Wednesday, January 22, 2020

NBC Ratings - January 2020

‘TONIGHT SHOW’ WINS THE WEEK OF JAN. 13-17 IN 18-49

At 12:35 a.m., Seth Meyers Finishes #1 Vs. Corden & “Nightline” in Every Key Demo, Leads the Season Vs. “Late Late Show” & “Nightline” in All Key Ratings Measures
DIGITAL / SOCIAL: “Tonight” Achieves its Best Week of YouTube Viewing Ever With More Than 83 Million Views
“Late Night with Seth Meyers” Delivers Two of the Week’s Top Six Most-Viewed YouTube Videos in the Late-Night Daypart
YouTube Viewing of New Content for “A Little Late with Lilly Singh” Grows +25% Week to Week
NEW YORK — Jan. 22, 2020 — “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” has won the late-night ratings week of Jan. 13-17 in the key demographic of adults 18-49, as well as women 18-49 and adults, men and women 18-34, according to “live plus same day” figures from Nielsen Media Research.
“Tonight’s” 0.37 rating for the week in adults 18-49 topped the 0.35 of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and the 0.29 of “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
Last week at 12:35 a.m. ET, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” topped “The Late Late Show with James Corden” and ABC’s “Nightline” in nine of nine key demographics – adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54. Season to date, “Late Night” ranks #1 versus “Late Late Show” and “Nightline” in all key ratings measures.
On the digital / social front, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” achieved its best week of YouTube viewing ever, with more than 83 million views.
That topped the show’s previous high of 70 million set last month and is up +98% from the prior week and up +83% from the show’s 2019 weekly average. “Tonight’s” new content views for the week were led by Selena Gomez’s segments, which totaled 13 million YouTube views alone.
“Tonight” again ranked as the #1 most-watched Entertainment program of the week on YouTube, topping the nearest scripted competitor in this measure by 37 million views (Source: ListenFirst Media, ListenFirst Video Views [YouTube], LF//TV Universe // Episodic, 1/13/20-1/19/20; Brand Type: TV Shows. Excludes Children’s programs). “Tonight” also generated the top two most-watched Entertainment YouTube videos of the week in the late-night daypart, with Jimmy’s interview of Selena Gomez (8 million views) and Jimmy and Selena playing “Can You Feel It?” (5 million views, Source: ListenFirst Media Content Rankings; LF // TV Universe // Episodic; Brands: TV Shows; Late Fringe Daypart; Talk Format; ListenFirst Content Video Views [YouTube]; 1/13/20-1/19/20).
“Late Night with Seth Meyers,” despite only airing three originals last week, was responsible for two of the week’s top six most-viewed YouTube videos in the late-night daypart, with Monday’s and Wednesday’s “A Closer Look” totaling more than 6 million views (Source: ListenFirst Media Content Rankings; LF // TV Universe // Episodic; Brands: TV Shows; Late Fringe Daypart; Talk Format; ListenFirst Content Video Views [YouTube]; 1/13/20-1/19/20).
“A Little Late with Lilly Singh,” despite only running three first-run episodes last week, generated a 25% bump in week-over-week YouTube viewing of new content (800,000 views). In total library views, “A Little Late” earned 1.6 million total YouTube views, which marks the show’s best week since November.
Since its premiere on Sept. 16, “A Little Late” has earned 41 million views on YouTube, to rank #1 across all new series in that time-frame (Source: ListenFirst Media, ListenFirst Brand Rankings; LF// TV Universe // Episodic; ListenFirst Video Views [YouTube]; Brand Type: TV Shows; Season: 1; 9/16/19-1/19/20).
Also since its premiere, “A Little Late” ranks as the most-social freshman series across all dayparts, with more than 6 million Total Interactions over the major social platforms (Source: ListenFirst Media, ListenFirst Brand Rankings; LF// TV Universe // Episodic; ListenFirst Content Response Score [Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube]; Brand Type: TV Shows; Season: 1; 9/16/19-1/19/20).
LATE-NIGHT WEEKLY AVERAGES
(According to viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of Jan. 13-17. Ratings reflect “live plus same day” data 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” 0.37 rating, 3 share
CBS “Late Show,” 0.35/3 *
ABC “Kimmel,” 0.29/2 *

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 0.20/2

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 0.21/2 *
CBS “Late Late Show,” 0.18/2 *

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “A Little Late with Lilly Singh,” 0.13/2 *

TOTAL VIEWERS
11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight,” 1.831 million viewers
CBS “Late Show,” 3.075 million viewers *
ABC “Kimmel,” 1.770 million viewers *

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 1.075 million viewers

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 1.071 million viewers *
CBS “The Late Late Show,” 1.255 million viewers *

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “A Little Late with Lilly Singh,” 0.579 million viewers *

* Friday’s “Late Show,” “Kimmel,” “Late Night,” “Late Late Show” and “A Little Late” were encores, with all but “Kimmel’s” excluded from these averages. “Late Night” and “A Little Late” also excluded their Thursday telecasts, which were encores.

SEASON AVERAGES
ADULTS 18-49
11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight” 0.41 rating, 3 share
CBS “Late Show,” 0.44/4
ABC “Kimmel,” 0.34/3

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 0.21/2

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 0.25/3
CBS “The Late Late Show,” 0.20/2

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “A Little Late with Lilly Singh,” 0.16/2

TOTAL VIEWERS
11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight,” 1.997 viewers
CBS “Late Show,” 3.593 million viewers
ABC “Kimmel,” 1.932 million viewers

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 1.140 million viewers

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 1.325 million viewers
CBS “The Late Late Show,” 1.288 million viewers

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “A Little Late with Lilly Singh,” 0.696 million viewers


SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK OF JAN. 13-17
NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING
Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m., “The Daily Show,” 0.16
Comedy Central, 11:30-midnight ET, “Lights Out with David Spade,” 0.09

TBS, 11-11:30 p.m., “Conan,” 0.13
Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 0.33
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.29

Each adult 18-49 rating point equals 1.29 million viewers.
TOTAL VIEWERS
Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m., “The Daily Show,” 0.604 million viewers
Comedy Central, 11:30-midnight ET, “Lights Out with David Spade,” 0.243 million viewers

TBS, 11-11:30 p.m., “Conan,” 0.351 million viewers

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 0.642 million viewers
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.540 million viewers

NBC DELIVERS 4 OF THE TOP 5 SCRIPTED PROGRAMS FOR THE WEEK OF JAN. 13-19 IN 18-49

Excluding Sunday’s Post-NFL “9-1-1: Lone Star,” “This Is Us” and the Three “Chicago” Dramas Claim All Four Top Spots Among the Week’s Scripted Shows
“AGT: Champions” & “Game of Games” Tie for #9 Among Primetime Big 4 Programs
For the 2019-20 Season to Date, NBC Is Running the Closest It’s Been to #1 in Total Viewers at This Point in the Season in 20 Years
On Monday, "AGT: Champions" Ranks #1 on the Big 4 in Total Viewers, NBC Finishes #1 for the Night Excluding Sports
L+3: The Prior Week’s “Manifest” Ranked #1 for the Week With the Biggest 18-49 L+3 Lift in 18-49 Rating
NBC Takes Tuesday vs. "Jeopardy"-Boosted ABC, “This Is Us” & “New Amsterdam” Equal Their Highs Since Oct. 22; “Ellen’s” Maintains 100% of the Prior Week’s Premiere
"Chicago" Dramas Dominate Wednesday, Are the #1-2-3 Big 4 Shows of the Night in 10 of 10 Key Measures
"Dateline Mystery" Is Saturday’s #1 Most-Watched Primetime Telecast, With Its Most-Watched Edition Since Last March
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Jan. 22, 2020 — NBC has averaged a 0.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 4.2 million viewers overall for the primetime ratings week of Jan. 13-19, according to “live plus same day” figures from Nielsen Media Research.
NBC’s schedule accounted for four of the week’s five highest-rated scripted programs in adults 18-49, with “This Is Us,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Med” and “Chicago P.D.” Excluding Fox’s Sunday preview of “9-1-1: Lone Star,” which benefited from a high-rated NFL lead-in, NBC dramas accounted for all four of the weeks’ top scripted programs in 18-49.
Also generating strong 18-49 rankings were Monday’s “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” and Tuesday’s “Ellen’s Game of Games,” which tied for #9 among primetime Big 4 programs (excluding sports post-game shows).
Season to date, NBC is running within 226,000 persons of #1 in total viewers (7.506 million vs. 7.732 million for CBS), the closest NBC has run to first place in total viewers at this point in the season in 20 years, since the 1999-2000 season when NBC ranked within 9,000 viewers of #1 at this point.
Weekly ratings are “live plus same day” figures from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise noted. Season-to-date ratings are averages of “live plus seven day” data except for the two most recent weeks, which are “live plus same day.”
Week 17 Averages
Adult 18-49 Rating, “live plus same day,” Jan. 13-19
Fox…2.7
ABC…0.7
NBC…0.7
CBS…0.6
CW…0.2
Total Viewers
Fox…9.9 million
CBS…4.9 million
NBC…4.2 million
ABC…3.7 million
CW…0.8 million
Season-to-Date Averages
Adult 18-49 Rating, “Most Current”
Fox…2.0
NBC…1.7
CBS…1.1
ABC…1.1
CW…0.3

