×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Leno Repeats Top Original Kimmel Episodes As NBC Latenight Stays Hot

Soon-to-depart host has outdrawn his ABC rival and CBS' Letterman every week this year

Audiences remain loyal to Jay Leno, last week choosing his repeats of “The Tonight Show” on NBC over mostly original episodes of ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

Kimmel had beaten Leno head-to-head three times in the key adults 18-49 demo earlier this year, but last week his four original episodes and one repeat came up short opposite Leno’s all-encore week.

According to Nielsen, “Tonight Show” averaged 912,000 adults 18-49 for the week of Aug. 12-16, still comfortably ahead of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (805,000) while also topping encores of “Late Show With David Letterman” on CBS (646,000). This is especially impressive given that Kimmel had Oprah Winfrey as a guest on Wednesday.

In total viewers, “Tonight” led the way with 2.95 million, followed by “Kimmel” (2.42 million) and “Late Show” (2.39 million). The NBC program is in control of its timeslot, having beaten both shows every week in 2013.

Also for NBC, repeats of “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (1.55 million, including 599,000 adults 18-49) outperformed head-to-head both ABC’s “Nightline” (1.40 million, including 452,000 adults 18-49) and CBS’ encore of “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” (1.21 million, including 403,000 in the demo).

Fallon, who takes over for Leno as host of “Tonight Show” early next year, has drawn a larger young-adult audience head to head for 32 weeks in a row against “Nightline” and for all but one of the last 45 weeks against “Late Late Show.”

More TV

  • Jussie Smollett court

    Jussie Smollett's Attorneys Say He Was Victim of Police 'Spectacle'

    Jussie Smollett’s legal team issued a defiant statement on Thursday night, saying the “Empire” actor feels betrayed by the justice system and hinting at a political motive for his prosecution. Smollett was arrested early Thursday on a felony charge of filing a false police report. He was released after a court hearing on $100,000 bond, [...]

  • Carra Patterson Sarah Levy Paola Lazaro

    Fox Casts Four Leads in 'Patty's Auto' Pilot

    Fox has announced the casting of four lead characters for its multi-cam comedy pilot “Patty’s Auto,” including the eponymous Patty. Inspired by Patrice Banks’ Girls Auto Clinic, an auto repair shop with all female mechanics, the project centers on Patty, the intimidating owner of Patty’s Auto who will be played by “Straight Outta Compton” alumna [...]

  • Adam Pally Abby Elliott

    Adam Pally, Abby Elliott Join Cast of NBC Comedy Pilot 'Uninsured'

    NBC pilot “Uninsured” has cast four of its series regulars, with Adam Pally (“The Mindy Project,” “The President Show”) and Abby Elliott (“Saturday Night Live,” “Odd Mom Out”) playing the young married couple at the center of the show. Pally will play Dave, who is described as a “natural hype man with a good heart.” Elliott [...]

  • Jussie Smollett Appeared in Documentary on

    Jussie Smollett Recently Hosted Doc on Lynching, Filmmaker Talks 'Coincidence'

    In May 2018, Jussie Smollett appeared as the narrator and correspondent in an episode of the Epix documentary series “America Divided” that explored the subject of hate crimes, specifically lynching, in the state of Tennessee. Now that the “Empire” actor has been charged with filing a false police report and Chicago police are convinced he [...]

  • TV News Roundup: CBS All Access

    TV News Roundup: 'Twilight Zone' Reboot Drops First Full Trailer (Watch)

    In today’s TV news roundup, CBS All Access has released the official trailer for the rebooted “Twilight Zone” and Sophia Bush will guest star on “Jane the Virgin.” CASTING “One Tree Hill” actress and Time’s Up activist Sophia Bush has been cast as a guest star on the fifth and final season of “Jane the [...]

  • Jussie Smollett Assult Fake

    Jussie Smollett Saga: How a Possible Hoax Only Deepens the Political Divide

    It’s become a cliche to say that America is more polarized than it has been for decades, but the strange saga of Jussie Smollett and the hate crime that may have become a hoax is fresh evidence of the divisions roiling this country. Chicago police assert that the “Empire” actor was looking for a raise [...]

  • Jussie Smollett Assult Fake

    Jussie Smollett Returns to 'Empire' Set as Fox Struggles to Decide His Fate

    Jussie Smollett is back on the set of “Empire” in Chicago following his release from police custody on Thursday, Variety has learned. Smollett was released after posting bail in Chicago after police charged him with staging what was originally reported as a hate crime last month. He was originally intended to film throughout this week [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content