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|RATINGS FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 18, '02|

-Total Viewers:
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,
5.69
Nightline,
4.61
Late Show with David Letterman 4.39

-Adults 18-49:
Tonight Show,
2.5/10, Late Show, 1.9/8, Nightline, 1.6/6

-A25-54:
Tonight Show,
2.8/11, Late Show, 2.1/8, Nightline, 1.9/7

Source: MediaWeek

Nightline - Well done for the folks at Nightline, not only did Nightline come in 2nd (just after The Tonight Show with Jay Leno) it made significant gains in the key demo's (18-49: 1.36 to 1.6/6, 25-54: 1.5/5 to 1.9/7) and in the overall rating which was up 600,000 viewers since the ratings were last made public in September.

Late Show - You may look at the 3rd place finish and think it's all over, well think again, the Late Show was in 3rd, yes, but the ratings are down just over 200,000 viewers, and when you look at the guest list for that week's show, it's no real suprise. The most positive note is that Dave's numbers remained exactly the same in the 18-49 and 25-54 demographics as they were in September.

The Tonight Show - Jay Leno and company really have no reason to worry about being kicked out of first place really soon, unless the current Tonight Show ratings trend continues, Leno is down in all demographics (18-49: 2.6/11 to 2.5/10, 25-54: 2.9/11 to 2.8/11) but, more surprisingly, the show is also WAY down in total viewers, down more than one million viewers from just 2 months ago! (6.71 to 5.69)

(See Septembers ratings 3 stories down)

 

|CBS TAKES LATE SHOW TO RADIO [ZAP2IT]|

David Letterman may soon be coming to a radio near you.

CBS and Infinity Broadcasting, which owns about 180 radio stations, have agreed to broadcast Letterman's Late Show on 15 Infinity stations beginning Monday, Nov. 11. The radio broadcast of the show will begin at the same time as the Late Show in each market.

"We feel this is a great opportunity for David Letterman's millions of fans to listen to the show while they're driving in their cars or away from their homes," says John Sykes, chairman and CEO of Infinity. "Plus, FM radio will be an amazing new platform to showcase the music of Paul Shaffer and the CBS orchestra."

The 15 stations are in some of the nation's biggest markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia, as well as smaller cities like Baltimore, Austin, Texas, and Fresno, Calif. If the show does well in those markets, more Infinity stations are expected to pick it up.

Infinity and CBS are both part of the Viacom media empire.

The complete list of stations:

WNEW, New York; KLSX, Los Angeles; WCKG, Chicago; KKWV, San Francisco; WYSP, Philadelphia; KYNG, Dallas; WJFK, Washington, D.C.; WZGC, Atlanta; KAMX, Austin, Texas; KXOA, Sacramento, Calif.; WFNZ, Charlotte, N.C.; KZON, Phoenix; WYUU, Tampa, Fla.; WQSR, Baltimore; and KVSR, Fresno

 

|CLASSIC LETTERMAN TO AIR ON TRIO|

It's Late Night with David Letterman! TRIO, a cable arts channel has picked up the rights to 80 episodes of the classic NBC late night series that established David Letterman as a well known talk show host and comic genius. The network says that they plan on picking up more episodes in about six months. Beginning on November 28, 2002, TRIO will air back to back episodes of Late Night for nearly three full days! That's more than 50 hours of classic Late Night episodes. Late Night will make it's official debut on January 2, 2003, it will air weeknights at 10:00PM (EST) and 1:00AM (EST). If you aren't one of the 17 million people who have TRIO, call your local cable or satellite company and GET IT NOW!

For those of you wondering, below is a list of the episodes that will air in that 53 hour marathon (all times Eastern):

11/28/02

08:30am(02/04/82) J. CANDY, J. FLAHERTY, STUPID PET TRICKS, FAILED PILOTS
09:30 (07/26/82) LARRY BUD MELMAN, JACK LALANNE
10:30 (10/11/82) JAY LENO, STING
11:30 (11/17/82) ANDY KAUFMAN, DR. RUTH WESTHEIMER, ALEC BALDWIN
12:30pm(05/24/83) CAMPING WITH BARRY WHITE, J. BISSET, B. GOLDTHWAIT
01:30 (10/06/83) R.E.M, JULIA CHILDS, DAVE LOOKS FOR SOPHIA LOREN
02:30 (11/16/83) ANDREA MARTIN, GAYLORD PERRY, LARRY "BUD" MELMAN
03:30 (02/09/84) STEVE MARTIN, STEWART COPELAND
04:30 (08/16/84) JAY LENO, GILDA RADNER
05:30 (10/18/84) TONY DANZA, CARL LEWIS, HOWARD STERN
06:30 (05/16/85) J. CARSON, L. MARVIN, T. BRADLEY, EDDIE VAN HALEN
07:30 (08/20/85) TOM HANKS, MICKEY MANTLE
08:30 (11/05/85) STING, LILY TOMLIN
09:30 (11/26/85) LATE NIGHT IN TOKYO, K. ROGERS, R. BASS, M. TAKAHASHI
10:30 (12/09/85) BRUCE WILLIS, ROCK CENTER XMAS TREE
12:30am(02/12/86) B. HICKS, L. MARVIN, L. BUD AT RUSSIAN EMBASSY, C. ELIOTT
01:30 (04/24/86) J. WINTERS, R. WILLIAMS, REGGAE SINGER JUDY MOWATT

