Late Night TV Ratings For The Week Of May 28 - June 1, 2012

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June 7th, 2012

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Via NBC's Press Release

NBC RATINGS RESULTS FOR THE LATE-NIGHT WEEK OF MAY 28-JUNE 1
FOR THE BROADCAST YEAR TO DATE, JAY LENO AND JIMMY FALLON INCREASE THEIR TOTAL-VIEWER MARGINS VS. LAST YEAR

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – June 7, 2012 – NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” has delivered bigger audiences in adults 18-49, total viewers and other key ratings categories versus CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” in a week of rebroadcasts for both shows during which Monday results were excluded due to the Memorial Day holiday. Also note that Wednesday NBC results are excluded from the averages due to a hockey overrun.

At 12:35 a.m. ET, encore telecasts of “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” out-delivered originals of CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” for the week of May 28-June 1 in all key categories: adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, as well as total viewers.

For the week, "Tonight" and "Late Show" tied in adult 18-49 rating with a 0.6 each, while in viewers 18-49, "Tonight" posted a 4 percent margin of victory (with 827,000 adults 18-49 vs. 799,000). "Tonight" delivered bigger audiences than "Late Show" for the week in every key ratings category.

Through the first 37 weeks of the 2011-12 broadcast year, "Tonight" has increased its total-viewer margin over "Late Show" to 16 percent (3.695 million vs. 3.196 million), up from the year-ago season-to-date advantage of 10 percent. Jimmy Fallon has also established a total-viewer lead over "Late Late Show" this season of 16 percent (1.763 million vs. 1.521 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 42 percent (277,000 vs. 195,000) up from last year's 25 percent, and in adults 25-54, up to 12 percent (860,000 vs. 769,000) from 2 percent at this point last season.

"Tonight" delivered a bigger 18-49 audience than "Late Show" for the 20th time in 24 weeks while Jimmy Fallon attracted a bigger 18-49 audience than "Late Late Show" for a 27th week in a row.

WEEKLY AVERAGES
(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of May 28- June 1. 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,” 0.6 rating, 3 share (in encore telecasts)*
CBS “Late Show,” 0.6/3 (in encore telecasts)*

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET
ABC “Nightline,” 0.8/3*

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET
ABC “Kimmel,” 0.5/2 (in encore telecasts)*

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 0.4/2 (in encore telecasts)*
CBS “Late Late Show,” 0.3/2*

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.3/2 (in encore telecasts)*

TOTAL VIEWERS

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight,” 3.0 million viewers (in encore telecasts)*
CBS “Late Show,” 2.6 million viewers (in encore telecasts)*

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET
ABC “Nightline,” 3.6 million viewers*

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET
ABC “Kimmel,” 1.6 million viewers (in encore telecasts)*

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 1.5 million viewers (in encore telecasts)*
CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.2 million viewers*

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

* Monday results are excluded due to the Memorial Day holiday. All Wednesday NBC results are excluded due to a hockey overrun.

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 28 – JUNE 1

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,” 0.3 (in encore telecast)

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,” 1.7**
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 1.3**

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.7 million (in encore telecasts)

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 2.1 million
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.5 million

** “Daily Show” and “Colbert” were preempted on Monday.

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  • Robert Marino

    The first 22 weeks in 2012 (’til June 1st) represented graphically:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/77149235@N06/7349402226/

  • Brad

    New Article!!!

    Top Turner Execs on ‘Conan’ Ratings, Passing on Charlie Sheen and Canceling ‘Men of a Certain Age’
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/steve-koonin-michael-wright-tbs-conan-obrien-334264

  • Brad

    Conan 0.5/Colbert 0.5/Stewart 0.7
    I guess this won’t be the week Conan beats Stewart, but maybe he’ll pass Colbert.

  • Steve

    I’m not much of a Leno fan, but I’m impressed on how Leno managed to build upon the woeful ratings Brian Williams gives NBC at 10PM last night.

  • Joseph

    I believe that on the evening of Memorial Day (Monday, May 28th), “Nightline” was also a rerun.

  • Steve

    Does Nightline ever do reruns? Everytime I watch it seems new.

  • Mario

    When Nightline has stories like the giant Icelandic worm you wonder how they’re winning!

  • Mike

    Indeed…really makes one yearn for the good old days with Ted Koppel. Each night was broadcasting excellence.

  • Mark

    We’re seeing this week that new episodes of Leno and Letterman aren’t scoring that much higher than repeats. Why bother?

  • bonnie blue

    Love you, Jay!!! Keep going …………. :)

  • Brad

    Because Ferguson was in re-runs I wateched Fallon all week and absolutely loved it!!! I’ll be watching Fallon a lot more now. I’m going to ignore Leno and Letterman a lot from here on out.

  • Mark

    Many are already, based on the numbers we are seeing….

  • Brad

    Lol. Well anyone want to make a bet that Conan is going to freakin’ dominate in the ratings next week?

  • Mario

    Brad, are you drunk again? Conan isn’t going to dominate anything! Conan can’t even dominate TBS with other shows doing a lot better!

    I agree Bonnie! Jay is da man!

  • bonnie blue

    You’re right, Mario. Conan will never dominate anything; he appeals to a certain group of viewers but not a large group.) He’s had every advantage at TBS, and isn’t cutting it there either. TV viewership is down in general, but Jay is still doing better than anybody else, even if his ratings are not where they were a few years ago. Like it or not, he’s got a core audience that loves him, incuding me. He’ll be at NBC as long as he wants to be …

  • Mark

    Doubtful, Bonnie…I agree with Gary in that this current contract with NBC will be Jay’s last as host of Tonight. They may keep him on some type of retainer, but he’s nearing his end at 11:30.

  • Mario

    Mark, that makes no sense! Leno has the highest ratings among all late night hosts and he’s the KING of the monologue!

    It makes a lot more sense for Letterman to be gone since he has much stronger lead ins than Leno yet Leno still beats him! I still say Leno will be on TV as long as he wants! He’s earned that right by being the King for most of the last 20 years!

  • Mark

    Actually, I think, these days, Letterman’s opening monologue is better. Jay has always been somewhat robotic with it, but now the robotics and staring at cue cards is worse than ever.

    But Leno is aging, as is his audience. His average audience is now in the 50s and 60s. Letterman’s the same. And that is not what the networks want. Leno has no appeal to the younger crowds.

    Find me a college dorm with Leno on….

    And Leno’s numbers have crashed since he took the show back. Time to go.

  • Chris

    In hindsight it was a mistake to drop Conan for Leno for that very reason. Conan’s average audience age was (and is) almost half that of Leno’s. Now, if NBC had a choice right now, knowing that Leno and O’Brien would pull similar ratings at 11:30, would they rather have the younger viewers or the older ones?

    Leno’s dangerously close to the Price is Right problem. Yes, Price is Right is still tops in daytime, but watch closely who advertises…Hover-rounds, life insurance, diabetes medicine…etc.

    One night last week Leno had similar advertisements.

  • Mario

    Chris, you forget simple facts. Conan’s Tonight Show was HORRIBLE and Conan was losing viewers even at the end of his late night run! He was down to only 1.5 million viewers at Late Night and even lost to Ferguson some nights!

    The biggest MYTH is that Leno doesn’t appeal to the youth! You guys are naive to fall for it! Check out the NY Times article that says Leno beat Conan in EVERY age group even the YOUNGEST! I’ve come across tons of people in their 20s and 30s who watch Leno!

    Plus look at Leno’s audience the next time they show the crowd and you’ll see PLENTY of young people in the crowd!

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