New No. 1 in Late-Night

Sep 29, 2014  •  Post A Comment

Thursday’s late-night broadcast lineup saw a shakeup in the ratings, with a new No. 1 surfacing. Deadline.com reports that ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” came out on top, based on Nielsen ratings for the 56 metered markets.

“Kimmel” delivered a 3.0 average rating/8 share in households along with a 1.2/6 in the key demo of viewers 18-49, topping the perennial leader, NBC’s “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” in both metrics.

“Fallon” settled for a 2.5/7 in households and a 0.9/4 in the demo, while CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” delivered a 2.7/8 in households and a 0.9/5 in the demo. Demo figures are based on the 25 LPM markets.

“Kimmel” appeared to get a boost from ABC’s strong Thursday night prime-time lineup.

“ABC had a very big night in prime time — launching its All Things Shonda Rhimes Thursday, including the 10 p.m. series premiere of ‘How to Get Away With Murder,’ and the returns of ‘Scandal’ and ‘Grey’s Anatomy,'” the report notes. “In LPM, at 10 PM, NBC did a 1.2 demo rating, and ABC did a 4.4. At 11:30 NBC’s ‘Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ logged a 0.9 and ‘JKL’ clocked a 1.2 with a Shonda-themed show that included a scheduled visit by ‘Scandal’ star Darby Stanchfield.”

Kimmel did well during the 2013-14 season with a series of “Scandal”-themed Thursday night shows, the article notes.

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  1. ABC is really reaching are they not? A win is a win, but what happens when the rest of the Markets come in? Jimmy will probably be in second or third place….

  2. Kimmel is a much better and creative show. Fallon just does awful monologues and has good viral videos. I’ll watch Kimmel on my TV and watch Fallon’s “viral videos” online. Sitting thru 1 full hour of Fallon is like watching a 2 hour movie waiting for the 10 second nude scene.

  3. I 100% agree with Big Al. However, even Fallon’s “viral videos” are painful to watch. Just sayin’.

  4. Fallon could be much better, but it is apparent that he runs the show on a very tight budget. A lack of good writers, and he is like a 3 trick pony… doing “thank you notes” and “pros and cons” and one other routine…over, and over, and over again, every week. The show is so predictable, it becomes boring. And he never ventures out of that closet-sized studio, to go on-site and do funny routines. The show has become a predictable, cheesy second-rate production.

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