Late Night TV Ratings For The Week Of June 4 - June 8, 2012

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June 14th, 2012

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Via NBC's Press Release









UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – June 14, 2012 – NBC’s "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" has delivered #1 rankings in viewers 18-49 and total viewers for the week of June 4-8, generating bigger audiences in adults 18-49 and total viewers than its time-period competition of CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman" and ABC's combination of "Nightline" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live." Note that "Late Show" and "Kimmel" were in rebroadcast Friday night.




At 12:35 a.m. ET, NBC’s "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" ranked #1 ahead of CBS's encore telecasts of "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" and head to head versus ABC’s "Kimmel" in viewers 18-49 and total viewers.


Through the first 38 weeks of the 2011-12 broadcast year, "Tonight" has increased its total-viewer margin over "Late Show" to 16 percent (3.691 million vs. 3.180 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 (1.762 million vs. 1.514 million), up from last year's advantage of 2 percent. Jimmy has also increased his season-to-date lead over "Late Late Show" in adults 18-34, to 42 percent (276,000 vs. 195,000) up from last year's 25 percent, and in adults 25-54, up to 12 percent (859,000 vs. 766,000) from 3 percent at this point last season.


"Tonight" delivered a bigger 18-49 audience than "Late Show" for the 21st time in 25 weeks while Jimmy Fallon attracted a bigger 18-49 audience than "Late Late Show" for a 28th week in a row.





(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of June 4-8. 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,” 0.7 rating, 3 share


CBS “Late Show,” 0.6/3*


11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET


ABC “Nightline,” 0.8/3


12 midnight-1 a.m. ET


ABC “Kimmel,” 0.5/2*


12:35-1:35 a.m. ET


NBC “Late Night,” 0.5/3


CBS “Late Late Show,” 0.4/2 (in encore telecasts)


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,” 3.4 million viewers


CBS “Late Show,” 2.5 million viewers*


11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET


ABC “Nightline,” 3.4 million viewers


12 midnight-1 a.m. ET


ABC “Kimmel,” 1.7 million viewers*


12:35-1:35 a.m. ET


NBC “Late Night,” 1.6 million viewers


CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.2 million viewers (in encore telecasts)


1:35-2:05 a.m. ET


NBC “Last Call,” 0.9 million viewers (in encore telecasts)


* Friday’s “Late Show” and “Kimmel” were encores.




ADULTS 18-49


11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET


NBC “Tonight,” 0.8 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,” 0.6


Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 0.5


TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.5


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,” 1.5 million


Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 1.1 million


TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 1.0 million


Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 2.2 million


Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.4 million



  • Brad

    I will tell you that going back into syndication isn’t exactly a wise choice, I mean, that’s what got him canned in the first place. Even though he got to own his show, he was on at weird times (some stations at 11pm and some at 1am) and no station was committed to his show long term. If he had signed on to FOX or something, he is guaranteed air time at specific times for the time of his contract.

    Here’s the catch though, and if you read the press releases you can tell what they are doing, they want a minority with youth appeal. They want to go up against the norm of the late night talk shows that Leno and Letterman are doing. Yes, Arsenio is 56 but he appears to in he’s 40 or so. Just like Conan appear to be in his 30’s even though he’s almost 50. Letterman and Leno act like they are from a retirement home, especially Letterman.

    Now you have to take into account the audience. Arsenio Hall is going to be the only minority with a talk show now that Lopez is gone, and Lopez did fine when he was at 11pm on TBS, but now the minority host of a talk show is getting network television. It is proven that blacks and latinos do not buy cable television. I think Arsenio Hall can perform better than Lopez Tonight, so 0.4 or better.

    Remember, this isn’t Arsenio Hall’s first time doing a talk show. Not only will he be able to perform well, he already has an audience. The people who watched him 20 years ago are now in the 35-54 demographics. So Arsenio should be able to capture the majority of people who used to watch him and also capture a new audience. I think it is quite viable that Arsenio can come back and do well. I mean, ask yourself this… Who would you rather watch? David Letterman, Jay Leno, or Arsenio Hall?

  • Mark

    Frankly, David Letterman.

    Arsenio was sort of exciting for a few weeks, as his show was just a bit different than the others…but it got tiresome after a few weeks.

