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.

 
  • Diana Santiago

    I’ve been trying to post some news clip about Conan visiting Israel next week thrice. I guess TVBTN is not loving me today. ;)

  • Diana Santiago

    Of course it is implausible Gary. Jay only steals other people’s work without crediting them. NBC then copyrights the stolen work. They are made for each other.

  • Gary Middleton

    And then Jay eats their young. Not because he’s hungry, but for sport.

  • Diana Santiago

    Just like he grabs on to a job that he doesn’t need for living since he hasn’t spent a penny of that money. Jay Leno is a weird guy.

  • Gavin

    And Conan is not “weird” for taking in a $32+ million settlement to then try and garner sympathy for being “screwed”? I can barely pay off my student loans! I think people in show business are weird and self-interested in general – no one is innocent no matter who your favorite host or actor is.

    As for Leno having anything to do with the YouTube blocking, is clearly absurd. Just another excuse to bash the guy for no real reason.

  • rif

    I agree that all of them are weird. Everyone prefers their own flavor of weird. I personally relate most with Conan, even in his flaws.

  • Diana Santiago

    “And Conan is not “weird” for taking in a $32+ million settlement to then try and garner sympathy for being “screwed”?”

    Conan is a weird guy, but he NEVER said he got screwed. On the other hand, guess who said “I got screwed?”? Gavin, you must work with NBC, who still thinks Conan created the “I’m with Coco” movement.

    My flavor of weird is Orange Ginger… ;)

  • Charles

    Right. The only thing Leno does with youtube and others’ videos is take them, pass them off as comedy as his own, and fail to apologize.

  • Gary Middleton

    “The only thing Leno does with youtube and others’ videos is take them, pass them off as comedy as his own, and fail to apologize.”

    And then finds the creators of the videos and stuffs them into a woodchipper. As he records their screams for use as sound effects in NBC/Universal Hallowe’en programming.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Just like he grabs on to a job that he doesn’t need for living since he hasn’t spent a penny of that money.”

    While the other late night hosts clearly need the paycheck.

  • rif

    “My flavor of weird is Orange Ginger… ;)”

    Love it!

  • Brad

    Everyone in late night is attackable. No one is purely good. The best two would be Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert. They don’t whine, they are happy where they are, and they make the least amount of money out of all the host.

    If I was a late night host, I would start a charity after my first month on the air. Might as well make use of spotlight while you can.

  • Aaron

    I’m excited that Conan is going to Israel to do a show. We’ll probably see him do remotes in the country, which I’m excited for.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Dan: >>>Jay would never voluntarily retire so he will likely be retired by NBC at about the same time. <<<

    Hmmm. That would be the…uhh….THIRD TIME? 4th time if you count his 10pm prime-time shows.

    The first NBC bump REALLY didn't happen, but it almost did. But, for a short time after he began his "Tonight" run, Leno was sweating it out when NBC wanted to keep Dave in the NBC family. Although, Leno actually had a funny line when he came out on stage for a news conference.

    Leno: "The big news is, I GET TO KEEP MY JOB!"

    Right after the NBC press conference, CBS was announcing that Letterman was taking THEIR 11:35pm slot.

    I hope that in two short years, CBS will be announcing that Letterman retired and that Craig Ferguson will move up an hour.

  • Aaron

    I think one of the reasons why Conan was mad about losing the Tonight Show is because his writers, production assistants, interns, etc., had just moved out to LA from New York. He was probably afraid that they would not be able to find work elsewhere. From what we’ve seen, Conan is incredibly close with all of his staff. Almost like a family in some ways.

  • SomeoneThere

    Just wanted to insert some fact into the Leno/Youtube video incident.
    It is a Youtube/Google fault. YouTube has an agreement with content providers (NBC, FOX, etc) that prevents infringing material from ending up on Youtube. They have an algorithm that checks to make sure that any copyrighted material does not end up being present in any other accounts than those intended. Since the video was in a Leno show, the algorithm would have matched it to the original youtube video and flagged it. There are actually numerous stories of this sort where the algorithm flags videos even with just a part of the background running a copyright video (think a TV within a video). The unfortunate thing is that video is immediately disabled so the person who uploaded the video has to appeal to youtube to get it back up again. Besides, thinking that Leno is up on Youtube trying to make sure his shows aren’t uploaded is pretty dumb. The guy who has written the letter is just appealing to the masses and getting quite a lot of publicity out of it or is a complete idiot. Take your pick. End of story.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Gavin: >>> And Conan is not “weird” for taking in a $32+ million settlement to then try and garner sympathy for being “screwed”? <<<

    Actually, $32 million is in the ballpark what Leno and Letterman earn each year. So, in effect, Conan was screwed. Had he remained on "Tonight" for a
    while, The Redhead may have made the same annual salary…in one year!

  • Brad

    But do you honestly think Leno and Letterman are worth $30+ million for the ratings they are receiving today? Sure, maybe Conan could have made $20 million after his first contract, but you are paying his worth today, not in the future. Joan Rivers said she wished she got that kind on money when she was fired, and I’m sure Chevy Chase wished the same. Anyone who’s show didn’t work out wished they got that kind of payout. Conan should be very fortunate he got all this money for all his troubles, for all his faith he put into a network that suddenly turned on him.

  • Aaron

    This month has probably been the busiest for Conan in recent times (besides the tour from two years ago). He goes to NY to appear on Letterman, TBS upfronts, going to Boston to do an event there, getting ready for Chicago, and now he will be travelling to do a show in Israel on May 31st (I imagine he’ll get there a couple days earlier to do some remotes).

  • Brad

    SomeoneThere is absolutely right. NBC can sue YouTube for having a clip that is theirs, so YouTube made an arithmetic to make sure that doesn’t happen. It is very unfortunate that the process to get your video unblock is rather difficult, unclear, and out of your control. However, if you don’t like it, there are other cites out their to put your video on. Maybe take this the time build very your own cite. Unfortunately, cites like USTREAM aren’t nearly as popular as YouTube nor is building your own cite easy or free, so people would rather make a complainant and hope for the best.

    By the way, that open letter was extremely long. A simple, “I am a fan, I’m glad you used my clip, I’m upset my video is block because infridgement, can you please help” would have done the owner a lot more good than what he had already sent.

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