Late Night TV Ratings For The Week Of April 9 - April 13, 2012

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April 19th, 2012

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Via NBC's Press Release

JAY LENO AND JIMMY FALLON GENERATE #1 FINISHES FOR THE LATE-NIGHT WEEK OF APRIL 9-13

‘TONIGHT’ AND ‘LATE NIGHT’ DELIVER BIGGER 18-49 AND TOTAL-VIEWER AUDIENCES THAN THE ABC AND CBS TIME-PERIOD COMPETITION

SEASON TO DATE, JAY HAS STRETCHED HIS TOTAL-VIEWER LEAD OVER ‘Late Show’ TO 15 PERCENT FROM THE YEAR-AGO 8 PERCENT AND JIMMY FALLON HAS INCREASED HIS MARGIN OVER ‘LATE Late Show’ TO 15 PERCENT FROM 0.3 PERCENT

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – April 19, 2012 – NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” has delivered #1 rankings in viewers 18-49 and total viewers for the week of April 9-13, generating bigger audiences in adults 18-49 and total viewers than its time-period competition of CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman" and ABC's combination of "Nightline" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

At 12:35 a.m. ET, NBC’s "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" ranked #1 ahead of CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" and head to head versus ABC’s "Kimmel" in viewers 18-49 and total viewers, delivering bigger audiences than “Late Late Show” in every key ratings category: adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers.

At 1:35 a.m. ET, NBC’s “Last Call with Carson Daly” delivered an 11 percent gain versus the same week last year in total viewers, with an average of 995,000 persons versus the year-ago 897,000.

Through the first 30 weeks of the season, "Tonight" has increased its total-viewer margin over "Late Show" to 15 percent (3.747 million vs. 3.264 million), up from the year-ago season-to-date advantage of 8 percent. Jimmy Fallon has also established a total-viewer lead over "Late Late Show" this season of 15 percent (1.780 million vs. 1.545 million), up from last year's advantage of 0.3 percent. Jimmy has also increased his season-to-date lead over "Late Late Show" in adults 18-34, to 40 percent (278,000 vs. 199,000) up from last year's 23 percent, and in adults 25-54, up to 10 percent (874,000 vs. 792,000) up from 2 percent at this point last season.

"Tonight" delivered a bigger 18-49 audience than "Late Show" for the 14th time in 17 weeks while Jimmy Fallon attracted a bigger 18-49 audience than "Late Late Show" for a 20th week in a row.

WEEKLY AVERAGES
(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of April 9-13. 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,” 0.7/3

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET
ABC “Nightline,” 1.0/4

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,” 0.4/2

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,” 3.4 million viewers
CBS “Late Show,” 2.9 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,” 1.3 million viewers

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 1.0 million viewers*

* 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,” 3.7 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,” 1.5 million viewers

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 1.0 million viewers

 

SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK OF APRIL 9-13

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,” 0.5

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 0.9
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,” 1.7 million
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 1.3 million

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.9 million

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 2.2 million
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.4 million

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  • Gary Middleton

    “I’ve seen GAR’s list of numbers many times and it’s always something like: First half hour Kimmel 1.8, second half hour 1.2, or the like.”

    That’s exactly right. So you can see there’s about a 35% drop from first half to second half. Do the math and you get to 1.8 million viewers by having about 2.2 million viewers in the first half hour and 1.4 million in the second.

    “Why are they not saying it’s getting a 2.2?”

    Because it’s not getting a 2.2. Hector is correct: you are mistaking ratings points for viewer numbers.

  • Gary Middleton

    Basically, the 9/11 controversy gave Maher a martyr-ish excuse for his cancellation. But if his numbers were competitive, he’d probably not have been cancelled.

    Maher’s ratings demise kind of made sense. The first time you see Tony Danza debate a congressman, it’s really very interesting. The fourth time you see Tony Danza debate a congressman, it’s baffling as to why it’s happening.

  • Diana Santiago

    Last night Conan O’Brien made a Q & A at UCSD Sixth College (that was named Conan O’Brien College for the day) and someone asked about Conando. His answer: “Conando might come back… There were some legal issues for a while, but everyone that forbade me to do it got kind of fired.” :D

  • Diana Santiago

    Oops, I hit the submit comment before finishing my post. Maybe that’s the reason we have seen more of Late Night characters recently. Perhaps the new NBC suits made peace with Conan.

