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

    I don’t think so, Brad, they just showed excerpts with a little backstory.

    Efforts are greatly appreciated, Robert.

  • Charles

    A big difference with Leno is that unlike many, if not most, of the standups, Leno had and has absolutely no acting ability whatsoever…as proved in that film with Pat Morita. So he wouldn’t have a second career in the movies or a sitcom. And he wouldn’t have the set of stones like Maher to create a daring show like PI.

    He was just meant for a safe show like he is doing.

  • Mike

    Something else to chew on…one article I just read states that in June of 1987, Johnny was averaging a rating of 7.4.

    This year, in June, Jay and Dave combined won’t even come close to that. Carson and his competition were averaging a 11.9 rating.

  • Gary Middleton

    “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.”

    Brad, that’s an excellent, simple lesson for anyone who finds accounting tricks confusing as I did. The most common ruse is by either treating capital (long term) costs as a current expense, or the reverse where you treat current expenses as capital costs. The first lets you understate income, the second lets you overstate income, depending on what the agenda is.

  • Gary Middleton

    “A big difference with Leno is that unlike many, if not most, of the standups, Leno had and has absolutely no acting ability whatsoever”

    I don’t agree, I think he’s a far better actor than most, including Dave and Bill Maher. Anyone could look bad in a given movie.

  • Robert Marino

    Let’s try this just one more time.

    First 19 weeks in 2012, in tenths of a percent:

    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

  • Brad

    “The most common ruse is by either treating capital (long term) costs as a current expense, or the reverse where you treat current expenses as capital costs. The first lets you understate income, the second lets you overstate income, depending on what the agenda is.”

    Thanks for helping me communicate what I was saying there Gary. I was having so much trouble figuring out how to explain it.

    I too agree with Gary that Jay Leno is indeed a far better actor than Letterman or Maher. Maybe he’s not lead worthy in a sitcom or movie, but he was in a episode of After Chelsea and did a really great. Like, really great. Completely forgot he was a stand up comedian as he didn’t tell any jokes.

  • Robert Marino

    Better this way:

    The year in raw numbers:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/77149235@N06/7225137102/

  • Monikka

    Gary Middleton said:

    “I have thought for awhile that not all is well between Dave and Craig Ferguson.”

    I think you are right but it’s all on Letterman’s side. Ferguson has always been respectful of Letterman and his contributions to the genre. Personally, I think Letterman is jealous of Ferguson, both for his skill as a late night host and his warm relationship with Letterman’s erstwhile mentor and career savior, Peter Lasally.

    Letterman’s jealousy of Ferguson may not matter. Ferguson has a great relationship with both Les Moonves, President of the CBS Corporation, and Nina Tassler, President of CBS Entertainment.

    We all saw how weight Johnny Carson’s relationship to Letterman carried.

    On another note, I thought Thursday’s Letterman interview of Conan was psychologically fascinating. It’s interesting how two petty, grudge-carrying, self-obsessed “victims” can feed off each other and gang up on another person. It reminded me of “Mean Girls.”

  • Aaron

    Did anyone else get the feeling that Conan was upset when Letterman asked him the questions about Jay? I noticed towards the end of the first part of the interview he would glance off camera as if he were looking towards the producer.

  • Mike

    No…it was all comedy. You had the two smartest guys on television…they knew exactly what they were doing.

  • Diana Santiago

    I did notice it, Aaron, and I was not the only one. Several people on Twitter commented that. It was a bit too much. Obviously, Dave was trying to get Conan to say something outrageous about Jay; but Conan,while uncomfortable, kept his cool.

    You can notice that Conan’s energy completely changed when he started talking about his kids and other stuff.

  • Aaron

    I wonder what Conan was thinking when the CBS Orchestra played his old theme song for his entrance.

  • Gary Middleton

    Conan certainly knew the Leno stuff was coming, and I give him a lot of credit for not overplaying his opposition to it. And I’m pleased with Jay for staying within his parallel universe last night and giving another strong performance.

    Monikka, thanks for the excellent information and analysis.

    Despite the boost from Conan on Thursday, Dave will be hard pressed to win this week and seems destined to lose sweeps to Jay quite convincingly.

  • GARebelman

    All these strong lead ins don’t seem to help Letterman much. Late night trended even more down after Daylight savings time.

    For the fall 10PM’s will be for CBS: Hawaii 5-0, Vegas, CSI, Elementary and Blue Bloods. VS Revolution, Parenthood, Chicago Fire, Rock Center (Jay might as well phone it in this nght and have the whole night just be in his car warehouse or something! and Dateline.

  • JB

    Conan hosting the Late Show would be so great and he’d be the best fit IMO. I’m a huge Ferguson fan and would love for him to succeed too but for the sake of having balance in late night again, my pipedream would be Conan at 11:30 and Ferguson still at 12:30 with a bigger budget and houseband (dunno if he’s getting one this fall when he moves studios)

    However, I think Ferguson does aspire to host the Late Show despite him saying it doesn’t really matter to him in interviews. I’m not so sure that the bigger studio and budget at the LLS will be enough to keep him satisfied long-term.

  • Richard

    Part of the problem Conan had at 11:30 is the simple fact that his mind, and those of most of his writers, are innovative and creative.

    That is not to be expected. For 17 years, viewers were given the lowest common denominator comedy that required no thought or investment on the part of the viewer.

    Then a new host comes in that provides a bit of a challenge…and viewers rejected it. They wanted, it seemed, the bland comedy back. And now they’re rejecting that. Viewers are fickle.

  • Gary Middleton

    “For 17 years, viewers were given the lowest common denominator comedy that required no thought or investment on the part of the viewer.”

    It doesn’t fit the narrative everyone likes, but the truth is they were given that bland LCD comedy for 47 years.

    Not everyone wants their mind blown right before they sleep.

  • Richard

    But the absolute worst started in 1992 when Leno deflated from a brilliant comic to the ringmaster of a circus.

    But history tends to forget that Leno lost about 45% of Carson’s numbers in that first year and that he came close to being fired.

    But Leno forgot that too.

  • Richard

    I doubt if you were around during Steve Allen, Paar and Carson, but would you really call those men bland? Really?

    I wasn’t around during Allen, and have only seen Paar via DVD (and think him amazing) but I watched 80% of the Carson era, and, aside from the late 1980s, bland is not a word I would use.

    Frankly, Jay Leno never was, and never will be, a pimple on the butt of any of those other three.

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