11/29/02


08:30am(05/22/86) CHER, DAVID SANBORN
09:30 (09/10/86) PAUL SIMON, SANDRA BERNARD
10:30 (10/16/86) JOHN WATERS, BONNIE RAITT, PAULINA PORIZKOVA
11:30 (12/08/86) JANE FONDA, STEVE MARTIN
12:30pm(12/11/86) EDDIE MURPHY, PAUL REISER
01:30 (03/19/87) BILL MURRAY, JERRY SEINFELD
02:30 (05/19/87) S. DAVIS JR., TOUR OF CITY WITH ELVIS (FROM LAS VEGAS)
03:30 (07/21/88) JACKIE MASON, IGGY POP
04:30 (10/05/88) BILLY CRYSTAL, TOM WAITS
05:30 (11/23/88) CANDICE BERGEN, JON LOVITZ, BOZ SCAGGS
06:30 (05/04/89) JAY LENO, LOU REED, MICHAEL JORDAN
07:30 (08/01/89) HOWARD STERN, B.B. KING
08:30 (08/17/89) GARY SHANDLING, MICK JONES & BILLY JOEL
09:30 (09/08/89) S. WINTERS, O. J. SIMPSON, VIEWER MAIL: HEAD OF HOMICIDE
10:30 (11/28/89) ROSEANNE BARR, PHIL COLLINS
12:30am(03/02/90) TOM HANKS, NATASHA RICHARDSON
01:30 (07/18/90) DAVID BRENNER, MICHAEL J. FOX

11/30/02

08:00am(08/16/84) JAY LENO, GILDA RADNER
09:00 (11/23/88) CANDICE BERGEN, JON LOVITZ, BOZ SCAGGS
10:00 (10/16/86) JOHN WATERS, BONNIE RAITT, PAULINA PORIZKOVA
11:00 (02/04/82) J. CANDY, J. FLAHERTY, STUPID PET TRICKS, FAILED PILOTS
12:00pm(07/21/88) JACKIE MASON, IGGY POP
01:00 (08/17/89) GARY SHANDLING, MICK JONES & BILLY JOEL
02:00 (02/09/84) STEVE MARTIN, STEWART COPELAND
03:00 (10/05/88) BILLY CRYSTAL, TOM WAITS
04:00 (11/26/85) LATE NIGHT IN TOKYO, K. ROGERS, R. BASS, M. TAKAHASHI
05:00 (07/18/90) DAVID BRENNER, MICHAEL J. FOX
06:00 (11/17/82) ANDY KAUFMAN, DR. RUTH WESTHEIMER, ALEC BALDWIN
07:00 (10/06/83) R.E.M, JULIA CHILDS, DAVE LOOKS FOR SOPHIA LOREN
08:00 (08/20/85) TOM HANKS, MICKEY MANTLE
09:00 (12/11/86) EDDIE MURPHY, PAUL REISER
10:00 (04/24/86) J. WINTERS, R. WILLIAMS, REGGAE SINGER JUDY MOWATT
11:00 (03/19/87) BILL MURRAY, JERRY SEINFELD
12:00am(05/19/87) S. DAVIS JR., TOUR OF CITY WITH ELVIS (FROM LAS VEGAS)
01:00 (09/08/89) S. WINTERS, O. J. SIMPSON, VIEWER MAIL: HEAD OF HOMICIDE
02:00 (11/16/83) ANDREA MARTIN, GAYLORD PERRY, LARRY "BUD" MELMAN

 

|RATINGS FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 23, '02|

-Total Viewers:
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,
6.71
Late Show with David Letterman,
4.63
Nightline, 4.01

-Adults 18-49:
Tonight Show,
2.6/11, Late Show, 1.9/8, Nightline, 1.3/6

-A25-54:
Tonight Show,
2.9/11, Late Show, 2.1/8, Nightline, 1.5/6

Source: MediaWeek

Nightline had basically the exact same numbers as last week, up from a 3.99 to a 4.01, and the ratings were the exact same in the 18-49 and 25-54 demographic. Don't expect Nightline's ratings to rise much above what they are currently anytime soon.

