Late Night TV Ratings For The Week Of April 23 - April 27, 2012

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May 3rd, 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 23-27

‘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 1 PERCENT

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – May 3, 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." Jay topped “Late Show” by a 13 percent margin in 18-49 viewers, his biggest advantage over a week of “Late Show” originals since December 19-23, 2011.

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. Boosted by Tuesday’s telecast featuring an appearance by President Obama, Jimmy delivered his biggest weekly 18-49 audience in eight weeks (since February 27-March 2) and biggest overall audience in nine weeks (since February 20-24).

Note that Monday’s “Late Night” and Friday’s “Last Call” and “Kimmel” were encores, as were the Monday through Wednesday editions of “Late Late Show.”

On Tuesday, Jimmy Fallon delivered his biggest 18-49 audience for a regular episode so far this season with a special telecast from Chapel Hill, N.C. featuring President Obama, which delivered 853,000 adults 18-49 for a 0.7 rating in that key category. In total viewers, Tuesday’s telecast averaged 2.0 million persons, a 19 percent jump versus the 1.7 million the show has averaged this season in comparable “live plus same day” ratings.

Through the first 32 weeks of the season, "Tonight" has increased its total-viewer margin over "Late Show" to 15 percent (3.719 million vs. 3.228 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. 1.533 million), up from last year's advantage of 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. 198,000) up from last year's 23 percent, and in adults 25-54, to 11 percent (867,000 vs. 784,000) up from 2 percent at this point last season.

"Tonight" delivered a bigger 18-49 audience than "Late Show" for the 16th time in 19 weeks while Jimmy Fallon attracted a bigger 18-49 audience than "Late Late Show" for a 22nd week in a row.

WEEKLY AVERAGES
(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of April 23-27. 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,” 0.9/4

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET
ABC “Kimmel,” 0.6/3*

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,” 3.5 million viewers
CBS “Late Show,” 2.9 million viewers

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET
ABC “Nightline,” 3.9 million viewers

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET
ABC “Kimmel,” 1.9 million viewers*

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 1.7 million viewers*
CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.4 million viewers*

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.9 million viewers*

* Monday’s “Late Night,” Friday’s “Last Call” and “Kimmel” and the Monday-through-Wednesday telecasts of “Late Late Show” 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,” 0.8/3

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

 

SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK OF APRIL 23-27

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, 0.8
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,” 1.6 million
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 1.2 million

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 1.0 million

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 2.0 million
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.5 million

 

 

 
  • Tony

    Kimmel is doing great!

  • Brad

    What the heck is happening over at CC? Colbert and Stewart each drop a whole 0.1 from last week. Is great political news really bad right about now?

    I would like to speak for myself and say I haven’t been watching Stewart (and thus Colbert) because it has been a tough year, tough times overall, and I really don’t want to hear Stewart critique about how much things suck right now.

  • Gary Middleton

    And how about Adult Swim dropping to 0.8? Some wild volatility with a general weak trend all over the place.

    Brad, I agree with you and also with Diana’s “politics fatigue” theory. And of course I’m a contrarian too, so I always look for really obvious ideas like “election year therefore Daily Show does better” to fail.

  • Gary Middleton

    Dave hasn’t beaten Jay in this millennium without a new Hawaii Five-O.

  • GARebelman

    Will be curious when summer pans out. No idea how the summer olympics will affect late night seeing as the UK is about a 6-7 hour time difference. Per the last two years, Dave does pretty bad over the dog days of summer.

  • Gary Middleton

    GAR, I think it goes without saying that Leno will be pre-empted over those 2 weeks. In the glory years he would do a special nightly “Olympic monologue”, but I’ll suggest there’s no chance of that happening this time. If anything, we might see them try to work Fallon into the coverage somehow.

    I think it’s another little wrench thrown into Mike’s call for Leno to fall below 3 million viewers this summer. But Mike seems to have been ahead of the curve in noticing a mini surge for Nightline in the last month.

  • Robert Marino

    The list above, put graphically (alongside the previous week’s results):

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/77149235@N06/6994397582/

  • Lee

    On the daily finals Conan was missing from Monday, 0.7 Tuesday, 0.5 Wed, 0.6 Thurs. Does that mean he got a 0.2 on Monday to average 0.5? Is that realistic? Was it an original show Monday? I don’t remember.

  • Lee

    or i suppose a 0.3 on monday would round to a 0.5 average.

  • Gary Middleton

    Lee, it’s impossible to know for sure because that 0.7 could be 0.65 or it could be .749 and so forth. Keep in mind that Conan’s average for the week was 0.543, so it’s quite plausible that the Monday show (which was a new episode) came in closer to 0.4.

  • Brad

    Monday’s show was somewhere near 0.4, it proves that BBT is the key for Conan to have good ratings as BBT is shown Tues. – Thurs., not on Monday. Stewart doesn’t rely on his lead-in and neither does Handler, but everyone else seems to.

  • Lee

    Thanks guys. That confuses me then because the daily cable ratings for Monday do not show Conan in the top 100. The lowest there had a 0.3 so why no Conan?

  • Lee

    Actually I think I just spotted the answer. It’s the top 100 for adults 25-54 not 18-49.

  • Brad

    I think you just answered your question there Lee. Conan can have 0.3, but that doesn’t mean he makes the Top 100.

    Honestly, this rounding thing isn’t helping anyone. We saw Adult Swim drop 0.2 this week. If they had a 0.951 (giving them a 1.0) and the they drop 0.102 it would give them a 0.849, which rounds them down to 0.8. That’s ridiculous because they didn’t drop 0.2 in the ratings, only 0.102.

  • Aaron

    Robert, according to your chart Conan beat Ferguson both weeks?

  • Drum

    You should take into account that for the first week Ferguson had Letterman’s rereuns as his lead-in, and in the second week 3 of his shows were repeats and Thursday and Friday shows were pretaped by almost a month.
    Ferguson,Fallon and Kimmel are extremly lead-in dependent.

  • Gary Middleton

    You got it, Lee. Who would rank significantly higher in 18-49 than 25-54? Someone who has a lot of viewers 18 to 24. Conan fits that bill.

  • Hector

    Fallon will be a part of the Olympic coverage.

  • Robert Marino

    Aaron, yes, those are the stats. I just took them from the list above and presented them in a slightly more accessible format. You’ll note that the article above was written by one Sara Bibel — so you can regard it, if you would, as the Bibelical truth :) —Though, if you’re more in sync with Porgie and Bess, you might feel:

    The things that you’re liable
    to read in the Bibel
    — they ain’t necessarily so…

    Sorry. Couldn’t resist.

  • pete

    Colberts appearance on Letterman was not ratings gold last night. On the other hand, Lettermans – Chris Elliott/Eagleheart did quite well.

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