Late Night TV Ratings For The Week Of May 7 - May 11, 2012

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May 17th, 2012

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Via NBC's Press Release

JAY LENO AND JIMMY FALLON DELIVER #1 FINISHES FOR THE LATE-NIGHT WEEK OF MAY 7-11

 

 

‘TONIGHT’ AND ‘LATE NIGHT’ DELIVER BIGGER 18-49 AND TOTAL-VIEWER AUDIENCES THAN THE ABC AND CBS TIME-PERIOD COMPETITION

 

SEASON TO DATE, JAY HAS STRETCHED HIS TOTAL-VIEWER LEAD OVER ‘Late Show’ TO 15 PERCENT FROM THE YEAR-AGO 9 PERCENT AND JIMMY FALLON HAS INCREASED HIS MARGIN OVER ‘LATE Late Show’ TO 15 PERCENT FROM 0.5 PERCENT

 

Last Call WITH CARSON DALY’ HITS A FIVE-WEEK HIGH IN 18-49 VIEWERS AND A FOUR-WEEK HIGH IN TOTAL VIEWERS

 

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – May 17, 2012 – NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” has delivered #1 rankings in viewers 18-49 and total viewers for the week of May 7-11, generating bigger audiences in adults 18-49 and total viewers than its time-period competition of CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman" and ABC's combination of "Nightline" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

 

At 12:35 a.m. ET, NBC’s "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" ranked #1 ahead of CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" and head to head versus ABC’s "Kimmel" in viewers 18-49 and total viewers, delivering bigger audiences than “Late Late Show” in every key ratings category: adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers.

 

At 1:35 a.m. ET, NBC’s “Last Call with Carson Daly” delivered its largest 18-49 audience (422,000) in five weeks, since the week of April 2-6, and its biggest overall audience (964,000) in four weeks, since the week of April 9-13.

 

Through the first 34 weeks of the season, "Tonight" has increased its total-viewer margin over "Late Show" to 15 percent (3.710 million vs. 3.218 million), up from the year-ago season-to-date advantage of 9 percent. Jimmy Fallon has also established a total-viewer lead over "Late Late Show" this season of 15 percent (1.764 million vs. 1.531 million), up from last year's advantage of 0.5 percent. Jimmy has also increased his season-to-date lead over "Late Late Show" in adults 18-34, to 41 percent (276,000 vs. 196,000) up from last year's 23 percent, and in adults 25-54, to 11 percent (864,000 vs. 778,000) up from 2 percent at this point last season.

 

"Tonight" delivered a bigger 18-49 audience than "Late Show" for the 18th time in 21 weeks while Jimmy Fallon attracted a bigger 18-49 audience than "Late Late Show" for a 24th week in a row.

 

WEEKLY AVERAGES

 

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of May 7-11. 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," 0.6/3*

 

 

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," 3.4 million viewers

 

 

CBS "Late Show," 3.0 million viewers

 

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

 

ABC "Nightline," 3.8 million viewers

 

 

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

 

ABC "Kimmel," 1.9 million viewers*

 

 

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET

 

 

NBC "Late Night," 1.6 million viewers

 

 

CBS "Late Late Show," 1.4 million viewers

 

 

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET

 

 

NBC "Last Call," 1.0 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 MAY 7-11

 

 

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," 0.6

 

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, "Conan," 0.4

 

 

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 0.9

 

Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.6

 

 

Each adult 18-49 rating point equals 1.28 million viewers

 

 

 

TOTAL VIEWERS

 

 

 

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. "The Daily Show," 1.6 million

 

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, "The Colbert Report," 1.2 million

 

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, "Conan," 0.8 million

 

 

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 2.1 million

 

Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.4 million

 

 

 

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  • Gary Middleton

    Aside from Kimmel, everyone is hurting pretty badly right now. The old guys, Conan, Stewart/Colbert. Even Adult Swim is off pretty big from recent highs.

  • Paul Douglas

    Looks like the summer lull is kicking in early.

  • Drum

    In other news Ferguson turned 50 today.

  • Tony

    Kimmel is probably the only one who’s doing better than last year.

    Conan is not doing well. He’s gonna be on Letterman tonight, by the way. For the first time in 13 years. I wonder if they’re gonna bash Leno.

  • GARebelman

    Late show already uploaded a clip of Conan talking about Jay Leno. This was cute 2 to 3 years ago but now its just stale and old.

  • Brad

    I agree with you all, especially you GAR. So Andy Richter talked about the Tonight show debacle yesterday on Howard Stern’s program, and now Conan O’Brien will be talking about the same thing but on Letterman’s show. Why didn’t they get this all out earlier?

