Conan O'Brien Leads The Week In The Key Late-Night Race Of Adults 18-49

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December 17th, 2009

via press release:

Conan O'BRIEN LEADS THE WEEK OF DEC. 7-11 IN THE KEY LATE-NIGHT RACE OF ADULTS 18-49

'TONIGHT' TOPS CBS'S 'Late Show' AND ABC'S 'Nightline'-'KIMMEL' COMBINATION IN ADULTS 18-49 AND ADULTS, MEN AND WOMEN 18-34

JIMMY FALLON DELIVERS HIS BIGGEST ADULT 18-49 AUDIENCE IN EIGHT WEEKS AND HIS TOP TOTAL VIEWERSHIP OF THE SEASON TO DATE

'Last Call WITH CARSON DALY' GENERATES SEASON HIGHS IN 18-49 VIEWERS AND TOTAL VIEWERS

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – December 17, 2009 – NBC's "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" has won the week of December 7-11 in the key late-night demographic of adults 18-49 over CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman" and the ABC lineup of "Nightline" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live." Conan has finished #1 or tied for #1 among broadcast networks in adult 18-49 rating for six of the last seven weeks.

In adults 18-34, Conan dominated Letterman and the ABC team of "Nightline" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live" for the week, posting a 1.0 rating in 18-34 versus "Late Show's" 0.7, "Nightline's" 0.6 and "Kimmel's" 0.4.

At 12:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" in 18-49 rating and delivered bigger audiences than Ferguson and ABC's Kimmel in adults 18-49 as well as adults, men and women 18-34, men 18-49 and men 25-54.

"Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" delivered its biggest adult 18-49 audience (838,000 viewers) in eight weeks (since the week of October 12-16) and attracted its largest overall audience (1.5 million) so far this season. At 1:35 a.m. ET, "Last Call with Carson Daly" generated season highs in adult 18-49 viewers (524,000) and total viewers (939,000).

The median age of Conan's audience last week was 47.6, nine years younger than Letterman's 56.8 and "Nightline's" 57.1. At 12:35 a.m. ET last week, the median age of Jimmy Fallon's audience (46.1) was five years younger than Kimmel's (51.8) and six years younger than Ferguson's (52.6).

For the week of December 7-11, Conan's average 1.397 million adults 18-49 outscored Letterman's 1.358; in total viewers, Conan's audience of 2.647 million persons finished behind Letterman's 4.398 million; and in adults 18-34, Conan's 667,000 topped Letterman's 453,000. At 12:35 a.m. ET, Jimmy Fallon's 838,000 adults 18-49 for the week topped Ferguson's 778,000; in total viewers, Jimmy's 1.501 million finished behind Ferguson's 1.945 million; and in adults 18-34, Jimmy's 414,000 out-delivered Ferguson's 293,000.

WEEKLY AVERAGES
(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of December 7-11. 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," 1.1 rating, 4 share
CBS "Late Show," 1.0/4
ABC "Nightline," 1.0/4

12:05 a.m. ET
ABC "Kimmel," 0.6/3*

12:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Late Night," 0.6/3
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," 2.6 million viewers
CBS "Late Show," 4.4 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," 1.5 million viewers
CBS "Late Late Show," 1.9 million viewers

1:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Last Call," 0.9 million viewers*

*Monday's "Last Call" and "Kimmel" were encores

SEASON TO DATE

ADULTS 18-49

11:35 p.m. ET
NBC "Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien," 1.0/4
CBS "Late Show," 1.0/4
ABC "Nightline," 1.0/4

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

12:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," 0.6/3
CBS "Late Late Show," 0.6/4

1:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Last Call," 0.3/2

TOTAL VIEWERS

11:35 p.m. ET
NBC "Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien," 2.5 million viewers
CBS "Late Show," 4.2 million viewers
ABC "Nightline," 4.0 million viewers

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

12:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," 1.4 million viewers
CBS "Late Late Show," 1.9 million viewers

1:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Last Call," 0.8 million viewers

SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK OF DECEMBER 7 - 11

NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING

Comedy Central, 11 p.m. ET, "The Daily Show," 0.7
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. ET, "The Colbert Report," 0.6

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 0.9
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," 1.6 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, 1.0 million

 
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