Late Night TV Ratings For The Week Of April 16 - April 20, 2012

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April 26th, 2012

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Via NBC's Press Release:

JAY LENO OUT-RATES ‘Late Show’ IN A WEEK OF REBROADCASTS

JIMMY FALLON ENCORES TOP ‘LATE Late Show’ ORIGINALS IN 18-49 VIEWERS AND TOTAL VIEWERS

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – April 26, 2012 – NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” has delivered bigger audiences in adults 18-49, total viewers and all other key ratings categories versus CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” in a week of rebroadcasts for both shows.

At 12:35 a.m. ET, encore telecasts of “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” out-delivered originals of CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” in viewers 18-49 (519,000 vs. 478,000), total viewers (1.330 million vs. 1.246 million) and most other key categories.

Through the first 31 weeks of the season, "Tonight" has increased its total-viewer margin over "Late Show" to 15 percent (3.722 million vs. 3.235 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 (1.767 million vs. 1.536 million), up from last year's advantage of 0.1 percent. Jimmy has also increased his season-to-date lead over "Late Late Show" in adults 18-34, to 39 percent (276,000 vs. 199,000) up from last year's 23 percent, and in adults 25-54, up to 10 percent (867,000 vs. 785,000) up from 2 percent at this point last season.

"Tonight" delivered a bigger 18-49 audience than "Late Show" for the 15th time in 18 weeks while Jimmy Fallon attracted a bigger 18-49 audience than "Late Late Show" for a 21st week in a row.

WEEKLY AVERAGES

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of April 16-20. 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," 0.7 rating, 3 share (in encore telecasts)

CBS "Late Show," 0.6/2 (in encore telecasts)

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

ABC "Nightline," 0.8/3

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

ABC "Kimmel," 0.5/2*

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET

NBC "Late Night," 0.4/2 (in encore telecasts)

CBS "Late Late Show," 0.4/2

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET

NBC "Last Call," 0.3/2 (in encore telecasts)

TOTAL VIEWERS

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET

NBC "Tonight," 2.9 million viewers (in encore telecasts)

CBS "Late Show," 2.4 million viewers (in encore telecasts)

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

ABC "Nightline," 3.7 million viewers

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

ABC "Kimmel," 1.8 million viewers*

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET

NBC "Late Night," 1.3 million viewers (in encore telecasts)

CBS "Late Late Show," 1.2 million viewers

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET

NBC "Last Call," 0.8 million viewers (in encore telecasts)

* Friday’s "Kimmel" was an encore.

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," 0.8/3

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," 0.6/3

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," 3.2 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

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SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK OF APRIL 16-20

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," 0.7

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," 1.9 million

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, "The Colbert Report," 1.4 million

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, "Conan," 1.0 million

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 2.1 million

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

 

 
  • Robert Marino

    The list above, put graphically:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/77149235@N06/7116452689/

    “The times, they are a-changin’…”

  • pete

    Robert – to be fair your graph is flawed since it is based on a week when the three top network shows are in repeats. Let’s try again, on a week where all the shows are up and running. Just sayin…

    Times are a-changin, but not that much.

  • Gary Middleton

    Great work, Robert. If it were me, I’d average Stewart/Colbert and make it a single one-hour entry.

  • Debsafan

    I don’t watch any or these clowns. David Letterman is a joke and not a funny one. As long as I have reruns of Everyone loves Raymond I’m good.

  • Stuart

    Great, relevant post Debsafan. Perhaps you could supply us with a graph?

  • Justin

    I wonder how TBS Feels knowing Conan gets the same ratings at Last Call.

  • Robert Marino

    pete – to be fair, the week may be flawed, but my table accurately represents the stats above (except for the fact that I always seem to leave out Carson Daley). I make no claim that the stats represent a new norm, and I recognize that 3 of the shows on the list above are referred to as in “encore telecasts”. My “times they are a-changin’ ” is simply in reference to the fact that: there was a time (maybe a year ago?) when Stewart wouldn’t have topped Leno even in reruns; Colbert has never, even in reruns, tied Jay (honestly, don’t you find that mind-boggling?); and this weeks list seemed just so unusual in so many ways — so much so that I thought it was worth reviving my graphic representation.