Total Viewers
CBS…7.7 million
NBC…7.5 million
Fox…7.2 million
ABC…5.2 million
CW…1.1 million

NBC highlights for the week of Jan. 13-19:
Monday
NBC won Monday among the Big 4 networks in total viewers.
“America’s Got Talent: The Champions” (1.0 rating in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall from 8-10:01 p.m. ET) was the #1 telecast of the night on the Big 4 networks in total viewers, topping ABC’s “The Bachelor” by +1.1 million viewers or +21% head to head from 8-10 p.m. (6.5 million vs. 5.4 million). Delayed Viewing: For the 2018-19 season, “AGT: Champions” increased its next-day L+SD rating by +92% in 18-49 with delayed viewing on all platforms through 35 days, growing to a 3.3 rating. In total viewers, “Games” grew by more than +6.2 million persons to 16.4 million viewers.
“Manifest” (0.7 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall from 10:01-11 p.m.) was up +17% versus NBC’s average in the timeslot this season prior to “Manifest’s” debut in 18-49 (0.7 vs. 0.6, L+SD). In the men 18-49 and men 25-54 demos, “Manifest” tied for #1 among ABC, CBS and NBC in the timeslot with ABC’s “The Good Doctor” and finished within 0.1 of the ABC drama in adults 18-49.
L+3: The prior week’s “Manifest” season premiere as the #1 program of the week with the biggest 18-49 L+3 lift in 18-49 rating, growing by +0.73 of a rating point (0.86 to 1.59). In total viewers, the Jan. 6 “Manifest” delivered the week’s #3 biggest lift, +3.359 million persons (4.727 million to 8.086 million).
Tuesday
NBC won Tuesday in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and all key adult-female demographics, outrating ABC for the night despite that network’s boost from the concluding episode of “Jeopardy: Greatest of All Time.”
“Ellen’s Game of Games” (1.0 rating in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) maintained 100% of the previous week’s regular-slot season premiere in 18-49 (1.0 vs. 1.0), to equal NBC’s highest 18-49 rating in the timeslot since Dec. 10, despite this week’s “Jeopardy” competition. Delayed Viewing: For the 2018-19 season, “Ellen’s Game of Games” increased its next-day L+SD rating by +48% in 18-49 with delayed viewing on all platforms through 35 days, growing to a 2.1 rating. In total viewers, “Games” grew by more than +2.0 million persons to 8.1 million viewers.
“This Is Us” (1.5 rating in 18-49, 6.7 million viewers overall from 9-10:01 p.m. ET) matched the show’s top 18-49 rating since Oct. 22 to dominate the hour among the broadcast nets, beating the #2 show in adults 18-49 by an +88% margin (1.5 vs. 0.8 for CBS’ “FBI”). Social: “This Is Us” ranked as the #2 most social scripted primetime drama of the week, with 391, 000 total interactions (Source: Nielsen Social Content Ratings, 1/13/20-1/19/20, Primetime, Drama Series). Justin Hartley had the most engaging post of the week for all scripted primetime dramas, generating 95,000 engagements with an image of himself posing with Sophia Bush and John Legend and dubbing themselves as the “new big 3” (Source: Nielsen Social Content Ratings, 1/13/20-1/19/20, Primetime, Drama Series). Last week’s “This Is Us” also generated the #3 most viewed video of the week on Facebook (679,000) among all primetime scripted broadcast programs with a video of John Legend’s single “Conversations in The Dark” (Source: ListenFirst Media, LF // TV UNIVERSE // EPISODIC, 1/13/20-1/19/20, ListenFirst Content Video Views [Facebook], Brand Type: TV Shows, Primetime, Broadcast, Dramas). Delayed Viewing: The season’s first nine episodes of “This Is Us” have delivered television’s #1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9 biggest L+7 lifts in 18-49 rating so far this season (a +1.51 increase for the Sept 24 season premiere, a +1.42 gain for the Oct. 1 telecast, a +1.50 for Oct. 8, a 1.55 for Oct. 15, a +1.46 for Oct. 22, a +1.41 for Oct. 29, a +1.43 for Nov. 5, a +1.48 for Nov. 12 and a +1.39 for Nov. 19). The biggest lift for any other show on television this season is the +1.21 for the Sept. 23 season premiere of “The Good Doctor.”
“New Amsterdam” (0.8 rating in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall from 10:01-11 p.m. ET) equaled its highest 18-49 rating since Oct. 22 (0.9) to tie for #1 for the hour among the ABC-CBS-NBC dramas in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and adults 18-34 and ranks #1 outright among those dramas in all key adult-female demographics. Social: Total Interactions for “New Amsterdam” (79,000) increased +114% from the fall finale (37,000) and +112% from the series average (42,000), making last week’s telecast the #2 most social episode in series history, behind only the Season 2 premiere.
Wednesday
NBC “Chicago” lineup won Wednesday night among the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49, adults 25-54, total viewers and every other key ratings measure, with “Fire,” “Med” and “P.D.” scoring as the #1-2-3 shows of the night on those nets in all 10 key categories – adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54 plus total viewers.
“Chicago Med” (1.2 rating in 18-49, 8.4 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) tied as the #1 show of the night in adults 18-49 with “Chicago Fire” and was the #1 show of the night outright in total viewers. The Jan. 15 “Med” equaled the show’s strongest 18-49 rating, excluding crossover episodes, since Feb. 20, 2019 (1.3), to win the hour among the Big 4 networks in every key ratings measure, including a win by a +71% margin in adults 18-49 (1.2 vs. 0.7 each for ABC and CBS).
“Chicago Fire” (1.2 rating in 18-49, 8.2 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET) tied as the #1 show of the night in adults 18-49 with “Chicago Med” and was the #2 show of the night in total viewers behind only “Med.” “Fire” equaled its strongest 18-49 rating, excluding crossovers, since Feb. 6, 2019 (1.3),to win the 9-10 p.m. hour in adults 18-49, adults 25-54, total viewers and all other key measures, with a +50% margin of victory in adults 18-49 (1.2 vs. 0.8 for ABC’s #2 hour of comedy).
“Chicago P.D.” (1.1 rating in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) won the timeslot among ABC, CBS and NBC in 10 of 10 key measures – adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers – and beat the combined rating of the hour’s ABC-CBS drama competition (1.1 vs. a combined 1.0). The Jan. 15 “P.D.” matched the show’s highest 18-49 rating for a non-crossover episode since Feb. 6, 2019 (1.2). “P.D.” has now won the slot or tied for #1 versus regular ABC and CBS competition with its last 71 straight original telecasts in adults 18-49 (L+SD), extending back to October 2016. Social: “Chicago P.D.” was Wednesday’s #1 most social scripted primetime drama, with 134,000 Total Interactions. That’s up +26% from the prior week’s episode (106,000) and +37% higher than the show’s season average (101,000), to rank as the show’s #2 most social episode this season (Source: Nielsen Social Content Ratings, 1/15/20, Percent Share, Primetime, Drama).
Thursday
For the night, NBC finished within 0.1 of a rating point of second place among the Big 4 networks in adult 18-49 rating (0.5 vs. 0.6) and within 0.2 of first place (0.5 vs. 0.7).
“Superstore” (0.6 rating in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall from 8-8:30 p.m. ET) grew +3% week to week in total viewers (2.7 million vs. 2.6 million).
“The Good Place” (0.5 rating in 18-49, 1.9 million viewers overall from 8:30-9 p.m. ET) maintained 100% of its lead-in in adults, men and women 18-34. Social: “The Good Place” ranked as the #2 most social scripted broadcast primetime comedy of the week, with 207,000 Total Interactions, up +60% from the series average of 130,000 (Source: Nielsen Social Content Ratings, 1/13/20-1/19/20, Percent Share, Primetime, All Series).
“Will & Grace” (0.4 rating in 18-49, 2.1 million viewers overall from 9-9:30 p.m. ET) increased versus its lead-in in total viewers (+10%).
“Perfect Harmony” (0.3 rating in 18-49, 1.3 million viewers overall from 9:30-10 p.m. ET) retained 100% of its lead-in in women 18-34. Social: “Perfect Harmony’s” 10,000 total interactions is a +136% gain versus the prior week.
“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (0.6 rating in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) tiedfor #1 in the timeslot among ABC, CBS and NBC in adults, men & women 18-49; adults & men 18-34; and women 25-54, and was #1 outright among those nets in women 18-34. Social: “Law & Order: SVU” delivered its #2 most social episode of the season, with 99,000 Total Interactions, up +26% versus the show’s season average (78,000) and +20% higher than the prior week’s episode (82,000).
Friday
“Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector” (0.4 rating in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) was up +6% versus NBC’s timeslot average this season prior to the Jan. 10 “Rhyme” premiere in total viewers (3.8 million vs. 3.6 million), to rank #2 in the timeslot in total viewers. Delayed Viewing: Combined with digital and linear delayed viewing to date, the prior week’s “Rhyme” premiere is up to a 1.47 rating in 18-49 and 6.9 million viewers, for increases on its “live plus same day” results of +133% in 18-49 (1.47 vs. 0.63) and +2.5 million in total viewers (6.9 million vs. 4.4 million).
“Dateline NBC” (0.5 rating in adults 18-49, 0.8 in adults 25-54, 3.8 million viewers overall from 9-11 p.m. ET) ranked as the #1 newsmagazine of the night in total viewers. For its second hour from 10-11 p.m., “Dateline” tied for #1 in adults 18-49 and adults 25-54. Delayed Viewing: In L+7 Nielsens, “Dateline” is growing this season by +50% going from L+SD to L+7 Nielsens in 18-49 rating (from a 0.54 to a 0.81) and more than +1.1 million viewers overall (3.5 million to 4.6 million).
Saturday
"Dateline Saturday Night Mystery” (0.5 rating in 18-49, 0.7 in 25-54, 3.7 million viewers overall from 8-10 p.m. ET) ranked as the #1 primetime program of the night on the Big 4 networks in total viewers and is tied for #1 excluding sports in adults 25-54,while equaling the show’s top 25-54 result since March 16 (0.8) and delivering its most-watched episode since that same March 16 telecast (4.2 million). L+7: “Dateline Mystery” is increasing by +26% this season going from next-day L+SD ratings to L+7 Nielsens (from a 0.38 to a 0.48) and by +377,000 persons in total viewers (2.6 million to 2.9 million).
“SNL Vintage” (0.4 in 18-49, 2.6 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET, with an encore of a Jan. 17, 1976 telecast of “Saturday Night Live” hosted by Buck Henry and featuring musical guest Bill Withers) was up +48% versus the prior Saturday 10 p.m. “SNL” encore in total viewers (2.6 million vs. 1.8 million on Jan. 4), and by +0.1 of a point or +33% in 18-49 (0.4 vs. 0.3). 