    Leno is just tiresome. And tired.

    Letterman is tired too, but he is still the sharpest mind on television.

  • bumfuzzled

    Just wondering why Jay doesn’t interact much with Ricky. He must have had a bromance with Kevin.

  • Brad

    1.7 million total viewers. 1.0 millions viewers in the 18 – 49 category. That’s well better than CONAN and even better than The Daily Show.

  • Brad

    – I think Leno is being like Dave and just wants to do the bare minimal.
    – I can see Arsenio Hall’s new show get tiresome too.
    – Letterman is a great interviewer. Very sharp!

  • Diana Santiago

    Brad: those are numbers for one episode. Typical spinning.

    Let’s see how many additional viewers do the Romney boys bring to Conan (if any). He got some buzz on Twitter tonight.

  • kscottk11

    “Just wondering why Jay doesn’t interact much with Ricky.”


    Because Rickey Minor gives Jay nothing to work with. Leno could park a bar stool in Rickey’s place and it would give Jay more feed-back.

  • Mario

    Brad, I’d rather watcch Leno than Letterman or Arsenio and it’s not close. Leno’s monologue draws you in and keeps you in!

    Interacting with the band a lot isn’t a requirement. Leno has enough interaction with Ricky.

  • Diana Santiago

    I found this article about “the messiah” on Twitter today:

  • Brad

    I understand Diana, but it just proves Andy Cohen is indeed a contender in late night and shouldn’t be ignored.
    Also, kScott and bumfuzzled, I think Jay interacts with Ricky enough.

  • rif

    Brad- be wary of premiere numbers. Conan’s TBS premiere drew 4.1 million viewers (3.28 million 18-49). Lopez Tonight drew 3.1 million. You may be right, but the premiere numbers don’t prove it.

  • Mark

    No Brad…most of those who watched Arsenio then are now in Leno’s age bracket.

    Not so sure today’s 18-34s will find him relevant whatsover.

    He’ll last as long as Keenen Ivory Wayans.

    “It’s proven that blacks and lations do not buy cable television?”

    Where the hell do you get that? (Black man writing here…)

  • Chris

    Good find Diana…shows just what kind of a fellow Jay Leno really is. Leno is indeed the true loser from the 2009/2010 debacle…his self made image of mr. wonderful is now gone. And nobody’s afraid to talk about him now.

  • Andy

    Looks like Jimmy Walker is next on the list of people who will have to call and apologize to Jay Leno.

  • judgesmells

    Letterman is learning that being so “in the tank” for Obama, is killing his ratings. Leno may have a favorite, but he doesn’t let it show!

  • Mark

    Pay attention…not that it’s 50-50, but Letterman has certainly taken his shots at Obama..although clearly favoring his reelection.

  • GARebelman

    Letterman has been cracking out some ever so awesome 0.4’s in the overnights this week. As I said, he does horrid over the summer but I don’t think I recall him going this low the lowest was a 0.5

  • Brad

    Rif, this is a Season 7 premiere, not Season 1 of Watch What Happens Live. It is still a premiere and the ratings certainly don’t reflect its average ratings, but it should still be noticed that Cohen is making something happen over there at Bravo.

    Sorry Mark, I meant that blacks and latinos are less likely to purchase upgrades in cable, but whatever the heck I was reading seems to be false based on this…

    “If all these statistics are true, then it is clear and powerful demand for minority focused, owned, and based programming and advertising.” – Stanford

    This, by the way, proves Arsenio Hall could do well in television today.

  • rif

    Brad- thanks for the correction, I wasn’t even aware…thought it was a new show.

  • Diana Santiago

    “Cohen is making something happen over there at Bravo.”

    Sure he’s making something happen at Bravo… he’s Executive Vice President of Development and Talent of the network. The success of “Watch what happens live” strictly depends on the show lead-in, as he usually has the “stars” to comment on the episode of the day (really it is a niche market). His usual ratings are 0.3 and below, and I don’t think any other late night show host loses sleep over WWHL.

    Next week Russell Brand will be on Conan, probably promoting his late night show. I wonder how many other late night hosts would be willing to give promotion to their direct competition.

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