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

 
  • Hector

    Yeah, Jay always plays around with the animals. Probably too much/too dangerously with the cats even before this recent mention.

    I think Conan would high on that list too. He always seems to just assume he doesn’t need to be aware of the animal because the handler is there.

    I saw an old clip on YouTube recently and he was just way too cavalier around an alligator. It was hilarious, but I remember it made me nervous.

    Same thing with Jay, seeing him wrestle around the cats, chuffing, and headbutting.

    Last on the list: Jimmy Kimmel.

  • Joel

    Douglas, I don’t think Leno is that desperate and absolutely would not move to New York just to do the show another 2-3 years.

  • Gary Middleton

    Anonymous, Fallon has cited Jay as a mentor often. Even well before the succession talk heated up. I also think it’s possible that NBC would have pushed this succession through without any instigation from Jimmy Fallon, based on pure economics and demographics. So “Hope I make you proud” worked for me.

    But now I may not even watch Fallon’s appearance Monday. I don’t want to hear any more of his words, songs, or sketches. If I had any of his personal items, they would be on the front lawn now. And I’d like to believe Mavis is with me on this issue, even if nobody else on the planet is.

  • Gary Middleton

    “I don’t think Leno is that desperate and absolutely would not move to New York just to do the show another 2-3 years.”

    I wouldn’t view it as desperation. Just a guy doing what he likes to do.

    A lot of things have become weirdly and illogically defined, but only when Leno does them, in order to frame Leno in a negative light. One of them: liking to work. Another: visiting affiliates. Another: doing Steve Allen bits. Another: having a sidekick who laughs at your jokes. Another: ignoring the wishes of a guy who got you fired. Another: having fewer stand ups on the show than in previous eras.

  • Gary Middleton

    Would anyone be kind enough to render a prediction on how Thursday’s Leno vs. Kimmel will turn out? Not to make fun of anyone who’s wrong, I’m just really curious what the expectations are, because I have no clue. Maybe 1.8 for Leno and 1.1 for Kimmel, with the knowledge that Kimmel’s overnight is exaggerated?

    For reference, his 2009 finale did 3.4. But a ton of those people have left the demo and network TV numbers are tinier across the board.

    People in my workplace were salivating and cackling this week at the prospect of Leno getting upstaged. Would love to be able to show them Friday morning that pettiness is not a good ratings strategy.

  • anonymous

    “Fallon has cited Jay as a mentor often. Even well before the succession talk heated up.”

    Yes, but for some reason I could never believe it. Keep having this feeling that Fallon is following the old adage “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”

  • Nifty

    Did I miss something? Why is everyone hating Fallon, effective this week?

  • Gary Middleton

    Nifty, the small crowd here has mostly leaned pro-Leno and quite anti-Fallon all along.

    Only thing that changed this week, to my knowledge, is one of his vocal defenders (me) flipped out over a joke on Fallon’s show and now cannot look at his face.

    I may be responsible for 70% of the posts on the threads, but I’m still just one person.

  • Diana Santiago

    Gary, I totally understand you. That’s exactly my feeling with Jay Leno.

  • Hector

    I don’t remember if I’ve said anything anti-Fallon in this thread.

    But…I’ve gotten progressive more anti-Fallon in the past year. It’s been getting worse the closer we get to February 17th.

    Jimmy Fallon couldn’t host a virus.

    Just kidding. I think he actually could host a virus.

    I do find Gary’s reversal quite amazing and entertaining.

  • Liz

    I am a big fan of Fallon’s and I don’t recall a joke last week that was aimed at Leno. BTW, Fallon doesn’t control what everyone says on his show, including the words to the Chris Christie song that Bruce Springsteen wrote. It’s comedy and that’s how it works. Beyond that, Fallon wasn’t asking for the TS, like Conan had done. That’s a huge difference in my eyes. He was highly panned as a choice for LN and low and behold he was a success. With all things show business, NBC has there reasons, most likely costs and demo numbers that they’re after. Naive to think that Lorne Michaels or anyone is the mastermind of this change. Lorne Michaels also produced Conan’s LN and didn’t go on to produce his TS run. Michaels put forth both Conan and Fallon, so imagine letting him choose Seth Myers was a natural conclusion.
    Success is the hardest thing to forgive in a friend.

