Late Night TV Ratings For The Week Of April 2 - April 6, 2012

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April 12th, 2012

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Via NBC's Press Release:

JAY LENO OUT-DELIVERS THE TIME PERIOD’S ABC AND CBS COMPETITION IN TOTAL VIEWERS, ADULTS 18-34, ADULTS 25-54 AND OTHER KEY CATEGORIES

 

JIMMY FALLON TOPS ‘LATE Late Show’ AND ‘KIMMEL’ HEAD TO HEAD IN 18-49 VIEWERS, TOTAL VIEWERS AND OTHER KEY CATEGORIES

 

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

 

 

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – April 12, 2012 – NBC’s "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" has averaged a 0.8 rating, 3 share in adults 18-49 and 3.7 million viewers overall for the week of April 2-6, delivering bigger audiences than CBS’s "Late Show with David Letterman" and ABC’s combination of "Nightline" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in such key categories as total viewers, adults 18-34 and adults 25-54. Note that CBS late-night programming was delayed by sports coverage on Monday, Thursday and Friday and those three nights are excluded from CBS’s averages for the week.

 

At 12:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" delivered bigger audiences than CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" and versus ABC’s "Kimmel" in their head-to-head half-hour in adults 18-49, adults 18-34, adults 25-54 and total viewers. For the week, "Late Night" averaged a 0.5/3 in 18-49 and 1.6 million viewers overall.

 

Through the first 29 weeks of the season, "Tonight" has increased its total-viewer margin over "Late Show" to 15 percent (3.755 million vs. 3.275 million), up from the year-ago season-to-date advantage of 8 percent. Jimmy Fallon has established a total-viewer lead over "Late Late Show" this season of 15 percent (1.783 million vs. 1.551 million), up from last year's advantage of 1 percent. Jimmy has also increased his season-to-date lead over "Late Late Show" in adults 18-34, to 39 percent (279,000 vs. 201,000) up from last year's 24 percent, and in adults 25-54, up to 10 percent (876,000 vs. 796,000) up from 2 percent at this point last season.

 

WEEKLY AVERAGES

 

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of April 2-6. 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," 0.8 rating, 3 share

 

CBS "Late Show," 0.8/3*

 

 

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

 

ABC "Nightline," 0.9/3

 

 

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

 

ABC "Kimmel," 0.5/2*

 

 

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

 

NBC "Late Night," 0.5/3

 

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," 3.1 million viewers*

 

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

 

ABC "Nightline," 4.0 million viewers

 

 

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

 

ABC "Kimmel," 1.9 million viewers*

 

 

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

 

NBC "Late Night," 1.6 million viewers

 

CBS "Late Late Show," 1.4 million viewers*

 

 

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

 

NBC "Last Call," 1.0 million viewers*

 

* CBS’s Monday, Thursday and Friday programming started late due to sports coverage and those nights are excluded from these averages. Friday’s "Last Call" and "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," 0.9/3

 

 

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

 

ABC "Nightline," 0.9/3

 

 

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," 0.3/2

 

 

TOTAL VIEWERS

 

 

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

 

NBC "Tonight," 3.8 million viewers

 

CBS "Late Show," 3.3 million viewers

 

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

 

ABC "Nightline," 3.9 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 APRIL 2-6

 

 

NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING

 

 

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. ET, "The Daily Show," 0.8

 

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

 

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, "Conan," 0.5

 

 

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 1.0

 

Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.7

 

 

Each adult 18-49 rating point equals 1.28 million viewers

 

 

TOTAL VIEWERS

 

 

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. "The Daily Show," 1.8 million

 

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

 

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, "Conan," 1.0 million

 

 

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

 

Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.6 million

 

 

 

 

 
  • jcfreder

    test

  • Danks

    I enjoy NBC’s PR’s. When Jay doesn’t surpass Dave in 18-49, then 25-54 becomes a key category for that week.

  • Ralph Hahn

    What a continuing joke! For 30 years, Johnny Carson had more people watching him that all of these current talk show hosts have…COMBINED!

    Yet, each week, they brag IF they reach one million people…considering the U.S. population is now over 330-million.

    Yes, I know that was before we had 1,500 channels to choose from. I’m just sayin’….

