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


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.

(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)*


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.


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


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



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


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.



  • Chris

    subjective, Mario.

    I tend to think, as many critics, that Leno’s show is horrible most nights…and he has lost over 1/3 of his audience since returning. In fact, Leno has lost almost 75% of his audience since 1992.

    I was in a taping of Leno…that phony high fiving is just that…it’s as contrived as it can be.

    NYT citation, please?

  • Chris

    From NYM:

    Coco has established one solid advantage over the others: he has the youngest viewership by far. The average age of his audience is 33 — almost ten years younger than Jon Stewart’s (42), and more than 20 years younger than Letterman’s and Leno’s audience (56). He’s representing a whole new generation…one that knows how to use Twitter and tends to watch their Late Night the next morning on their computers.

  • bonnie blue

    Conan’s audience doesn’t watch TV much. That’s his problem. EVERY program’s viewership has fallen over the last few years. We’re talking about NOW … who’s ahead of who NOW. I do not believe that NBC regrets AT ALL lettng Conan hit the highway. There is nothing phony about Jay, and his monologue is always funny. He’s a nice man, known for his charity work and his “normal” life, which hurts with certain audiences (that he isn’t really worried about.)

  • Chris

    That’s true about Conan to a good degree.

    I either DVR him, or watch online. I can also catch up with the show on ROKU.

    Rarely watch at night…

    And that is where Conan ultimately succeeds. His show is viewed on a multi-platform…people watch on tv, internet, smart phones, youtube clips, etc.

    Once in a while something from Letterman will go viral…rarely happens with Leno. Leno has some of the lowest DVR numbers out there, and Letterman’s are falling.

  • bonnie blue

    Chris, Leno’s numbers are good where it counts! :)

  • Chris


    This week he is dipping below three million viewers, and hitting bottoms with demo.

    Blame it on summer…but the show just seems to keep sinking.

    They could do better elsewhere.

  • Charles

    Of the “big group” of late night hosts, Leno, Letterman, Fallon, Ferguson, Kimmel, O’Brien…only a few will be around by the end of 2014…

    …Letterman will make his exit that year, if not before…(his contract provides an out)

    …NBC will show Leno the door once and for all as a major rebuilding of the network starts…

    …Ferguson will move to CBS 11:30…

    …If NBC and Fallon can work out a deal, he’ll move to NBC 11:30, though bet your ass that deal will be examined from every possible angle…

    …Kimmel will rake in the money and still help Nightline win, at least on paper.

    …Conan will remain on TBS until 2014, and if his numbers hold will be extended again…

  • Charles

    And Mario…not that it’s a perfect barometer…but if Conan’s Tonight Show was so awful, why did it get an Emmy nomination for best variety show? Letterman and Leno were not. (Leno rarely is)

  • Mario

    Charles, you know that emmy crap means ZERO! They’ve awarded films best picture or other accolades that 99% of the nation has never seen!

    Leno wins BIG where it counts! With ratings and fans!

    Chris do you understand what logic is? It means NOTHING that Leno has lost viewership since he’s still #1! Plus you forget to mention that most ALL late night hosts are down since 2005! Leno is still the KING! His retention rate is BY FAR the best out there! He totally destroys Conan and Letterman!

  • Pete

    I miss Gary – are you out there???

  • Charles

    One thing I’ll give you, Mario…despite the lousy numbers NBC is posting in prime, Leno is often able to build upon them. He and Nightline are unique with that.

    But you’ll notice the silence with Leno when it comes to announcing contracts…Letterman, Ferguson and the others…

    We probably won’t know when they’re booting Leno until they announce what they’re doing with Fallon.

  • Brad

    Last time when Conan did a week of show’s in a different, he did really well in the ratings. Now with Letterman and Leno falling down to 0.8s and 0.9s, I think it is very possible that Conan wins next week in the ratings.

    Mario, Conan’s 2009 run was better than Leno’s 2010 run in the 18-49 demo, the key demo advertisers look at.

    Chris, not to be a jerk, but those advertisers are trying to target a less educated and less fortunate crowd. Add settlement agencies and it is the same advertisers seen on The Jerry Springer Show and Maury. Not exactly your classy audience.

  • Aaron

    Mario, you do realize that when Jay Leno got the Tonight Show in 1993, his ratings were bad for the first two years? So, yes, NBC should have given Conan more time.

  • Aaron

    For anyone who cares, we have a close family friend who was the nurse of Jay’s father-in-law.

  • GARebelman

    Skimming these two pages of comments, this is going to be a LONG summer.

  • Mario

    Aaron, Conan was NEVER suited for Tonight and it was a huge mistake on Zucker’s part for giving Conan Tonight!

    Leno paid his dues by doing DECADES of standup around the nation 300 nights out of every year! Conan, on the other hand, once admitted in an interview he has ZERO standup experience!

    He worked on a stupid cartoon which is a LOT different than doing standup!

  • André

    Does not happen often when matters of opinion are concerned, but I agree with GAR.

  • Mike

    Brad…you’re right about the advertisers.

    It’s a bizarre world.

    Mario, technically decades may be right, but it was about 15 years Leno did standup, unless he was doing Lyndon Johnson jokes in Las Vegas in his Pampers.
    Your posts, Mario, become more unhinged with each one…

  • Charles

    And Jay would probably be the first to admit that Conan’s experience was almost identical to Leno’s. Going into late 1992 into 1993, Leno’s ratings plunged, sometimes more than 40%…he had lost a lot of Carson’s audience. He was still doing OK with younger viewers, but the hemorrhaging was real. And NBC was flummoxed…at the same time realizing that Letterman was ready to bolt.

    Again…it was Leno’s contract that saved him. If Leno had a different contract, he would have lost the show by 1993.

  • Buddy

    What do you want that Gary for? He added nothing but pretended he did.

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