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.

 
  • Brad

    Thanks Ashkan. I was going to say, this was a pretty bad deal if TBS didn’t get their other seasons. This is a very good investment. They are getting new shows and all their past shows is much better than having just syndicated shows or have a brand new series. I hope they can follow this formula more.

    ABC has promoted the show for some time and now TBS will now be able to see how many people make the move from ABC to TBS for their show. One problem is that if it does really well, what will that mean for Conan? Not for lead-in sake, but that TBS took another show from network television and it doesn’t have the fallen Conan which cut his target audience in half. Obviously it is a little different because Cougar Town is a sitcom going to a sitcom-loved station while Conan is the only talk show on TBS, but still, how much can we defend Conan’s ratings.

  • Gary Middleton

    Brad, it’s an interesting proposition, but of course it’s also thinking a lot of moves ahead. Cougar Town on TBS could bomb pretty hard. If it doesn’t, a defense for Conan would involve the very habitual nature of late night talk viewing.

    Incidentally, last night the Stewart/Colbert Hour got a 1.3 lead-in and did about 0.8. Conan generally delivers 0.6 in that situation. So pretending a single data point is useful, the CC guys have about a 30 to 35% edge at this point.

  • Diana Santiago

    Gary: lets not forget the fact that they are the only hosts with new shows.

  • Gary Middleton

    They had that working for them, Diana. And they had the overrun of a big NBA game featuring 2 major markets working against them. We’ll see how they do the next time they get a lead-in like that from Workaholics. For me, 0.8 rings pretty true.

  • Gary Middleton

    Wait, this is actually delayed results from Tuesday we’re talking about. So it was a big NBA game, but not featuring major markets.

  • Diana Santiago

    Contrary to reports, Conan is not in Israel with Madonna; he has been all week doing the Chicago remotes. Today he visited Springfield, so there’s a Lincoln remote coming up. I love when the history nerd comes up in sketches. :)

  • Brad

    That is a interesting break down Gary. I think the CC duo has a bigger issue about content rather than who their lead-ins are. I think their lead-ins are not very compatiable in the first place. Workholics? Really? People can’t take hearing anymore bad news or want to hear the boring back and forth between Romney and Obama. I think both shows are only going to go down in the ratings. More so than just because its summer.

    PS: I can finally copy and paste full sections of Bill Carter’s book The War for Late Night. Next time we get flared about about the Tonight show. I’ll be whipping out quotes left and right.

  • Brad

    Thanks for the Conan report Diana. These Chicago episodes will surely be interesting.

  • Diana Santiago

    I’m very excited about Chicago, as I’ll be there. I promise detailed reports… and I’ll deliver. ;)

  • Brad

    New Report: Conan was in today’s episode of “Eagleheart” that his company Conanco produces. He played the executive producer of “Honor Thy Marshall” and described the events of using a catchphrase from the show for profits and it going very wrong. I thought it was very funny. Hopefully there is a clip of it on the internet fairly soon.

  • André

    I’m almost as curious to read what hate Monikka will spill once Conan gets some buzz over the Chicago run.

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