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

    Mike, the bloated cost structures of those shows are a huge problem now. The only way they could possibly rein that in is if Leno and Letterman decide to host the shows more or less for free, and I wouldn’t put it past either of them.

    In the case of Dave, we’d probably never find out because it’s buried in the costs of his own production company. In the case of Jay, I doubt he’ll be given the chance.

    It’s all about the costs with those shows now because there’s no way they can grow demo viewers at their age, in fact they are guaranteed to lose them. I think Brad’s outlook is right.

  • Ann

    Gee, I forgot Conan was going to be on Letterman last night. But Conan and Dave get more forgettable as time goes on.

    Ho-Hum.

  • Diana Santiago

    Rob Burnett, Executive Producer of the Late Show with David Letterman talked about Conan today in reddit:

    “I thought Conan was an incredible guest last night on our show. He was really hilarious. I’m a big Conan fan, really from the start when he took over for Dave in Late Night. I remember the first cold opening he did with him walking to work and everyone telling him, “You better be better than Letterman!”

    I immediately thought, ‘This guy is really smart and funny.” The idea of going into Dave’s old studio and not being suffocated by the past, and moreover creating your own original brand of that show, is something for which I think Conan deserves enormous credit.”

    I never thought Conan would consider coming back to network TV… until now.

  • Diana Santiago

    I thought Conan’s numbers were going to take a hit with his participation on Letterman. Good to know it didn’t happen.

  • rif

    The Letterman camp’s fondness for Conan is clear, but whether they have any pull as to who replaces them at 11:30 on CBS is not as much. I have always liked the idea, but wondered if CBS interprets Conan’s current ratings as indicative of a viable candidate for the Late Show.

  • Mike

    Exactly right.

    It was never realistic that Conan would get network numbers at TBS, but at 11:30 he may not ever be viable on network again, especially as he, too, gets older.

    It still won’t surprise me if, five years from now, the format we know…desk, chairs, etc, is pretty much history.

  • Gary Middleton

    I have thought for awhile that not all is well between Dave and Craig Ferguson. One way to act out on that is to champion someone they like a lot better for 11:35. Conan might be getting older, but he’s still a bit younger than Ferguson.

    Rif, if they want to keep doing an 11:35 show like this one, CBS might be able to talk themselves into it. There aren’t that many experienced choices.

    Extensive coverage of Dave/Conan on Access Hollywood tonight.

  • Gary Middleton

    And where is Access Hollywood produced? NBC Burbank.

  • Ann

    Of course the final irony would be Dave having Conan breathing down his neck wishing for Dave to retire. :)

  • Diana Santiago

    It worked for Jay…

  • Charles

    One of the most amazing things about this whole mess is that Jay Leno, who the world now sees with the varnish off, never saw that what he feels Conan did to him is exactly what he did to Johnny Carson, except less nasty.

    Leno would never acknowledge that in a million years.

  • Gary Middleton

    Who knows what Jay sees. btw, one thing I’m not totally clear on is how Jay got the guest hosting job at Carson. Johnny supposedly didn’t like him and the show wouldn’t even book him as a comic, and Johnny owned the show.

    One thing kind of obvious but didn’t even occur to me until it was pointed out to me by someone at the show this week. Jay’s aggressive attitude towards Johnny’s Tonight Show organization didn’t begin with his ambition to take over. It began with his 8 year exile from the show beginning in 1978.

  • Mike

    A technicality…when Johnny renegotiated his contract in the early 1980s…the ugly one…I’m not sure if he gained the ownership of his recordings, but not the show itself and the name The Tonight Show…although, curiously, the DVDs are marketed under that name.

    I’ve often thought that Jay got the job in a pinch because Joan Rivers imploded. Jay would be doing infomercials now had Joan stuck around. Who knows whether Joan would have got the job when Johnny eventually quit, but she would have stuck around at least as long as he did.

    The other thing I’ve wondered about Joan Rivers is the contract she had with NBC. I understand Johnny shutting her out, but wouldn’t there have been a contract issue?

