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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  • Gary Middleton

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

    Good eye, Pete. Stephen Colbert’s audience showed up. Maybe Jon Stewart will rant on Monday that Colbert shouldn’t lower himself to venues like that anymore.

  • Rose

    Billy, I love FALLON. Don’t like Ferguson. To each his own. Can’t hate someone, just because they beat your guy. I think that Fallon is redefining what can be done with the format. I absolutely love his impressions, games and sketches, like the Downton Abby parody.

  • Monikka

    “Like really…who watches Fallon instead of Craig?”

    And there’s your answer. Stupid people. People who think Fallon standing there wanly reading jokes and then doing a sketch means he’s “redefining what can be done with the format.”

    How is that “redefining the format?” If Fallon had a free-form cold open, did an actual comedy monologue instead of reading the teleprompter, instituted a robot skeleton as a side-kick and improvised the rest of the show, then I’d think he was “redefining the format.” Until then, he’s just a melon-headed boy in a suit.

  • GARebelman

    Jay might as well make Thursday the official phone it in night with Rock Center Thursday at 10.

  • pete

    Monikka, Monikka, relax – I think Ferguson has been picked up for another few years. Anger management issues? I also prefer Fallon to Ferguson, don’t care for the puppets. Should I stand by for the rant? I guess I’m one of the “stupid people”.

  • Mike

    I’ve watched tv for a long long time…never saw such an uninteresting schedule as NBC has announced.

    This may be the one that does them in.

    My granddaughter’s third grade class could build a better schedule.

  • Brad

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  • Brad

    Would anyone happen to know what some the ratings were for some of TBS’s original shows? Just off the top of your head would do. My guess is around 1.0 for a typical TBS show.

  • Gary Middleton

    “My granddaughter’s third grade class could build a better schedule.”

    I would not envy their task, Mike. With the percent of the budget already committed to football, with the lack of popularity of their core veteran shows like 30 Rock, and with the failure to even get people to sample most of their new dramas.

    NBC is a very special kind of mess. They’ve dug a huge hole by committing not just to certain bad shows, but also to certain great shows. While CBS chose broadly popular ones.

    And NBC’s big budget item, NFL football, can’t even help launch hits because it doesn’t lead into anything.

    I’d rather run the Obama campaign in Idaho.

  • Gary Middleton

    Brad, I think the Tyler Perry stuff may have been around 0.9, but he really had a franchise carved out at TBS. These new shows feel like uncharted territory to me.

  • Gary Middleton

    Random check of Meet The Browns in July, 2010 turned up a 1.0.

  • Charlie K.

    This past week, according to USA Today, Harry’s Law was #31 in the Neilson rankings for a recent Sunday evening. True, the show had a bad run on Wednesdays, but it peaked a bit. NBC canceled it.

    They renewed their Thursday night shows, which often rank in the 90s. 30 Rock was number 96.

    And it costs $5 to make, but renewing Brian Williams is amazing. Although it’s good to have good news shows in prime time.

  • Brad

    Yeah, I just did a quick search through old TBS shows. I was very generous with a 1.0. It’s more like 0.6. Quite sad actually. Family Guy, Friends, and Seinfeld fair better than TBS originals. No wonder why they went this year with basically all reruns.

  • Aaron

    Monikka, I’m stupid if I like Fallon? I like Craig, Conan and Fallon. Fallon has some great moments and commits to featuring great musicians on his show.

  • Aaron

    I’m pretty disappointed with NBC’s choice to move Community to Friday. It’s usually been the case that tv series are less likely to succeed on Friday nights. The show hasn’t exactly been a success in the Thursday ratings either.

  • Marcus

    NBC is looking at yet another stinker season.

    They ought to, now, launch a Jimmy Fallon at 11:30 show now.

    The numbers couldn’t get any worse than Leno is pulling…in fact the demos will probably be better.

    Time for another dinosaur to go extinct. The Lenosaurus.

  • Brad

    “Time for another dinosaur to go extinct. The Lenosaurus.” Sounds like a joke Leno would make. Lol.

    As for Community moving to Friday, it will justify its low ratings, but if it goes too low, you can kiss it goodbye. So this either saves Community for the long term or they get cancelled by the end of the season.

  • Drum

    For people who don’t know tomorrow night on PBS is a 2-hour documentary about Johnny Carson “Johnny Carson: King of Late Night”. http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/tv/pbss-king-of-late-night-johnny-carson-deeper-down/2012/05/10/gIQA8DA8HU_story.html?wpisrc=nl_cuzheads

  • Mike

    And it’s a terrific documentary. Love Jerry Seinfeld’s line that there is no “Tonight” show…it was Johnny Carson. I always thought that when Leno usurped the show and took it over they should have retired the name with Johnny. How many people, when speaking of Leno, call it “The Tonight Show?” Most just refer to it as “Leno.”

  • Diana Santiago

    This is the second article about the documentary that has less than kind words about Jay Leno.
    SPOILER ALERT
    On the next post, Gary will say that the press never liked Jay Leno, and on the post after that he will negate his victimization.

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