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

 

 

 
  • Gary Middleton

    Brent, I think that endorsement was a given and won’t interest many to tune in tonight. If Santorum endorsed Obama, Leno would have a news event.

    Santorum is a dull guy who is not running for the Presidency and wouldn’t win his own state if he did. Weak booking, imo.

  • Aaron

    Mario, what the hell are you talking about? Ron Artest showed up yesterday, not the original date he was scheduled for. Do you just like being ignorant?

  • Aaron

    Anyone know how Conan did in the ratings last night?

  • Gary Middleton

    Aaron, it looks like he didn’t register. Which often happens on Mondays. I’ll take it at face value.

    But it’s strange because there’s no mention of TBS at 10:30 and it’s highly unusual for them to fail to chart well in that slot. So there’s a bit of peculiarity in the data, or a huge gap in my knowledge about something TBS did at 10:30.

  • kscottk11

    “Santorum is a dull guy who is not running for the Presidency and wouldn’t win his own state if he did. Weak booking, imo.”

    I agree with you.

    Leno, also booked Mitt Romney, who is a another bore on his show back in March of this year and that show performed poorly from a ratings stand-point.

  • Drum

    In his interview with Steven Tyler Ferguson said that they should be moving to the new studio in September.

  • GARebelman

    Yikes Conan got a 0.3 in the Demo last night!

  • Diana Santiago

    I think Conan jinxed his ratings yesterday when he extended his Google + hangout past 11:00 pm ET. Certainly it was better seeing Conan one-on-one with his fans.

  • Gary Middleton

    Diana, of course it didn’t help that BBT tapered off at 10:30 this time instead of ramping. This must be a record for any late night talk show ratings volatility. 0.3 one night, 0.7 the next, is just wild.

  • Diana Santiago

    Awesome show tonight for Conan. His chemistry with Joel McHale is FANTASTIC.

  • GARebelman

    Jimmy Fallon really got Stern on a tangent when Jimmy said he asked jay for advise on how to interview Obama. Walked in to that one.

  • Gary Middleton

    Howard tends to devote a significant amount of airtime to Jay Leno.

  • Brad

    Howard Stern was right on the money though about, well, everything. Leno had only one good interview which was when he famously asked Hugh Grant in 1995 “OK, question No. 1: What the hell were you thinking?”.

    I’m really glad Howard got Jimmy to talk about this, because we know now he isn’t fascinated with Letterman as Letterman is with Fallon. Reason being, Fallon never asked Letterman for advice. It also shows who he is willing to suck up to like Leno. It is sad though, now his late night buddies like Stewart, Colbert, and O’Brien all know that they aren’t considered great interviews. This is exactly what I love about Howard Stern, that he is able to get all this juicy information out to the public.

  • Brad

    Not to get away from Stern’s night on Fallon, but has anyone noticed Ferguson has been wearing a suit and vest on the show, all nice and buttoned up. Just saying that things are surely changing for the Late Late Show.

  • Aaron

    Brad, I’ve noticed that too but it’s not such a drastic change in attire. Plus, the humor seems to still be the same.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Leno had only one good interview”

    Preposterous, imo.

  • André

    Conan O’Brien @ the Late Show with David Letterman on May 17th.

  • Aaron

    It’s gonna be great to see them reunite again. I wonder if Conan will film one remote piece in NY, just like he did at UC San Diego.

  • Diana Santiago

    Aaron, I really hope it happens. There will be Conan staff there for the upfronts.

  • Gary Middleton

    Great card for Dave to play during sweeps, and he needs it desperately. His ratings last week were jaw droppingly low given a full slate of CBS 10 p.m. dramas.

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