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.



  • Monikka

    Johnny Carson is dead. He was a good late night host. Can we move on?

  • Brad

    I watched you clip Mike. Pretty funny.

    Thanks Holly for yours. I’m glad there is some defense for Leno. I never really thought of their comic differences with Carson-era and Generation-X. Also glad you’ve given me the support when I said Conan was indeed feed with a silver spoon all his life. What was Conan’s first job by the way. I’m sure it wasn’t working at McDonalds or even a car dealership. You know what Conan’s first job was? Working on HBO as writer for “Not Necessarily the News”.

  • Mike

    My point with posting that clip is that it almost perfectly demonstrates what is wrong with late night television today. If you notice, Johnny didn’t refer to any notes once, nor ask any of the guests questions about their latest products…

    Today’s shows are just too damn scripted and formulaic, down to the second. The Tonight Show is probably the worst offender at this…almost the McDonalds of late night shows Even Letterman’s show is too often too stodgy in formula.

    It may be because Jay was never much of an improv guy and doesn’t do well with it. Letterman is marvelous on his feet, he’s just become too bored, tired, etc.

    That’s why today’s 12:30 shows on NBC and CBS are worth your time. Yes, there’s a formula, but they’re not afraid to throw that formula out the window to, in the words of Johnny Carson, “entertain the hell out of them…”

    So Monikka, yes, Johnny is dead…but anybody who wants to host a show in late night should watch some Carson…not to copy him but to understand what fun a show should be. Why are the 11:30 shows tanking in the ratings to historic lows? They’re just not fun anymore.

  • Mario

    Brad, that Inside Edition clip also said Leno is more in the mold of Carson.

    Conan is a rich blue blood who clearly isn’t!

  • Chris

    A comic’s personal background can certainly make a difference in their material, but is otherwise irrelevant.

    As for being a doctor…my best friend is a doctor. By the time he makes his student loan payment, malpractice insurance payment, overhead for his practice, and the other bills we all pay, there’s not much left… make no assumptions they have a silver spoon.

  • Mario

    Aaron, SNL is not a cartoon and is fine but the ratings are down and most agree it’s nowhere near as funny as when Chris Farley and Dana Carvey were on!

    The Simpsons is still a stupid cartoon!

  • Chris

    That’s an insult to Carson…who by and large couldn’t stand Leno. Carson and Conan were friends…Carson and Leno weren’t.

    Of course, how could you be friends with the guy who pushed you out of a job.

  • rif

    “…as funny as when Chris Farley and Dana Carvey were on”

    That’s when Conan was there.

  • Diana Santiago

    Carson and Conan were not friends. They only met casually, and they spoke on the phone when Conan got the promise of The Tonight Show. Conan did admire Carson a lot.

    Letterman and Carson were good friends.

    Brad, Conan first work out of college was seller at a leather store. I still don’t understand why you judge Conan’s origin so harshly. Jay Leno might have flipped burgers when he was young, but he’s far from being “middle America” now, and that’s also irrelevant to his comedy.

    Already have my tickets for today’s Conan taping. I’m so excited!

  • Danny

    Mr. Brad must be a Democrat…they all hate people who either have more than them, or started with more than they did.

  • Monikka

    Mike said:

    “Today’s shows are just too damn scripted and formulaic, down to the second.”

    That is absolutely not true of Ferguson’s show. It’s mostly unscripted.


    We get it. You have tickets for Conan’s week of “simply walking onto a stage in a different city.” I have no doubt it will be the highlight of your entire life.

  • Mario

    Rif, it was Dana Carvey’s hilarious impressions and Farley’s comic antics that made SNL great!

    Farley didn’t even have to speak! It had ZERO to do with Conan!

  • Steve

    Mario continues to show his true ignorance…best to ignore him, as he has absolutely no idea what he is talking about.

  • Joey

    Mario probably wouldn’t admit that behind every joke Jay Leno tells on his show there is a team or writers…

    …and it’s a shame that this group of writers can’t do better than what they put into his mouth (and Jay so blatantly reads off blue cards and cue cards…)

  • Mario

    Joey, during the 2008 writers strike Leno wrote all his own jokes and blew all the competition away in the ratings!

