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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  • Aaron

    Monikka, Conan and Ferguson have had the best road shows.

  • Diana Santiago

    I just watched Craig’s first episode in Scotland. It was nice, but nothing that I haven’t seen already – exactly the same format than the Paris episodes. To be honest, my mind was not blown away. For example, references to Dr. Who are targeted to a narrow audience, in my opinion.

    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.

    Ignorance is bliss. Producing a full-scale show outside the comfort of the studio is a huge challenge, and Conan achieves it with excellence. On the other hand, carrying a card table and two folding chairs around different
    locations is not a “mind blowing” big deal.

  • Diana Santiago

    In addition to what I stated before, the Beacon Theatre is far from being “another studio”. The same applies to the Chicago Theatre.

  • Drum

    I’ve enjoyed Conan’s away shows but they have about 10-15 minutes of material that couldn’t be done in his LA studio while Ferguson’s shows are full 40 minutes of a different style to his usual shows.
    Both styles have their ups and downs but for me doing a whole show on location instead of a studio is a more challenging feat.

    I really don’t understand why Monikka feels the need to devalue other hosts, for me you’re going dangerously near Holly (i think that was the username of the person who worshiped Leno as a God) territory of commenting.

  • Aaron

    I thought Craig’s 1st Scotland episode was a lot better than his French show.

  • Brad

    I absolutely loved how The Late Late Show crew decided to reenact Craig’s past using child actor. That was absolutely HILARIOUS!!!

    Anyways, I wanted to post this interview of George Lopez. He had a few words about his late night show and life afterwards.

    http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/05/george-lopez-doubts-hed-have-wanted-tbs-talk-show-for-the-rest-of-my-life.html

  • Brad

    Also, I happened to stumble upon this today. I’m actually starting to believe in a lot of what this TBS insider has to say. Probably 90% of it. What do you all think?

    http://scrapetv.com/News/News%20Pages/Entertainment/pages-10/Conan-OBrien-does-away-with-George-Lopez-for-good-Scrape-TV-The-World-on-your-side.html

  • Diana Santiago

    Brad: I saw that Scrape site and they have other “article” which seems a parody. Also, why write a new article on an issue that’s 9 months old?

  • Diana Santiago
  • Monikka

    Diana said: “Producing a full-scale show outside the comfort of the studio is a huge challenge, and Conan achieves it with excellence. On the other hand, carrying a card table and two folding chairs around different locations is not a “mind blowing” big deal.”

    Do you think Conan is arranging the theater production himself? He simply walks onto a stage like he does every night. Nothing has changed for him.

    Frankly, I’d love to see Conan attempt to do improvised comedy in a field or on the street with a card table and two folding chairs. Then we could compare and contract his performance with Ferguson’s. There would never have to be a discussion again about who is the more talented. Hint: It wouldn’t be Conan.

    Drum said:

    “I really don’t understand why Monikka feels the need to devalue other hosts.”

    By definition, a value judgment necessitates devaluing those who have less value. That’s what we do here. I have never devalued Leno or Letterman, by the way. Leno is the perfect host of the Tonight Show with Jay Leno–no one is a better Leno–and he’s proven his comedic chops for decades. Letterman is a brilliant interviewer. They both earned and deserve what they have and it didn’t once involve strewing rose petals over the crotch of Lorne Michaels.

  • Gary Middleton

    Gavin, I promise it’s coming shortly.

    Today I had a very interesting conversation with someone from Tonight. Will share his surprising views soon. Quick note of something he said as an aside: he said Chelsea Lately recently had a stunningly low demo week. He said 0.2, but I’m not sure he would stake his life on that number. Main point was that, whatever the number, it was low enough to get people in the business talking.

    0.39 for Conan last week, which I presume is a YTD low. Based on Monday, I’d say he’s already on track to beat that.

  • Pete

    Wow, Monikka why all the hate? I have a feeling that Lorne Michaels and company passed on you or fired you from something. The venom you spew is too bitter.

  • Diana Santiago

    I wonder what Craig Ferguson would think about a “fan” that spews so much venom about Conan O’Brien…

    This is my last troll-feeding post. I apologize to the rest of the posters.

  • Diana Santiago

    Gary, from what I picked up from social media, end of semester is a probable cause for the Conan new low. That’s a new one for the Fan Excuse Bingo, right? ;)
    Team Coco in NY today for Upfronts…

  • Monikka

    Wow, Pete, why all the misogyny?

    Haven’t you heard? Women are now allowed to express their opinions on the media without it being “personal.” I can get my point across uniquely and boldly without any personal involvement whatsoever. Lorne Michaels has never been privileged enough to meet me.

    I’ll dial it down for your delicate sensibilities: I humbly believe Lorne Michaels has had too much influence the NBC late night arena, to the detriment of the viewing public and to the network. Further, his involvement seems based on personal relationships rather than a seasoned assessment of the skill of the players and the desires of the audience involved.

    There. Now I’ll fan myself and take a break on my fainting couch. I feel a spell coming on.

  • Diana Santiago

    Did you made fun of the “two-screen” experience when the Team Coco app was launched?

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2012/04/nielsen-study-finds-second-screen-viewing-enhances-tv-experience.html

  • Brad

    Monikka, why are you playing the girls card? Diana never has. We care what you have to say, we just all agree you should tone it down on your hatred towards other hosts. Devaluing other hosts doesn’t make your favorite look better, it just means you shouldn’t watch the other one.

  • rif

    This is partly just semantics, but I think Monikka is right that “devaluing” other hosts is fair. However, I think the others are right that “devaluing” is not all she’s doing, she’s spewing venom.

  • Brad

    Yeah, looks like doubling down on Chelsea isn’t working out so well.

    About Conan. That article I post does sound pretty convincing. Why didn’t Conan initially wanted to go to TBS? He was done with competition. He always wants to be the star which explains his persona, why he talks so much about himself while interviewing guests, why he laughs at his own jokes, etc. He wanted to go somewhere that didn’t have a traditional late night show like FOX, FX, or HBO. He wanted all the attention from one network and TBS was so willing to, but Conan noted one concern, Lopez. So Lopez got moved back and Conan’s contract wrote that if Lopez Tonight was “god forbid” cancelled, that Conanco can produce their own late night show after his. Remember, he denied the offer of producing the very cheap Kevin Smith show because it “isn’t my thing”. He obviously doesn’t want to be upstaged by a predecessor like he had done with Leno.

    I like Conan, I watch him and Kimmel more than anybody, but I don’t believe Conan’s character on the stage is any different from being off the stage. Remember, Matt Groening said that when Conan was one of his writers for the Simpsons, he always wanted to be the center of attention. I just feel like these are the facts.

    I do know its all over for Conan if these new TBS shows do not improve his show’s ratings immensely. I am still very eager to find out how Cougar Town does on TBS. Hopefully its audience carry over from ABC smoothly. If it does in the beginning but then slowly decays, like almost all TBS shows do, then we know the TBS brand is tainted, that not enough people have the channel on their minds like Comedy Central or MTV. This will also explain why the audience of The Big Bang Theory doesn’t real cross over to watching Conan. The people who watch TBS just watch it for a show they like and then leave. I know nobody who leaves it on TBS all day. People mostly leave it on a network station, MTV, etc. If you have kids, well, at least when I was a kid, its either Disney or Nickelodean.

  • Aaron

    Monikka, what are you talking about? Conan has experience in improv, one of the things that got his career started was his participation in the famous Groundlings improv group.

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