'Tonight' Still King Of Late-Night TV

Jay-Leno-AWhile NBC proceeds to set up its late-night changes for next year, "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" continues to grab steady top results -- just ahead of the competition.

Season-to-date numbers through May 3 have the one-hour "Tonight" show at 11:35 p.m. sitting at a Nielsen 0.8 rating/3 share among 18-49 viewers. CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman" and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" are at an identical 0.7/3. "Kimmel" started up in the earlier 11:35 p.m. slot this past January.

Looking at overall viewers, "Tonight" show continues to have a better advantage -- 3.5 million viewers. "Late Show" is at 3.0 million, and "Kimmel" is at 2.6 million.

NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" -- Fallon will take over "Tonight" next year -- still maintains a lead over CBS' "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson."  Fallon is at 0.5/3 in 18-49 and 1.7 million viewers; Ferguson is at a 0.4/2 in 18-49 and 1.5 million viewers. Both shows air at 12:35 p.m.

ABC's "Nightline" -- also at 12:35 p.m. -- continues to be in the mix with a 0.4/2 among 18-49 viewers and 1.6 million viewers.

Late-night cable fare continues to be consistent: Comedy Central's two late-night entertainment shows "The Daily Show" has a 0.7 18-49 rating and 1.5 million total viewers; "The Colbert Report" is at 0.6 rating among 18-49ers and 1.3 million.

TBS' "Conan" is at 0.4 rating among 18-49 viewers and 800,000 for the season so far.

Turner's other late-night fare, "Adult Swim", is at a 0.9 18-49 rating for its first hour, starting at 11:35 p.m. and 1.8 million viewers. For its second hour at 12:35 p.m., it is at a 0.6 rating in the key demo and 1.3 million viewers.

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2 comments about "'Tonight' Still King Of Late-Night TV".
  1. Edmund Singleton from Winstion Communications , May 18, 2013 at 5:32 a.m.
    I can hear them shouting, Leno is tops in ratings and must be replaced before he goes through the roof...
  2. Jonathan McEwan from MediaPost , May 20, 2013 at 3:37 p.m.
    Can someone explain to me what is going on over at NBC? Do they have a death wish?