Late Night TV Ratings For The Week Of May 14 - May 18, 2012

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May 24th, 2012

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Via NBC's Press Release

NBC RATINGS RESULTS FOR THE LATE-NIGHT WEEK OF MAY 14-18

JAY LENO OUT-DELIVERS THE TIME PERIOD’S ABC AND CBS COMPETITION IN TOTAL VIEWERS, ADULTS 18-34 AND OTHER KEY CATEGORIES

JIMMY FALLON TOPS ‘LATE Late Show’ AND ‘KIMMEL’ HEAD TO HEAD IN 18-49 VIEWERS, TOTAL VIEWERS AND OTHER KEY CATEGORIES

SEASON TO DATE, JAY AND JIMMY INCREASE THEIR TOTAL-VIEWER MARGINS VS. LAST YEAR

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – May 24, 2012 – NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” has averaged a 0.8 rating, 3 share in adults 18-49 and 3.4 million viewers overall for the week of May 14-18, delivering bigger audiences than CBS’s "Late Show with David Letterman" and ABC’s combination of “Nightline” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in total viewers, adults 18-34 and other key categories. Note that “Kimmel” was in rebroadcast on Monday, Tuesday and Friday last week.

At 12:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" delivered bigger audiences than CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" and ABC’s “Kimmel” in their head-to-head half-hour in adults 18-49, adults 18-34, adults 25-54 and total viewers. For the week, "Late Night" averaged a 0.5/3 in 18-49 and 1.6 million viewers overall.

Through the first 35 weeks of the season, "Tonight" has increased its total-viewer margin over "Late Show" to 15 percent (3.705 million vs. 3.220 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 (1.763 million vs. 1.533 million), up from last year's advantage of 1 percent. Jimmy has also increased his season-to-date lead over "Late Late Show" in adults 18-34, to 41 percent (277,000 vs. 197,000) up from last year's 23 percent, and in adults 25-54, to 11 percent (862,000 vs. 778,000) up from 2 percent at this point last season.

WEEKLY AVERAGES
(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of May 14-18. 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,” 0.8/3

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,” 0.5/3
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,” 3.2 million viewers

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET
ABC “Nightline,” 3.7 million viewers

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET
ABC “Kimmel,” 1.8 million viewers*

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 1.6 million viewers
CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.6 million viewers

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.9 million viewers*

* Friday’s “Last Call” and the Monday, Tuesday and Friday “Kimmel” telecasts 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 14-18

NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. ET, “The Daily Show,” 0.3 (in encore telecasts)
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 0.3 (in encore telecasts)

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.5**

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,” 0.8 million (in encore telecasts)
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 0.6 million (in encore telecasts)

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.9 million**

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 2.0 million
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.4 million

** Monday’s “Conan” was an encore.

 
  • jcfreder

    So I take it Dave won 18-49?

  • Gary Middleton

    You got it, JC. A big finale week at CBS let Dave bounce back to 0.77 while Jay ticked down to 0.77, and Dave took the final full week of sweeps by a nose:

    (Week of May 14, 2012)
    PROGRAM AVERAGES TOTAL VIEWERS A25-54(000)/Rtg A18-49(000)/Rtg
    ABC “Nightline” 3,701,000 1,442,000/1.2 1,157,000/0.9
    CBS “Late Show” 3,179,000 1,285,000/1.1 989,000/0.8
    NBC “Tonight Show” 3,438,000 1,271,000/1.1 986,000/0.8

  • Gary Middleton

    JC, since I know you track this, Dave’s overnight average understated his final number by 0.09. Jay’s overnights overstated his final number by 0.07. Both adjustments were roughly 10%.

  • Dan

    Jay and Dave are now tied season to date at 0.8 18 – 49.

    I still expect Jay to win the year as Dave takes so much time off in the summer but great to see after a complete fall, winter and spring that we have tie. This is not just a bump in the road for Jay. Dave will likely retire in 2014 when his contract is up. Jay would never voluntarily retire so he will likely be retired by NBC at about the same time.

  • Gary Middleton

    Dan, we’re reading it differently.

    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

  • Gary Middleton

    Also, I think the big disaster this sweeps period was Dave all the way. Strikingly low numbers, even by recent low standards, regardless of whatever was on ahead of him.

    Last week the CBS 10 p.m. average surged over 2.5, lapping NBC in the demo. 0.77 and a photo finish in that circumstance represents a serious air pocket for Mr. Letterman.

    Dan, I submit that Dave will plunge this summer not because he takes so much time off, but because he will be working with NBC-style lead-ins.

  • Dan

    Ah, you are right Gary. This is so long I scrolled to the wrong place. Jay will fall to a 0.8 yet though, but Dave will probably go to 0.7.

    I would still love to know what the demo is for the late news as I think that would be a better indicator of actual lead in. Dave seems to still be losing it big time on Friday even though he changed to taping it Thursday this year. I think people are still used to his stale Friday shows that he always taped Monday’s for the last 4 or 5 years.

  • Aaron

    Conan seems to be doing better this week so far compared to two weeks ago. Maybe it’s because most college students have finished their finals.

  • Gary Middleton

    As Big Bang Theory goes, so goes Conan. BBT is crushing it again this week.

  • Gary Middleton

    Feels like it’s been awhile since Dave gave a substantive TV interview. Maybe a really long while. Guest host Regis Philbin will interview him on Piers Morgan Tonight on Tuesday.

  • Aaron

    Once Dave retires, I think he’ll go away from the public eye, just like Johnny Carson did.

  • Diana Santiago

    Conan just delivered an excellent episode that was taped three days ago.

  • GARebelman

    @Dan – it honestly depends on what people like in their market. My market is the Atlanta market and last i remember ABC is the number 1 local news at 11 here. Why? Old skewing and hard news reporting, I find it boring. Second is typically NBC most nights. Our weakest news outlet is CBS strangely. FOX is number 2 in our market.

  • Brad

    “Once Dave retires, I think he’ll go away from the public eye, just like Johnny Carson did.”

    I think so. I think he’s had enough. But then again, he keeps saying he wouldn’t know what he would do if he retired. I could see him faxing jokes to Conan if he was ever the successor just like Carson did with Letterman.

    I still think Letterman’s base is truly down to its core. That it really is cult-like. Leno hasn’t met its true core, its truly loyal fans yet, which I don’t believe is as many as Letterman’s. Leno is more friendly to those who don’t watch the show or late night on a consistent basis unlike Letterman. This is why Leno is able to have the slight advantage on Letterman, and truly reaps benefits from any lead-in he is given. No matter the ratings with CBS’s primetime, because of quality and age, Letterman is down to his die-hards.

  • Brad

    Thus I don’t think there is any real air pocket. (Sorry Gary). Too bad there is no poll on the matter.

  • Aaron

    Jimmy actually used his Macbook Pro during Wednesday’s show.

  • Aaron

    I guess it defeats the claim that he only uses it as a prop?

  • Robert Marino

    The list above, represented graphically:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/77149235@N06/7266782126/

    The first 20 weeks of 2012 (January 2 – May 18):
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/77149235@N06/7266769656/

    Just raw numbers — the year in tenths of a point:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/77149235@N06/7266777024/

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

  • Diana Santiago
  • Gary Middleton

    Their allegation that Jay Leno decided to get involved in the blocking of a youtube video years after it aired is really implausible.

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