TODAY IS #1 IN KEY DEMO

TODAY Wins 210 out of 212 Weeks in A25-54
TODAY Is #1 in the Key Demo Season to Date
NEW YORK – January 22, 2020 – TODAY was the number-one morning show last week topping “Good Morning America” in the key demo A25-54. The win marks 210 out of 212 weeks in first place. Season to date, TODAY ranks first among A25-54 and A18-49 viewers.
TODAY HIGHLIGHTS:
ProgramP25-54P25-54P18-49P18-49P2+
RtgImpsRtgImpsImps
TODAY1.001,2090.709023,707
CBS THIS MORNING0.607230.395032,886
GOOD MORNING AMERICA0.991,1960.658403,897
TODAY averaged 1.209 million A25-54 viewers, topping GMA by +13,000 (+1%) and CBS This Morning by +486,000 (+67%)
TODAY averaged 902,000 A18-49 viewers, +62,000 (+7%) more than GMA and +399,000 (+79%) higher than CBS
  • Compared to the same week last season, TODAY’s A18-49 lead over GMA grew by 88% as its advantage over CBS rose 3%.
TODAY averaged 3.707 million total viewers, outperforming CBS by +821,000 (+28%)
SEASON-TO-DATE (9/23/2019-1/12/2020)
TODAY ranks #1 among both A25-54 and A18-49 viewers
In A18-49, TODAY’s lead over GMA is 29% higher than the same point last season (+102,000 vs. +79,000 last season)

‘TONIGHT’ WINS THE WEEK OF JAN. 6-10 IN ADULTS, MEN & WOMEN 18-49 AND ADULTS, MEN & WOMEN 25-54

“Tonight’s” Week is Led by Friday’s Telecast, the Show’s Top Original on a Non-NFL Night Since June
At 12:35 a.m., Seth Meyers Finishes #1 vs. Corden & “Nightline” in Every Key Demo
DIGITAL / SOCIAL: Counting Crossposted Views, “The Tonight Show” Achieves Its Best Week Ever
“Late Night with Seth Meyers” Opens 2020 With Its Best Week Ever of YouTube Viewing
Since its Premiere, “A Little Late with Lilly Singh” Has Ranked as the Most-Social Freshman Series Across All Dayparts
NEW YORK — Jan. 14, 2020 — “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” has won the late-night ratings week of Jan. 6-10 in the key demographic of adults 18-49, as well as men and women 18-49 and adults, men and women 25-54, according to “live plus same day” figures from Nielsen Media Research.
“Tonight’s” week was paced by the Friday telecast, featuring guests Martin Lawrence, Matthew Lopez, Kyle Soller and Karol G, which scored a 0.50 rating in18-49. It was the show’s top-rated original on a non-NFL night since Thursday, June 27, 2019 (0.52 for a live episode following the Democratic Debate in primetime) and best Friday since Jan. 18, 2019 (0.54 with guests Elizabeth Banks, Sebastian Maniscalco, and Martha Stewart).
Last week at 12:35 a.m. ET, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” topped “The Late Late Show with James Corden” and ABC’s “Nightline” in nine of nine key demographics – adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54. Season to date, “Late Night” ranks #1 versus CBS’ “The Late Late Show with James Corden” and ABC’s “Nightline” in all key ratings measures.
On the digital / social front, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” remained the most-digitally viewed program across the television landscape last week, generating more than 89 million views during the week across Facebook and YouTube to again easily rank as the most-viewed digital program of the week (Source: ListenFirst Media, ListenFirst Video Views [YouTube + Facebook], LF//TV Universe // Episodic, 1/6/20-1/12/20; Brand Type: TV Shows. Excludes Children’s programs). It’s the highest weekly total for “Tonight” since April 2019.
When counting Crossposted views (program content posted on other public pages), “Tonight” achieved its best week ever, amassing more than 166 million views.
Over on YouTube, “Tonight” also topped the competition and ranked as the #1 most-viewed program on the platform, having amassed 61 million views for the week, up +27% versus the comparable week last year.
“Late Night with Seth Meyers” kicked off 2020 with its best week ever of YouTube viewing with 23 million total views, which beat the previous high by 1.1 million views.
It’s the fifth time in the last six original weeks “Late Night” has scored a new series-best week of YouTube viewing, which last week was up +51% versus the comparable week last year.
“Late Night” accounted for two of the top four most-viewed YouTube videos in the late-night daypart last week, with Monday and Wednesday editions of “A Closer Look” (Source: ListenFirst Media Content Rankings; LF // TV Universe // Episodic; Brands: TV Shows; Late Fringe Daypart; Talk Format; ListenFirst Content Video Views [YouTube]; 1/6/20-1/12/20).
In additional to the usual one-two punch of “A Closer Look” and Seth’s Monologue, last week’s viewing was boosted by strong performing videos from political guests Elizabeth Warren and Rachel Maddow, as well as elevated viewing for a comedy segment with Larry David in the “Late Night” offices.
“A Little Late with Lilly Singh” accumulated 1.1 million YouTube views last week. Since its premiere on Sept. 16, “A Little Late” has earned 39 million views on YouTube to rank #1 across all new series in that time-frame (Source: ListenFirst Media, ListenFirst Brand Rankings; LF// TV Universe // Episodic; ListenFirst Video Views [YouTube]; Brand Type: TV Shows; Season: 1; 9/16/19-1/12/20).
Also since its premiere, “A Little Late” also ranks as the most-social freshman series across all dayparts with more than 5.7 million Total Interactions over the major social platforms (Source: ListenFirst Media, ListenFirst Brand Rankings; LF// TV Universe // Episodic; ListenFirst Content Response Score [Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube]; Brand Type: TV Shows; Season: 1; 9/16/19-1/12/20).
LATE-NIGHT WEEKLY AVERAGES
(According to viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of Jan. 6-10. Ratings reflect “live plus same day” data 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” 0.38 rating, 3 share
CBS “Late Show,” 0.33/3
ABC “Kimmel,” 0.37/3 *

