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




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.

(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*


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.


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


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




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


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




  • Diana Santiago

    Interesting bit about smart comedians. Conan is the only late night host on the list.

  • Nate

    I enjoy reading this thread but have never commented. I do feel the need to kinda bemoan the fact that television audiences in general are shrinking faster than the size of food packaging….makes me feel older than I really am…(41). I will say that I loved Johnny Carson while I was in my late teens, thought Jay Leno was a very “safe” replacement who has yet to switch off the “safe mode”, and I’ve been on board with Letterman always. That being said, I consider Conan my favorite of the late night hosts. He came up just as I was graduating college, and even back then I was fascinated by ratings. He was just very weird and unique when he burst onto the scene, and there was something gratifying about seeing him survive. Through everything, I still love to settle back on the couch and watch he and Andy do their thing. It just feels right.

  • Diana Santiago

    Last minute change in guest list on Conan, as LA Lakers suspend Metta World Peace.

  • Stuart

    Hey, where’s the Kimmel hater guy been? He’s hilarious.

    And probably correct.

  • Brad

    “I’m sure Chelsea has skills that Kimmel and Fallon don’t have.”

    Yeah, binge drinking.

  • Brad

    I kid. I love Chelsea Handler. But seriously, her morals are a little skewed. Lol

    That was a very interesting read about Smart Comedians. However, not to be a complete prick as I do know how smart and well educated Conan truly is, you still have to consider the source. The Huffington Post is owned by AOL which is owned by Time Warner. That’s why you see Conan’s videos on The Huffington Post a lot of the time.

  • Gary Middleton

    Brad, AOL split from Time Warner in 2009.

  • Dan


    Letterman owns his show so also sees anciliary revenue. So the co-king of late night has a higher salary than Jay and also sees additional money.

  • Diana Santiago

    Did anyone wants to guess Jimmy’s numbers last night? I didn’t watch it, but the Slow Jammin’ the news with Obama is all around the internet.

  • Gary Middleton

    Surprised how little the President brought to that bit, I thought it would be in his wheelhouse. We’ll see how he does this weekend opening for Jimmy Kimmel.

  • GARebelman

    Fallon beat Letterman in the Demo in the 25 metered markets all things considered last night. Letterman getting a 0.6 seems routine despite new lead in or repeat lead in. Summer for him might not be pretty.

  • Brad

    This has to be Letterman’s finally contract with CBS.

    Btw, not partners doesn’t mean not connected. I believe AOL and Time Warner still has connections.

  • Drum

    From Wikipedia:

    Fallon – attended The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. He was a Computer Science major, but switched to Communications in his senior year, dropping out a semester shy of a degree.

    Leno – Leno grew up in Andover, Massachusetts, and although his high school guidance counselor recommended that he drop out of school, he later obtained a Bachelor’s degree in speech therapy from Emerson College, where he started a comedy club in 1973.

    Kimmel – He graduated from Ed W. Clark High School and then attended University of Nevada, Las Vegas for one year before attending Arizona State University for two years without completing a degree.

    Letterman – According to the Ball State Daily News, he originally had wanted to attend Indiana University, but his grades weren’t good enough, so he decided to attend Ball State University, in Muncie, Indiana. He is a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, and he graduated from what was then the Department of Radio and Television,. A self-described average student, Letterman endowed a scholarship for what he called “C students” at Ball State.

    Colbert – he applied and was accepted to Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. There he continued to participate in plays while studying mainly philosophy. After two years, he transferred to Northwestern University as a Theater Major to study performance

    Stewart – Stewart graduated in 1984 from The College of William & Mary in Virginia, where he played on the soccer team and initially majored in chemistry before switching to psychology.

    Conan – After graduating as valedictorian in 1981, he entered Harvard University.[10] At Harvard, O’Brien lived in Holworthy Hall during his freshman year[11] and Mather House during his three upper-class years. He concentrated in history and literature and graduated magna cum laude[12] in 1985.

    Ferguson – At age sixteen, Ferguson dropped out of Cumbernauld High School and began an apprenticeship to be an electronics technician at a local factory of American company Burroughs Corporation.

    Conan has the best formal education out of all late night hosts, while Ferguson has the worst.
    Fun fact – Stewart is the only host who doesn’t have heritage from the British Isles.

  • Hector

    Slow jamming the news with Obama was not good. That bit is usually great. Obama was obviously nowhere as good as Brian Williams is, but it wasn’t really his fault.

    I think they just tried to shoehorn in a bit that wasnt too outrageous or that they could incorporate some kind of policy into.

  • Brad

    Thanks Drum! Much appreciated. Explains my Ferguson talks about interia or whatever on his show. I didn’t know Leno even graduated from any college. Emerson, that’s quite impressive.

    Im with Hector. Obama and Fallon played it safe.

  • Rose

    Considering he is the POTUS, playing it “safe” is most likely a wise choice. Republicans take great offense when Obama tries to “entertain”. I loved his singing in Harlem, but it was panned by those on the other side. Safe is safe.

  • Gary Middleton

    I don’t think he played it safe, I think he played it stiff. Very uncharacteristic. His singing in Harlem was great.

    Hector, maybe the bit works better with someone who is supposed to be rigid like an anchorman, as opposed to someone known for being pretty soulful. In other words, Slow Jamming The News with Mitt Romney *might* be the far superior comedy bit.

  • Gary Middleton

    But, in the unhipness department, he has a long way to go to catch Iron Jay asking his Monday guest about the “Coachelli” festival.

  • Aaron

    Wow,Conan got a .7 last night. Is it because he had Simon Helberg on the show, since he’s one of the main stars from the Big Bang Theory?

  • Aaron

    According to someone who attended Conan tonight, Conan did his wedding ring spin that he last performed on Late Night during the writers strike, in order to fill up some time.

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