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

    NBC 10 p.m. was in trouble long before the Jay Leno Show, that’s why they created the Jay Leno Show. No new shows had stuck for about 5 years.

    But the appearance of throwing in the towel guaranteed an affiliate revolt. How the network failed to anticipate that is beyond me.

  • Brad

    I will never understand why NBC did not do a single thing to secure their 10pm plan with their affiliates. Just like you Gary, I absolutely cannot wrap my head around it.

    Hey Aaron I did some research about the new director. You won’t believe this. The new director came on during The Jay Leno Show and NBC kept her into the re-newed The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. She has done such great shows like Mind of Mencia (with Robert Morton as producer), Talk Show with Spike Feresten, The Showbiz Show with David Spade, and The Wayne Brady Show. Obviously a lot of late night shows which is good on her resume, but none of them stuck around. However, this is the key to it all. She was the director of Late Night with Conan O’Brien. She was with them from 1995-2002, the glory years of the show!

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0687390/

  • Brad

    Anyone who cares to know why Conan was done with NBC, and how accepting their plea bargain wasn’t the right decision, really show listen to Howard Stern’s interview with Andy Ritcher (5-16-12). Really answers everything. Here’s the summary:

    Stern points out that even though CONAN is doing alright over on TBS, that they get a stable 1 million viewers and all, but asks isn’t it obvious going on midnight on NBC would have been better for having an audience. Ritcher says it wasn’t what it appeared and truly believes that the midnight deal was a way to get rid of them eventually. I think it could’ve worked because I truly believe Leno’s half hour would beat not only Letterman, but also Nightline, Conan would beat JKL, and Fallon would do his thing @ 1am and win there too (mind you, he isn’t in direct competition with anyone). However! Ritcher points out they were sick of being the “little brother” in late night. The were sick of having Leno getting all the good bookings, they were tired of how NBC was treating them, and that’s why going to TBS, being their top show (now only talk show), and having Conan own the show, is exactly what they wanted, even if that means they are basic cable.

    The rest of the interview Andy tells that Conan has totally embraced Hollywood and loves it in California. That Ritcher (and presumably Conan) are indeed friends with Jimmy Kimmel and Howard Stern, not just trying to crap on Leno for personal gains. Stern did bring up George Lopez and if he ever said that what Conan did to him is like what Leno did to Conan. Andy says no, he doesn’t believe Lopez ever took it that way, but the conversation about Lopez ending rather quickly. It did not sound like Ritcher was hung up about it, but as he noted, he wasn’t hung up about the Tonight show or any of it. That’s how satisfied they are with their decision of going to TBS and all that has happened.

  • Gary Middleton

    Diana, you absolutely should make sure the guys get the college school year thing for their next Bingo Card.

    Brad, I completely believe that Conan loves L.A. Greatest place on earth, imo, as long as you’re either doing really well in show business or not in show business.

  • Tony

    lol..that’s well put, Gary. As an angeleno myself, it is the greatest place…unless you’re a bitter, un/underemployed actor or writer — in which case, I can only imagine the frustrations.

    for the rest of us, though…it’s great!

  • richard40

    I agree that Carson was the best. I used to look at him almost every night. If you ask anybody in the industry they almost always also agree that Carson was the best. Even leno and letterman say so. And its not true Carson never had compeditors. In his 1st 5 yrs he had some very well known compeditors, like Joey Bisop and Dick Cavett. the reason Carson ultimately ended up with no compeditors is he demolished anybody that went up against him. Arsinio gave him a bit of a run late in his career when he was no longer at his prime, but even then Arsinio never beat him.

    Among todays hosts, Leno is clearly the best, and his ratings reflect that. Leno is very wise with his political material, because he makes sure it is balanced and he makes fun of both sides equally. Letterman used to be fairly good too, before he became obsessed with politics. Now Leterman is almost as boring and partisan as Bill Mahre and Keith Olberman.

  • André

    If his ratings reflect that, then he’s not very good is he?

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