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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  • GARebelman

    A person on FOX news made Stewart mad one time when he called him a “Safe Jay Leno who gets to use the F word”

  • Hector

    I used to like to bash Letterman even though I didn’t really watch him. So I started trying to watch different shows to get a feel for them. That, the writer’s strike in ’07, and my growing interest in comedy made me very interested in late night talk shows. There were times when I tried to watch Leno, Letterman, Conan, Ferguson, Kimmel, Stewart, & Colbert regularly. (Thanks to DVR and my being a bum after college). When I wasn’t being a bum later, I think I even tried Conan, Fallon, Kimmel, Colbert, Letterman & tried to squeeze in some Ferguson, Stewart, Lopez, & Jay Leno Show when possible or for particular guests or curiosity.

    Stewart was one the shows I didnt already watch so I tried to watch purposely because it gets so much acclaim and awards and such.

    I know (and knew) it’s good. (really good, great whatever you want to call it.) I know it probably deserves all the awards (Not just because its about politics and real things, calling people out on stuff, etc, but it certainly helps). And the correspondents are great.

    But when I think of The Daily Show, I just think of Jon Stewart playing clips and then saying something in a funny voice.

    I ended up thinking Colbert is the much better show. Funnier. Better writing. And like how they both get maybe a little more acclaim as liberal shows talking about politics, I think Colbert should get more since he’s acting the whole time, adlibbing in character, etc.

    Anyway I just guess I thought calling his F-words laziness fell in the same boat as my thoughts on his weird voices.

    It also kind of relates to the comedy you applaud at versus the comedy you actually laugh at.
    I think Stewart is usually more applause-worthy. Because of that, its really fun to say that Stephen Colbert is like Jon Stewart, but funny. Especially to people who really love Stewart.

  • Chris

    In 2019, a hobbling Jay Leno will come onto stage, do a high five with his audience, tell a few Lewinsky jokes, and 800,000 people will watch. He’ll be crowned the king of late night the following Thursday on this site in the ratings report…claiming a whopping 1 share.

  • damian

    Indeed…I think that Jay Leno would and could survive a nuclear holocaust. He’d crawl out from under the rubble and fawn all over a Kardashian.

  • Gary Middleton

    “It also kind of relates to the comedy you applaud at versus the comedy you actually laugh at.”

    Seth Meyers derisively refers to the former as “clapter”. Great post, Hector.

  • Diana Santiago

    Here’s the complete Conan Q & A from last Friday at UCSD. I haven’t had the chance of watching it yet.

  • Gary Middleton

    Interesting footage, because I don’t think there’s been another nearly-50 late night host who could pull off that kind of leather-jacketed youthful cool pose in front of a college crowd.

  • Chris

    Can you imagine Leno putting on a performance like that at UCSD? Never in a million years. He’d spend an hour doing high fives but couldn’t pull that off.

  • Gary Middleton

    Unusual development: longtime former Leno-avoider and Letterman ally Steve Martin makes his first appearance of sweeps on Tonight next Monday. Maybe at this point the other shows don’t see Martin as the trump card that they used to.

  • Gary Middleton

    Jay gets a huge boost May 8 when The Voice finale runs to 11 p.m.

  • Diana Santiago

    I love the way young people look up to Conan not only as a funny man, but also as a role model. His approach person to person is really heartwarming (and I speak from personal experience).

    Conan will have his “Mel Gibson” moment tomorrow, because he has Meta World Peace booked. Also, Chicago dates were announced today! The show was hilarious but I didn’t pay too much attention requesting my tickets for Chicago!

  • Gary Middleton

    Holy cow that’s a fortuitous booking for Conan. I think it’ll be big.

    Tonight was Jay’s first mention of the Gibson booking and the room that had been applauding other named guests went quiet fast. It’s not 100% as rough as it sounds, since TV studio audiences can be a little extra-reserved about reacting to controversial things because they feel like they’re being watched. But it’s rough.

  • JBS

    Gary: Unusual development: longtime former Leno-avoider and Letterman ally Steve Martin makes his first appearance of sweeps on Tonight next Monday. Maybe at this point the other shows don’t see Martin as the trump card that they used to.

    That really is surprising.

    Hector: But when I think of The Daily Show, I just think of Jon Stewart playing clips and then saying something in a funny voice.

    Right. Stewart is not bad but Daily Show is a bit too much centered around third party material. Other shows show these clips too and make jokes about them but they do fill like 90% of their time with their own material.

  • Diana Santiago

    Gary: Unusual development: longtime former Leno-avoider and Letterman ally Steve Martin makes his first appearance of sweeps on Tonight next Monday.
    Maybe because Conan will be on hiatus?

  • Gary Middleton

    Could well be, Diana.

    Could also be, and forgive the blasphemy, that Conan and Dave have had enough Steve Martin for the time being. At least when the deal includes putting on his bluegrass band.

  • Gary Middleton

    0.48 for Conan last week. The volatility within that weekly number was insane. 0.3 to 0.7.

  • JBS

    Steve Martin was on Conan in february – without his bluegrass band. So it would’ve been a bit early to bring him back. I love his bluegrass band.

  • Tony

    ” Highest Paid Host of Late Night

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/highest-paid-hosts-on-late-night-tv.html

    It’s amazing how Chelsea makes more money than Kimmel and Fallon combined.

  • Tony

    I thought Letterman’s salary was almost $50 million? I guess not anymore.

  • Diana Santiago

    “It’s amazing how Chelsea makes more money than Kimmel and Fallon combined.”

    I’m sure Chelsea has skills that Kimmel and Fallon don’t have. ;)

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