Jay Leno And Jimmy Fallon Score #1 Finishes for The Late-Night Week Of Dec. 5-9, 2011

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JAY LENO AND JIMMY FALLON SCORE #1 FINISHES FOR THE LATE-NIGHT WEEK OF DEC. 5-9

JAY AND JIMMY DELIVER THEIR BIGGEST 18-49 AUDIENCES IN THREE MONTHS

SEASON TO DATE, JAY AND JIMMY INCREASE THEIR TOTAL-VIEWER MARGINS VS. LAST YEAR

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – December 15, 2011 – NBC’s late-night lineup has generated #1 rankings for the week of December 5-9 over the ABC and CBS time-period competition, with “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” both generating their biggest adult 18-49 audiences in three months.

For the week, Jay out-delivered CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” and ABC’s combination of “Nightline” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in viewers 18-49, total viewers and other key categories with the biggest “Tonight” 18-49 audience (1.211 million) since the week of September 5-9. In 18-49 rating, “Tonight” and “Late Show” tied with a 0.9 rating each, while the “Tonight” margin of victory in viewers 18-49 was 5 percent (1.211 million vs. 1.158 million). In total viewers, “Tonight” topped CBS’s “Late Show” by a 19 percent margin (with 3.899 million viewers vs. 3.280 million), matching Jay’s biggest advantage versus “Late Show” originals so far this season.

At 12:35 a.m. ET for the week, Jimmy Fallon delivered bigger audiences than CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and head to head against ABC’s second half of “Kimmel” in viewers 18-49, total viewers and other key categories, with the biggest “Late Night” 18-49 audience (768,000) since the week of September 5-9.

All three NBC weeknight late-night series were up versus the same week last year in total viewers, “Tonight” by 0.2 percent (3.899 million vs. 3.890 million), “Late Night” by 3 percent (1.845 million vs. 1.792 million) and “Last Call with Carson Daly” by 1 percent (1.034 million vs. 1.024 million).

Through the first 12 weeks of the season, “Tonight” has increased its total-viewer margin over “Late Show” to 12 percent (3.725 million vs. 3.325 million), up from the year-ago season-to-date advantage of 7 percent. Jimmy Fallon has established a total-viewer lead over “Late Late Show” this season of 14 percent (1.782 million vs. 1.566 million), after trailing by 3 percent one year ago. Jimmy has also increased his season-to-date lead over “Late Late Show” in adults 18-34, to 39 percent (294,000 vs. 211,000) up from last year’s 24 percent, and in adults 25-54, up to 7 percent (871,000 vs. 813,000) up from 1 percent at this point last season.

WEEKLY AVERAGES

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of December 5-9. Ratings reflect “live plus same day” data from Nielsen Media Research 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.-12:35 a.m. ET

NBC “Tonight,” 0.9 rating, 4 share

CBS “Late Show,” 0.9/4

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

ABC “Nightline,” 0.8/3

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

ABC “Kimmel,” 0.5/2*

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET

NBC “Late Night,” 0.6/3

CBS “Late Late Show,” 0.5/3

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET

NBC “Last Call,” 0.4/2*

TOTAL VIEWERS

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET

NBC “Tonight,” 3.9 million viewers

CBS “Late Show,” 3.3 million viewers

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

ABC “Nightline,” 3.6 million viewers

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

ABC “Kimmel,” 1.7 million viewers*

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET

NBC “Late Night,” 1.8 million viewers

CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.5 million viewers

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET

NBC “Last Call,” 1.0 million viewers*


* Monday’s “Last Call” and Friday’s “Kimmel” were encores.

SEASON TO DATE

ADULTS 18-49

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET

NBC “Tonight,” 0.9 rating, 3 share

CBS “Late Show,” 0.9/4

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

ABC “Nightline,” 0.9/3

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

ABC “Kimmel,” 0.6/3

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET

NBC “Late Night,” 0.6/3

CBS “Late Late Show,” 0.5/3

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET

NBC “Last Call,” 0.3/2

TOTAL VIEWERS

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET

NBC “Tonight,” 3.7 million viewers

CBS “Late Show,” 3.3 million viewers

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

ABC “Nightline,” 4.0 million viewers

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

ABC “Kimmel,” 1.8 million viewers

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET

NBC “Late Night,” 1.8 million viewers

CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.6 million viewers

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET

NBC “Last Call,” 1.0 million viewers

SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK OF DECEMBER 5-9

NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. ET, “The Daily Show,” 0.7

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 0.6

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.4

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

Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.6

Each adult 18-49 rating point equals 1.28 million viewers

TOTAL VIEWERS

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. “The Daily Show,” 1.6 million

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 1.3 million

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.8 million

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 2.3 million

Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.4 million

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