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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  • Brad

    I think everyone talks about the NBC shows saying the “Tonight” show or “Late Night”, but with CBS, instead The Late Show people instead call it Letterman. Same with The Late Late Show. It’s typically known as Ferguson. NBC’s shows have been named that for 30 years for “Late Night” and 50+ for “Tonight”. The only shows that comes close is The Late Show with 20 years and The Daily Show with 16 years. If Ferguson takes over the 11:30 timeslot and sticks with The Late Show name, it will forever be known as The Late Show @ 11:35pm on CBS.

  • Monikka

    I’m sorry. “Stupid” may have been too strong a word. Fallon’s (and Conan’s) viewers don’t know much about comedy or the history of comedy but they may be intelligent in other areas.

  • Gary Middleton

    Monikka, I think if any late night show is for comedy scholars, it’s Conan. For better or worse.

    In other news, I saw Mr. Leno do his regular Sunday night stand up in Hermosa Beach tonight. Review forthcoming later in the week. For now will just say that you can really see what the Tonight hair people are up against when you see Jay without his hair people present. Shades of Brother Theodore.

  • Drum

    Craig Ferguson’s interview about Scotland shows http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/14/more-brigadoon-than-trainspotting-craig-ferguson-brings-his-late-late-show-to-scotland/?src=tp
    some interesting parts

    Q.

    How much preparation do you need to pull off a stunt like this?
    A.

    This takes a bit of planning, and we were planning it for about six months. If I didn’t stay on [at CBS], this was going to be the end. The last hurrah. Or if I did stay on, then it was going to be a week of shows in Scotland and then we do something else.

    Q.

    Was that ever a possibility, that you wouldn’t stay on at “Late Late Show”?
    A.

    Not in my mind, but show business is show business. I always expect someone to say, “Well, thanks very much but we’re moving on. We love you but we found somebody else we love more.” No one said that. They were fine – they were like, “Re-up, everything’s great.” But I don’t live in a world inside my head where everything’s going to be fine.

    Q.

    And now this office is yours until at least 2014.
    A.

    Right. But I’m sure a smart lawyer could get me out of here in half an hour. And CBS has got great lawyers. So I’m not sure. I’m grateful for it now.

    Q.

    Is it important that you have some personal connections to the cities where you travel?
    A.

    In order to make it more fun, I think there has to be an authenticity to it. I had history in Paris, I got in trouble in Paris, I had done some things in Paris. Scotland? [rolls eyes, murmurs guiltily] So the next one I’ve been pitching to them is New York City. Because I got into trouble in New York City. We’ll see where that one goes, but let’s get this one out of the way first.

  • Diana Santiago

    “Fallon’s (and Conan’s) viewers don’t know much about comedy or the history of comedy…”

    Nor the people that select nominees and winners for awards year by year. :)

  • rif

    Brad-

    Conan’s NYC shows in early November brought only a slight ratings bump. It wasn’t until late December when BBT really caught fire that Conan’s ratings significantly rebounded. As such, I wouldn’t expect much ratings-wise during Chicago week, unless something changes in his lead-in at the same time. (quality-wise, I would expect a lot–the NYC shows were a blast IMO).

    I think you are right that the Tyler-Perry shows hover around 0.6 more often than 1.0, based on what I remember (I used to check on those semi-regularly). The new TBS originals are obviously quite different, so I’m not sure if we can expect similar viewership.

  • Monikka

    Diana said:

    “Nor the people that select nominees and winners for awards year by year.”

    In your sentence fragment, did you mean the people WHO select nominees and winners?

    If so, then, golly gee, you’re right. (“Your right,” in your parlance.)

    Awards are always given only to the most deserving talent. Candice Bergen is the most brilliant actress ever to grace our TV screen. She’s not wooden at all. Jon Stewart absolutely deserves his awards for the same schtick year after year. Awards are never informed by anything other than recognition of actual talent. People like you are so lucky to have them to guide their tastes. How I wish I hadn’t been burdened by my own knowledgable opinions lo these many years.

  • Diana Santiago

    Thanks for the English lesson, Monikka. You are always a ray of light to all of us stupid ignorant people that frequent this page.

    Did you noticed? I wrote YOU ARE instead of YOUR. You already made me a better human being!

  • Drum

    Another interview with Ferguson http://www.avclub.com/articles/craig-ferguson-took-the-late-late-show-to-scotland,73861/
    some more interesting parts

    AVC: Are you concerned about losing any of the intimacy you’ve got now?

