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

 

 

 

 

 
  • Mike

    Leno saying he’s leaving when he has no intention to go.

    Not playing this game with you…

  • Gary Middleton

    Mike, Leno won’t be leaving. He’ll be canceled.

  • Diana Santiago

    Gary, stop playing the “poor Leno will be cancelled” game.

    NBC won’t cancel the “#1 late night show” (NBC words, not mine). Leno’s ghost will host The Tonight Show on 2050.

  • Gary Middleton

    Here are the 2 problems for Conan after 2014 as I see it.

    -Are his lead-ins ever going to be stronger than they are right now? Hard to imagine. BBT took the slightest dip last week and I think we’ll see on Tuesday that Conan was back in the 0.4 vicinity.

    -Right now Conan has the luxury of his 11:30 competition being 2 seniors, but soon that won’t be true anymore. I don’t think Leno takes any viewers from Conan, but Fallon might.

  • Gary Middleton

    Diana, I didn’t use the word “poor”. I just said he’ll be canceled. I don’t consider any of the late night hosts poor by any meaning of the word.

    And NBC would certainly cancel a #1 show if they thought they could make more money another way, just as they will renew many 4th place shows when that is their only option.

  • Diana Santiago

    Gary, are you telling me you don’t feel sorry Jay Leno is going to be cancelled?

  • Gary Middleton

    No, if viewers 18-49 is what they need, then I think they need to go with someone younger. Quickly. I’m not so sure it’ll work regardless, because I’m increasingly convinced that these easygoing one hour talk shows don’t fill a need anymore. But it’s time.

    Even right now I’d like to see NBC using guest hosts sometimes. I like Jay better when he’s had some time off and he has the energy to memorize his jokes.

  • kscottk11

    Where does David Letterman fit into this crowded late night Tv landscape?

    Look at his 18 – 49 overnight ratings. With his current ratings that he is getting on the strong CBS network, what kind of ratings would he be getting if he was doing the same show on NBC?

    Would he be getting criticized for everything he does on NBC like Leno does? Or is he immune to it all?

    Jimmy Fallon likeable guy, IMO, questionable if he’ll work long-term in the 11:30 Tonight Show hour.

  • Brad

    I’m with Gary. Leno will not be renewed, he will be cancelled.

    However, Leno will still be around even if that isn’t on NBC. He already has Jay’s Garage, which I watch on his app on my iPhone, and he will continue touring like he already does. This is why many felt bad for Conan being cancelled while NBC wanted Leno back in the chair. Leno already had 18 years on the air and he isn’t 100% focus on his show having side projects, Conan was all about the show.

  • GARebelman

    I think NBC has more bones to deal with than late night. If anything that is where they are AT LEAST stable. Letterman has every advantage in the world to be “number 1″ yet doesn’t yet CBS renews him time after time.

    I do enjoy Fallon. It seems at least Jay and Fallon enjoy each others company. I always got a more distant vibe from Jay and Conan way before this whole thing happened.

  • Brad

    I’m very curious to know how Naked Truth does on TBS. If they get the same or similar ratings as Conan, Conan is toast. If he gets the same numbers as Lopez Tonight, Tom Papa’s show is either cancelled or TBS starts questioning its lead-in… Conan.

  • Gary Middleton

    “With his current ratings that he is getting on the strong CBS network, what kind of ratings would he be getting if he was doing the same show on NBC?”

    We’ll likely find out this summer when CBS reruns at 10 p.m. do numbers similar to what NBC does year round. Last summer Dave mostly did 0.7s, but also some 0.6s. Depths Jay has not yet seen. In fairness, Dave’s Friday shows were reruns.

    “Would he be getting criticized for everything he does on NBC like Leno does? Or is he immune to it all?”

    Depends if Jay is on against him somewhere else. As long as Leno exists, Dave is fairly immune. Jay is the lightning rod. If Jay is gone, then people start to look for other targets, and it could easily be the old crank who phones it in. As SNL and some others targeted Johnny Carson near the end.

    “Jimmy Fallon likeable guy, IMO, questionable if he’ll work long-term in the 11:30 Tonight Show hour.”

    ks, some of us didn’t think he’d work at 12:30. I couldn’t even figure out why they gave him a show.

  • Gary Middleton

    “I think NBC has more bones to deal with than late night. If anything that is where they are AT LEAST stable.”

    I don’t think they’re stable, GAR, I think they’re trending significantly lower. Jay wins these narrow victories only because the broadcast competition also trends lower.

    The math working relentlessly against Jay and Dave is demographic. I bet if we could see an age distribution chart of their 18-49 audiences, it would be heavily crammed in the high 40s. Which means that every year they have significant numbers outgrowing the demo. Only a younger host has a *chance* of reversing that.

    A newer show would also come in a lot cheaper thanks to way less staff seniority.

  • Hector

    I never liked the whole “Conan lost his magic” kind of comments because the comedy on Conan and his Tonight Show were still so much better than all the other network talk shows (I maybe wouldn’t emphasize ‘so much’ better in regards to Fallon’s show though – but still better). However, I could at least see where it was coming from.

    So of course, I don’t totally agree with the idea behind a ‘the old Conan is back’ comment.

    But is nice to see some of the changes that have started in the last two weeks or so. More comedy, more bits. Sometimes 3 different comedy pieces in addition to the monologue. I was even happy to see him played over to the desk by the band.

  • Aaron

    I wonder what Fallon will have to cut when he goes to the Tonight Show, especially cause his version of Late Night is a lot more mainstream than both Letterman’s and Conan’s incarnations ever were. Audience game shows would probably be cut, but if there is a radical change to the 11:30 talk show format, then it’s even more questionable as to how Fallon would change and keep elements the same.

  • Aaron

    Couldn’t NBC keep Fallon and his staff in studio 6B and redo their current set in order to prevent a bunch of money on flying everyone out to LA and creating a whole new set from scratch? I imagine that the network could cut its budget by 2014, due to the ratings that NBC programming is currently receiving.

  • Mike

    I would love to see a NY based Tonight Show. LA humor is just bland…I think that, too, is one of the struggles Conan and all had to deal with too.

  • Chris

    The big difference? In the early 1990s, Leno would have been largely sought after if he had been bypassed for the permanent shot on Tonight. Maybe even when he came close to losing the gig in 1992 and 1993.

    In 2008/2009, he might have gained a little interest, although ABC probably would have passed…

    Where would he go today? Now that Olbermann has self destructed and Eliot Spitzer flailing, maybe to Current…but there will be little interest in securing the talents of Jay Leno. He’ll be going out to pasture.

  • Gary Middleton

    Exactly. In 2008 he and ABC could credibly fake a marriage proposal.

  • GARebelman

    Jay has Mel Gibson as first guest next Friday. Might be a good night as he is Mr. controversy these days with the Jew stuff.

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