Late Night TV Ratings For The Week Of April 30 - May 4, 2012

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May 10th, 2012

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Via NBC's Press Release

JAY LENO AND JIMMY FALLON GENERATE GAINS AS THEY DELIVER #1 RANKINGS FOR THE LATE-NIGHT WEEK OF APRIL 30-MAY 4

JAY HITS A SEVEN-WEEK HIGH IN 18-49 VIEWERS AND JIMMY DELIVERS HIS BIGGEST AUDIENCE IN 11 WEEKS

‘TONIGHT’ AND ‘LATE NIGHT’ TOP ‘Late Show’ AND ‘LATE Late Show’ RESPECTIVELY IN ALL KEY RATINGS CATEGORIES: ADULTS, MEN AND WOMEN 18-34, 18-49 AND 25-54, PLUS TOTAL VIEWERS

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – May 10, 2012 – NBC’s late-night lineup has generated #1 results for the week of April 30-May 4, delivering bigger audiences in adults 18-49 and total viewers than the time-period competition on ABC and CBS. At 11:35 p.m. ET, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” topped CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman" and ABC's combination of "Nightline" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live" for the week, while at 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” bested CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and the second half of ABC’s “Kimmel” head to head. Note that Friday’s “Kimmel” was an encore.

“Tonight” out-delivered “Late Show” in all key categories -- adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers -- and Jimmy Fallon attracted bigger audiences than “Late Late Show” in every key category as well.

Jay generated his biggest 18-49 audience (1.045 million persons) in seven weeks (since the week of March 12-16) and Jimmy Fallon delivered his biggest 18-49 audience (699,000) and biggest overall audience (1.715 million) in 11 weeks (since February 13-17).

Through the first 33 weeks of the season, "Tonight" has increased its total-viewer margin over "Late Show" to 15 percent (3.716 million vs. 3.223 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 (1.765 million vs. 1.533 million), up from last year's advantage of 0.3 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 (866,000 vs. 781,000) up from 2 percent at this point last season.

"Tonight" delivered a bigger 18-49 audience than "Late Show" for the 17th time in 20 weeks while Jimmy Fallon attracted a bigger 18-49 audience than "Late Late Show" for a 23rd week in a row.

WEEKLY AVERAGES
(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of April 30 – May 4. 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,” 0.9/3

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET
ABC “Kimmel,” 0.5/3*

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,” 3.6 million viewers
CBS “Late Show,” 3.1 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,” 1.5 million viewers

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

* Friday’s “Last Call” and “Kimmel” 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 30 – MAY 4

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,” 0.5

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.4 (in encore telecasts)

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 0.9
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,” 1.7 million
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 1.2 million

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.8 million (in encore telecasts)

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

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  • Jeffrey

    Not this thread thus far, but you’ll find them on the others…give it time here.

  • Diana Santiago

    I’ll give you one example, from the horse’s mouth: “I got screwed.”

    Who’s playing the victim?

  • Mark S.

    What part of the horse?

    Some sad news from NBC…tons of canceled shows. Even sadder, the Jay Leno Show wasn’t one of them.

  • Aaron

    I do think the reason for BBT’s slide is partially due to college finals, which many are studying for.

  • Diana Santiago

    I didn’t noticed it, but one of the journalists that I follow on Twitter did. Jimmy Kimmel beat Jay.

    In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/3; “Late Show,” 0.7/3; “Nightline,” 1.2/5; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.7/4.

  • Brad

    What! JKL finally did it! Go ABC Go!

  • André

    “Gee, Conan on Letterman. Wonder who they’ll talk about? 20 minutes discussing their hate of Jay Leno.”

    I guess you don’t watch Conan at all, or you’d likely not bet on it. Or do. Put all your savings on that :)

  • André

    On another subject, if NBC was indeed grooming Chelsea to be more present in the network, her “new” show failing badly (and being canceled) must’ve made quite a dent in the project. I called it on the first week btw.

  • Chris

    But Leno is the king of late night…

    But….but….but…but….

  • Mike

    Don’t forget the Johnny Carson doc on PBS Monday night. I got to see it…for those who remember and loved Carson the great memories will come back. For those who never had the chance, you’ll wish you had the chance.

  • Brad

    I still don’t get why “Chelsea” is gone but “Whitney” stays? It makes no sense to me.

    As for Conan, he’s really got quite a bumpy road coming up. BBT is starting to lose its mojo. Conan’s line of ratings cocaine has run out. Luckily Men At Work premieres soon, but it needs to do well in the ratings and really needs to gel with Conan’s audience. It doesn’t need BBT ratings, it just need to be somewhere in between BBT and Conan.

    Conan is going to Chicago very soon. Like his show in New York, the ratings will be HUGE!!! And his next few weeks afterwards will be higher than normal. If you look at his ratings before and after NY his ratings averaged higher. Question is, did BBT help build Conan’s audience, or did it replace the post-NY audience that was leaving? We all have to wait and see what kind of help Conan can get with the Chicago and Men At Work combo and compare it to the New York and Big Bang Theory combo.

  • Aaron

    I wonder if Conan will make another surprise appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s show, since he’s going back to NY for an interview with Dave.

  • Tony

    “Not this thread thus far, but you’ll find them on the others…give it time here.”

    In other words…I was wrong in what I said before…. right? What is it about the internet that makes people refuse to say: “guess I was wrong. My bad…”

    It’s really quite easy and not at all painful. In the meantime, I think it’s fair to say your comments indicate who is posting with an agenda and who is just trying to look at the rating race (and related issues) with some level of objectivity. Gary’s posts are exemplary in regard to the latter.

  • Brad

    Daily Show 0.7 and Colbert Report 0.5! WOW! I pray Conan beats them in the near future. Hey Gary, I believe maybe there is a drop in the ratings because of college students studying and taking their finals. It would explain why Conan, Stewart, and Colbert’s numbers are down. All of them have a significant college audience.

  • pete

    Fallon beat Jay and Dave in the overnight demo on Friday.

  • Diana Santiago

    Tony, no one is objective. Everyone expresses their opinions of facts that each one filters through their own paradigm.

    Jeffrey is not wrong.

  • Billy

    I love how the best talk show (Craig Ferguson) has the worst ratings. Like really…who watches Fallon instead of Craig?

  • Chris

    No Tony…that’s a disguise..this Gary fellow loves to pretend that he’s objective…but he’s like a defensive stray cat. He tolerates no disagreement from others and just loves to make others feel small.

    Frankly, on a site like this, I don’t see a need to be objective. What’s the point?

    Leno is a caricature of what he used to be, which wasn’t much to begin with. Letterman is a shell of what he used to be. Kimmel is just blah. Fallon is engaging but so so. Ferguson at least is trying to do some innovative things. Conan is so out of the groove.

    A vast wasteland.

  • Gary Middleton

    “I guess you don’t watch Conan at all, or you’d likely not bet on it.”

    Unless, Andre, Gar’s belief is that Dave will relentlessly badger Conan into it. Dave likes to do that, it’s one of the only ways he can get attention.

  • Gary Middleton

    Brad, very interested to see how TBS original programming does relative to BBT. Will be very hard pressed to compete. In the year 2012, it’s really hard to draw a crowd to anything, anywhere, other than NFL football.

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