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:



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.


(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)


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.


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


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




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


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


  • Gary Middleton

    I’ve always liked the event, Stuart. And before he was a soul singer/slow jammer, back when he was Presidential, nobody took a line to the hoop better than Obama:

  • Diana Santiago

    While Mr. F-Word Stewart makes his rant, his cable twin Stephen Colbert addresses the POTUS appearance with more comedic wisdom:

  • Badlands

    The criticism of Obama on Fallon is yet another fake outrage and I’m surprised to see Jon Stewart jump onboard. The attack ad about him being cool is just another Karl Rove tactic in attacking the opponent’s strong points and I doubt will be effective.

    BTW, what was really embarrassing was seeing Romney say the words “M I double shizzle” on Letterman. It was almost as bad as this:


  • jim laforte

    OH YOU SEE H! OUCH! Has Jay ever been that low? And jeese, what happened to Dave and it is ONLY APRIL! The NBC/Universal deal with Mr. Seacrest is interesting and I about fell out of my chair at the thought that he would take over for Jay. That really makes sense for a number of reason.

    Dick Clark originally produced shows for the ABC Television Network. The game show was originally on ABC Daytime in the 1970’s as was “American Bandstand” and the award shows that his company produced. Since NBC/Universal is a “content” company, would it not make sense to give Ryan Seacrest all of the leverage (visibility) hosting their flagship late night show AND his company the opportunity to produce shows (content) for each of their networks and hell, why not a Ryan Seacrest ride at Universal Theme Park? “All Ryan all of the time, only on NBC.”

  • jim laforte

    I have a feeling that Ryan Seacrest will soon reach his on-air expiration date due to a thing called “over-exposure.” How long can he handle juggling all of those shows and working to pure exhaustion? The viewing public is very fickle and the “old” guys (Dick Clark and Merv Griffin) understood their limitations and the need to not over-expose their respective “brands.” Will Ryan Seacrest go beyond the “flavor of the moment.” I believe that he is an astute businessman, is talented and shrewd. But enough is enough already. LOL!

  • jim laforte

    Sorry to rant, but I cannot stand the Kardashians and have absolutely no idea what their appeal is and why people watch that s**t that passes as “programming.” There is very little to no talent left on television today. Say what you want about David Letterman and Jay Leno but it took talent to get to where they are and remain.

  • Stuart

    “Say what you want about David Letterman and Jay Leno but it took talent to get to where they are and remain”.

    To wit, I saw Leno do stand up 27 years ago when I was in college. He was INCREDIBLY, fall out of your chair, funny. Tight 90 minute set, too. He’s a hall of famer no matter the digs he gets.

    Letterman IS late night.. Nuf said.

    Point is, I couldn’t agree with your sentiment more, Jim Laforte. Everyone else in late night is a place holder.

  • Hector

    Colbert says ‘an historic’ too? Jimmy Kimmel says that a lot.

    Come to think of it, he’s likely to say it tonight.

  • Hector

    Dear Secret Service,

    Great timing.


    Jimmy Kimmel

  • Hector

    I’m expecting good things tonight. I don’t think it will be as loved as Seth Myers last year, and I certainly doubt it could go as badly as Leno the year before.

    I’m just hoping for a few great lines and some really great groans from the audience.

    Kimmel is a great roaster. Politics isn’t really his world, but he can tell a good mean/offensive joke (or a joke that isn’t that horrible or offensive but is taken that way).

    He doesn’t do tons of roasts like Lampinelli or Ross, but when he does he’s great. Good clips to find on YouTube of the Pamela Anderson and Flavor Flav roasts, plus some weird non-comedy central Shaq roast.

    Maybe it has to do with who he’s roasting, but after the Flavor Flav roast, I started to think he might be better than Jeff Ross.

  • Mike

    Network late night numbers for Thursday are why I wrote a few weeks ago that Leno and Letterman will see numbers once thought unthinkable. Leno holds up better than Dave in the summer, but both will often fall under a 2 rating.

  • Gary Middleton

    Mike, last year Leno didn’t just hold up in the summer, he rose. I have no idea what NBC has planned for this summer other than AGT- which will be huge- but they’ll be hard pressed to do worse than Awake, Rock Center, Dateline, and whatever preceded Smash on Mondays.

    Sometimes low-impact stuff like the Tonight Show does better in TV’s down times because there’s less competition, fewer shows to watch back on DVR, etc.

  • Gary Middleton

    Diana, that Colbert take is really interesting. If I’m not mistaken, that puts him totally at odds with Stewart on the issue, and underscores that Stewart is aligned with Fox News on it. And you’re right, Colbert’s wording of things seems a lot more elegant. And Stewart and Colbert were tied in the demo on Thursday.

    This is getting fun.

  • Gary Middleton

    Jim, I don’t think Seacrest would accept the role of Tonight host, but your posts made me think that he could very well be asked to produce the show.

  • Chris

    But doesn’t one have to have some type of comedic chops to host The Tonight Show?

    Thus far we’ve had Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Johnny, Conan and Jay…all funny guys (Jay sort of). Has Seacrest shown any hint of comedic talent?

    I agree he’ll be overexposed soon.

  • Gary Middleton

    Guys like Ryan Seacrest and Dick Clark don’t have to worry about overexposure because they don’t really do anything but introduce other people. They’re like the sound of traffic, they just kind of blend in and people barely notice them. And I think they’re smart enough to know that’s the key to their success.

  • Gary Middleton

    Some good information mixed with commentary on the Correspondents Dinner as it pertains to a lot of the late night hosts. Though I don’t agree that Jay’s 2010 stint looks any better in retrospect:

  • GARebelman

    Santorum to appear on the Tonight Show May 8th. Very interesting as Jay had a ball making fun of him :)

  • Gary Middleton

    Holy cow, GAR, I think that booking is a serious drop of the ball. May 8 will have the biggest lead-in Tonight is likely to have all year courtesy of The Voice finale. They think a compatible booking is a dull, polarizing, 53 year old politician who left the race weeks earlier? I’d put any of next week’s 5 lead guests on that night instead of Santorum.

  • Ann

    I don’t see Seacrest as a possible TS host. He may be able to do interviews but I don’t see him as a comedian doing a monologue and comedy bits.

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