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

 

 
  • Hector

    Gary, nice link.

    Good line about Kimmel at the beginning. Did Hello Man write that up?

    I agree about Leno.

    I don’t know if it was only about recent years but I thought Jon Stewart had done one. Maybe in the 90’s. Conan did one too. And I think Leno’s done 3 times overall.

    (and he’s not a late night host but the love of my life Norm Macdonald was great in 1997)

  • Gary Middleton

    Hector, you’re right about Stewart, but it’s confusing. According to the official site, Stewart did the dinner in…1997.

  • Gary Middleton

    Hector, I think the discrepancy is that there are 2 different events: the Radio/Television Correspondents dinner and the White House Correspondents dinner, and Norm did the former.

    Kimmel isn’t a stand up and it showed, but he had enough great jokes and a supportive enough crowd that Correspondents Dinner history will deem him very adequate.

  • Badlands

    I thought Kimmel was funny at the Correspondents’ Dinner, but his delivery seemed rushed. I also think it was a mistake to do a clip of “Unnecessary Moments in Censorship,” which didn’t seem appropriate. I’d put it above Leno and Rich Little, in line with Wanda Sykes and Craig Ferguson, and below Seth Meyers and Colbert.

  • Badlands

    I just went back and watched Craig Ferguson’s 2008 Correspondents’ Dinner speech again since I couldn’t remember it that well. I realized the reason I didn’t remember it is that there was nothing that stood out about it and it wasn’t very funny. I’d definitely put it below Kimmel.

  • JB

    Ferguson was out of his element. He’s a good standup comedian but with him, it’s all or nothing – he’s at his best when he is comfortable and has the freedom to cuss, improv, use profanity, etc. I thought Kimmel did a good job, he was a safe and easy choice. These kind of events suit him perfectly, just like hosting the Emmy Awards will.

  • Stuart

    Wow, I thought Kimmel was really forcing it and his delivery cadence was terrible. Jokes were pretty obvious, too. Maher’s New Rules from last night was infinitely superior. In fact, one of the best New Rules ever.

    I’m not sure I get Jimmy Kimmel’s appeal in the least bit, but what do I know.

  • Gary Middleton

    Watched it again and I’m changing my vote. Kimmel was excellent. He fell apart near the end because he isn’t a stand up and doesn’t know how to leg out a longer set. But it’s a very tough gig and he scored big.

    He called Bill Maher an a-hole, I wonder what happened there. I mean, I’m sure he’s right, but lots of people are a-holes. I wonder what triggered that blunt attack.

  • Stuart

    Cannot agree Gary. Didn’t think Kimmel resonated on any level. Just words coming from someone who expects you to laugh because you’re of a similar mindset. But that’s horse racing.

    Also, would it kill the man to take a nap? He looks pretty haggard for what, 45 years old?

    Overall, C minus for Kimmel. B minus for Barry.

  • Stuart

    Also Gary, for a guy who does this for a living, Kimmel seemed awfully nervous and squirrely. It really sucked the energy out of the room.

    Additionally, his jokes, while not a complete disaster, reeked of the barely clever barbs of your average tweeter. Might need to rethink his writing staff if they came up mostly empty on such a huge night. Quantity definitely triumphed over quality.

    Kimmel will not in any way, shape or form be regarded highly in the pantheon of great WHCD hosts, IMO. Not sure where you saw “excellence” Gary. Just standing up there in a tux isn’t enough to impress me.

  • GARebelman

    Apparently Gov. Pat Quinn in IL declared in Chicago today is “Jay Leno Day’ for his community service there.

  • Hector

    Kimmel did pretty well. Cutting out about 5 minutes from the second half of his act would have helped.

    Some good groans…..my favorite came from the Marcus Bachmann jokes.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Kimmel will not in any way, shape or form be regarded highly in the pantheon of great WHCD hosts”

    My take, Stuart, is that pantheon doesn’t exist. There’s Seth Meyers and Wanda Sykes who rocked, a handful of people who struggled badly, and a whole lot of people who got by. Among the “got by” crowd, Kimmel was terrific.

    Reason the bar is so low is it’s an extremely tough and tricky gig, for many reasons.

  • Stuart

    Seems most entertainment exists in that “got by” metric. Why is that? Why not find people and product that and who “rock” consistently, or don’t hire them at all? Kimmel’s decidedly middle of the road.

    But I’ll agree there may not be a pantheon! Save for a few memorable hosts, Kimmel’s just one in a long line of forgettable hired guns, IMO.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Cutting out about 5 minutes from the second half of his act would have helped.”

    Absolutely, Hector, but that’s the kind of thing that’s only really clear in retrospect. Any time you can go back and get rid of the stuff that didn’t work, an act will be better. It’s why SNL runs its stuff by a full audience once before they go to air, and movies do test screenings, but none of that is possible for this very unusual gig.

    If Kimmel was a real stand up, I think he could’ve masked that 15 minute mark lull better and kept it from skidding so badly. But I really think it’s the kind of gig that even shakes up a lot of seasoned veterans and makes their timing go all weird.

  • Stuart

    But I really think it’s the kind of gig that even shakes up a lot of seasoned veterans and makes their timing go all weird.

    Hmm. Not sure Gary. I think Kimmel’s just not that great at telling jokes and the pressure got to him. Imus flopped years ago too, so it does happen.

    Also, guys like Kimmel are so used to being able to stop tape and fix things (his show hasn’t been live for years) that old habits die hard.

  • kscottk11

    Haven’t May “sweeps” started. Why are Conan’s shows repeats next week? That can’t be good.

  • Gary Middleton

    Yes, ks, sweeps began Thursday. Do sweeps matter less in cable? The Comedy Central guys also tend to go dark for a week.

  • Badlands

    Stuart – You realize late night shows rarely “stop tape and fix things” in front of a live audience.

    BTW, it’s really obnoxious when people refer to the president as “Barry.”

  • Diana Santiago

    kscottk11: I was wondering about that too; but then
    – Conan has only had one week off since January
    – He will be preparing remotes for Chicago
    – Turner upfront is on May 16, NY

    May is going to be a slow month. I hope he doesn’t lose the momentum he has in terms of numbers.

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