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NBC Late Night Outperforms Competition in Time Slot

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NBC Late Night Outperforms Competition in Time Slot

"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" have dominated the broadcast competition for the week of Jan. 13-17, delivering 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.



Leno and Fallon both generated gains versus the same week last year in viewers 18-49, viewers 18-34, viewers 25-54 and total viewers. "Tonight" was up 6% in viewers 18-49 (to 1.120 million from 1.053 million) and up 16% in total viewers (3.999 million vs. 3.459 million). "Late Night" was up 32% in 18-49 (835,000 vs. 633,000) and up 25% in total viewers (2.076 million vs. 1.656 million).



At 1:35 a.m. ET, "Last Call with Carson Daly" grew versus the same week last year by 13% in viewers 18-49 (396,000 vs. 352,000) and by 1% in total viewers (902,000 vs. 894,000).



Fallon generated his biggest weeklong 18-49 and total-viewer audiences since Thanksgiving week and biggest excluding weeks of NFL overruns in two-and-a-half years in 18-49 viewers and in four years in total viewers. "Late Night's" 794,000 viewers 18-49 was its biggest for a non-NFL week since June 20-24, 2011 (899,000) and the 2.076 million is Fallon's high with no NFL overrun since the week of Jan. 18-20, 2010 (2.162 million).



"Late Night" outdelivered CBS's "Late Late Show with David Letterman" and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" for the week in viewers 18-49, viewers 18-34, viewers 25-54 and all key adult-male demos, despite starting an hour later. Fallon generated his biggest weeklong 18-49 advantage over Letterman in a non-NFL week since Jan. 18-22, 2010 and equaled his biggest advantage over Kimmel in a non-NFL week since that ABC show moved to an 11:35 p.m. start time a year ago.



Season to date, "Tonight" is off to its biggest start 17 weeks into a new TV season in three years in 18-49 viewers and total viewers. Fallon is delivering his biggest 18-49 audience 17 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 17 weeks of the year-ago season, Leno is up 7% in 18-49 viewers (with 1.130 million vs. 1.053 million) and up 8% in total viewers (3.839 million vs. 3.543 million). Fallon is up 17% in 18-49 viewers (794,000 vs. 677,000) so far this season and up 15% in total viewers (1.961 million vs. 1.707 million).



"Last Call with Carson Daly" is also delivering sizable gains versus the first 17 weeks of last season, up 18% in 18-49 viewers (431,000 vs. 365,000) and up 10% in total viewers (964,000 vs. 873,000).



"Tonight" has now delivered bigger 18-49 audiences than "Late Show" for the last 61 weeks in a row and topped "Kimmel" for 50 of their 54 head-to-head weeks. In total viewers, Leno has out-delivered "Late Show" for 65 weeks in a row and "Kimmel" for 54 of 54 weeks.



Fallon has now generated bigger 18-49 audiences than "Late Late Show" for 66 of the last 67 weeks and prevailed in total viewers for 63 of the last 65 weeks. Versus "Nightline" in their head-to-head half-hour, Fallon has outdelivered the ABC series for 54 of 54 weeks in viewers 18-49 and 49 of 51 weeks in total viewers.



WEEKLY AVERAGES

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of Jan. 13-17. 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," 0.9 rating, 4 share

CBS "Late Show," 0.6/3

ABC "Kimmel," 0.6/3 *





12:35-1:05 a.m. ET

ABC "Nightline," 0.4/2





12:35-1:35 a.m. ET

NBC "Late Night," 0.7/4

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," 4.0 million viewers

CBS "Late Show," 2.9 million viewers

ABC "Kimmel," 2.5 million viewers *





12:35-1:05 a.m. ET

ABC "Nightline," 1.5 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," 0.9 million viewers *



* Friday's "Last Call" and "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," 3.8 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," 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. 13-17





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," 0.5



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, 0.7





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," 1.2 million



TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, "Conan," 0.8 million



Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 1.9 million viewers

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

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