Conan O'Brien Dominates Ratings In Final (Live) Tonight Show Week

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January 28th, 2010

via press release:

NBC LATE-NIGHT RESULTS FOR THE WEEK OF JAN. 18-22
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - January 28, 2010 - NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien” has topped all broadcast and cable competition in the key late-night demographic of adults 18-49 for the week of January 18-22.  At 12:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" also delivered bigger 18-49 audiences than any cable or broadcast competition in the time period. Additionally, Jimmy Fallon outscored CBS’s "Late Show with David Letterman" in adults 18-49 despite starting an hour later than “Late Show.”

For the week, Conan delivered bigger audiences than "Late Show" and the ABC lineup of “Nightline” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in all other key ratings categories, including adults, men and women 18-34; men and women 18-49; and adults, men and women 25-54.  Jimmy Fallon out-delivered CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" and "Kimmel" in all key ratings categories as well.

This was the highest-rated week of "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" in adults 18-49, topping the show's premiere week of June 1-5, 2009 by a tenth of a rating point (2.4 vs. 2.3).  In total viewers, last week's "Tonight" averaged 5.3 million, making this the show's second-biggest week, behind only its premiere week of June 1-5, 2009 (6.1 million).

Last week's "Late Night" earned the show's highest 18-49 rating (1.0) since June 1-5, 2009 and matched its top rating to date. In total viewers, it was the biggest weeklong average for "Late Night" (2.2 million) since that same week of June 1-5 (2.4 million).

On Friday, "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" aired its last original telecast and earned a 4.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 10.3 million viewers overall, topping the show's prior highs in those categories (3.8 in 18-49 and 9.2 million viewers overall for its June 1, 2009 debut).  On Friday, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" delivered a 1.9 rating in 18-49 and 4.0 million viewers overall, generating the show's top 18-49 and total-viewer results to date.

For the week at 1:35 a.m. ET, encore telecasts of “Last Call with Carson Daly” (0.5 rating in 18-49, 0.4 in 18-34) tied ABC's mostly original Kimmel and CBS's first-run Ferguson in 18-49 rating and out-scored Kimmel in 18-34 rating (0.4 vs. 0.3).

For the week of January 18-22, Conan’s average 3.111 million adults 18-49 topped the 1.204 million of Letterman; in total viewers, Conan’s audience of 5.290 million persons beat Letterman's 3.901; and in adults 18-34, Conan’s 1.648 million out-scored Letterman’s 392,000.  At 12:35 a.m. ET, Jimmy Fallon's 1.348 million adults 18-49 for the week out-delivered Ferguson's 716,000; in total viewers, Jimmy's 2.162 million bested Ferguson's 1.876 million; and in adults 18-34, Jimmy's 729,000 topped Ferguson's 274,000.

WEEKLY AVERAGES
(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of January 18-22. 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," 2.4 rating, 10 share
CBS "Late Show," 0.9/4
ABC "Nightline," 0.9/3

12:05 a.m. ET
ABC "Kimmel," 0.5/2*

12:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Late Night," 1.0/6
CBS "Late Late Show," 0.5/3

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

TOTAL VIEWERS

11:35 p.m. ET
NBC "Tonight," 5.3 million viewers
CBS "Late Show," 3.9 million viewers
ABC "Nightline," 3.7 million viewers

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

12:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Late Night," 2.2 million viewers
CBS "Late Late Show," 1.9 million viewers

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

* Monday's "Kimmel" was an encore.

SEASON TO DATE

ADULTS 18-49

11:35 p.m. ET
NBC "Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien," 1.1/5
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," 0.6/4
CBS "Late Late Show," 0.6/3

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," 2.8 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 with Jimmy Fallon," 1.5 million viewers
CBS "Late Late Show," 2.0 million viewers

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

SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK OF JANUARY 18-22

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," 0.5

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 1.0
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," 1.4 million
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. ET, "The Colbert Report," 1.1 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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