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

 

 

 

 

 
  • Diana Santiago

    Tonight Conan got a lot of Twitter buzz with his three guests, which were not really superstars. Also a lot of buzz on Twitter and blogs about an announcement on Halo 4 to be made tomorrow by Conan/TeamCoco. Certainly working the young demo.

    Kind of awkward that Conan will be mostly on reruns during May sweeps. Taking time out for upfronts and Chicago remotes. Lets see how it plays.

  • Aaron

    Here’s some info regarding Conan supposedly announcing something about Halo 4 tomorrow:

    http://www.theverge.com/2012/4/16/2953225/halo-4-conan-obrien-source-availability

  • Gary Middleton

    Diana, maybe sweeps don’t matter as much to cable because they don’t have local markets?

  • Gary Middleton

    0.453 for Conan last week.

  • Gary Middleton

    Huge Monday for Conan, best night all year in my opinion. 0.5 with a lead-in of 0.7.

  • Aaron

    Kunaal Nayyar, the actor who plays Raj in the Big Bang Theory, is supposed to be a guest this Thursday on Conan, so I think that upcoming episode will do well in the ratings.

  • Mike
  • Gary Middleton

    Put very poorly, imo. Starts with the incorrect premise that Jay and Dave are losing to Nightline.

    Then claims viewers are far more eager to tune in Kimmel, when there is no evidence of that. Her basis seems to be that he has viral videos.

    Then claims the battle is won or lost on Twitter. In which case, they should all step aside for the Late Show with Ashley Tisdale.

    Not that any of this tarnishes the esteemed NY Post.

  • Charles

    I’m not understanding the quibble with the Nightline numbers. Part of it is that NBC and CBS do not release 11:35-12:05 number for Leno and Letterman. But it seems on estimate that for the last few weeks Nightline’s numbers are better than theirs. (If Nightline pulls a 3.2, Leno a 2.4 (hour) and Letterman a 2.6), that tells me odds are Nightline had more eyeballs unless their numbers totally tanked in second half.)

    Kimmel’s numbers are showing rare network ratings growth. “Eager” is subjective.

    But social media is where it is at now. Dave and Jay have no presence there, and that’s a mistake. Dave mocked it, but quit after a few weeks.

  • Stuart

    Charles – In almost 10 years of the most latitude ever afforded a mediocre show by any network ever, Kimmel has added MAYBE 100,000 viewers a night to its original 2003 numbers.

    And that’s ONLY because lead in Nightline has drastically improved its numbers over the past few years.

    Kimmel has essentially not budged from the 1.7′s/1.8′s he was getting early on.

    “Network growth” to describe such low level improvement is being awfully generous.

    As for the importance of social media, Gary hit it out of the park.

  • Gary Middleton

    “I’m not understanding the quibble with the Nightline numbers. Part of it is that NBC and CBS do not release 11:35-12:05 number for Leno and Letterman. But it seems on estimate that for the last few weeks Nightline’s numbers are better than theirs. (If Nightline pulls a 3.2, Leno a 2.4 (hour) and Letterman a 2.6), that tells me odds are Nightline had more eyeballs unless their numbers totally tanked in second half.)”

    They do tank in the 2nd half hour. GAR has posted the half-hour numbers here many times and the shows nosedive by about 30% in the 2nd half. There’s no way Leno averages 3.8 million for the hour unless he’s doing considerably more than Nightline’s 3.9 million between 11:35 and midnight.

    Also, a 3.2 to 2.4 type of advantage for Nightline is rarely a reality. The overnights exaggerate Nightline’s numbers because they’re only counting 56 markets. There is something like 150 others, where Nightline doesn’t do as well as it does in the big cities. 3.2 to 2.4 reflects a 33% edge in viewership, but as you can see above, season-to-date that edge is less than 3%.

  • Ianto

    I love all the goofball discussion about how Leno is getting canceled and Fallon is getting the Tonight Show. Yeah, that’s not happening. NBC will keep Leno at least until he’s 66 (Carson’s age) if not 70 at this point. Just to ensure that the stank of the last “I’m quitting, just kidding, I’m back” routine is out of everyone’s minds.

    Leno ain’t going nowhere, especially while he’s still #1 and still getting paid far less than Dave.

  • Aaron

    Does anyone here prefer Conan’s Tonight Show set or the current set for TBS?

  • Gary Middleton

    “Leno ain’t going nowhere, especially while he’s still #1 and still getting paid far less than Dave.”

    By 2014, I don’t think he’ll be #1 anymore due to his crowd outgrowing the key demo. And I’ll bet Jay’s show is massively more expensive than Fallon’s will be. Those veteran salaries all through the Leno team must be insanely bloated.

  • Drum

    Leno’s Mel Gibson booking just became even a bigger deal than it was.

  • Gary Middleton

    Drum, it’s pretty fascinating. It just doesn’t seem like the right venue for this.

    For all we know he’s doing Nightline or others first and that could take the edge off things. But if this is another Leno exclusive, under those bright Burbank lights and with Jay’s sketchy interviewing skills, chance of disaster in the forecast is high.

  • Charles

    May be for one week only…but Good Morning America beat the Today Show. Interesting.

    So NBC prime time is tanking, late night numbers (11:30) are tanking,their only bright spots are Nightly News and, critically, Fallon.

  • Gary Middleton

    New series lows in the past 2 weeks across every network and genre: Idol, Survivor, Glee, Private Practice, Dancing with the Stars, Two and a Half Men, 2 Broke Girls…

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