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

 
  • Gary Middleton

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

    Looks that way, yes. Hiring someone else to say the line doesn’t affect the issue for me.

  • Gary Middleton

    Great work, JC. Fallon is in a league by himself in that arena.

    Colbert is a whole a different animal because he’s a half hour show following a half hour companion show in a significantly earlier time slot. If you measure how well Fallon or Ferguson’s first half hour measures against the last half hour of the show before them, the number would soar.

  • jcfreder

    Is there some kind of controversy over a Fallon joke I’m not aware of?

  • Gary Middleton

    Not at all, JC. Personal gripe on my part alone.

  • jcfreder

    Interesting point about the lead-ins. Judging from what I’ve seen from the half-hour numbers, I think a good rule of thumb is that the first half-hour of an hour talk show does about 15% better than the total number, with the second half-hour doing about 85% of the total. Applying that rule, here’s how the lead-in retention percentages look for the first-half hour of a show vs. the last half hour of the preceding show:

    Fallon: 90% of 18-49, 57% of 50+, 67% overall
    Conan: 74, 41, 53
    JKL:68, 49, 55
    Ferguson: 85, 61, 68
    Colbert: 80, 78, 79
    Letterman: 76% of households from Carson

    so Fallon looks very good here, and so do Colbert and Ferguson. Conan and Kimmel look weaker, although Kimmel was going from a news show to a comedy show, which is an obvious mismatch.

  • Gary Middleton

    Excellent, JC. I interpret this as significant evidence that Jimmy Fallon is going to be huge at 11:35. And far from the only evidence. Would be crazy to bet otherwise, imo.

  • Douglas in TN

    The Leno joke on Fallon this week is really fascinating. It’s hard to tell whether it’s a satire on the whole current transition or a zinger aimed at Leno and the past, or what it is.

    In one of his monologues, Conan used a (I thought funny) line about having a dream job…unless Jay Leno wanted it too. Leno is on record as being furious about that jab. I wonder what Jay thought of that Full House skit the other day.

    But the joke just seemed to fly in the face of the kumbaya press blitz Leno and Fallon have been on.

  • Sam

    From all the interviews I’ve read, Jay seems to get offended easily but he always keeps his emotions in check.

  • Gary Middleton

    They all get offended easily. Show people are very thin skinned. Dana Carvey was on with Carson 5 times before ‘Carsenio’ and 0 times after.

  • Diana Santiago

    Rumor is that Sir Paul and Ringo will be the musical guests on Letterman on Friday.

  • anonymous

    On the Today Show appearance,Jimmy Fallon to Jay Leno: “I hope I make you proud.”

    Does anyone really believe that sappy bit of B.S.?

    Lorne Michaels masterminded the overthrow of Leno. Jimmy Fallon was Lorne’s hitman. The New York “Jimmy Fallon” tax break was the bullet.

    After Fallon’s premiere, Lorne Michaels will gather with Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, and the SNL folks at 30 Rock and they will pop champagne and celebrate and laugh at Leno.

  • Douglas in TN

    Goofy question…speaking of the NY tax credit…

    Supposed the NBC suits come into Leno’s office, and offer him a 2 or 3 year extension, with the requirement that he move the show to New York. (Granted Lorne isn’t part of the equation.)

    Does Leno bite?

  • Gary Middleton

    Douglas, I think without a doubt, yes.

  • Gary Middleton

    Minor information I can bring to the board: Dave Salmoni, who brings animals onto many of the shows, has privately said that the host most likely to get killed by one of his animals is Jay Leno.

    Tonight that sentiment spilled onto the air a little, as Jay very affectionately/foolishly handled the tiger and Dave edgily told everyone that Jay does stuff ‘you’re not supposed to do’.

    He also said, off air, that Leno is his favorite host to work with because he’s so genuinely into the animals. And contrary to what people want to believe, the Leno appearances are far less pre-planned than his segments with other hosts.

  • underdog

    To reference Conan’s farewell speech, Jay would probably do the show outside a 7-11 parking lot if he could.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Does anyone really believe that sappy bit of B.S.?”

    I did until Wednesday. I’d always defended Fallon’s generally celebratory nature as genuine and classy and uplifting. I think most people will still see it that way. It may actually be that way.

  • underdog

    This whole Jay/Jimmy relationship seems forced to me just like it did with Conan. You would never see these two together in real life if NBC didn’t force them to.

  • anonymous

    “I hope I make you proud.”

    That’s something you say to your parents or coach or mentor — someone you have a close relationship with.

    you don’t say that to a colleague whose job you are taking.

  • Gary Middleton

    Underdog, the big difference for me is that Jimmy had generally conducted himself with infinitely more class and respect than Conan did. That’s why Fallon still appealed to me until this week, whereas I seemed to lose interest in Conan well before 2009.

  • Gary Middleton

    For those interested, Letterman and Stern discussed Leno at Stern’s ‘birthday bash’ tonight and it’s on Youtube. Massive chorus of boos when Jay’s name came up.

    Dave explained his previous remark that he and Jay are talking again. He said he has spoken to Jay “once in the last 5 years.” It was a call Dave made. 30 years ago “Jay did things to me that were not fair.” But “you can’t carry these things around forever.”

    About his Late Show future:

    “If it was up to me I would not quit. On the other hand, it’s not always up to me and you can’t go on forever.”

    “There is a game plan.”

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