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 0.22/2

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 0.22/2 *
CBS “Late Late Show,” 0.17/2 (R)

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “A Little Late with Lilly Singh,” 0.14/2 *

TOTAL VIEWERS
11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight,” 1.822 million viewers
CBS “Late Show,” 2.982 million viewers
ABC “Kimmel,” 1.885 million viewers *

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 1.167 million viewers

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 1.145 million viewers *
CBS “The Late Late Show,” 1.165 million viewers (R)

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “A Little Late with Lilly Singh,” 0.658 million viewers *

Friday’s “Kimmel,” “Late Night” and “A Little Late” were encores.

SEASON AVERAGES
ADULTS 18-49
11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight” 0.41 rating, 3 share
CBS “Late Show,” 0.45/4
ABC “Kimmel,” 0.34/3

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 0.21/2

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 0.25/3
CBS “The Late Late Show,” 0.21/2

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “A Little Late with Lilly Singh,” 0.16/2

TOTAL VIEWERS
11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight,” 2.010 viewers
CBS “Late Show,” 3.630 million viewers
ABC “Kimmel,” 1.944 million viewers

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 1.143 million viewers

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 1.339 million viewers
CBS “The Late Late Show,” 1.291 million viewers

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “A Little Late with Lilly Singh,” 0.702 million viewers


SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK OF JAN. 6-10
NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING
Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m., “The Daily Show,” 0.20
Comedy Central, 11:30-midnight ET, “Lights Out with David Spade,” 0.10

TBS, 11-11:30 p.m., “Conan,” 0.14 (R)
Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 0.30
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.26

Each adult 18-49 rating point equals 1.29 million viewers.
TOTAL VIEWERS
Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m., “The Daily Show,” 0.695 million viewers
Comedy Central, 11:30-midnight ET, “Lights Out with David Spade,” 0.267 million viewers

TBS, 11-11:30 p.m., “Conan,” 0.386 million viewers (R)

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 0.615 million viewers
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.517 million viewers

NBC RATINGS RESULTS FOR THE PRIMETIME WEEK OF JAN. 6-12

On Monday, "AGT: Champs" Ranks as the #1 Show of the Night in Total Viewers, Beats "Bachelor" by +1.6 Million; "Manifest" Improves the Monday 10 p.m. Slot Vs. NBC’s Season Average by +50%
Tuesday’s "Ellen's Game of Games" Wins at 9; "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" Generates Strong Sampling, Ties for #1 at 10 Among Adults 18-34
On-Line: “Zoey’s” Delivers the Most-Viewed Video of the Week on YouTube Among All Primetime Broadcast Programs, With the Series Premiere Generating 5.4 Million Views
On Wednesday, the "Chicago" Dramas Are the #2-3-4 Shows of the Night in Total Viewers, Behind only “Jeopardy: Greatest of All Time”
Thursday’s “Good Place” & “Will & Grace” Deliver Their Most-Watched Episodes Since October, “Superstore” Grows +17% in 18-49, “SVU” Matches Its Demo High Since Premiere Week
Friday’s Premiere of “Lincoln Rhyme” Captures NBC’s Biggest Viewership in the Timeslot Since Last May; “Dateline” Delivers Its Most-Watched Friday Telecast in More Than a Year
A Saturday “Bone Collector” Encore Is the #1 Primetime Entertainment Show of the Night; “Dateline Mystery” Matches Its 18-49 & 25-54 Season Highs
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Jan. 14, 2020 — NBC has averaged a 0.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 4.2 million viewers overall for the primetime ratings week of Jan. 6-12, according to “live plus same day” figures from Nielsen Media Research.
NBC’s lineup was led by “America’s Got Talent: The Champions,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Med” and “Ellen’s Game of Games,” each of which ranked among the week’s top 11 primetime entertainment shows on the Big 4 networks in viewers 18-49.
Weekly ratings are “live plus same day” figures from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise noted. Season-to-date ratings are averages of “live plus seven day” data except for the two most recent weeks, which are “live plus same day.”
Week 16 Averages
Adult 18-49 Rating, “live plus same day,” Jan. 6-12
Fox…2.5
CBS…1.7
ABC…1.0
NBC…0.8
CW…0.1
Total Viewers
CBS…9.5 million
Fox…9.2 million
ABC…5.4 million
NBC…4.2 million
CW…0.7 million
Season-to-Date Averages
Adult 18-49 Rating, “Most Current”
Fox…1.9
NBC…1.7
CBS…1.2
ABC…1.1
CW…0.3

Total Viewers
CBS…7.9 million
NBC…7.7 million
Fox…7.0 million
ABC…5.3 million
CW…1.1 million