  • Douglas in TN

    Fallon is, after all, part of that SNL clique that has never been in the Leno camp.

    With that joke, I figure they realize the coronation is complete, Jay is out of the picture with no hope to return…so what the hell?

    Don’t know if they had more scheduled, but I noticed the joint appearances have ended.

  • Liz

    Gary if you’re referring to the Full House sketch, I think you’re being very hard on Jimmy. Jay himself has made that joke. They had also just referenced Jay as being a great host of the TS along with Carson. (Didn’t mention Conan) In comedy, I would call that a “standard” reference. I think Jimmy is quite sincere in his respect for Leno and given Leno’s incredible success his ultimate return does seem as if it’s a possibility. I think both Jay and Jimmy have both been criticized for the same characteristics – likeability, simplicity and popularity.

  • Douglas in TN

    Bill Murray’s entrance on Letterman last night flirted with epic.

  • anonymous

    “Naive to think that Lorne Michaels or anyone is the mastermind of this change.”

    Lorne Michaels had the most to gain from this change. He ends up having a monopoly over the current and future course of NBC late night from top to bottom.

    The New York tax break was known locally in the papers as “The Jimmy Fallon Tax Break” and there were local politicians who objected to “giving money to the rich” at the expense of other funding. It took somebody to write the law and push it through the New York legislature. Lorne Michaels would be the one with the most motive to want it done.

    Jimmy Fallon to Lorne Michaels: “I hope I make you proud.” Sounds much more believable.

  • Liz

    Lorne Michaels could not have master minded this if Jimmy hadn’t been successful on Late Night. Which is something that very few people thought was a possibility when he started back in 2009. You can’t manipulate success.

    Bringing the TS back to New York also generates revenue for the city of New York, which is the reason most businesses are granted such tax breaks. Comcast would be fools not to play this card.

    Fallon is supposed to be on the TS next week, I can’t believe that Leno would let that happen if he really felt screwed over by Fallon. Nor would Leno do the West Side Story bit, that he did this summer if he felt like Jimmy was behind the ousting.

  • anonymous

    “Bringing the TS back to New York also generates revenue for the city of New York, which is the reason most businesses are granted such tax breaks. Comcast would be fools not to play this card.”

    Jimmy Fallon’s show is already located in New York. So what does the 10+ million dollars annually get for the people of New York? They get to watch Fallon an hour earlier. The only thing that “moved” was the title of the show. It “moved” from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

    The monetary benefit for Lorne Michaels is great but as for the people of New York — that’s very questionable.

  • Douglas in TN

    Probably a lot involved, from the increased revenue Tonight will bring in, as well as having Tonight in NY as a tourist attraction. My wife and I are already planning a trip to NY to see Tonight. When a tourist does that, money, money, money. When we went to see Letterman, and another Broadway show, we dropped a wad of cash.

    Plus, I wonder how much larger the staff will be. New York taxes the hell out of wages and salaries.

  • Liz

    Anonymous, Fallon’s Late Night is in New York, now there will be an additional show in New York, which is The Tonight Show. Two shows instead of one. Salaries, tourist dollars relating to transportation, restaurants, hotels, etc. I don’t think that this line item would go into Lorne Michaels pocket. Comcast would be the beneficiary.

  • Gary Middleton

    “BTW, Fallon doesn’t control what everyone says on his show, including the words to the Chris Christie song that Bruce Springsteen wrote. It’s comedy and that’s how it works.”

    Liz, this is incorrect. Fallon does have control over what is said on his show in a scripted bit (and even to a great extent in unscripted banter). With both the authority and the repeated opportunity to make changes or deletions throughout the process, even after it’s taped. He must, of course, give Bruce Springsteen more latitude than Dave Coulier, for so many reasons.

    Agree with you on NYC and Fallon’s very real success. Big fan of your posts. Watching you and Anonymous go at it is like seeing Nadal vs. Djokovic.

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