Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien win late night for the week of February 9-13, 2009

Categories: Late Night TV Ratings,Network TV Press Releases

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February 20th, 2009

via NBC press release:

JAY'S MARGIN IN 18-49 VIEWERS IS 25 PERCENT AND Conan WINS BY 22 PERCENT

JAY AND Conan STRETCH THEIR LEADS AMONG YOUNGER ADULTS, WITH JAY BEATING 'Late Show' BY A 50 PERCENT MARGIN IN 18-34 VIEWERS AND Conan TOPPING 'LATE LATE' BY 65 PERCENT

IN 18-34 rating, 'Last Call' TIES FERGUSON AND KIMMEL

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - February 20, 2009 - NBC's late-night lineup has won the week of February 9-13, with "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" out-delivering "Late Show with David Letterman" on CBS and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" amassing a bigger audience than CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" in every key ratings demographic.

"Tonight" won the 11:35 p.m. ET hour by a 25 percent margin over "Late Show" in 18-49 viewers and "Late Night" beat "Late Late Show" at 12:35 a.m. by 22 percent. Both Jay and Conan stretched their leads among younger adults, with Jay topping Letterman for the week by a 50 percent advantage among adults 18-34 and Conan achieving a 65 percent margin over Ferguson.

Season to date, "Tonight" is delivering a 22 percent margin of victory over "Late Show" in adult 18-49 viewers and a 29 percent advantage in total viewers, while "Late Night's" leads over "Late Late Show" 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 42 percent margin among adult 18-34 viewers and Conan winning by 61 percent.

For the week of February 9-13, Jay's average 1.769 million adults 18-49 topped the 1.420 million of Letterman; in total viewers, Jay's audience of 4.964 million persons beat Letterman's 3.919 million; and in adults 18-34, Jay's 742,000 out-scored Letterman's 496,000. At 12:35 a.m. ET, Conan's 964,000 adults 18-49 for the week out-delivered Ferguson's 793,000; in total viewers, Conan's 1.914 million trailed Ferguson's 1.964 million; and in adults 18-34, Conan's 490,000 topped Ferguson's 297,000.

While "Late Night" trailed "Late Late Show" last week in total viewers, Conan generated bigger audiences than Ferguson in every key ratings demographic: 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 for the week, "Last Call with Carson Daly" pulled within a tenth of a rating point of ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in adults 18-49. In the valuable adult 18-34 category, "Last Call" tied the ratings of both Kimmel and Ferguson (0.4 each).

WEEKLY AVERAGES
(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of February 9-13. 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, 6 share
CBS "Late Show," 1.1/5
ABC "Nightline," 1.1/4

12:05 a.m. ET
ABC "Kimmel," 0.5/3*

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," 5.0 million viewers
CBS "Late Show," 3.9 million viewers
ABC "Nightline," 3.8 million viewers

12:05 a.m. ET
ABC "Kimmel," 1.6 million viewers*

12:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Late Night," 1.9 million viewers
CBS "Late Late Show," 2.0 million viewers

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

* Friday's "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," 1.7 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 FEBRUARY 9-13

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, 0.5

Each adult 18-49 rating point equals 1.32 million viewers

TOTAL VIEWERS

Comedy Central, 11 p.m. ET, "The Daily Show," 1.8 million
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. ET, "The Colbert Report," 1.2 million

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 1.8 million
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.1 million

 
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