    Anyways, the summer lull is here and all these hosts keep on getting older. Its amazing how much the youth supports guys like Ferguson and Conan when they are both about the same age. Conan is turning 50 years old next year. That’s going to be a shocker to his youthful fans.

  • Diana Santiago

    Stale and old… just like The Tonight Show with Jay Leno! (Sorry GAR, it was too tempting…)

  • Robert Marino

    The year to date, put graphically:

    Late Night TV Ratings, Jan 2 – May 11, 2012:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/77149235@N06/7218604696/
    (Again, in miniature (sorry for the image degradation — I did try to clean it up a little) — But if you want it larger, click the link below for photostream, go to the bottom of the page, and scroll upwards; it’s all there but in 4 sections.)

    List above, May 7-11, 2012, put graphically:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/77149235@N06/7218553740/

    Photostream:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/77149235@N06/

  • Brad

    LMAO!!!

    New article popped up about the Letterman and O’Brien relationship. At the end the other mentions that Conan’s contract official ends in 2015, even though TBS had only committed to two of the three remaining years. He talks about the possibility of Conan filling in Letterman’s shoes in 2014. Finally, someone who is not just a commenter is starting to see a correlation.

    http://popwatch.ew.com/2012/05/17/conan-obrien-david-letterman-reunion/

  • Gary Middleton

    Well played, Diana.

    It’s a strange clip to watch, because they seem to genuinely believe the globe is waiting with bated breath to see what they have to say about Jay Leno.

  • Diana Santiago

    Why would they believe that? No one in the media is talking about their reunion…

    Oh, wait.

    BTW, amazing edition of a clip to show that apparently they discussed Leno for 20 minutes.

  • GARebelman

    I already know what they both think as does every person else who watches late night. I’ll watch it tomorrow. Only good thing about this is they picked Thursday NBC’s weakest night to do this.

  • Gary Middleton

    GAR, for me, if they can make it funny and/or interesting and they’re ok with conferring importance on Jay, I think it’s fine for them to tell us stuff we already know. But the opening premise that this whole Jay Leno thing is hanging over the proceedings in 2012 is so bizarre. Like they’re living in a land that time forgot.

    A test of Jay’s intelligence will be whether he acknowledges that conversation.

    30 Rock had a great moment tonight when Tracy Morgan met Dr. Cornell West and thought he was Quest Love.

  • Gary Middleton

    Great point, GAR. Following the season finale of The Mentalist, the Letterman/Conan show should pull a very big number.

  • Charles

    Some of the greatest Letterman moments of the last 5 years came during Leno-gate when Dave was just gleeful from the sidelines…like the classic “Law and Order: Leno Victims Unit” bit. As Letterman explained, “…it’s just a lot of fun…”

    I think, like many of us, Letterman and Conan wonder just what is so damn important about Jay Leno. Quoth Conan…”what does Jay have on you…?”

  • Gary Middleton

    “I think, like many of us, Letterman and Conan wonder just what is so damn important about Jay Leno.”

    The only ones devoting national TV time to talking about Jay Leno wonder what is so important about Jay Leno? That makes no sense.

  • Charles

    Neither do your self important utterances.

  • Gary Middleton

    Leno was sailing along tonight with the best alternative to Dave/Conan imaginable. A fun, easy, funny classy show with Hugh Laurie and the Washington Redskins QB. Thanks to the promotion from Dave, Leno and Laurie were heavily Twitter trending after midnight. Then at 12:23, Jay throws to commercial with: “when we come back, we’ll talk to an NBC executive about this fall’s prime time lineup.”

    It’s as though he pulled the fire alarm at his own show. Unbelievable. Like a pitcher throwing a perfect game who decides to toss one pitch to Prince Fielder underhand.

  • Diana Santiago

    As I imagined, Letterman brought The Topic, and Conan kept his cool. I enjoyed his story about his kid having a meltdown on the line to meet the President.

    “But the opening premise that this whole Jay Leno thing is hanging over the proceedings in 2012 is so bizarre. Like they’re living in a land that time forgot.”

    As per your premise, the lives of victims of rape are not affected forever for the event. I’m being totally ridiculously outrageous on purpose making this comparison (no need to lecture me), but the fact is that no one should judge others for the way they manage their traumatic experiences. Yes, they are very lucky rich men with successful careers, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have feelings.

    Of course, Jay Leno will not acknowledge the interview because now he cannot call Zucker to say he’s offended and wants an apology from Andy or Conan.

  • Charles

    I just wonder, with those morons who had their heads up Leno’s rear end gone at NBC, who remains there to defend him?

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