The Late Show is about on par with last years ratings around this time, an up a million viewers from last week (last week the show was in repeats) and is way up in 18-49 an 25-54 demographics. This is all very good news for Dave and company, and hopefully once the major Viacom promotional push goes more into effect we will see even more competitive numbers,

The Tonight Show is up about 700,000 viewers from last week, that is because NBC's fall schedule is now in full swing. The gap is narrowing between Letterman and Leno as well, it is now at about just 2 million viewers.

(See last weeks ratings one story down)

 

|RATINGS FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 16, '02|

-Total Viewers:
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,
6.06
Nightline,
3.99
Late Show with David Letterman, 3.68

-Adults 18-49:
Tonight Show,
2.2/9, Late Show, 1.5/6, Nightline, 1.3/6

-A25-54:
Tonight Show,
2.4/10, Late Show, 1.6/6, Nightline, 1.5/6

Source: MediaWeek

Nightline has a significant rise in the ratings compared to last months report, this can be attributed to many things, like the one year anniversary of September 11th, and the fact that the Late Show was again in reruns, we all love Nightline and respect the great work they do--but we would still love to see Dave kick some Koppel ass.

The Late Show is doing better now than it was in the ratings listed here, the ratings here are down because the Late Show was in reruns and the CBS fall season had not yet begun (the current ratings are more at regular levels but still down) Still, all of these reruns are killing the ratings, a word to the Late Show, air repeats from the early days at CBS instead of reruns from last week to help bring back viewers who left the show for Leno years ago, and so that all of us that watched the show when it was new, can see something different.

The Tonight Show remains unstoppable (unfortunately), and no doubt the ratings are even higher now that the NBC fall season has begun. I'll let you know when I get them.

(See last months ratings four stories down)

 

|FIVE IN A ROW FOR THE BEST SHOW|

For the fifth year in a row the Late Show with David Letterman has won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series, other shows nominated in the category along with the Late Show were The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher, Saturday Night Live, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Many congratulations to all of those who work so hard to make the Late Show what it is, the show has earned the award and we here at Stupid Fan Tricks couldn't be happier for Dave and company!

 

|WARREN ZEVON HAS INCURABLE CANCER [CNN]|

Singer-songwriter Warren Zevon, best known for quirky hits like "Werewolves of London," has been diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer, a spokeswoman said Thursday.

"I'm OK with it," Zevon, 55, said in a statement. "But it'll be a drag if I don't make it until the next James Bond movie comes out."

Zevon's more than three-decades long career began with "Wanted Dead or Alive" in 1969. His 1976 album, "Warren Zevon," produced by Jackson Browne, won critical praise, and his career soared with 1978's "Excitable Boy," featuring the single "Werewolves of London," which became his signature song.

He ended a five-year recording absence in 2000 with "Life'll Kill Ya."

Spokeswoman Diana Baron said Zevon, who was told of the diagnosis by doctors last month, is spending time with his grown children, as well as writing and recording. He'll be in the recording studio next week, she said.

Rhino Records will release "Genius: The Best of Warren Zevon" on October 15.

Zevon's most recent album, "My Ride's Here," released this year, features contributions from Irish poet Paul Muldoon, journalist Hunter S. Thompson and author Carl Hiaasen, as well as a cameo from talk-show host David Letterman.

 

|TUBBY VISITS THE BIG MAN|

Former President of the United States, Bill Clinton, visited the Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday, September 11, 2002. This was a historic show in the eyes of many, the conversation between David Letterman and Bill Clinton varied from music, to energy, to war, to Clinton's would-have-been talk show. The interview was serious for the most part but many jokes were woven in, in a way that only David Letterman can.The ratings for the show were high, especially when you take into consideration that it was a Wednesday show, there was nearly no promotion of the fact that Bill Clinton was on, the show aired later than usual all over the country, and it's still the summer season, when ratings are lower. The overnight numbers for September 11th, were as follows:

Late Show with David Letterman, 4.6/12
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 4.2/11
Nightline, 3.8/9

So what does that mean exactly? Well, about 4.6 million households were tuned in to Letterman, which is 12% of the TV population, 4.2 million households were tuned into Leno, which is 11% of the TV population, and Nightline had 3.8 million households and 9% of the TV population.

Hear the audio of Bill Clinton on the Late Show by clicking here

Ratings source: www.POVonline.com

|RATINGS FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 29, '02|

-Total Viewers:
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,
5.0
Late Show with David Letterman,
3.9
Nightline,
3.6
Nightline Upclose, 2.1

-Adults 18-49:
Tonight Show,
1.9/9, Late Show, 1.5/7, Nightline, 1.2/5, Nightline Upclose, 0.7/4

Alright, I apologize that there isn't as much information as there usually is, I didn't get the information from my usual source.

