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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  • Aaron

    One thing I’ve always admired about Conan is that he and his whole staff are almost like a family. From what I’ve observed and heard, they are all incredibly close with each other.

  • Aaron

    By the way, did anyone happen to catch Jack Hanna’s interview Tuesday night on the Late Show? Was it just me or did he seem pretty irritated and short?

  • Mario

    Brad, like Bill Maher and Dennis Miller said Conan has no right to tell Jay what to do or try and control his life!

    Jay is clearly the better TS host and the better man won! Conan should’ve been thankful for all the success he had at LN but he bit off more than he could chew!

  • Diana Santiago

    Aaron: you are right! Conan and his staff are really very close. Must be awesome to work there.

  • Monikka

    Isn’t it his staff that calls him “Mean Conan.” Yeah…he must be a blast to work for.

  • Steve

    “Conan has no right to tell Jay what to do or try and control his life!”

    An example of this, please?

  • Brad

    Mario, I was trying to show a very reasonable Jay Leno vs. the temper tantrum Conan O’Brien was having back in January 2010. At that time all Conan wanted was for everything to remain the same except the fact that Leno has to leave NBC. Is that not the meanest thing? Also, as I pointed out in the hypothetical phone conversation, Leno has been hosting these types of shows only one year longer than Conan. I think it is downright mean and stupid that Conan didn’t want to compromise or feel Leno’s pain one bit.

    And if anyone wants to counter “but in 2004 Leno said he would leave the Tonight Show” well he did didn’t he? Next time Conan should be a little bit more specific when it comes to the term & conditions of contracts and agreements about the Tonight Show starting time and where Leno can be on NBC if allowed.

  • Brad

    Aaron, I did happen to watch the entire interview with Jack Hanna. What a mess! I don’t know why he was so testy. I do know it could have been the fact that he brought all these animals to show for the entire second of the Late Show and was getting very stressed out for doing so. Jack Hanna is also 65 years old, he could be going senile.

  • Mario

    Steve, I was responding to Brad’s post.

    Brad, why didn’t Conan leave NBC? Conan has no more right to it than Jay does and he was a fool to think Leno should leave when he was at the top!

    Even Dennis Miller said Jay should’ve never left Tonight!

  • Pete

    I hate to say it, but this place is no fun without Gary. Gary where are you buddy?

  • Joey

    “Conan has no more right to it than Jay does and he was a fool to think Leno should leave when he was at the top!”

    I could have written the same thing back in 1992…with the names changed a bit.

  • Brad

    Mario, I have no clue what you are talking about. I am defending Jay Leno. I am saying that he was right in staying at NBC and was being very fair to Conan. Letting Conan keep the Tonight Show while Leno finishes out his contract with a 30-minute show. Conan was being a self-centered brat saying that NBC should be all about him, not Leno. Conan finally has the attention he’s wanted at TBS but it will mean nothing if this happens to be his last contract.

    I miss Gary too, but I have to live in the present. I do think he will come back. He’s too interested in this stuff not to post.

  • Joey

    Uh, in case you haven’t noticed, a certain Jay Leno seems to think the world revolves around him at 11:30, so don’t fall under the illusion that Leno is mr. nice…

  • Brad

    I don’t understand Joey. Leno was willing to take a 30-minute slot rather than the full-hour. I think that is Leno be a nice guy. The nicer thing would have been to leave, but how much can one give? You want him to give up his paycheck too?

  • Mario

    Joey, Leno has been #1 in the ratings 95% of the time since 1995. He has earned that time slot and is a Tonight Show legend. Conan is a pathetic wannabe who never made it since he simply wasn’t funny enough!

    Brad, I got it. We’re cool.

  • Joey

    Leno wasn’t giving up a paycheck…if anything he’d have hit the jackpot with a payout much larger than Conan’s.

    To be fair to Jay, it’s been said that when he found out that the 10PM disaster was being canceled, he asked if he could be released from his contract…the suits said no. Jay is just as egotistical and as narcissistic as the others…so don’t be fooled.

    But it’s water under the bridge…the sequel to the story comes soon as NBC will probably be cutting him loose at the end of this contract.

  • Diana Santiago

    This board has just founded a new religion: Jay Leno is the Messiah; Gary is the first martyr, Mario is St. John, Monikka is Mary Magdalene, Brad is St. Paul and Conan O’Brien is the Devil. Congratulations!

  • Brad

    Joey: “To be fair to Jay, it’s been said that when he found out that the 10PM disaster was being canceled, he asked if he could be released from his contract…the suits said no.”

    Did you learn that from Leno when he went public on The Jay Leno Show about what was happening? I still don’t know how much I believe that to be true or what the terms & conditions was going to be. I’m sure he asked, but was it so he can collect his $100+ million? Was he willing to let the money go if NBC found him a desirable time slot on another network and be able to continue working with his same staff with the same intellectual property? I would love to learn more about the whole idea of just letting Leno leave.

    Too funny Diana!!! LOL!!!

  • Brad

    By the way, Tuesday’s Cable Ratings are in. Conan got a 0.5. This Chicago trip is looking to be very disappointing for the ratings (even though I find these shows to be excellent). This just proves the remaining fans of Conan are die-hards.

  • Mario

    Brad, there are too many other programs to watch at 10 PM central to bother with a bozo like Conan.

    Joey, Conan has a better chance of getting cut loose at the end of his contract! Leno’s ratings are FAR superior so it makes more sense that he gets renewed!

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