NBC highlights for the week of Jan. 6-12:
Monday
NBC won Monday among the Big 4 networks in total viewers.
The Season 2 debut of “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” (1.3 rating in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall from 8-10:01 p.m. ET) ranked as the #1 telecast of the night in total viewers, topping ABC’s rival premiere of “The Bachelor” by more than +1.6 million viewers or +25% head to head from 8-10 p.m. (8.1 million vs. 6.4 million). The “AGT: Champions” 1.3 equaled NBC’s highest 18-49 rating in the timeslot since Oct. 14 (1.4). Delayed Viewing: For the 2018-19 season, “AGT: Champions” increased its next-day L+SD rating by +92% in 18-49 with delayed viewing on all platforms through 35 days, growing to a 3.3 rating. In total viewers, “Games” grew by more than +6.2 million persons to 16.4 million viewers.
The Season 2 premiere of “Manifest” (0.9 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall from 10:01-11 p.m.) jumped +50% above NBC’s average in the timeslot this season in 18-49 (0.9 vs. 0.6, L+SD) and was up +1.3 million persons or +37% in total viewers (4.7 million vs. 3.4 million), to deliver NBC’S highest rating in the timeslot, excluding sports, since March 11, 2019 (0.9). In the timeslot, “Manifest” topped CBS’ rival drama “Bull” by a +50% margin in adults 18-49 (0.9 vs. 0.6) and outrated “Bull” in all other key demographics. Social: With 157,000 total interactions, “Manifest” was up +60% versus the year-ago series premiere (98,000), ranking as Monday night’s most social scripted primetime drama and “Manifest’s” most social episode of the series to date (Source: Nielsen Social Content Ratings, 1/6/20, Percent Share, Primetime, Drama). Josh Dallas had Monday’s most engaging post among all scripted primetime dramas, generating 42,000 engagements with an image of Ben posing on set (Source: Nielsen Social Content Ratings, 1/6/20, Percent Share, Primetime, Drama). Delayed Viewing: Last season, “Manifest’s” 18-49 rating nearly quadrupled (+294%) after 35 days of delayed viewing, all the way up to a 4.9.
Tuesday
The third season debut of “Ellen’s Game of Games” (1.0 rating in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) was up +43% versus the show’s prior original, a Nov. 27 special, in 18-49 (1.0 vs. 0.7 from 8-9 p.m. on that Wednesday) and +8% in total viewers (4.3 million vs. 4.0 million), while equaling NBC’s highest 18-49 rating in the timeslot since Dec. 10. Delayed Viewing: For the 2018-19 season, “Ellen’s Game of Games” increased its next-day L+SD rating by +48% in 18-49 with delayed viewing on all platforms through 35 days, growing to a 2.1 rating. In total viewers, “Games” grew by more than +2.0 million persons to 8.1 million viewers.
A second telecast of “Ellen’s Game of Games” (1.1 rating in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall from 9-10:01 p.m. ET) ranked #1 in the hour among the Big 4 networks in adults, men & women 18-49 and adults, men & women 18-34, while tying as the #2 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49 behind only ABC’s debut of “Jeopardy: The Greatest of All Time.”
A special preview of “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” (0.6 rating in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall from 10:01-11 p.m. ET) generated solid sampling ahead of its regular-slot premiere on Sunday Feb. 16 at 9 p.m. ET. The “Zoey’s” pilot episode is available for sampling starting today with more than two dozen linear and digital partners such as Hulu, YouTube, USA, E!, Bravo, SyFy, Buzzfeed and People, with unprecedented customized viewing experiences on Spotify, Bustle and Tubi. In the timeslot, “Zoey’s” tied for #1 for the timeslot among the ABC-CBS-NBC dramas in adults 18-34 and ranks #1 outright among those dramas in women 18-34, outrating ABC’s rival drama “Emergence” in adults, men and women 18-49 and adults, men and women 25-54. Social: Total activity for “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” reached 36,000 Interactions, to rank as the most social NBC scripted primetime broadcast premiere so far this season (Source: Nielsen Social Content Ratings, 1/7/20, Broadcast, Primetime, All Series). The 36,000 Total Interactions for “Zoey’s” premiere were up +29% versus the average for all scripted primetime broadcast premieres in season-to-date (28,000, Source: Nielsen Social Content Ratings, 1/1/19 – 1/7/20, Broadcast, Primetime, All Series). “Zoey’s” delivered the most viewed video of the week on YouTube among all primetime broadcast programs, with the series premiere episode generating 5.4 million views (Source: ListenFirst Media, LF // TV UNIVERSE // EPISODIC, 1/6/20-1/12/20, ListenFirst Content Video Views [YouTube], Brand Type: TV Shows, Primetime, Broadcast).
Wednesday
“Chicago Med” (1.1 rating in 18-49, 7.5 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) ranked #2 in the hour among the Big 4 networks behind only “Jeopardy: The Greatest of All Time,” beating CBS’ season premiere of “Undercover Boss” and Fox’s “Flirty Dancing” in every key ratings measure. “Med” was the night’s #3 show in total viewers, behind only ABC’s night two of ABC’s “Jeopardy: The Greatest of All Time” and NBC’s “Chicago Fire.”
“Chicago Fire” (1.1 rating in 18-49, 8.0 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET) is the #2 show of the night in total viewers, behind only ABC’s “Jeopardy: The Greatest of All Time.” In the 9-10 p.m. timeslot, “Fire” ranked #1 in total viewers and beat CBS’ season premiere of “Criminal Minds” in 10 of 10 key ratings categories, with margins of victory of +57% in 18-49 (1.1 vs. 0.7) and more than +3.1 million viewers overall (8.0 million vs. 4.8 million). Social: With 89,000 Total Interactions, “Chicago Med” was up +6% versus its fall finale in November.
“Chicago P.D.” (1.0 rating in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) locked up the show’s biggest overall audience, excluding crossover episodes, since Feb. 27, 2019 (7.2 million). “P.D.” won the timeslot among ABC, CBS and NBC in 10 of 10 key measures – adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers – beating CBS’ special second hour of “Criminal Minds” in all 10 categories, with margins of victory of +43% in 18-49 (1.0 vs. 0.7) and +2.5 million viewers overall (7.0 million vs. 4.5 million). In total viewers, it was the #4 show of the night in total viewers, behind only ABC’s “Jeopardy: The Greatest of All Time,” “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago Med.” “P.D.” has now won the slot or tied for #1 versus regular ABC and CBS competition with its last 70 straight original telecasts in adults 18-49 (L+SD), extending back to October 2016. Social: “Chicago P.D.’s” 106,000 Total Interactions is up +10% from the show’s 98,000 season average.
Thursday
“Superstore” (0.7 rating in 18-49, 2.6 million viewers overall from 8-8:30 p.m. ET) grew +17% versus the show’s fall finale four weeks earlier in 18-49 (0.7 vs. 0.6 on Dec. 11 at 9:01 p.m.). Social: “Superstore” rang up 63,000 Total Interactions, an +81% increase over the 35,000 for the fall finale in December and a +225% increase over the series average of 19,000, to rank as the #3 most social episode of the series.
“The Good Place” (0.6 rating in 18-49, 2.1 million viewers overall from 8:30-9 p.m. ET) moved to its new 8:30 timeslot and delivered NBC’s highest 18-49 rating in the timeslot with regular comedy in more than a year, since Dec 6, 2018 (0.8) and generated the show’s biggest overall audience since Oct. 31 (2.1 million).The Jan. 9 “Good Place” maintained 100% of the show’s fall finale seven weeks earlier in 18-49 (0.6 vs. 0.6 on Nov. 21 at 9 p.m.) to maintain a steady 0.6 for a ninth straight telecast. Social: “The Good Place” was the #1 most social scripted broadcast primetime program of the week and the third most social episode of the series, with 437,000 Total Interactions. That’s up +29% from the 338,000 for the show’s fall finale in November and up +237% from the series average of 130,000 (Source: Nielsen Social Content Ratings, 1/6/20-1/12/20, Percent Share, Primetime, All Series). Kristen Bell had the most engaging post among all Thursday scripted primetime programs, generating 135,000 engagements with an image of Kristen and Ted Danson hugging (Source: Nielsen Social Content Ratings, 1/9/20, Percent Share, Primetime, All Series).
“Will & Grace” (0.5 rating in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall from 9-9:30 p.m. ET) delivered the show’s most-watched episode since Oct. 31 (2.6 million at 9:30) and equaled its high 18-49 rating since that same Halloween telecast (0.6). The Jan. 9 “Will & Grace” maintained 100% of the show’s fall finale seven weeks earlier in 18-49 (0.5 vs. 0.5 on Nov. 21 at 9:30) and increased by +9% in total viewers (2.4 million vs. 2.2 million). Social: “Will & Grace” was the #3 most social scripted broadcast primetime comedy of the week, with 146,000 Total Interactions. That’s +72% higher than the 85,000 for the fall finale in November (Source: Nielsen Social Content Ratings, 1/6/20-1/12/20, Percent Share, Primetime, Broadcast, Comedy).
“Perfect Harmony” (0.4 rating in 18-49, 1.6 million viewers overall from 9:30-10 p.m. ET) retained 100% of the show’s fall finale four weeks earlier in 18-49 (0.4 vs. 0.4 on Dec. 11 at 8:30), to maintain a steady 0.4 in 18-49 for a fourth straight telecast.
“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (0.7 rating in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) equaled the show’s 18-49 high since Sept. 26 during Premiere Week in 18-49 (0.8), maintaining 100% of the show’s fall finale of seven weeks earlier (0.7 vs. 0.7). Social: “Law & Order: SVU” was Thursday’s #1 most social scripted primetime drama, with 83,000 Total Interactions. That’s up +29% versus the series average of 64,000, to rank as “SVU’s” #3 most social episode of the season (Source: Nielsen Social Content Ratings, 1/9/20, Percent Share, Primetime, Drama).
Friday
The premiere of “Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector” (0.6 rating in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) equaled NBC’s highest 18-49 rating in the timeslot with regular programming in nearly two years, since March 2, 2018 (0.7), while hitting a season high for NBC in total viewers, with the net’s most-watched Friday 8-9 p.m. hour since May 17 (4.5 million with “The Blacklist”). Versus NBC’s timeslot average this season, “Rhyme” was up +20% in 18-49 rating (0.6 vs. 0.5, L+SD) and +22% in total viewers (4.4 million vs. 3.6 million). Social: With 23,000 Total Interactions, “Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector” ranked as the #2 most social NBC scripted primetime broadcast premiere so far this season.
“Dateline NBC” (0.7 rating in adults 18-49, 1.0 in adults 25-54, 4.1 million viewers overall from 9-11 p.m. ET) matched the show’s highs for a Friday edition in adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 in more than a year, since Dec. 14, 2018 (0.8 in 18-49, 1.2 in 25-54) and delivered the show’s most-watched Friday telecast since that same date (4.6 million). L+7: “Dateline” is growing this season by +49% going from L+SD to L+7 Nielsens in 18-49 rating (from a 0.53 to a 0.79) and +1.2 million viewers overall (3.4 million to 4.6 million).
Saturday
An encore of the “Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector” premiere (0.8 rating in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) ranked as Saturday’s #1 primetime entertainment telecast on the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49, total viewers and every other key demographic (including a tie in women 18-34). The Saturday rebroadcast combined with the show’s original run on the previous night (0.6 rating in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall) to total a 1.4 rating in 18-49 and 7.9 million viewers.
"Dateline Saturday Night Mystery” (0.5 rating in 18-49, 0.7 in 25-54, 2.8 million viewers overall from 9-11 p.m. ET) equaled the show’s season highs in adults 18-49 and 25-54. The last time “Dateline Mystery” did better in 18-49 or 25-54 was March 16, 2019 (0.6 in 18-49, 0.8 in 25-54). “Dateline Mystery was the #2 primetime non-sports program of the night on the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 behind only NBC’s encore the “Lincoln Rhyme” premiere.

