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

    Israel is a very difficult place to film remotes. Bill Maher and Sacha Baron Cohen could tell you how they needed a lot of security when they went over to film their movies in Israel. Maher talked about the crews security having to check out restaurants before they could go in. Granted, both actors were doing bits and asking questions that were political charged, but what would Conan O’Brien do in his bits in Israel that isn’t somewhat politically charged. It is possible for Conan to do a remote there, it would just require more work for it to actually happen, and I’m not sure if this is something practical for a quick bit in his show.

  • Gary Middleton

    SomeoneThere, thank you very much for explaining.

    Aaron and Brad, regarding remotes in Israel, keep in mind that Maher and Cohen had difficulty visiting sensitive religious sites, border areas, etc. Tel Aviv, on the other hand, is like a year-round Mardi Gras. Conan could definitely film there.

  • Gary Middleton

    It has actually happened: original programming dragged down TBS ratings. Thursday’s 10:30 BBT does as much as 50% better in the demo than the Men At Work premiere- and usually at least 20% better. The result was a rare Thursday 0.4 for Conan.

  • Brad

    I didn’t know that about Tel Aviv. That’s pretty cool. I know an old classmate from Israel, actually from Tel Aviv, and she absolutely loves it there. It is a very nice place and she says the people are lovely. So I’m not surprised. It’s just, you really need to know the area you are in so you don’t make a mistake.

    I am surprised Men At Work didn’t do better, especially since it had the Hyde actor from That 70’s Show which is one of the highest paid syndicated sitcoms, but didn’t we say show are suppose to pick up 70% of their lead-ins? Men At Work did get 1.3 for its premiere and a 1.1 for its following show, which is pretty good I think. As long as Men At Work hovers around 1.0, all should be well for them, but unfortunately not for Conan.

  • Gary Middleton

    Men At Work did fine. It’s just that BBT is the epic juggernaut of its era, so TBS is in the unusual situation where originals are a ratings drag.

    Conan is also still a ratings drag at this point. Without the BBT lead-in, he gets crushed by Friends reruns on Nick At Nite. Loses to Hardcore History on History and NCIS on USA. It was a horse race with Sweet Genius on the Food Network and House Hunters on HGTV. Adult Swim tripled him. That was despite a very good lead-in from Men At Work.

  • 2bits

    Brad,
    In Israel you have a security guard at every restaurant, coffee shop, mall entrance etc. – by law. If you have a big bag, you need to open it and show there’s no weapon in it. Nothing to do with any political questions. Everything to do with previous bombing targeting restaurants- both in TLV, Jerusalem and Haifa.

    If Conan will stick to filming outside (open spaces are less of a risk) – like the boardwalks, the beach and markets, (or even malls after the security point) I see no problem for him, and I believe he’ll get some pretty good bits.

  • Brad

    There is no way TBS can survive on reruns. BBT keeps fallening in the ratings because TBS can’t keep it fresh enough as CBS is the one who produces the new shows, not TBS. Last night, BBT got 1.4 and 1.1 last. MAW got 1.3 and 1.1. Granted, it was the premiere, but I think BBT leading into MAW will be a lot better for an audience crossover as they are both sitcoms. My guess is that BBT will come down a little bit more, both sitcoms will hover at 0.9/1.0, and CONAN will get at least half of the ratings those two get.

  • Brad

    I completely agree with you Gary, Conan isn’t worth it with his current ratings. Might as well move The Office to 11pm and get the same ratings, but here’s my concern, why hasn’t The E! Network fired Chelsea Handler if her ratings are lower than Conan’s and is a half an hour show? I want to know what Conan’s ratings are for his first half and his second half. My assumption is that CONAN is a 0.7 for the first half and 0.3 for the second half. Is 0.7 from a 1.1+ lead-in really that bad, considering it is a talk show? I don’t think so. I think that is fine.

  • Gary Middleton

    The hard part for Conan doing a remote there would be turnaround time. The obvious alternative is a pretty exciting one: Triumph in Israel. Smigel is not only very devout by showbiz standards, he also has a phenomenal facility for making comedy out of Israeli culture. I don’t know if I’ve ever laughed harder in my life than when I watched the Zohan movie he wrote with Adam Sandler:

  • Gary Middleton

    Brad, I wasn’t under the impression BBT is falling much in the ratings. It definitely had a soft couple of weeks but then stormed back. I keep expecting that bubble to burst, but best as I can tell it hasn’t happened yet. BBT is a monster.

