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.



  • Mike

    Interesting, Brad…let’s try for some predictions. Conan certainly has been doing the promotions…

    Any predictions on what numbers will look like this week? Hard to imagine they get lower than last week…

    In the demo, I expect that Conan will come close to tying the big boys.

  • Diana Santiago

    “He’s a nice man, known for his charity work and his “normal” life”

    This is the “normal” life of Jay Leno:
    *His wife is the one involved in charities; Jay only puts in the money
    *They hardly hang out together, because his husband is out 300 nights of the year.
    *He has a hangar full of antique cars, just like everyone else in America… wait.
    *He brags about stashing millions of dollar in the bank.

    Sorry, but I can’t relate to him.

    I’m in Chicago this week! I’m seeing Conan live this week. I know there will be awesome shows!

  • Holly

    Brad, you are LYING! Conan did NOT beat Leno in the 18-49 demo! Leno beat Conan in EVERY age group and the proof is below:

    1/31/11 New York Times:

    “Not long ago Jay Leno wasn’t making the jokes since he was a joke. His primetime expirement had tanked and he came of as the villian in the Coco movement over to TBS. What a difference a few months can make! The big chinned comedian is back atop the ratings, besting his rivals week after week.

    And yes, Leno’s victories include the youngsters. Of all the late night hosts Leno draws the most young adults. More than David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, and Jimmy Fallon.”

    I couldn’t find the article link since you may have to pay for it to read it but it is cited at the end of this youtube Inside Edition clip about Leno vs Conan.

  • Brad

    Leno is smart enough to know that every contract signed matters. Everybody else seems to just sign it without reading it.

    Mario, here’s those Tonight Show 2009 v. 2010 ratings I was talking about.

    Tonight Show Ratings Final Score – Conan O’Brien 22 – Jay Leno 4

  • Mike

    Perhaps what Brad is saying is that Conan’s Tonight Show demo ratings, 18-34, we higher than Leno’s are now. Shortly after Jay returned to 11:30 both his overall viewer number and his demo numbers softened. I think Jay still has a higher viewer number, but his demo ratings are less than Conan had while at Tonight.

  • Mike

    Thanks for finding that, Brad.

    Well, one of the points is certainly valid. The institution of The Tonight Show has been damaged severely…perhaps irreversibly.

    Is that Conan’s fault? No, he put on a good show everynight, and NBC suits were generally pleased with the numbers. Is is Leno’s fault? No, he is the same Leno he has been since 1992, doing nothing different. NBC prime time is sinking.

    It lies at the feet of a guy named Zucker…who, amazingly, is in line to run one of the largest corporations in America. Everything he touches is near disaster.

  • Brad

    Mike, I’m with you. I expect the Conan’s demos will be closer to the network boys. Unfortunately it might be so clear cut because the NYC shows, his ratings willing only slightly rise, but the online traffic will be HUGE!!!

  • rif

    I was gonna say what Brad said–Conan’s NYC shows brought only a slight bump, so I wouldn’t expect much from Chicago week’s ratings. The shows will be awesome, though, just like the NYC ones were.

  • Brad

    I still think Fallon will be a great host at 11:30. I think he is the only one who is most like Johnny Carson when it comes to comedy like with his skits and characters. He’s that kind of person anybody can watch. Fallon is the one who truly has his hand on the pulse of America’s pop culture. Kimmel is a close second but you can tell he doesn’t really mean it (come on, The Man Show) and it is mostly ABC shows anyways like Dancing With The Stars or The Bachelor.

    I truly think Fallon can bring Americans back into Late Night television.

  • Mike

    I agree Brad.

    Many nights when I watch Fallon I think the same thing…he reminds me of a younger Carson, who loved to be silly and try new things. For so many years, each Tonight Show was a party that Johnny invited you to…and Fallon reminds me of that.

    If I were NBC, trying to rebuild (yet again) I would make the switch now, and give Leno a deal for quarterly specials…

  • Ji (g)

    Come on Brad, Jay does Arnold Swartawhatever impressions ……….. over and over and over and over and over and over zzzzZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZ.

    Jay is a one trick pony that has turned into a swayback horse.

    Fallon will own late-nite for a lot of years soon.

    And Conan had a lot of good skits he can’t use now, like dropping that TV screen down with peoples pictures and there mouth moving. The dog on a stick guy and others.

  • GARebelman

    I thought this was the ratings discussion for June 2010 but then I look and its actually the June 2012 one :)

    NBC has way more things to worry about than late night. The fact that Jay is competitive AT ALL with the shape NBC is is telling. Letterman would be a no competitive issue if CBS’s shows weren’t propping him up and even then, it isn’t a blow out.

  • Mike

    Well, don’t forget, GAR, that the late night landscape of 2012 is still lingering a bit with the effects of 2009/ 2010, so it’s relevant. And interesting.

    It’s always a more interesting discussion when context is provided.

  • Mike

    I thought that issue of Conan using bits from Late Night and Tonight was settled long ago…that NBC simply wished him well and allowed him everything except the name of the show…?

  • Ji (g)

    “While it had been previously reported that NBC owned the rights to the bits Conan O’Brien created while at NBC and that those bits would not be traveling wherever Conan wound up, according to Variety NBC is willing to let bygones be bygones and not put up a fight if Conan uses some of his “Late Night” and “Tonight Show” bits on his new TBS show.”

    Mike, I guess they did, i can’t think why he wouldn’t use some of them. That one with the TV dropping down was one of the best ever on any show for me.

  • Mike

    Indeed…there was just nothing like Bill Clinton yelling “yahooooooo” at 12:30 at night.

    The other one I loved was “if they mated….”

  • GARebelman

    The landscape does indeed have lingering issues. CBS is in good enough shape to “shake up” late night than NBC is. I don’t think NBC really wants to blow up late night for a while. I guess that will make 2014 interesting.

  • Aaron

    Mario, the Simpsons is a stupid cartoon? It’s one of the most influential tv shows of all time and the most successful prime-time television series.

  • Aaron

    Mario, you calling the Simpsons a stupid cartoon is evident of your mindset that anything Conan has been and currently is involved in is bad. Let me guess, you think Saturday Night Live is just a stupid show with skits?

  • Mike

    Some of you aren’t old enough to remember when late night shows were truly fun, in every sense of the word…sometimes characters like these would come…not even to plug anything…

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