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




  • Mark

    I’m not much of a Howard Stern fan…but I came across this and found by and large spot on. Howard’s observations on late night…

  • Brad

    Mark, I thought you would be happy to know my little joke was inspired by Letterman and his attempt of sending all the late night host a tweet, but disregarding Carson Daly purposefully. I love how he disregards Daly even though I do like him, though I wasn’t kidding when I said Carson Daly is not the best, but to me, he’s much better than Ryan Seacrest.

  • Mark

    I loved the whole Letterman/Twitter thing… but this was hysterical regarding Carson Daly…

  • Brad

    Well that was new. Too funny! Oh I miss the days when every host was bashing each other, and I when I say each other, I mean Jay.

  • Mark

    As Letterman says, “it’s just fun.”

    Jay’s done his fair share…..

  • Brad

    It is all in good fun, but I don’t think Jay has done his fair share. I think Jay gets beaten on the most and he does way less bashing then he receives. I feel bad for him.

    By the way, just watched Leno tonight. I just realized that maybe the laughs during Headlines was canned, at least a portion of it.

  • GARebelman

    Nothing is really canned laughter on Jay otherwise when a joke bombs the canned laughter would start which that never happens.

    Loved Louis C.K. on tonight. Reminded me of the days of Don Rickles coming on doing stuff “you aren’t suppose to do or say” though nobody tops Don. I do hate it when he goes on Letterman as the NY crowd can’t seem to tolerate anything non-PC in the audience which is irritating.

  • Mario

    Diana, one important point you CocoNUTS keep forgetting.

    Leno’s Tonight Show from 1995- 2009 beat Conan’s Tonight Show in EVERY age group even the youngest! That was also highlighted at the end of the video I posted a while ago.

    It was also in the NYT article how Leno’s Tonight beat Conan’s Tonight in EVERY age group! It was also why for the first time in 15 years Letterman started beating the Tonight Show again because Conan was the host!

  • Mark

    Dave, as far as I know, did not ever win in the demo.

    And, yes, The Tonight Show uses canned laughter.

    In April of 2003 we attended a taping, and most of the monologue jokes bombed, as did the first skit. Silence in the room. When we watched it that night from the hotel room, there were laughs everywhere.

    They, when needed, use a laugh track like sitcoms.

  • Mario

    Mark, you are describing Carson perfectly!

    I’ve got Carson on VHS where he totally bombs and looks over at Ed begging for help in his eyes! Any objective observer would tell you Leno is a better monologuist than Carson.

    Leno is more natural stand up comic than Carson.

  • Diana Santiago

    Mario, it is absurd to argue with delusional people. Have a nice life in Lenoland.

    PS: Proud to be nuts for Conan. He’s a great, talented man. :)

  • Diana Santiago

    Piers Morgan interviewed Conan last night. It was a great interview; finally someone that doesn’t ask Conan about his feelings for Jay Leno!

  • Brad

    I knew it! That’s really sad though. He probably uses it more than anyone else. I think he’s actually the only current late night host who uses it unless someone can detest. I do know Kimmel doesn’t as I attended his taping and watched it that night. Actually, Kimmel has the problem of too much laughter and clapping at the end of bits as it is always hard for us to hear him in post. They had to redo the closing because we were too loud after we “watched” Christina Perri (she taped her thing the week before during another visit).

  • Diana Santiago

    Brad, I can tell you Conan does not use a laugh track. Actually, during the Chicago shows they had to edit the standing ovation at Conan’s entrance. Also, if a joke bombs, Conan jokes about it and his reaction gets a lot of laughs.

  • Mario

    Sorry, Diane YOU are the delusional one! Not to mention your bad taste!

    I only deal in FACTS!

    Leno PRE Zucker disaster beat Conan’s Tonight in ALL age groups and Letterman started to consistently beat Tonight for the 1st time in 15 years because horrible Conan was host!

  • Aaron

    Mario, leno’s show is now doing worse in the 18-49 demo than conan’s Tonight Show.

  • Brad

    Yeah Mario, read the papers, Leno is doing even worse than his first year back which he did worst than Conan. Paying $40 million to get of somebody only to get the same ratings, talk about a bad return in investments.

    And if you justify it by saying he has no good lead-in, well, Conan had the same ratings of a lead-in too and didn’t have the disadvantage of following a talk show. Yes, normal people get tired of watching the same formatted show. Nobody sits around and watches the whole day-marathon of Burn Notice.

  • kscottk11


    I agree with you about last night’s Tonight Show. A strong show with Louis CK and Lolo Jones. They were good together.

    Diana, did that Pier Morgan interview with Conan already air?

    Mario, Leno is not more natural than Carson. Without Kevin Eubanks around anymore, Leno dies when the show isn’t working.

    Kevin Eubanks was as important to Leno as Ed was to Johnny Carson.

  • Mario

    Aaron and Brad that’s true but that’s because ALL late night talk shows are down from the mid 2000s!

    If Zucker left things well enough alone Leno could still have the same ratings he had in 2005 or at least close to it!

  • Ashkan

    0.6 with a 0.7 lead-in for Conan, on a Monday!
    I’m really looking forward to seeing this week’s ratings.

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