The Tonight Show ratings are down because it was in reruns for that week, the Late Show ratings are up, which is good, Dave has been at the top of his game lately. When the CBS fall season begins look for the Late Show ratings to return to the 4.5 area, or possibly higher if CBS prime-time ratings are good, and the promotional push from Viacom does what it's supposed to.

Nightline ratings are also up, I guess both shows benefit when Jay is away. Since this is the first time we have reported on Nightline Upclose ratings, we didn't compare them to any past numbers.

(See last months ratings one story down)

 

|RATINGS FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 29, '02|

-Total Viewers:
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,
5.98
Late Show with David Letterman,
3.63
Nightline,
3.54

-Adults 18-49:
Tonight Show,
2.1/9, Late Show, 1.3/6, Nightline, 1.0/4

-A25-54:
Tonight Show,
2.4/10, Late Show, 1.6/6, Nightline, 1.2/5

Source: MediaWeek

Ouch! In the world of late night television the only show that seems to be able to hold it's audience during the summer is The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, which is actually up slightly from about a month ago (5.97 last month, 5.98 this month) while both the Late Show (4.20 last month, 3.63 this month) and Nightline (3.96 last month, 3.54 this month) are down considerably.

All that we can hope is that Viacom's promotional push for the show (which will begin over the next couple of months) and a strong prime-time lineup for CBS this fall will help the Late Show.

(See last months ratings five stories down)

 

|VINTAGE LETTERMAN ON GAME SHOW NETWORK|

Remeber when Dave had bad.. err worse hair, suits that seemed to tight, and chubby cheeks? Well, now you can see that oh so wonderful look of the 70's once again by watching Game Show Network as part of their "Breakfast with the Stars" promotion. The week of August 19, you can see stars like Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, David Letterman and Kirstie Alley on Password.

In primetime's 8-10 p.m. block of classic game shows look for the original casts of Batman, Baywatch, Roseanne, Gilligan's Island and Three's Company on Family Feud as well as David Letterman, Tony Danza and Billy Crystal on Pyramid.

No exact dates or times have been announced, Stupid Fan Tricks will bring them to you when we get them.

 

|VIACOM QUIET ON PROMOTION DETAILS|

As part of David Letterman's new contract with CBS, they are required to icrease promotion of the Late Show, so Viacom properties in coming months will ramp up their promotion of the Late Show With David Letterman, but executives will not discuss any details of how the show will be promoted across CBS, MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, TNN, local TV and radio stations, and thousands of billboards around the country. A CBS executive said no details will be forthcoming due to concerns about possibly stirring up competitive jealousies among producers of other shows on Viacom networks.

 

|LATE SHOW GETS FOUR EMMY NOMINATIONS|

It has been a great season for the Late Show and it is being recognized for that with four Emmy nominations! The show was nominated in the fallowing categories:

Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series
Also nominated in this category:
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Program
Also nominated in this category:
America: A Tribute To Heroes
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Late Night With Conan O’Brien
Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Directing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Program
Also nominated in this category:
The 74th Annual Academy Awards
America: A Tribute To Heroes
From Broadway: Fosse
Opening Ceremony Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games

Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video For A Series
Also nominated in this category:
Saturday Night Live
Survivor: Africa
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno


While I am glad to see the Late Show get so many nominations, it amazes me that The Tonight Show was nominated for the huge award Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series, and Late Night with Conan O'Brien was ignored. Oh well, I guess that makes less competition for Dave. If the Late Show wins this year for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series, it will make it 5 years in a row!

Be sure and watch the Primetime Emmy Awards on NBC this September 22, the show will be hosted by the very funny Conan O'Brien!

 

|2002 SECOND QUARTER RATINGS AVERAGE|

-Total Viewers:
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,
6.49
Late Show with David Letterman,
4.36
Nightline,
4.19

-Adults 18-49:
Tonight Show,
2.4/10, Late Show, 1.7/7, Nightline, 1.3/5

-A25-54:
Tonight Show,
2.7/11, Late Show, 2.0/8, Nightline, 1.5/6

Source: MediaWeek

Ratings are down compared to the first quarter ratings average, but up from the week of June 17, but the numbers are red to indicate that the ratings are down, because I am comparing these ratings to the first quarter numbers, not to the June 17 numbers.

The Tonight Show is down by little more than 300,000 viewers, while the Late Show dipped nearly 400,000 viewers, Nightline is down by less than 200,000. The lower second quarter ratings can be blamed on a lot of Letterman repeats, and the low rated summer prime-time schedule doesn't help any late night show.

(See last quarters ratings in the Toupee News Archive)

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