    You’re right, TBS has a plan to be home to a lot of original, high minded comedy programming compatible with Conan’s flagship program and they’re seeing it through. Conan going from 0.3s to 0.5s with the BBT tailwind gave them good cover to do that. I don’t buy the whole multi-platform case, but maybe there’s something to that too.

    I doubt the Conan half hours are 0.7 and 0.3, that would be a stunning dropoff. Probably more like 0.6 and 0.4. Chelsea did as high as 1.0 with a hit like the Kardashians in front of her. Most of the time her network is virtually dark at 10:30 so lately she has fallen to 0.3s and maybe even 0.2s. My guess is they re-signed her with a plan to move her to 12:30 on NBC in 2014. That doesn’t mean they’re unfazed by her ratings spiral, it may well have given them some buyer’s remorse.

  • Diana Santiago

    “Anyone who’s show didn’t work out wished they got that kind of payout.”

    That is simply because Conan’s TTS didn’t fail. The Jay Leno Show failed. There was no reason to fire Conan; thence the payout.

    I know Conan is involved in several charities, including one in which he’s the co-founder (Labels are for Jars); just like Jay and his wife Mavis are donors for charities involving justice and equality for women.

  • Gary Middleton

    “That is simply because Conan’s TTS didn’t fail. The Jay Leno Show failed. There was no reason to fire Conan; thence the payout.”

    That paragraph failed.

    They were both entitled to massive payouts. Neither was contingent on numbers.

  • Diana Santiago

    Entitled: Gary’s favorite word!

  • Diana Santiago

    Gary: Jay got his payout in a form of a new job. That doesn’t change the fact that the Jay Leno show failed.

  • Brad

    Conan has to take some of the blame for his cancellation. The big one was that he wouldn’t listen to NBC executives on how to do the show. You can’t expect your bosses to want to keep you if you aren’t willing to give their ideas a shot.

    As for Conan’s new show, I think it is a 0.6/0.4 if we split the show into halfs. I realized if he got a 0.3 for his second half, does that mean he get a 0.2 for his final minutes and his guest band? I doubt it. So 0.4 make sense.

    I don’t buy into this multimedia platform Conan & TBS are saying is doing wonders. Will Farrell is ecstatic that 1 million people saw his Ron Burgandy performance on CONAN and another 3 million on the internet? Really? I doubt it. I think he’s just glad to help the guy out like it says in THR. I think when Conan was joking on Letterman about being insecure about having his job, I think he was half kidding. Honestly, this TBS thing is very shaky, and I wouldn’t trust it for a moment. Only Tyler Perry has had success at TBS. I still believe the big thing that is saving Conan is that he is producing a bunch of new shows from Time Warner. Just as long as they are successful, Conan can finally get the job security he wants.

  • Aaron

    Gary, what do you mean by “Smigel is very devout by showbiz standards”?

  • Brad

    I like your idea about Chelsea there Gary. Putting her on after Fallon in 2014 would be a good idea, but the probably is her audience skews female. Even though the E! Network really has nothing going on at night, their network’s audience is generally females. Whatever advertisements they run for and whatever is her lead-in is a lot better for what her show is. However, I can see reruns of her show on E! or NBC work out quite nicely once Fallon moves up an hour.

    By the way, does anybody really think Jay is happy how all of this turned out. People have stopped watching him, even more people completely despise him. He completely wrecked his 10pm lead-ins which are now worst than what his primetime show was doing. He went for “#1 in late night” by a mile to “sometimes #1″. People like us are speculating if 2014 will be his final year. Okay, he got a new stage, more years being a late night host, and got to stay at NBC so he didn’t have to start from scratch, but those are the only benefits that he got from the Tonight show debacle.

  • André

    Yeah, “great point”, Chelsea at 12h30 will be a success :)

  • SomeoneThere

    I don’t think TBS are too crazy about Conan’s ratings either. But then again I think to a certain degree they are thinking 2014/2015. If by 2014 Leno and Letterman are gone, who’d win after the initial hype? Conan or Ferguson or Fallon? Assuming these are the guys that take over the respective slots.

  • Monikka

    SomeoneThere,

    Conan gets only 2/3 as many viewers as Fallon or Ferguson with a 90-minute head start. We can safely assume Conan isn’t going to win anything.

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