  • Mike

    Just rediscovered this fascinating reading…

    http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20093711,00.html

  • Charles

    To tag onto your interesting reading, here’s another one.

    Jay was never funnier than Letterman’s show, but he did end up edging him out.

    The interesting thing is that he instructed his staff to watch Letterman to copy what he was doing. Classy even then.

    http://www.nytimes.com/1993/03/25/news/leno-s-plan-to-counter-letterman-be-funnier.html?src=pm

  • Robert Marino

    Don’t know if this would be of interest to anyone, but here’s the year (all 19 weeks) in tenths of a percent, from the 1st week in January until last week (maybe this is even clearer than my graphic representations):

    Adult Swim 9-10-10- 9- 9-10-10- 9-10-10-10- 9-10-10- 9-10- 8- 9- 9
    Nightline 8- 8-11- 8- 9- 9- 9- 8- 9- 8- 9- 8- 9- 9-10- 8- 9- 9- 9
    Leno 8- 9- 9- 8- 9-10- 8- 9- 8- 8- 8- 8- 8- 8- 8- 7- 8- 8- 8
    Letterman 8- 8- 9- 7- 8- 9- 8- 9- 8- 7- 7- 8- 8- 8- 7- 6- 7- 7- 7
    Stewart 7- 7- 7- 8- 9- 5- 8- 8- 7- 7- 8- 4- 8- 8- 7- 8- 7- 7- 7
    Colbert 5- 6- 6- 6- 7- 4- 6- 7- 6- 6- 6- 3- 6- 6- 6- 7- 6- 5- 6
    Kimmel 5- 5- 5- 5- 5- 5- 5- 5- 6- 4- 5- 5- 5- 5- 5- 5- 6- 5- 6
    Fallon 6- 6- 5- 5- 6- 6- 6- 5- 5- 5- 5- 5- 5- 5- 5- 4- 5- 5- 5
    Conan 5- 5- 5- 4- 5- 5- 5- 5- 6- 5- 4- 5- 5- 5- 5- 5- 5- 4-4
    Ferguson 4- 5- 4- 4- 5- 6- 5- 5- 5- 4- 4- 4- 5- 5- 4- 4- 4- 4- 4

    (Noteworthy is that, since the start of the year, the two Jimmys seem to have switched places, so top speak.)

  • Brad

    “I imagine Leno is still turning a few bucks for NBC, although they were claiming that Conan, who had better numbers than Leno has now, was losing money.” NBC are very tricky when it comes to putting things on the record. Jeff Rose says NBC had put the start up cost into the cost of their first year. Of course they would have lost money if a studio that was suppose to last you years was all of sudden not spread out for five or more years, put into 7 months. Btw, Leno was built a new studio and in order to keep Jay order and not get sued by him, they had to pay Conan $37 million. NBC lost money left and right in 2010. CBS just has to pay The Late Show salaries. No new studios, no pay outs, none of that stuff.

  • Robert Marino

    Oh, well. I tried to space it so that the numbers were separated from the names, and looked more orderly, forming actual columns, but it seems to have been reformatted when I clicked submit. Sorry.

  • Gary Middleton

    Thanks very much, Mike. I guess Joan waited for whatever option NBC held to expire before bolting to Fox. At the time, she said she was motivated by an internal NBC list of potential Tonight successors that did not include her.

    Jay would not likely be doing infomercials any more than Bill Maher or Garry Shandling are doing infomercials, he’s one of the top stand ups of his very large generation. But maybe he’d be yelling “Aflac!” for a few million a year.

  • Brad

    I am so glad you two, Mike and Charles, are on here. Great postings. Great thoughts. And Robert, thanks for your chart. It really makes it clear where everybody is in their late night rankings.

    Btw Gary, that is really weird about Access Hollywood reporting on Conan/Letterman, but great point out. When reporting, were they in favor of Leno by chance? Did they take sides?

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