TODAY IS #1 IN KEY DEMO

TODAY Wins 209 out of 211 Weeks in A25-54
TODAY Tops GMA in Total Viewers Monday and Tuesday
TODAY Posts Largest Growth in Key Demo Week Over Week
NEW YORK – January 14, 2020 – TODAY was the number-one morning show last week topping “Good Morning America” in the key demo A25-54. The win marks 209 out of 211 weeks in first place. TODAY also won in total viewers Monday and Tuesday. Additionally, TODAY posted the biggest growth of the morning shows in the key demo week over week. 

TODAY HIGHLIGHTS
ProgramP25-54P25-54P18-49P18-49P2+
RtgImpsRtgImpsImps
TODAY1.041,2670.719263,777
CBS THIS MORNING0.597100.374832,867
GOOD MORNING AMERICA0.971,1700.638213,900
TODAY averaged 1.267 million A25-54 viewers, topping GMA by +97,000 (+8%) and CBS This Morning by +557,000 (+78%)
  • Vs. prior week, TODAY added the most demo viewers (+20%, or +210,000) and improved its lead over CBS by 32%.
TODAY averaged 926,000 A18-49 viewers, +105,000 (+13%) more than GMA and +442,000 (+91%) higher than CBS
  • Week-over-week, TODAY added +188,000 A18-49 viewers (up +25%) and saw its lead over CBS rise by 32%.
TODAY averaged 3.777 million total viewers, outperforming CBS by +909,000 (+32%)
  • This was TODAY’s best total viewer advantage over CBS in five weeks
  • TODAY ranked #1 in total viewers on Monday and Tuesday
  • Week-over-week, TODAY’s total viewership increased by +312,000 (+9%).
SEASON-TO-DATE (9/23/2019-1/12/2020)
TODAY ranks #1 among both A25-54 and A18-49 viewers
In A18-49, TODAY’s lead over GMA is 29% higher than the same point last season (+106,000 vs. +82,000 last season)

‘TONIGHT’ SWEEPS THE ENCORE HOLIDAY WEEK OF DEC. 30-JAN. 3 WITH THE SHOW’S HIGHEST 18-49 RATING IN A NON-NFL WEEK IN 10 MONTHS

“Tonight’s” Week is Led by a New Year’s Eve Encore That Scores as the Show’s Most-Watched Telecast on a Non-NFL Night Since December 2018 With Guest Michelle Obama
At 12:35 a.m., Seth Meyers Finishes #1 vs. Corden & “Nightline” in Every Key Ratings Measure
Digital: “Tonight” Ranks as the Most-Watched Entertainment Program on YouTube in 2019, Up +11% vs. 2018; Closes the Year With Its Two Best Weeks Ever on YouTube
“Late Night with Seth Meyers” Is Easily the Year’s Biggest YouTube Gainer in the Late-Night Daypart, Up +116% vs. 2018; “Late Night” has Logged 7 of its 10 Highest Viewing Weeks Ever Since September
Since Its Premiere, “A Little Late” Has Ranked as the Most-Social New Program Across All Dayparts
NEW YORK — Jan. 7, 2020 — “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” has finished #1 for the encore holiday week of Dec. 30-Jan. 3 in adults 18-49, adults 25-54, total viewers and every other key ratings measure, according to “live plus same day” figures from Nielsen Media Research.
“Tonight’s” 0.47 rating for Dec. 30-Jan. 3 is the show’s highest during a week with no primetime NFL lead-in in 10 months, since the week of Feb. 25-March 1 (0.51).
Last week at 12:35 a.m. ET, encore telecasts of “Late Night with Seth Meyers” took the week over “The Late Late Show with James Corden” and “Nightline” in adults 18-49, adults 25-54, total viewers and all other key ratings categories. Season to date, Seth leads Corden and ABC’s “Nightline” in 10 of 10 key demographics – adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers..
In digital highlights for 2019, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” ranks as the most-watched Entertainment program on YouTube in 2019, amassing more than 2.5 billion views, topping the nearest non-NBC competitor by more than 575 million views. “Tonight” grew +11% in YouTube views in 2019 versus 2018 and experienced its two best weeks of YouTube viewing ever in the show’s last two original weeks of the year (weeks of Dec. 9 & Dec. 16). “Tonight” also easily ranks as the #1 most-watched entertainment program of 2019 when adding Facebook viewing to the YouTube figures, with the show totaling more than 3.5 billion views across the two platforms for an +8% gain year over year (Source: ListenFirst Brand Rankings; LF // TV Universe // Episodic; ListenFirst Video Views [YouTube] + ; ListenFirst Video Views [YouTube + Facebook]; 01/01/19-12/31/19; Excludes Children’s programs and WWE).
Social: With more than 48 million followers across platforms, “Tonight” commands the largest following of any late-night or variety series, having gained more than 5 million followers across the four major social platforms in 2019 (+13% from its 2018 total). “Tonight’s” fan footprint is 20 million more than the nearest daypart competitor (Source: ListenFirst Brand Rankings; LF // TV Universe // Episodic; ListenFirst Fan Footprint; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube; 01/01/19-12/31/19).
In 2019 digital results, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” achieved its best year of YouTube viewing ever, attracting 712 million total views for a +116% increase versus 2018. That made “Late Night” easily the biggest gainer in the late-night daypart in year-over-year YouTube comparisons (Source: ListenFirst Brand Rankings; LF // TV Universe // Episodic; ListenFirst Video Views [YouTube]; Late Fringe Daypart; 01/01/19-12/31/19).
“Late Night” has logged 7 of its 10 highest viewing weeks ever since September, due in large part to many weeks with four segments of “A Closer Look.”
Since its premiere on Sept. 16, “A Little Late with Lilly Singh” has ranked as the most-social freshman program across all dayparts, earning 5 million Total Interactions across the main social and digital platforms to top all other new programs in that window. “A Little Late” boasts a Digital Audience Rating of 44 million since its launch, which is also tops among new programs (Source: Source: ListenFirst Brand Rankings; LF // TV Universe // Episodic; ListenFirst Content Response Score & ListenFirst Digital Audience Ratings [DAR]; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Tumblr, Wikipedia; 09/16/19-12/31/19).
LATE-NIGHT WEEKLY AVERAGES
(According to viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of Dec. 30-Jan. 3. Ratings reflect “live plus same day” data 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” 0.47 rating, 3 share (R) *
CBS “Late Show,” 0.22/2 (R) *
ABC “Kimmel,” 0.28/2 (R) *

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 0.17/2 *

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 0.24/2 (R) *
CBS “Late Late Show,” 0.13/1 (R) *

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “A Little Late with Lilly Singh,” 0.13/2 (R) *

TOTAL VIEWERS
11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight,” 1.993 million viewers (R) *
CBS “Late Show,” 1.872 million viewers (R) *
ABC “Kimmel,” 1.528 million viewers (R) *

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 0.979 million viewers *

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 1.031 million viewers (R) *
CBS “The Late Late Show,” 0.901 million viewers (R) *

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “A Little Late with Lilly Singh,” 0.619 million viewers (R) *

* All Wednesday telecasts were coded as specials, as were Tuesday CBS programs, and are excluded from these averages. ABC programming was preempted on Tuesday night and “A Little Late” was preempted on Wednesday.