  • Aaron

    I wonder if “In the Year 2000/300″ will ever come back.

  • Aaron

    oops, wrote 300 instead of 3000 haha.

  • Aaron

    Diana, do you know if Conan hinted at anything else coming back for the TBS program?

  • Gary Middleton

    Here’s an article that knocks Nightline’s 2002 viewership way down from the number in the PBS article:

    http://articles.latimes.com/2002/mar/15/entertainment/et-lowry15

    In terms of viewer retention, it would put Maher much more in line with what Kimmel does.

  • Jared

    Diana, Do you know where I can find video or transcripts of that Q&A?

  • Stuart

    OK.

    Thank you for the education, Gary.

    In my heart of hearts, I feel like with Kimmel we’re force fed a low rent knock off of the Letterman and Carson heydays. Whereas Maher, for all of his detractors, always has a fresh approach to deconstructing what’s grist for the mill.

  • Chris

    Fascinating to read those numbers from a decade ago, and how far they’ve sunk since then. The so-called king of late night, Lamo, has lost almost half of his audience since then. So has Letterman. Amazing.

  • Gary Middleton

    No problem, Stuart. I like Maher better too.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Fascinating to read those numbers from a decade ago, and how far they’ve sunk since then. The so-called king of late night, Lamo, has lost almost half of his audience since then. So has Letterman.”

    So has CSI, SVU, Survivor, House, Grey’s…network TV isn’t so much the thing anymore.

    If Nightline has gone down a bit less than the others, I have one idea why that might be. They came into the last decade an in-depth news program anchored by the aging Ted Koppel. Last night’s lead story was about the revolution in “mommy porn”.

  • Aaron

    Does anyone get the feeling that Conan and Andy will start to increase the amounts of remote bits on Conan? Seems like they’re having more fun with the show in general.

  • Brad

    Here’s an article that mentions the $60 million budget. I have a better article but this is fine. (Just that this artice is about FX’s budget offer and TBS offering something similar).

    http://www.adweek.com/news/television/conan-obrien-lands-tbs-102068

  • Brad

    By the way, I’m now rooting for Conan to blow Jon Stewart out of the water. Someone on here mentioned how his Stewart’s show has become an MSNBC show like of Rachel Maddow or Ed Schultz. I really can’t take the ridicule he brings anymore. I hope Conan can throw some sand in his eyes and get him to wake up and go back to keeping things unbiased and fair.

  • Jared

    Thanks Brad. It is just an estimate based on the offer made by FX in 2010. But it does give us an idea of Conan’s budget. I am sure $60 million is in the ballpark of what he is actually getting now.

  • Jared

    I have always found Stewart’s show to lean left. It is show on comedy central intended to get laughs. He does not have to be fair, unbiased , or actually report the truth. He just has to be funny. The scary thing is, there is large group of people who actually think he is a legitimate news source.

  • Diana Santiago

    I like Jon Stewart; I prefer Stephen Colbert (it’s more comedy with a message). Somehow Stewart neuroses are rubbing me wrong. Also, he cannot make a segment without the F-word. I’m not a prude, I do have a huge potty mouth, but it seems he cannot make a punchline without swearing. What’s the comedic excellence in that?
    I still believe that Stewart/Colbert will suffer from election fatigue. How many new Romney jokes can you make in 6 months after almost a year campaigning already?
    Of course I’m rooting for Conan. I like the more active role Andy is taking on remotes and comedy bits, and the Conan-Andy chemistry is really showing now. I agree with Aaron; I feel that, after getting renewed, they are having a lot more fun doing the show, and it shows. ;)

  • Gary Middleton

    “he cannot make a segment without the F-word. I’m not a prude, I do have a huge potty mouth, but it seems he cannot make a punchline without swearing. What’s the comedic excellence in that?”

    I agree, it’s lazy. Like Brad, I’d love to see Conan take him down. I thought when Stewart endorsed Kerry in 2004 that was the beginning of the end, but apparently not. Turns out you can explicitly support one side and still pull a pretty reliable 0.8.

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