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

 

 

 

 

 
  • Gary Middleton

    I want to see him hook up with the Menstruating Bear.

  • Diana Santiago

    Jimmy Fallon is going to be on Leno again, just exactly one month after his last appearance. Interesting.

    (BTW, it is on Conan’s birthday)

  • Mike

    If Leno et al are doing so poorly now, any predictions for viewer levels this summer when NBC is running reruns and more reality?

    I’ll predict that by late June, he’ll be pulling 2.9 million viewers and a 0.6 rating.

  • Gary Middleton

    Diana, that’ll be a rerun.

    But here’s a booking the following week that is playing with fire: Mel Gibson. Jay has done a decent job with these redemption interviews in the past, but Mel is in a whole different category. Jay already did one with Mel in May 2009 and it was really uncomfortable. And that was before domestic violence was part of the equation, plus we hadn’t heard the tapes.

    Depends a little if it’s an exclusive or part of a media tour. If it’s the latter, there won’t be quite as much pressure. In 2009 it was an exclusive and the spotlight was way too hot for everyone involved.

    This April 27th booking was our clue that sweeps begin April 26th. Jay has one more of these aces to play at some point, because Arnold Schwarzenegger still hasn’t given an interview.

  • Gary Middleton

    Mike, as GAR has aptly pointed out, summer doldrums are a much bigger issue at CBS. 10 p.m. shows doing 0.9 are a shock to Dave’s system, but nothing unusual for Jay. In fact, I think Jay got stronger during last year’s “off season” as NBC had The Voice and AGT at 10. I think in June you’ve also got a complicating raft of NHL and Wimbledon exclusions.

    So I don’t know what might happen in a rerun week, but for new episodes I’ll say no 0.6 for Leno this summer and he will not go below 3 million viewers and he will not even do a lot of 0.7s and he won’t lose a single week to Dave. Remember, NBC is a network that ran reruns of The Firm through November sweeps.

  • GARebelman

    Jay has perked up 2 summers in a row while Dave sinks down to the ocean deep. Jay is already use to God awful lead ins and making the most out of nothing. Dave is really lead in dependent and summer shows that big time.

  • Diana Santiago

    To support Gary and GAR statements, science has stated that cockroaches can survive a nuclear blast.

    I’m keed, I’m keed. I hope no roaches are offended.

    ;)

  • Gary Middleton

    GAR, I presume it might not be as supportive of a situation as last spring/summer without a big 10 p.m. smash in front of him, but also not a cause for a big downdraft. I figure he’ll get to 0.6s further in the future as his audience outgrows the demo.

    My guess is we’re one year away from the announcement that Fallon is replacing Leno.

  • Chris

    …and Jay will be hiding in a closet during the meeting with Fallon. Then he’ll give some interviews saying how he’ll be willing and able to come back when Fallon stumbles a bit.

  • Mike

    I just don’t think how I can see a transition for NBC at 11:30 being less than another PR debacle….all the history from 1992 and 2004/2009 will be dredged up yet again in the mainstream press. I can see Fallon being his graceful, smiling, polite self, but we have now seen through the facade of Jay Leno. Ain’t gonna be pretty. Even if Jay plays along and does his “it’s all yours buddy” routine, will anybody trust him? That’s why, as the dust has settled, Conan has moved on to a successfully show that will last after Leno leaves, Letterman will too, so will Ferguson and Kimmel…and Jay will again lose the only thing that matters to him. And certainly the press will make a fuss over how his numbers have tanked since he went back.

    I just have a feeling Leno is going to go out slash and burn this time. Part of me thinks it will be fun to watch…one of those deals when you cover your face with your hands yet keep your fingers slightly apart to sneak a peek.

    The question for Fallon will be how long will it take for people to accept him and forget Leno? And will NBC have another itchy trigger finger?

  • Mario

    Don’t worry…Jay’s not going anywhere. By summer we’ll have an announcement of a long term contract for the king, another 5-10 years.

    Why get rid of their biggest star?

  • Gary Middleton

    “Even if Jay plays along and does his “it’s all yours buddy” routine, will anybody trust him?”

    Trust him to do what?

  • Aaron

    Will Conan use “In the Year 2000/3000″ ever again?

  • Mike

    Trust him to sail off into the night without a fight. Fallon or anybody who will take over that show will see Leno in a rear view mirror all the time…

  • Mike

    I forgot to write that I’ve been catching up with some of Conan’s shows lately…having given up on him about a year ago. His show had been blander than Leno’s, and the magic just seemed to have disappeared.

    It’s starting to come back. Seems as if they’ve realized his weak spots, like the monologue, and the old zaniness is coming back.

    It’s worth checking out. We watched some of the clips on the TBS Roku channel, and they were sidesplitting.

  • Gary Middleton

    There’s no fight involved, a canceled show is a canceled show.

  • Chris

    Ah…but we’ve been there before…seen it before…heard it before…

    The only difference now is that NBC can point at these present Leno numbers and say it was time for a change.

  • Aaron

    Mike, I think many people had stopped watching Conan because of reasons similar to yours. Do you think it’s possible that these Conan O’Brien fans now like the show, thus improving him in the ratings?

  • Mike

    Maybe.

    Mine was perhaps a fluke. I really had thought Conan would be axed, after seeing the numbers here. But then they climbed a bit, and the renewal came.

    Don’t know how many who abandoned him will return.

    Conan has this habit of starting big, his folks abandoning him…

    But I’m glad he found his groove. The network boys are out of steam.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Ah…but we’ve been there before…seen it before…heard it before…”

    Been, seen, and heard what?

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