    CF: Nah. The camera’ll be the same distance away, and it’ll still be me, and it’ll still be the same cameraman. I mean, people will get mad, because people get mad, anyway. ’Cause change is frightening. But it’s got to come. You’ve got to keep changing it, or else I’ll get bored. And if I get bored, I’m gonna quit. So it has to keep moving. It’s just the nature of things. Some people will like the change, some people will hate it. And I’ll probably be in both camps. [Laughs.]

    AVC: When you spoke during the Television Critics Association press tour a few years ago, someone mentioned how much people loved the puppets, and you said, “Well, I’ll probably stop doing them soon, then.”

    CF: Yeah, well, I’ve dropped all but one of the puppets right now. But it’s not a manifesto. I mean, what time is it right now? Three o’clock? By the show tonight, it may be an all-puppet show. [Laughs.] I don’t want to commit.

    AVC: How long do you see yourself sticking with The Late Late Show? Or will it just be a snap decision, where one day you’ll suddenly say, “Well, I’m done”?

    CF: I think it’s more likely the latter. Looking at my own history and the way I’ve behaved in the past, I think that’s probably the most likely event. That it’ll be short notice. That I’ll go, “Right, that’s it, I’m done.” You know, I think I’ll probably get through the show tonight. [Laughs.] And I’ve got a contract for another couple of years. And I feel comfortable and happy doing the show. These things to tie into your personal life, like anybody’s job. I’ve got young kids, so it suits me to do a job which keeps me in town right now. Whether or not I’ll feel like that in five years, we’ll see.

  • Gavin

    Looking fwd to the review of Leno’s Hermosa show…

  • Monikka

    Diana wrote:

    “Thanks for the English lesson, Monikka. You are always a ray of light to all of us stupid ignorant people that frequent this page.”

    You’re welcome but I’m afraid you’ll have to work very hard if you want to improve your grammar and thus your ability to communicate clearly. Sadly, even though I already corrected this very mistake, you repeated “people that.” It’s “…us stupid ignorant people WHO frequent this page.”

    Drum,

    Thank you for the links. It’s so refreshing to see some actual publicity for Ferguson.

  • Diana Santiago

    Dear Monikka: thank God I have you to correct every mistake I make. I don’t know what I would do without you. Your brilliance is almost blinding.

    Did I make a mistake?

  • Brad

    Is Diana and Monikka married? They sure act like a married couple looking for a divorce. Lol

    Thanks Drum for the two interviews. I love how Ferguson lives in the moment. It is upsetting to know though that his commitment to Late Night isn’t there. I really love his comic abilities. Out of all the people that have left or will leave, I will be crying the most when Ferguson goes.

  • Brad

    Any clue why JKL is finally going on the road again after nearly 6 years!?!?!

  • Monikka

    Diana said:

    “Did I make a mistake?”

    You did. Can you figure out what it was?

    Brad,

    Maybe ABC has decided he’s the best charmless unattractive dolt they can afford right now. They’ll upgrade later.

    My guess is Kimmel will use the “book another studio and take the entire production staff” method Conan has to rely on. No way Kimmel or, frankly, any other late night host could pull off the innovation and fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants charm of Ferguson’s Paris and Scotland road shows.

  • Brad

    All these other guys like Leno, Fallon, Kimmel, etc., we only tune in because of their content. We could care less about who the person is, as long it’s good content. On CBS with Ferguson and Letterman, it’s all about their character, not about their content. Conan is sort of in between all of this in my eyes. Personally though, I really liked Conan’s trip to New York, but Ferguson’s trip to France stick out in my mind much more.

  • Diana Santiago

    Monikka, I’m a Conan fan; therefore I’m stupid.

    For those of you wondering: no, I’m not married to her. I’m not attracted to people that feel superior to others, or women in general. ;)

  • André

    I wonder Monikka – and I’m not Diana’s lawyer – how many languages do you speak? I bet Diana speaks better English than you do Spanish (or any other language for that matter).

    Americans correcting spelling/grammar on foreigners who actually speak English. That’s rich.

  • Drum

    Great overnight numbers for Kimmel seing that it was an encore, perhaps his visits to Stern and Kelly Ripa helped, no big rise for Ferguson as Letterman still has problems keeping his big lead-in numbers, about average for Fallon (it wasn’t an encore despite what the NBC press release says).

  • Diana Santiago

    Conan on Letterman is going to be fantastic, but if you want to hear a real Leno bashfest tune in tomorrow Howard Stern. Andy Richter will be there and, contrary to Conan, he doesn’t mind talking about Leno and his participation on the Late Night Wars II.

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