    Gary – Thanks for the complement. Averaging Stewart and Colbert would only make my life more complicated, so I’m kind of reluctant…

    Stuart (and Debsafan, too)- Because you asked for it:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/77149235@N06/7117461261/

  • Gary Middleton

    “Colbert has never, even in reruns, tied Jay”

    And while most of that speaks to the decline of the broadcast guys, there could be another storyline to keep an eye on: the closing of the gap between Stewart and Colbert.

    Meanwhile, Stewart did an interesting thing when he lashed out at Obama for doing the comedy bit with Fallon. I’m sure Fallon wasn’t thrilled with that.

  • Gary Middleton

    You know, I’ll take it a step further. I’m sure Fallon is very upset about it. Imagine one of the big moments of your life, you get the President of the United States on your talk show. You’re excited, your parents are excited. The comedy bit goes all over the place on the internet.

    And then another host comes out and declares that the President demeaned himself and the office by doing the bit.

    That is a serious urination on someone’s parade.

  • Monikka

    Stewart didn’t go far enough. Not only should Obama have not slow-jammed the news, he shouldn’t have gone on Fallon’s show in the first place. If for some strange reason the president feels the needs to go on a talk show, he should at least visit Leno or Letterman both of whom have what passes for the late night version of gravitas, at least to the masses.

    As for pissing on Fallon’s parade, who cares. His parade counts for nothing when we’re talking about the strength and prestige of our government.

    (Just for the record, I voted for Obama and I will vote for him in November.)

  • Robert Marino

    Monikka, I’ll start to worry when, looking at the ratings, Obama’s people decide to place him on Adult Swim. I can just imagine the pundits on cable news:
    “Master Shake certainly has the necessary gravitas, but it was a mistake for the president to do that segment with Meatwad…”

  • André

    lol Robert.

  • Justin

    Obama went on Late Night cause It was free-publicity for youth voters. Letterman and Leno don’t exactly stray young voters IMO. Plus, He knew that that bit would be all over the news and internet= Free advertisement for Obama 2012. I don’t know how well Mitt’s doing since he did the Top 10 on Letterman.

    Although, Stewart said he’d love to have Obama on the show again.

  • Chris

    Thursday night was a good example of how lead ins can affect late night…Leno got his brains beaten in with a poor 10PM lead-in.

  • Gary Middleton

    So Fallon gets to read about his role in the Presidency being demeaned on the same day he prints a 0.4. Can never get too comfortable in this life.

    Would imagine that was an all-time low for Tonight, quite possibly a 0.5 when all the votes are counted. Swept into the vortex of all-time lows last night across various networks.

  • Stuart

    Gary, it’d be funny if Kimmel absolutely bombs tomorrow and both he and Fallon are ‘mysteriously’ canceled next week.

    Ah, the audacity of hope!

  • Diana Santiago
  • Gary Middleton

    “Obama went on Late Night cause It was free-publicity for youth voters. Letterman and Leno don’t exactly stray young voters IMO. Plus, He knew that that bit would be all over the news and internet= Free advertisement for Obama 2012.”

    Justin, the possible problem is it was also a free advertisement for the anti-Obama crowd, who have already used the clip as part of a montage portraying Obama as un-serious. And it’s plausible that, in going for those young votes this way, he forfeits some other votes that he would’ve gotten by maintaining a Presidential air. In other words, he might be losing the one big benefit of incumbency.

    Stuart, on this same theme, this is the first Correspondents Dinner where I’ve ever sensed that the pressure was on the President instead of the comedian. Because Obama has lost the usual Presidential edge of being a “serious guy who is loosening up for a change”, and instead has to get laughs at a time he’s accused of insufficient gravitas. I’m sure he’ll do fine, he’s funny and it’s a Hollywood crowd. But not the slam dunk it usually is.

  • Gary Middleton

    Mayb, Diana, but I’ll take the other side of that bet. I don’t think Ryan would accept the Tonight gig.

    His career template is Dick Clark’s, and I don’t think Dick nor Ryan would launch themselves out of a cannon like that. A huge part of the success of guys like these is they know their limitations.

  • Stuart

    Maybe Gary. These Correspondence dinners are pretty abhorrent. Most despicable of Hollywood’s self important offerings all in one room.

    I guess Kimmel is the perfect host.

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