Although it was a case of repeats all around, Jay Leno’s Tonight Show ratings continued to remain below those of Conan O’Brien’s Tonight Show on a calendar week basis (2010 vs. 2009).
In repeats, Leno’s Tonight Show for the week of October 18-22 averaged a 0.8 rating with adults 18-49, while (also in repeats) Conan’s Tonight Show averaged a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating for the comparable calendar week last year (October 19-23, 2009).
Also in repeats (this year and last year), Letterman’s Late Show scored a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating last week. For those who care about “winning” and “losing”, Dave tied Jay for the second straight week.
Last season timing note: The Late Show staff member extortion story broke on October 1, 2009.
The chart shows the late night adults 18-49 weekly average ratings for 2009 and 2010.
Note: The week ending 7/2/2010, the Tonight Show was in repeats, and was delayed by Wimbledon coverage. The week of 7/9/2010 the Late Show was in repeats, and both shows Monday airings were excluded because of the holiday. For the weeks ending 7/16-8/6, Late Show was a repeat only on Friday. The week ending 8/13, Late Show was encores all week. Both Late Show and Tonight Show were repeats the week ending 8/20. For the week of 9/3/10, Late Show ratings were based on four days only. Note for the week of 9/10/10 NBC’s Thursday telecasts were delayed by a primetime NFL overrun. Friday’s “Late Show” was an encore, Monday results are excluded from these averages due to the Labor Day holiday. Late Show was in repeats the week of 9/17/10.