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




  • rif

    Anyone venture to guess why the Monday spike for Conan? Mila Kunis fans? Meg fans (Family Guy)?

  • Brad

    Not only is Mila Kunis in Family Guy, but she’s in Seth MacFarlene’s new movie, the creator of Family Guy.

    I agree with you Mario. Jeff Zucker tried to make everyone happy and ended up making everyone miserable. Well… at least we were able to get Jimmy Fallon at Late Night. :)

  • Dan

    I have been to 7 Letterman tapings over the last 8 years. He does not use canned laughter. He doesn’t have applause signs either.

    So now we have first hand accounts for Dave, Jay, Conan and Jimmy and Jay is the winner as the only one who needs a laugh track.

  • Mario

    Brad, if Conan was still at Late Night he could still be getting 2 million viewers a night but he bit off more than he could chew. Conan’s style was NEVER a proper for the Tonight Show!

    Dan, Leno is still #1 in ratings and viewers! Advertisers don’t care if you use a laugh track. Leno established himself with decades of stand up where there is no laugh track!

  • Dan


    Correction, for the 9 month 2011/12 season Jay is tied with Dave for #1 at 0.8 in the 18-49 demo.

  • Mike

    Correct in that Dave does no use a laugh track.

    But he (and some of the others) go in the opposite extreme…every word and gag, funny or not, is heavily applauded…to the point where you can hardly hear.

    And, Mario, they are correct. Thus far, Letterman and Leno are tied in the demo for the year. You need to face facts…and you need to know that not only are you embarrassing your anonymous self…you’re embarrassing Leno fans with your ignorance.

  • Aaron

    Mario, I think we can all agree that Zucker dug NBC into the ground. I think Jay Leno should have turned his online show, “Jay Leno’s Garage”, into a television program for NBC instead of doing “The Jay Leno Show”. I think more people would have watched that program and NBC wouldn’t have had to pay a lot of money to help produce it.

  • Diana Santiago

    Let’s not forget that Letterman won the November 2011 sweeps.

    Amazing numbers for Conan on his weakest lead-in night.

    Conan’s interview was aired last night. I doubt that made any difference, taking in consideration CNN is tanking. However, it was an awesome interview. Conan is great when he’s the interviewee.

  • Chris

    Still not sure where Mario gets this notion that Leno did “decades” of standup before stealing the Tonight Show. Must not have done well in math.

    But, giving him the benefit of the doubt, if Leno is as awesome as Mario says he is, why was his 10PM show so incredibly dull and lifeless? I still think he planned along to do a dud show, sabotage Conan, and squeeze back to 11:30. Thus the contract.

  • Chris

    Interesting idea about the Jay Leno’s Garage show. He obviously loves his cars,and could teach many about their history and mechanics.

    When watching his dreadful talk show, you can tell he isn’t interested at all, especially in his guests…at least he’d be interested in his cars.

  • Brad

    Yeah Mario, Leno was the one who got cancelled, not Conan. And sure Conan would have done better if he had stayed at Late Night, but he would have wanted to go on to FOX or some other broadcast network that truly wanted him. You can’t expect a guy to want to sit by the sidelines as his lead in gets a bigger paycheck, better guests, and a huge budget.

  • Brad

    As for laugh tracks in Leno’s show, you are right, it really doesn’t matter. He still performs just as well as Letterman in the ratings if not a little better. At the end of The War for Late Night, Lorne Michaels recalls a time in the 70’s when he wanted to quit SNL. Anyways, an NBC executive told him that they never cared about the quality of his show, they just care about the ratings. That’s all these television networks care about, that these shows bring in an audience. People thought ‘Luck’ on HBO was an excellent show, critically acclaimed, but nobody was watching it. The quality of the show means nothing if nobody watches it. So when Leno uses laugh tracks or reads qucards during interviews, it truly doesn’t matter to the ratings; it just ticks people off that Leno is not a highly rated show and wins the ratings. Its like Burn Notice losing to Teen Mom in the ratings, you’d just wish people wouldn’t watch so Teen Mom, Jersey Shore, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, etc.

  • Chris

    Spot on Brad…it’s all about ratings. Which is why many of us feel certain that NBC is already thinking transition for 11:30…knowing that a better host could not only build better numbers, but a better target demographics. NBC really isn’t concerned with the senior citizens, which is not Leno’s biggest demo.

  • Chris

    Correction…seniors (and those approaching) ARE his biggest demo.

  • Mike

    I’m starting to think that Piers Morgan on CNN has the same contract type as Leno. No matter how poorly a show performs he stays on the air. Morgan is hemorrhaging viewers at 9PM each week. Everytime CNN cancels,, shuffles, etc, Morgan makes the cut.


  • Diana Santiago

    Conan hit it out of the park tonight with the launch of a new .xxx website, Russell Brand interview and the musical guest had a lot of followers. Lot of buzz on Twitter.

    If ratings count so much, how can you explain Letterman being renewed?

    Everyone knows the Nielsen system is obsolete. It’s about time someone steps in front of the system and says: no more.

  • Diana Santiago

    Just noticed the following tweets on my timeline:

    @TheTVJunkie: @louisck on @jimmykimmel is 180-degrees different than Leno appearance last night: fun and funny and it’s 100% due to the host

    @rwcuminale: kimmel is pulling off an authentic interview with @louisck. Take notes, Leno: don’t try to be the star, just be nice (and funny-that helps).

  • Aaron

    The .xxx idea is pretty funny. I imagine it’s something Conan would do if he were still hosting Late Night.

  • Diana Santiago

    Aaron, I still remember Horny Manatee dot com. That was the sketch that hooked me to Conan O’Brien. Something totally ad-lib is one of my favorite Late Night moments.

  • Monikka

    Cherry picking two tweets to make a case may be the most pathetic and desperate example of illogic I’ve ever seen.

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