SEASON AVERAGES
ADULTS 18-49
11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight” 0.42 rating, 3 share
CBS “Late Show,” 0.46/4
ABC “Kimmel,” 0.34/3

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 0.21/2

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 0.25/3
CBS “The Late Late Show,” 0.21/2

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “A Little Late with Lilly Singh,” 0.16/2

TOTAL VIEWERS
11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight,” 2 021 viewers
CBS “Late Show,” 3.692 million viewers
ABC “Kimmel,” 1.948 million viewers

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 1.140 million viewers

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 1.360 million viewers
CBS “The Late Late Show,” 1.291 million viewers

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “A Little Late with Lilly Singh,” 0.706 million viewers


SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK OF DEC. 30-JAN. 3
NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING
Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m., “The Daily Show,” preempted
Comedy Central, 11:30-midnight ET, “Lights Out with David Spade,” preempted

TBS, 11-11:30 p.m., “Conan,” 0.13 (R)
Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 0.28
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.27

Each adult 18-49 rating point equals 1.29 million viewers.
TOTAL VIEWERS
Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m., “The Daily Show,” preempted
Comedy Central, 11:30-midnight ET, “Lights Out with David Spade,” preempted

TBS, 11-11:30 p.m., “Conan,” 0.364 million viewers (R)

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 0.614 million viewers
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.573 million viewers

NBC TIES FOR DEC. 30-JAN. 5 WEEKLY WIN IN 18-49, WITH 3 OF THE TOP 5 PRIMETIME ENTERTAINMENT TELECASTS OF THE WEEK

Sunday’s “77th Annual Golden Globes” Is #1 Among Primetime Non-Sports Programs, Tuesday’s “NBC’s New Year’s Eve” & “A Toast to 2019!” Join It in the Top 5
For the 2019-20 Season to Date, NBC Is the #1 Network in Total Viewers at This Point in the Season for the First Time in 20 Years, With Its Biggest Lead in 22 Years
On Tuesday, “A Toast to 2019” Equals the Highest 18-49 Rating for the Annual Special Since 2013; The 10 p.m. Segment of “NBC’s New Year’s Eve Grows to Its Top Rating Since 2014
On Wednesday, "Chicago" Encores Rank #1-2-3 in Total Viewers, NBC Wins the Night in Viewers & Ties for #1 in 18-49
Friday’s “Game of Games” Encore Delivers a 13-Month Timeslot High, “Dateline” Matches Its Top Friday Rating Since June
Sunday’s Golden Globes Telecast Is the Top-Rated Primetime Entertainment Broadcast Since Last February’s Oscars
SOCIAL / DIGITAL: Total Social Activity for the Globes Grows Is Up +48% Year Over Year; Ricky Gervais’ Opening Monologue Is the #1 Trending Video on YouTube for Jan. 5
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Jan. 7, 2020 — NBC has tied for #1 for the primetime ratings week of Dec. 30-Jan. 5 among the Big 4 networks in the key demographic of adults 18-49 and won the week outright in adults 25-54 and all key adult-female demographics, according to “live plus same day” figures from Nielsen Media Research.
NBC’s schedule accounted for three of the week’s five highest-rated primetime entertainment telecasts in adults 18-49, with Sunday’s “77th Annual Golden Globe Awards,” hosted by Ricky Gervais” #1 on that list and in fact ranking as the #1 primetime entertainment broadcast since last February’s Oscars.
Joining the “Globes” among the week’s top five entertainment programs in primetime were Tuesday’s 10 p.m. “NBC’s New Year’s Eve” special (#5) and that night’s NBC News Special “A Toast to 2019!” (tied for #6, #5 outright to two decimal places).
The “Globes” coverage was also the #1 primetime entertainment program in total viewers for the week, and #1 since last May’s finale of “The Big Bang Theory.”
Season to date, NBC’s ranks #1 as the most-watched network in total viewers, marking the first time in 20 years, since the 1999-2000 season, that NBC has led in total viewers at this point in the season.
NBC’s #1 margin for the season in total viewers is 176,000 persons (7.910 million vs. 7.734 million for #2 CBS), which is NBC’s biggest advantage at this point in the season in 22 years (since leading by 1.168 million at this point in 1997-98).
Weekly ratings are “live plus same day” figures from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise noted. Season-to-date ratings are averages of “live plus seven day” data except for the two most recent weeks, which are “live plus same day.”
Week 15 Averages
Adult 18-49 Rating, “live plus same day,” Dec. 30-Jan. 5
NBC…1.5
CBS…1.5
ABC…0.9
Fox…0.5
CW…0.1
Total Viewers
CBS…7.8 million
NBC…6.6 million
ABC…4.1 million
Fox…2.2 million
CW…0.6 million
Season-to-Date Averages
Adult 18-49 Rating, “Most Current”
Fox…1.9
NBC…1.8
CBS…1.1
ABC…1.1
CW…0.4

Total Viewers
NBC…7.9 million
CBS…7.7 million
Fox…6.8 million
ABC…5.3 million
CW…1.2 million


