Letterman Ties Leno, As Jay Falls Well Below Conan’s Tonight Show Ratings Trend
New & Improved! Now with calendar week ratings comparisons too!
For the first week since Jay Leno’s Tonight Show return, he was tied by David Letterman’s Late Show, as both shows averaged a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating for the week of June 7-11. Coming off a week of repeats for both shows, Leno fell a tenth of a point and Letterman gained two tenths.
That put Leno’s Tonight Show two tenths of a ratings point below Conan O’Brien’s Tonight Show ratings trend, comparing the ratings for each show’s fifteenth sequential week (note the first chart below).
It was 0.6 ratings points below the same calendar week of Conan’s Tonight Show ratings last summer (note the second chart below). Interestingly, Letterman’s Late Show had the same rating as it did for the week a year ago.
In related news, ‘The Jay Leno Show’ Cancellation Payoff Is Complete.
The first chart shows the Leno/Conan ratings in the same sequential week of their run. (it’s the same chart I have been doing for quite some time).
Conan/Letterman (2009-10) week 1 ended 6/5/09. Leno/Letterman (2010-) week 1 ended 3/5/10. The Conan/Letterman(2009-10) ratings do not include the final week the Tonight Show was in repeats prior to the Winter Olympics.
The second chart aligns the ratings weeks for the shows to their calendar weeks. Updated with dates in the X-axis.