll be good in Late Night

  • Sam

    Being from LA, I’m going to miss the West Coast humor that Leno brings to the monologue just like Carson did. The LA audience can relate to jokes about Beverly Hills, Hollywood, illegal immigrants, local sports teams…something Fallon will need to start doing as LA is the #2 market. At least Leno does jokes about both major cities. He knows his audience better than any late night host because of his extensive touring.

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