  • Gary Middleton

    Danks, all the network PR departments emphasize whatever positives they can find. That’s their gig.

    We’re lucky NBC does these releases or else we’d have a lot less data about all the shows.

  • Gary Middleton

    Ralph, Johnny wouldn’t have those numbers today. Have to live in the world that exists.

  • Tony

    Another great week for ABC. I wonder why Nightline and Kimmel are doing so well now?

    Conan’s numbers are not going up or down.

  • Hello Man

    Tony’s a bed wetting ninny.

    Ok, gone again.

  • Tony

    ” What a continuing joke! For 30 years, Johnny Carson had more people watching him that all of these current talk show hosts have…COMBINED! ”

    That might actually be true. It’s hard to say how many people watch at least one of these shows(maybe about 10 million) and I don’t know how many people watched Carson regularly(probably 10-15 million).

  • Tony

    But Gary is right. If Carson was still a host of the Tonight Show, he wouldn’t be much more popular than Leno is now.

  • Gary Middleton

    He’d certainly have his work cut out when his 10 p.m. lead-ins do 0.8 Wednesday, 0.9 Thursday, and 1.0 Friday. Different world.

    But just because it’s a different world with completely lower benchmarks, doesn’t mean they should stop promoting themselves. They’re still running businesses.

  • Gary Middleton

    Conan will need rounding to get to 0.5 for this week, imo. Let’s all watch tonight’s show and look for Aaron in the crowd.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Gary Middleton: >>> Ralph, Johnny wouldn’t have those numbers today. Have to live in the world that exists. <<<

    You are correct there. I wasn't trying to draw a present-day parallel of how Johnny would do TODAY, but just showing the big difference of what the networks (including NBC) brag about today with a much-larger U.S. population, and how Carson had a much-larger piece of the pie, taking into consideration the huge population increase.

  • Monikka

    I’m tired of this “Carson is the God of Late Night” talk. He was the “God of Late Night in His Day” and he wasn’t perfect. Do any of you ever watch clips of his routine interviews? I’m not talking of the highlights, e.g. when Ed Ames landed a tomahawk at a crotch of a sheriff outline. Even then, both Carson and Ames landed zingers that night and Carson stepped over and ignored Ames’s comeback joke.

    However, Carson did thousands of humdrum interviews, most of which we’ll never see again. Look around the web. You’ll see interviews in which he’s clearly bored, doesn’t even look at the guest, and is fiddling with his pencil.

    Carson was THE gig for aspiring comics because there were few, if any, other TV venues for them. Of course they had to idolize him. Carson was great but we have many more great late night hosts on the air today and we’ll never know how Carson would do against Leno and Letterman and Ferguson et al as competition.

  • mary

    Monikka, thank you. I’m tired of “Carson was the best there ever was” as well.

  • André

    Yeah, anything that might Leno look bad is something Lenonites do not like. Who would’ve figured?

    On the other hand, every other imagined scenario, delusional nickname, deranged hypothesis and childish conspiracy theory that sparks a 4-page-long “debate” is a-ok.

    I just wish I had more time to follow this more closely. And that terry L. (and ThisGuy) would contribute more with their (almost) ‘in the know’ insights. Ah well.

  • Aaron

    Gary, I actually went to Wednesday’s show via standby tickets. I think I was in the fifth or sixth row, close to the band’s side.

  • Gary Middleton

    You’ve got to write a full report for us, Aaron. Board responsibility.

  • Diana Santiago

    Aaron, I second Gary’s request. :D

  • Gary Middleton

    With all the overnights in, I think it’s a coin flip whether Conan hit 0.4 for the first time this year. Definitely the first time he didn’t have a night with over a million viewers. Big Bang seemed to ease up a little at 10:30.

    Slightly less than a coin flip, imo, that Jay could do his first 0.7. Despite his and Tim Allen’s most vigorous efforts to make something out of nothing for about 12 minutes last night. Many snack foods were mentioned.

  • Aaron

    I’ll do a full report later, but I’ll say one thing: it was definitely a treat seeing the Masturbating Bear in person for the first time, especially because it was the first time the character was on the show after the week in NY.

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