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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  • Diana Santiago

    Half of the Leno mentions were from people watching Conan on Letterman, and of course, comments were not favorable. If that makes you happy, celebrate!

  • Mark

    I thought it, all around, a fun segment with Conan. Yeah, he was plugging the show, but it’s fun to see two comedy pros just having fun.

    It would be fun if Letterman wrote an autobiography and shared stories of “the Jay Leno I know…”

  • Mike

    It’s almost become cliche, but there is just nothing else like Craig Ferguson’s show on television today. It’s just not in the same league as the other late night shows. Just remarkable.

  • Diana Santiago

    Craig is very smart. I like him a lot. I hope he gets Emmy nods for his Paris/Scotland shows.

  • Brad

    Hey Charles. As Conan pointed out on the show tonight, with only one exception, everyone he knew who managed the Tonight show debacle is now gone. Leno is done. His ratings are no longer there to justify him staying at NBC at any time slot. His ratings haven’t hit a rough spot, Leno is simply old. He is gaining zero new audience members and has no youth following. Just look at his numbers. 3.4 million viewers, but he gets a 0.8 in the ratings? That’s absolutely terrible. Stewart gets 0.7 out his 1.6 million viewers. By Stewart’s ratio, Leno should have a 1.5 in the ratings, but obviously, he’s nowhere near that. People at NBC have to be thinking, if they had a different host, they would be doing a lot better. Fallon will go to 11:30 once 2014 hits. I’m pretty sure of it.

  • Gary Middleton

    “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.”

    I think comparing Conan to a rape victim is not appropriate even with a disclaimer.

  • Gary Middleton

    My premise was not that Conan is or isn’t affected forever. My premise was that the world has moved on, beyond the point where the presence of Conan makes Jay Leno the automatic expected topic. The conceit of the clip was that everyone is so obviously waiting for them to talk about Jay Leno, as though 2 and a half years hadn’t passed.

    It would be like if Conan’s first words to Dave in Dave’s 1994 Late Night appearance were “So…Jay Leno.” Would’ve been so weird. Dave was well into another show at another network, as Conan is now.

  • Fed

    Craig Ferguson is the best late night host in modern days. His every interview is epic, not scripted and all his guest adore him. I doubt any of the other hosts(well bisedes Kimmel)to have good friendships like Craig has. Oh and i crack every time he talks to the robot.

  • Tony

    ” 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. ”

    Exactly. They should’ve done this in December 2010.

  • Tony

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

    I really don’t think he will. It would be weird. It would be almost as weird as Dave wanting to talk abot Leno/Tonight Show in 2012.

    I think Conan and Leno are both smarter than Dave. And less bitter.

  • Brad

    I hear what you are saying Gary, and I agree, I like your Letterman Late Night appearance factor, but Andy and Conan are now coming out in support of their shows, trying to plug their Chicago show while their in New York on business. You have to know Letterman and Howard Stern are interested in what happened. This debacle was way more complex than Letterman’s and Leno’s feud in 1992. Howard Stern basically talked to Andy about the whole Tonight show event for 2/3 of their hour long interview. I think it was stupid of Conan and Andy to wait this long to talk about it. I mean, they had to know when their going to come out plugging their show, that people are fascinated by what happened because it truly isn’t clear.

  • Charles

    But what’s to plug about the show? A guy comes out from behind the curtain, tells some jokes, does some skits, talks to a so-called celebrity…nothing unique. (And that’s the problem with Conan…nothing unique.)

    So plugging Conan takes a few moments. Roasting Leno is much more fun.

    (And by the way, wonder if Leno will ever get a roast. Few like him anymore, and he has no patience for anybody who mocks him.)

  • Brad

    Btw, Leno is a freaking idiot. Just like his little tuppe joke with Kimmel, he doesn’t know when to let something go. In this instance, he’s trying to fit in, saying he hated how everything went just like everybody else. Letterman and Conan are firing shots at Leno, so what does he do, jabs himself with a butter knife saying how he isn’t happy either. No matter what the fight is, and how big it gets, he always uses a freaking butter knife. Best to just shut up then.

    One more thing, if I were Leno, I would retell my joke on Letterman: “You know the best way to get Letterman to ignore you? Marry him. He will not bother you. He won’t look you in the eye.”

    Except I wouldn’t because stumping down to retelling old jokes is Letterman’s thing, not Leno’s. No matter how much you somehow hates Leno, you have to give him that.

  • Charles

    “My premise was not that Conan is or isn’t affected forever. My premise was that the world has moved on, beyond the point where the presence of Conan makes Jay Leno the automatic expected topic. The conceit of the clip was that everyone is so obviously waiting for them to talk about Jay Leno, as though 2 and a half years hadn’t passed. ”

    So when the word got out that Conan was going to the Ed Sullivan Theatre…what was the first thing you thought about?

    Doubt if anybody thought anything else.

  • Brad

    When Letterman left NBC for CBS, he freaking killed Leno in the ratings. When Conan left NBC, people continued to debate if it was the right decision, is he going to get fired, did he make a mistake, how his show isn’t the same, blah blah blah. Their was no need to talk to Letterman about what happened, because whatever happened, he was doing so much better now then then. Conan’s success post-NBC is still up in the air.

    And this is why none of us can stop talking about it.

  • Mark

    One couldn’t help but pick up the theme, too, in the Johnny Carson doc that Leno is a bit of a “brat.” The Carson folks plainly state that Leno’s manager helped sabotage Carson’s last years at NBC. There’s no denying it. Leno is ultimately responsible for that but in typical Leno form, he played the nice guy and threw her under the bus. Johnny, however, was way too smart to fall for that.

  • Charles

    What’s the point of not talking about it? It’s fun and fascinating.

    A group of us were talking about how fraud helped get John F. Kennedy win the 1960 election. 50 years ago. Still fascinating and fun to discuss.

  • Diana Santiago

    As I read in an article, they had to address the denim elephant in the room.

    Of course, it was Letterman who insisted on keeping the Leno topic. I didn’t understand Letterman obsession with the theme until last night, when I realized the source of bitterness. It was not just a business decision about who gets the job; it was a friendship damaged by betrayal. It is like Johnny Carson never speaking to Joan Rivers again.

  • Diana Santiago

    “They should’ve done this in December 2010.”

    Conan gave just one interview in May 2010. On December he was focusing on his new job. Contrary to what some think, he has never whined or portrayed himself as a victim (contrary to Jay Leno). However, it is ridiculous to think he won’t talk about the experience again.

    I’ll be going to Chicago on June. The New York experience was fantastic, and I can’t wait to see the live show again.

  • rif

    Gary,

    Are you saying they were wrong to assume that people expect them to talk about Leno, or that they should not have made such expectations the premise of their conversation?

    If the former, i would disagree with you. If the latter, I would chalk it up to preference. Remember there are personality affinities that make you (and many others) like Leno that are not absolute.

    If it makes any difference, Conan had three segments, and they only spent one of them discussing the debacle.

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