Late Night TV Ratings For The Week Of June 11 - June 15, 2012

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June 21st, 2012

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Update: for those wondering Jimmy Kimmel Live averaged a 1.0 rating in adults 18-49 and 2.4 million viewers overall on the two nights there were NBA finals as the late night lead-in  (Tuesday and Thursday) and a 0.5 and 1.7 million on the non-NBA nights.

Via NBC's Press Release





UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – June 21, 2012 – NBC’s "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" has averaged a 0.7 rating, 3 share in adults 18-49 and 3.5 million viewers overall for the week of June 11-15, delivering bigger audiences in adults 18-49, total viewers and other key ratings categories versus CBS’s "Late Show with David Letterman. Note that NBC Monday results are excluded from last week’s averages due to a Stanley Cup overrun and Friday’s "Late Show" was an encore.

At 12:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" out-delivered CBS’s "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" in viewers 18-49, total viewers and all other key categories. For the week, "Late Night" averaged a 0.5/3 in 18-49 and 1.6 million viewers overall.

Through the first 39 weeks of the 2011-12 broadcast year, "Tonight" has increased its total-viewer margin over "Late Show" to 16 percent (3.686 million vs. 3.166 million), up from the year-ago season-to-date advantage of 11 percent. Jimmy Fallon has established a total-viewer lead over "Late Late Show" this season of 17 percent (1.760 million vs. 1.510 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 41 percent (274,000 vs. 194,000) up from last year's 26 percent, and in adults 25-54, up to 12 percent (857,000 vs. 763,000) from 4 percent at this point last season.

"Tonight" delivered a bigger 18-49 audience than "Late Show" for the 22nd time in 26 weeks while Jimmy Fallon attracted a bigger 18-49 audience than "Late Late Show" for a 29th week in a row.


(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of June 11-15. 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," 1.2/5*

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

ABC "Kimmel," 0.7/4*

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

NBC "Late Night," 0.5/3*

CBS "Late Late Show," 0.4/2

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," 3.5 million viewers*

CBS "Late Show," 2.7 million viewers*

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

ABC "Nightline," 4.1 million viewers*

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

ABC "Kimmel," 2.0 million viewers*

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

NBC "Late Night," 1.6 million viewers*

CBS "Late Late Show," 1.3 million viewers

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

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

* Monday’s "Tonight" and "Late Night" were delayed by a hockey overrun and are excluded from these averages. ABC’s Tuesday and Thursday telecasts were delayed by NBA overruns but are included in these averages. Friday’s "Late Show" was an encore and "Kimmel" was in repeat on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.


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, 1.0

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, 2.3 million

Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.5 million




  • Chris

    If we play Mario’s game, then we can suggest that it’s incredible that Jay Leno got Johnny Carson’s seat only because he guest hosted a few times, was in a horrible movie with Pat Morita, and did some chip commercials. Amazing.

  • Chris

    This will really blow Mario’s mind…Leno used to have hair like Conan’s!

  • Danny

    I remember that!

    That was when Jay was ultra cool. And hysterical. I remember my dad with tears coming from his eyes, laughing so hard at Leno.

    Then came May 25, 1992…that Leno disappeared.

  • Mike

    I had been looking for this clip for years…one of the classics of the day.

    This isn’t long before the break between Johnny and Joan…

  • Mike

    Some who post here are young, and either don’t know or haven’t been exposed to the magic of The Tonight Show. Johnny’s premise was simple…to be silly and entertain the people.

    Just revisited this clip…a throwback to when there was silliness in late night television…enjoy.

  • Aaron

    Mario, how is Simpsons a “dumbass cartoon”? Oh yeah, it’s because Conan was involved with it, right?

  • Aaron

    Mario, Conan’s current show nowadays does more for stand-up comedy than Leno’s does. There’s a standup comedian on Conan’s show performing an act at least once a week. I barely see any of that on Leno’s.

  • Aaron

    I think TBS is pretty happy with Conan. Diana noted that she saw Steve Koonin at the Chicago taping looking very pleased.

  • Mike

    I’m sure, too, that TBS is happy with Conan…otherwise there would be “Yes Dear” repeats on at 11PM.

