TiVo has published the results from its analysis of more than 156,000 late-night show viewers, revealing that 74 per cent of viewers have followed their favourite host to that host’s new late-night show instead of continuing to watch their previous favourite show.
With iconic hosts, including Jay Leno and David Letterman, leaving the late-night scene and new players, including Trevor Noah, James Corden, and Seth Meyers, joining the late-night line-up, the company’s first comprehensive three-year, time-based analysis explored late-night viewing to define the new behaviour of viewers. The findings, which focused on three networks (NBC, CBS and Comedy Central) with the most amount of late-night host transition, revealed that a majority of late-night viewers watch based on the host of the show and not the show itself.
By The Numbers
Late-night show hosts have shifted dramatically in the last two years, leaving a drastically different viewer landscape. The TiVo Data Science team conducted two different analyses. First, the team looked at viewing behaviour of 156,000 late-night show viewers, identified which viewers were fans of which hosts, and analysed which new late-night shows they became fans of after the viewers’ favourite hosts left. Then, TiVo clustered the 156,000 late-night show viewers based on these viewership patterns and classified each of them into the following late-night viewer types: