Jay Leno And Conan O'Brien Win The Week Of Jan. 12-16 In 18-49 Viewers

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January 23rd, 2009

via NBC press release:

FOR THE SEASON, JAY IS OUT-rating 'Late Show' BY A 19 PERCENT MARGIN IN 18-49 VIEWERS AND Conan IS LEADING 'LATE Late Show' BY 25 PERCENT 

JAY AND Conan ARE STRETCING THEIR SEASON LEADS AMONG YOUNGER VIEWERS, WITH JAY BEATING LETTERMAN BY 40 PERCENT IN ADULTS 18-34 AND Conan DEFEATING FERGUSON BY 61 PERCENT 

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – January 23, 2009 – NBC's late-night lineup has won the week of January 12-16 in adults 18-49 and other key categories over all cable and broadcast competition, with "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" claiming the 11:35 p.m. ET hour in 18-49 viewers by an 11 percent margin over CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman" and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" beating CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" at 12:35 a.m. by 4 percent. 

Both Jay and Conan stretched their leads among younger adults, with "Tonight" topping "Late Show" for the week by a 27 percent advantage among adults 18-34 and "Late Night" generating a 21 percent margin over "Late Late Show." 

Season to date, Jay is delivering a 19 percent margin of victory over Letterman in adult 18-49 viewers and a 26 percent advantage in total viewers, while Conan's leads over Ferguson are 25 percent in 18-49 and 3 percent in total viewers. Both Jay and Conan once again pull away among younger adults, with Jay leading the season by a 40 percent margin among adult 18-34 viewers and Conan winning by 61 percent. 

For the week of January 12-16, Jay's average 1.701 million adults 18-49 topped the 1.528 million of Letterman; in total viewers, Jay's audience of 5.074 million persons beat Letterman's 4.205 million; and in adults 18-34, Jay's 660,000 out-delivered Letterman's 520,000. At 12:35 a.m. ET, Conan's 862,000 adults 18-49 for the week out-delivered Ferguson's 831,000; in total viewers, Conan's 1.852 million trailed Ferguson's 2.082 million; and in adults 18-34, Conan's 375,000 topped Ferguson's 310,000. 

WEEKLY AVERAGES 
(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of January 12-16. 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," 1.3 rating, 5 share 
CBS "Late Show," 1.2/5 
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," 0.4/3* 

TOTAL VIEWERS 

11:35 p.m. ET 
NBC "Tonight," 5.1 million viewers 
CBS "Late Show," 4.2 million viewers 
ABC "Nightline," 3.9 million viewers 

12:05 a.m. ET 
ABC "Kimmel," 1.7 million viewers* 

12:35 a.m. ET 
NBC "Late Night," 1.9 million viewers* 
CBS "Late Late Show," 2.1 million viewers 

1:35 a.m. ET 
NBC "Last Call," 1.2 million viewers* 

* Friday's "Late Night" and "Last Call" and Monday's "Kimmel" were encores. 

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," 0.8/4 
CBS "Late Late Show," 0.6/3 

1:35 a.m. ET 
NBC "Last Call," 0.5/3 

TOTAL VIEWERS 

11:35 p.m. ET 
NBC "Tonight," 5.0 million viewers 
CBS "Late Show," 4.0 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," 2.0 million viewers 
CBS "Late Late Show," 1.9 million viewers 

1:35 a.m. ET 
NBC "Last Call," 1.2 million viewers 

SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK OF JANUARY 12-16 

NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING 

Comedy Central, 11 p.m. ET, "The Daily Show," 0.8 
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. ET, "The Colbert Report," 0.6 

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 0.8 
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.4 

Each adult 18-49 rating point equals 1.32 million viewers 

TOTAL VIEWERS 

Comedy Central, 11 p.m. ET, "The Daily Show," 1.7 million 
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. ET, "The Colbert Report," 1.3 million 

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 1.7 million 
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.9 million

 
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