    You forget that when a comedian first starts out he has to write his own jokes since he has no team of writers. Some even say Leno was better when he only did clubs before he was ever on Tonight!

  • Brad

    No Danny, I am not a Democrat. Not at all. Libertarian and full supporter of Ron Paul and if I had a gun to my head and have to vote Republican or Democrat, I’d vote Republican. I just don’t like that Conan never had any hardships in life except that he had five siblings and fought to get the seat by the furnace because his dad was a cheapskate (Conan mentioned the later early this year). Look, I am glad Conan did go to the front of the house with his hand out whenever daddy came home, that he worked very hard at school and did get accepted to Harvard, I just do not like he never did any work outside of school work. I am not the one to brag, but I work two jobs and have made the Dean’s List twice in a row. I would love to see Conan do that.

    Also, a few weeks ago I think I was misunderstood. I am not the one who says Conan should donate the money he’s earned. He has earned it and so has Leno, Letterman, and everyone else with a late night show. If Conan wants to spend it all on guitars and Leno on guitars, I wouldn’t think differently of them. I would just hope when they die they do something with any extra wealth like donating it like Bill Gates says he will and Leno has agreed to this. Anyways, what I really meant was that he shouldn’t whine about not being able to do things on his show when he makes millions of dollars. I know it is “apart of the show” but it really isn’t funny when it went public that he makes about $12 million dollars just for hosting CONAN. Rubbing it in really ticks me off when I watch him.

  • Brad

    Conan was only denied two significant things in life: to write for Late Night with David Letterman and to host The Tonight Show for a long period of time. And with the first, if he had become a writer for Letterman he probably wouldn’t have become a late night host.

  • Brad

    Sorry for the rant, but I still can’t believe Conan and the whole Tonight Show debacle. Here’s the hypothetical phone call to Jay.

    Ring! Ring!

    Jay: “Hello?”

    Conan: “Hey Jay. Its Conan”

    Jay: “Conan. I’ve been meaning to speak to you. Hows it going?”

    Conan: “Not good Jay. I’m quite mad. I’m mad at you”

    Jay: “What! What did I do?”

    Conan: “You know exactly what you are doing. You are trying to get back into late
    night after you prime time show was cancelled.”

    Jay: “Now Conan. Hold on. I know you are upset but I want to be on NBC as much as you do.”

    Conan: “Yeah, well I want it more.”

    Jay: “Conan, we both aren’t happy with management and we both feel like we should be in late night longer than we have been. I may be older but I’ve only been doing this one year longer than you.”

    Conan: “I don’t care. I want to host the Tonight Show.”

    Jay: “Conan, I am working with the executive at NBC to let you keep the Tonight Show. I just don’t want to retire yet. They have offered me the 11:35 slot to do a 30-minute show. You get to keep the Tonight Show with the same pay, same budget, but only moving back half an hour. What do you say to that!”

    Conan: “I’m not going to do it Jay. I want the Tonight Show and I want it exactly where it has always started for the past 30 years.”

    Jay: “Well what would you like to do? Would you want the 30-minute show and I take the Tonight Show back but starting at midnight?”

    Conan: “No Jay, I want you to leave. I want you to go to another network and leave me and my show alone.”

    Jay: “Conan, we need to compromise. We both have contracts and they have to be fulfilled. You understand don’t you.”

    Conan: “Whatever Jay. I want things to remain the same but with you out of here. You wait and see.”

    [Hang Up]

    Jay: “Oh well. I got a show to do.”

  • Aaron

    Mario, how can you dismiss the Simpsons only as a “stupid cartoon”? It’s one of the biggest pop culture influences of all time and the longest running, scripted primetime series to this date.

  • Diana Santiago

    At least the highlight of my life is not being ridiculous and belittling people online…

    The show was awesome. The energy Conan has is really amazing. His team of writers and production staff are not only talented but they are also kind and friendly. At the end of the show, Conan went to the audience and signed autographs and had photos taken with a lot of people. If anyone has an specific question about the taping, I’ll be glad to answer.

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