    Conan, for TBS, is a trailblazer…perhaps the most successful performer when it comes to multiple platforms. The two old guys do very little with social media…thus their low demo numbers.

    So for a cable network, Conan is doing just fine. After a wobbly start, creatively, he’s finding his footing and doing some great shows. That takes time. I still don’t think Leno has found his footing yet. His monologues are weak, and comedy bits weaker than they’ve ever been. There’s a lack of purpose in Burbank.

  • kscottk11

    Mario, I’m a Leno fan but he has some serious problems. You’re not helping Leno’s cause out by constantly logging onto this site bragging about how great he is, or how great he is doing.

    It just brings out the haters. Whether you like Leno or Conan, constantly boasting about how great your preferred host is, just annoys the hell other side’s fan base. Diana?

    I think it just irritates the hell out of everybody. But I guess that’s what this site is here for.

    Everybody in late night is under performing.

  • Mike

    Absolutely…the million dollar question is how long they, especially the networks, put up with it. Hard to imagine them making money with dismal numbers like this, especially with no other revenue source for them. (DVDs, clothing lines, etc.)

  • Diana Santiago

    Letterman booked LeBron James for next Tuesday. On the good old days, that would be a Tonight Show exclusive.

  • Monikka

    An honest inquiry:

    If the genre is underperforming and not making money, why has CBS partnered with Arsenio Hall to syndicate a late night talk show for him?

  • Mario

    Chris, you’re delusional dude! Leno is NOT falling down to Conan’s level and NEVER will! You also lie because Leno has well over 100K facebook followers!

    And Jay will still be on TV in 2015 IF he wants but Conan probably won’t! You guys know TBS makes more money if they show BBT or Seinfeld repeats!

    Aaron, the Simpsons is awful regardless of who’s writing!

  • Chris

    OK, moron…Conan has 1.8 million Facebook followers. More than three times Leno.

    As of this writing, Conan also has 5.7 million twitter followers…more than TEN TIMES Jay Leno who has 385,000.

    That’s where it’s at today. Conan blows the dinosaur Leno out of the water.

    I am done playing this game with you. It’s OK if you’re a fan of Jay Leno, but stop being an absolute jackass, shrieking irrational statements that make no sense whatsoever.

    In 2014, once Jay Leno is replaced as host of NBC at 11:30, I’m going to come back and shout a big fat I told you so…but by then you’ll be completely insane, as you’re barely holding on now.

  • Mike

    Monikka…broadcast suits make knee jerk reactions all the time…since Arsenio won Donald Trump’s low-rated Celebrity Apprentice, they felt he was and is a hot property.

    I agree with most that he’ll last half a season…maybe a full one. No mention of them signing him to a multi year deal…

    Letterman’s profits have to be down quite a bit, and Leno’s show is probably pulling even, if that. Rough times.

    Their ratings are at historic lows. And, the last few years, history teaches that the numbers don’t really rebound come fall premieres.

  • Danny

    All…just please ignore this Mario. He just doesn’t know what he’s talking about, and is unwilling to have in intelligent discussion. He just can’t handle the fact that his favorite is past his sell by date.

  • Chris

    This will make smoke come out of Mario’s head…but as the history now reads…

    “In plain English, that means that no matter how you measure it, Jay Leno is performing worse as the host of “The Tonight Show” than Conan O’Brien did. And Leno doesn’t even have the disadvantage of having Leno as a lead-in.”

    New York Times.

  • Diana Santiago

    I went to the Jay Leno Facebook page and I found out that 4 out of 5 news were about Conan O’Brien. Seems like the ghost of Jay Leno will haunt Conan O’Brien and the ghost of Conan O’Brien will haunt Jay Leno forever.

  • Jason

    Years from now, Jay Leno will be remembered as being responsible for causing Carson to leave, Letterman bolting to CBS, ending the dominance of The Tonight Show on NBC. He’ll be remembered for probably the worst programming decision in history…the 10PM show…a decision made by network executives, but an awful show created by Leno.

    Fair or not, that’s what he’ll be remembered for. That’s his legacy.

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