Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien Take the Week of Nov. 17-21 Among 18-49 Viewers

Categories: Late Night TV Ratings,Network TV Press Releases

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December 1st, 2008

via NBC press release:

JAY TOPS 'Late Show' BY A 10 PERCENT MARGIN AND Conan DEFEATS 'LATE Late Show' BY 18 PERCENT 

JAY AND Conan STRETCH THEIR LEADS AMONG YOUNGER VIEWERS, WITH JAY BEATING LETTERMAN BY 18 PERCENT IN ADULTS 18-34 AND Conan DEFEATING FERGUSON BY 48 PERCENT 

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – December 1, 2008 – NBC's late-night lineup has won the week of November 17-21 in adults 18-49 and other key categories, with "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" taking the 11:35 p.m. ET hour by a 10 percent margin over CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman" in 18-49 viewers and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" beating CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" at 12:35 a.m. by 18 percent. 

Both Jay and Conan stretched their leads among younger adults, with Jay topping Letterman for the week by an 18 percent advantage among adult 18-34 viewers and Conan achieving a 48 percent margin over Ferguson. 

Season to date, Jay is averaging a 15 percent margin of victory over Letterman in adult 18-49 viewers and a 21 percent advantage in total viewers, while Conan's leads over Ferguson are 24 percent in 18-49 and 2 percent in total viewers. Both Jay and Conan once again pull away among younger adults, with Jay leading the season by a 32 percent margin among adult 18-34 viewers and Conan winning by 56 percent. 

For the week of November 17-21, Jay's average 1.623 million adults 18-49 topped the 1.473 million of Letterman; in total viewers, Jay's audience of 4.627 million persons beat Letterman's 4.156 million; and in adults 18-34, Jay's 655,000 out-delivered Letterman's 555,000. At 12:35 a.m. ET, Conan's 950,000 adults 18-49 for the week out-delivered Ferguson's 804,000; in total viewers, Conan's 1.849 million trailed Ferguson's 1.986 million; and in adults 18-34, Conan's 454,000 topped Ferguson's 307,000. 

While "Late Night" trailed "Late Late Show" last week in total viewers, Conan generated bigger audiences than Ferguson in adults, men and women 18-34; adults, men and women 18-49; and adults, men and women 25-54. 

At 1:35 a.m. ET, "Last Call with Carson Daly" pulled within a tenth of a rating point of both Ferguson and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in adults 18-49 and tied Kimmel in adults 18-34 (with a 0.4 rating each). 

WEEKLY AVERAGES 
(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of November 17-21. 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. ET 
NBC "Tonight," 1.2 rating, 5 share 
CBS "Late Show," 1.1/5 
ABC "Nightline," 1.0/4 

12:05 a.m. ET 
ABC "Kimmel," 0.6/3* 

12:35 a.m. ET 
NBC "Late Night," 0.7/4 
CBS "Late Late Show," 0.6/4 

1:35 a.m. ET 
NBC "Last Call," 0.5/3 (in encore telecasts)* 

TOTAL VIEWERS 

11:35 p.m. ET 
NBC "Tonight," 4.6 million viewers 
CBS "Late Show," 4.2 million viewers 
ABC "Nightline," 3.9 million viewers 

12:05 a.m. ET 
ABC "Kimmel," 1.8 million viewers* 

12:35 a.m. ET 
NBC "Late Night," 1.8 million viewers 
CBS "Late Late Show," 2.0 million viewers 

1:35 a.m. ET 
NBC "Last Call," 1.1 million viewers (in encore telecasts)* 

*Thursday's "Last Call" was an original and Monday's Kimmel was an encore. 

SEASON TO DATE 

ADULTS 18-49 

11:35 p.m. ET 
NBC "Tonight," 1.3/5 
CBS "Late Show," 1.1/5 
ABC "Nightline," 1.1/4 

12:05 a.m. ET 
ABC "Kimmel," 0.6/3 

12:35 a.m. ET 
NBC "Late Night," 0.7/4 
CBS "Late Late Show," 0.6/4 

1:35 a.m. ET 
NBC "Last Call," 0.5/3 

TOTAL VIEWERS 

11:35 p.m. ET 
NBC "Tonight," 4.8 million viewers 
CBS "Late Show," 3.9 million viewers 
ABC "Nightline," 3.9 million viewers 

12:05 a.m. ET 
ABC "Kimmel," 1.8 million viewers 

12:35 a.m. ET 
NBC "Late Night," 1.9 million viewers 
CBS "Late Late Show," 1.9 million viewers 

1:35 a.m. ET 
NBC "Last Call," 1.1 million viewers 

SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK OF NOVEMBER 17-21 

NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING 

Comedy Central, 11 p.m. ET, "The Daily Show," 0.9 
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. ET, "The Colbert Report," 0.7 

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 0.9 
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.6 

Each adult 18-49 rating point equals 1.32 million viewers 

TOTAL VIEWERS 

Comedy Central, 11 p.m. ET, "The Daily Show," 2.0 million 
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. ET, "The Colbert Report," 1.4 million 

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 2.0 million 
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.2 million

 
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