Jay Leno And Conan O'brien Take The Late-Night Week Of January 26-30 In All Key Ratings Categories

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February 5th, 2009

via NBC press release:

JAY LENO AND Conan O'BRIEN TAKE THE LATE-NIGHT WEEK OF JANUARY 26-30 IN ALL KEY RATINGS CATEGORIES 

JAYS TOPS 'Late Show' BY A 26 PERCENT MARGIN IN 18-49 VIEWERS AND Conan WINS OVER 'LATE LATE' BY 21 PERCENT 

BOTH 'TONIGHT' AND 'LATE NIGHT' STRETCH THEIR LEADS AMONG YOUNGER ADULTS, WITH JAY DEFEATING 'Late Show' BY 37 PERCENT IN 18-34 VIEWERS AND Conan WINNING OVER 'LATE LATE' BY 60 PERCENT 
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – February 5, 2009 – NBC's late-night champs have delivered wins in every key ratings category for the week of January 26-30 over all cable and broadcast competition, with "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" claiming the 11:35 p.m. ET hour over CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman" by a 26 percent margin in adult 18-49 viewers and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" beating CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" at 12:35 p.m. by 21 percent. 

Both Jay and Conan stretched their leads among younger adults, with Jay topping Letterman for the week by a 37 percent advantage among adult 18-34 viewers and Conan achieving a 60 percent margin over Ferguson. 

For the season as well as last week, "Tonight" is out-scoring "Late Show" in every key ratings category: adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers. "Late Night" is also topping "Late Late Show" in all of those categories as well. 

Season to date, Jay is delivering a 21 percent margin of victory over Letterman in adult 18-49 viewers and a 28 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 pull away among younger adults, with Jay leading the season by a 41 percent margin among adult 18-34 viewers and Conan winning by 60 percent. 

For the week of January 26-30, Jay's average 1.876 million adults 18-49 topped the 1.489 million of Letterman; in total viewers, Jay's audience of 5.212 million persons beat Letterman's 3.898 million; and in adults 18-34, Jay's 775,000 out-scored Letterman's 566,000. At 12:35 a.m. ET, Conan's 1.010 million adults 18-49 for the week out-delivered Ferguson's 832,000; in total viewers, Conan's 1.986 million beat Ferguson's 1.937 million; and in adults 18-34, Conan's 531,000 topped Ferguson's 332,000. 

WEEKLY AVERAGES 
(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of January 26-30. 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," 1.4 rating, 6 share 
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," 0.6/4 

1:35 a.m. ET 
NBC "Last Call," 0.4/3* 

TOTAL VIEWERS 

11:35 p.m. ET 
NBC "Tonight," 5.2 million viewers 
CBS "Late Show," 3.9 million viewers 
ABC "Nightline," 3.9 million viewers 

12:05 a.m. ET 
ABC "Kimmel," 1.6 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* 

* 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," 1.4/5 
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," 0.4/3 

TOTAL VIEWERS 

11:35 p.m. ET 
NBC "Tonight," 5.1 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," 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 26-30 

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, 1.8 million 
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.0 million

 
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