Late Night TV Ratings Week: 'Nightline' Up; 'Daily Show' Up After Repeats; 'Tonight Show,' 'Conan,' 'Late Show' In Repeats

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June 9th, 2011

The late night TV ratings scorecard is where we chart the ups and downs across a portion of the late night TV landscape on a weekly basis.

For the week of May 30 - June 3, 2011 compared to the previous week:

  • NBC's Tonight Show (Leno) was up a tenth IN REPEATS to a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.
  • CBS's Late Show (Letterman) was down two tenths IN REPEATS to a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating.
  • ABC's Nightline was up a tenth to a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.
  • TBS' Conan was down a tenth IN REPEATS to a 0.3 adults 18-49 rating.
  • Comedy Central's Daily Show (Stewart) was up 0.3 points FOLLOWING REPEATS to a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating.

Note: Due to the Memorial Day holiday, ABC’s, CBS’ and NBC’s Monday telecasts were coded as specials and excluded from the weekly average.  In addition, due to the NHL Stanley Cup Finals Game 1 on Wed (6/1), “The Tonight Show” was retitled “The Tonight Show-JL” & was excluded from the average.

Those looking for the final tally/chart of Jay vs. Conan Tonight Show ratings click here.

The chart shows the late night adults 18-49 weekly average ratings beginning the first week of 2011.

Because of network, timeslot and running time differences, these ratings comparisons are necessarily somewhat apples to oranges. The Tonight Show and The Late Show run 11:35p-12:35a, Nightline runs 11:35p-12:00a, Conan runs 11:00p-12:00a, and The Daily Show runs 11:00-11:30p. Here's a limited look at the advantage the earlier/shorter shows have in the ratings PR battle.

Assumptions are that the broadcast networks are in substantially all of the 115.9 million US TV households. TBS is in 101 million households, Comedy Central is in 99 million.

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