NBC highlights for the week of Dec. 30-Jan. 5:
Monday
An encore telecast of “Ellen’s Greatest Night of Giveaways” (0.5 rating in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) tied as #2 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49 and tied for #1 in the 8-9 p.m. timeslot among those nets in adults 25-54.
Encore telecasts of “Manifest” averaged a 0.4 rating in 18-49 and 2.5 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET and a 0.3 in 18-49 and 1.9 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m.
Tuesday
The NBC News Special “A Toast to 2019!” (1.0 rating in adults 18-49, 1.3 in adults 25-54, 4.4 million viewers overall from 8-10 p.m. ET) was up +11% versus last year’s telecast in 18-49 (1.0 versus 0.9 on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018) to equal the highest 18-49 rating for the annual special since 2013 (1.6 on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013). From its first half-hour to its fourth, “A Toast to 2019!” increased by +50% in adults 18-49 (from a 0.8 rating to a 1.2), +45% in adults 25-54 (1.1 to 1.6) and +20% in total viewers (4.1 million to 4.9 million).
The 10 p.m. edition of “NBC’s New Year’s Eve Special 2020” (1.4 rating in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall from 10-10:59 p.m. ET) grew +8% versus last year’s 10 p.m. New Year’s Eve special in 18-49 (1.4 vs. 1.3 on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018) and maintained 98% in total viewers (5.3 million vs. 5.4 million) to deliver the highest 18-49 rating for an NBC 10 p.m. New Year's Eve special since 2014 (1.5 on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014). This year’s telecast increased by +15% from its first half-hour to its second in adults 18-49 (from a 1.3 rating to a 1.5), +12% in adults 25-54 (1.7 to 1.9) and +12% in total viewers (5.0 million to 5.6 million).
Wednesday
NBC’s encore “Chicago” lineup (rebroadcasting the Oct. 16 “Chicago” crossover) won the night among the Big 4 networks in total viewers and adults 25-54 and tied for #1 among those nets in adults 18-49, with the three “Chicago” rebroadcasts the #1-2-3 shows of the night on the Big 4 in total viewers.
An encore “Chicago Fire” (0.4 rating in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) won the timeslot among the Big 4 networks in total viewers, matching or topping Fox’s regular-slot premiere of “Flirty Dancing” in adults 18-49, total viewers and most other key measures.
An encore telecast of “Chicago Med” (0.5 rating in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET) ranked as the #2 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in total viewers, behind only “Chicago P.D.” and ranked #1 in the timeslot among the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and total viewers and is #1 or tied for #1 among those nets in every other key ratings category.
A rebroadcast of “Chicago P.D.” (0.5 rating in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) ranked as the #1 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in total viewers and tied for #1 in adults 25-54, growing versus the show’s most recent rebroadcast by +1.0 million viewers or +30% in total viewers (4.441 million vs. 3.425 million on April 17).
Thursday
An encore telecast of “Superstore” (0.4 rating in 18-49, 2.0 million viewers overall from 8-8:30 p.m. ET) was up +33% versus the show’s most recent rebroadcast in 18-49 (0.4 vs. 0.3 on Sept. 12 at 8:30) and +35% in total viewers (2.0 million vs. 1.5 million).
A second rebroadcast of “Superstore” averaged a 0.3 rating in 18-49 and 1.4 million viewers overall from 8:30-9 p.m. ET.
The NBC Special “The Paley Center Salutes Law & Order: SVU” (0.3 rating in 18-49, 1.7 viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET) built by +20% on its lead-in in total viewers and maintained 100% in adults 18-49.
An encore telecast of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (0.3 rating in 18-49, 2.2 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) built by +30% on its lead-in in total viewers and maintained 100% in adults 18-49. Versus the show’s prior rebroadcast, the Jan. 2 encore grew +0.1 of a point or +50% in 18-49 (0.3 vs. 0.2 on Sept. 19) and +31% in total viewers (2.2 million vs. 1.7 million). Social: “Law & Order: SVU” generated the week’s #1 most shared post on Facebook for all primetime broadcast dramas, garnering 3,000 shares with a post dedicated to Mariska Hargitay and “The Paley Center Salutes Law & Order: SVU” (Source: ListenFirst Media, LF // TV UNIVERSE // EPISODIC, 12/30/19-1/5/20, ListenFirst Content Shares [Facebook], Brand Type: TV Shows, Primetime, Broadcast, Drama).
Friday
An encore telecast of “Ellen’s Game of Games” (0.7 rating in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) scored NBC’s highest 18-49 rating in the timeslot in more than 13 months, since Nov. 23, 2018 (0.8 with Christmas specials), while retaining 100% of the episode’s 18-49 rating for its original airing (0.7 vs. 0.7 on Wednesday Nov. 27, 2019 from 8-9 p.m.).
“Dateline NBC” (0.6 rating in adults 18-49, 0.8 in adults 25-54, 3.3 million viewers overall from 9-11 p.m. ET) equaled the show’s high for a Friday edition in adults 18-49 since June 7 (0.7), increasing by +50% week to week in adults 18-49 (0.6 vs. 0.4 from 10-11 p.m.), +33% in adults 25-54 (0.8 vs. 0.6) and +19% in total viewers (3.3 million vs. 2.8 million). L+7: “Dateline” is growing this season by +49% going from L+SD to L+7 Nielsens in 18-49 rating (from a 0.53 to a 0.79) and +1.2 million viewers overall (3.4 million to 4.6 million).
Sunday
NBC dominated Sunday night in every key measure with “The Golden Globe Awards” and 7-7:40 p.m. ET overrun coverage of Seattle Seahawks-Philadelphia Eagles NFC Wild Card Playoff football.
“The 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards,” hosted by Ricky Gervais (4.7 rating in adults 18-49, 18.3 million viewers overall from 8-11:12 p.m.) scored as the #1 primetime entertainment telecast on the broadcast networks since the Academy Awards on Feb. 24, 2019 (7.7) and the most-watched primetime entertainment telecast since the “Big Bang Theory” finale on May 16, 2019 (18.5 million). This year’s “Globes” finished within 2% of last year’s telecast in total viewers (18.3 million vs. 18.6 million), despite an earlier end to this year’s NFL Playoff game that served as the Globes’ lead-in.
The 77th “Globes” coverage delivered more than five times NBC’s non-sports average in the Sunday 8-11 p.m. timeslot last season in 18-49 (4.7 vs. 0.9, L+SD) and was up +14.5 million persons in total viewers (18.3 million vs. 3.8 million). Excluding nights of sports and prior “Globes” telecasts, this year’s event delivered NBC’s best Sunday 8-11 p.m. results in nearly five years, since the “SNL 40” special (7.9 in 18-49, 23.480 million viewers from 8-11 p.m. on Feb. 15, 2015).
DIGITAL: Ricky Gervais’ opening monologue was the #1 trending video on YouTube for Jan. 5 (Source: ListenFirst Content Rankings, LF // Episodic Plus Network Roll-Ups 2019 [Includes News, Sports & Live Events], ListenFirst Content Video Views [YouTube], 1/5/19).
SOCIAL: Total social activity for “The Golden Globe Awards” is up +48% this year versus last (12.7 million on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter vs. 8.6 million last year). The 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards was the #1 most social program of the day (Source: Nielsen Social Content Ratings, 1/5/20, ranked by total linear episode-level metrics).

TODAY IS #1 IN KEY DEMO

TODAY Wins 210 out of 212 Weeks in A25-54
TODAY Is #1 in the Key Demo Season to Date
NEW YORK – January 22, 2020 – TODAY was the number-one morning show last week topping “Good Morning America” in the key demo A25-54. The win marks 210 out of 212 weeks in first place. Season to date, TODAY ranks first among A25-54 and A18-49 viewers. 

TODAY HIGHLIGHTS:
ProgramP25-54P25-54P18-49P18-49P2+
RtgImpsRtgImpsImps
TODAY1.001,2090.709023,707
CBS THIS MORNING0.607230.395032,886
GOOD MORNING AMERICA0.991,1960.658403,897
TODAY averaged 1.209 million A25-54 viewers, topping GMA by +13,000 (+1%) and CBS This Morning by +486,000 (+67%)
TODAY averaged 902,000 A18-49 viewers, +62,000 (+7%) more than GMA and +399,000 (+79%) higher than CBS
  • Compared to the same week last season, TODAY’s A18-49 lead over GMA grew by 88% as its advantage over CBS rose 3%.
TODAY averaged 3.707 million total viewers, outperforming CBS by +821,000 (+28%)
SEASON-TO-DATE (9/23/2019-1/12/2020)
TODAY ranks #1 among both A25-54 and A18-49 viewers
In A18-49, TODAY’s lead over GMA is 29% higher than the same point last season (+102,000 vs. +79,000 last season)

TODAY IS #1 IN TOTAL VIEWERS FOR 1[st] WEEK OF 2020

TODAY Tops GMA Outright for First Week of the Year, Marks First Total Viewer Win for an Opening Week in 8 Years
TODAY Wins Total Viewers for 5 Straight Weeks, 6th Outright Win this Season
TODAY Wins 208 out of 210 Weeks in A25-54
NEW YORK – January 7, 2019 – TODAY was the number-one morning show outright for the first week in 2020, topping “Good Morning America” in total viewers, A25-54 and A18-49. This marks the first time TODAY has won the opening week of the broadcast year since 2012. TODAY has now won five consecutive weeks in total viewers and six weeks outright for the season. TODAY has also won 208 out of 210 weeks in the key demo.
TODAY HIGHLIGHTS:
ProgramP25-54P25-54P18-49P18-49P2+
RtgImpsRtgImpsImps
TODAY0.871,0560.577373,463
CBS THIS MORNING0.526320.314032,711
GOOD MORNING AMERICA0.799640.496363,461
TODAY averaged 3.463 million total viewers, leading GMA by +2,000 and outperforming CBS by +752,000 (+28%)
  • This was the first time TODAY won the opening week of the broadcast year since 2012
  • Compared to the same week last season, TODAY’s total viewer advantage over CBS grew by +3%.
TODAY averaged 1.056 million A25-54 viewers, topping GMA by +92,000 (+10%) and CBS This Morning by +424,000 (+67%)
  • Vs. prior week, TODAY increased its demo viewership by +1% (+9,000).
TODAY averaged 737,000 A18-49 viewers, +101,000 (+16%) more than GMA and +334,000 (+83%) higher than CBS
  • Compared to the same week last season, TODAY’s A18-49 lead over GMA increased by 55%.
  • Week-over-week, TODAY added +2,000 A18-49 viewers and improved its lead over CBS by 4%.
SEASON-TO-DATE (9/23/2019-1/5/2020)
TODAY ranks #1 among both A25-54 and A18-49 viewers
In A18-49, TODAY’s lead over GMA is 39% higher than the same point last season (+106,000 vs. +76,000 last season)

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