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




  • Mario

    Brad, I agree Conan should’ve just gone to Fox when they offered it to him but you know Fox has an itchy trigger finger and chances are Conan would’ve been fired in 1 to 2 years. You guys know local Fox stations make more running sitcom re- runs than they ever would with Conan!

    This whole Leno vs. Letterman argument is ridiculous! Leno has won 22 of the last 26 weeks and you guys KNOW he’ll win the year just like last year! Considering how much stronger Letterman’s lead ins are it really does make Leno look like the King!

  • Mario

    I totally agree Piers Morgan needs to go from CNN!

    His ratings are worse than Larry King when King got fired.

    It’s gotta be just a matter of time before they can the redcoat!

  • Dan


    Can you provide me with any real ratings for Leno and Letterman’s leads?

    On my station Leno has local news as a lead and Letterman has repeats of 2 1/2 Men as his lead. Do you have any actual data on the leads they have accross the country? How do you know that Letterman has a larger lead in?

  • Mike

    Fox never made Conan an offer.

  • Brad

    I don’t believe FOX makes more or sitcom re-runs. They have set up 11 o’clock news for half an hour all over the place right after their 10 ‘clock news for one full hour. This proves that their re-runs are not what they want to have at 11pm. However, this isn’t across the board with Fox affiliates. Not every has this news structure. This is why when Peter Rice from FOX offered Conan the 11pm spot, he would only get clearance with 60%-70% of the affiliates. Others don’t want to untangle themselves from their sitcom contracts, but it proves the majority wants something different.

    Also, Conan was a freaking idiot saying that the FOX’s offering wasn’t valid. When CBS got Letterman they didn’t have 100% clearance to broadcast him on all the affiliates @ 11:35pm. I think it was 60%-70% as well. Obviously, two years down the road he was on all the affiliates at the correct time just like Conan would have.

  • Diana Santiago

    Dear Monikka, search Louis CK and Leno in Twitter, and you’ll have plenty of comments to choose from.

  • Monikka

    Dear Diana,

    I don’t have to purloin other people’s thoughts. I am capable of forming my own opinions and expressing to others the reasoning behind them without benefit of the brilliance found on Twitter.

  • Brad

    Mike, my opinion is that Peter Rice wanted to give Conan a better offer before they had to give him a deal. They were going to have a meeting about Conan with all the affiliates to see what kind of clearance they can give Conan and if not, how long will it take for him to get 100% clearance on all the affiliates. Remember, Rupert Murdock told Peter Rice to do whatever it takes to get Conan. Conan just jumped the gun when TBS came into the picture and matching FOX’s budget for the show plus 100% clearance. I think TBS letting Conan and his company Conanco produce and own the show was something FOX wasn’t offering. So I don’t blame Conan for taking up TBS on their offer.

  • Mike

    I don’t blame him either…it’s ended up working out pretty well for him.

    I would be nervous signing with a network that had on its late night resume “The Late Show with John Rivers” “The Late Show with Countless other Hosts After Joan failed,” “The Wilton North Report”, “The Chevy Chase Show.”

    A tremendous series of failures.

    And local stations make much more money selling commercial time for Seinfeld than they would have for Conan initially anyway.

    In hindsight, they should have left him alone on NBC…but this may have been the best thing to happen to him, especially now that he seems to be finding his mojo. For a while his show was a blander vanilla than Leno’s.

  • Brad

    I agree Mike, it would be nerve-racking. Considering how vanilla he was when he first got to TBS, if he was like that at FOX and with their record, after a few months he’d be uh…………. canceled. I wasn’t expecting he’d have so much trouble changing networks like he did, but he did start from scratch, so I guess I shouldn’t have been so surprised considering his first year or two at Late Night. But yea, he’s definitely found his mojo at TBS (finally!) and I’m glad. It does make since it took less time to find his mojo considering his years of experience.

    PS: Don’t forget to add Wanda Sykes to that list.

  • Brad

    Here’s a spoof on Aresnio’s first monologue back after 20 years. It is really funny and features Bill Clinton in the beginning. Anyone with any clue about Arsenio Hall’s original show will like this.

  • Brad

    I didn’t realize this until now, Jimmy Kimmel beat Leno and Letterman. Even though it was mostly due to his lead-in, he did put on the show that kept them watching. He must be proud! Correct if I’m wrong, but this is his second time winning the week in late night.

  • Chris

    Is this the life of a Leno fan?

  • Mark

    Saddest thing is that those are actual Leno jokes. Sad.

  • Barry

    Yep…some of the best jokes from The King.

  • Drum

    “Ferguson says his staff of five writers “is probably less than half of anyone else doing this thing.” But aside from a few topical gags for the monologue, most of the show is created on the fly. And, he says, he has little involvement in booking guests.”

  • Brad

    You guys are going to kill me but I still believe Conan needs another producer on hand.

  • Brad

    Thanks for the article Drum, interesting video Chris, and congrats to TBS for renewing Men At Work.

  • Chris

    How so, Brad? Conan’s producer has been with him for some 20 years. What do you see lacking?

  • Brad

    Sorry, I don’t think its the producer that needs to go, but the director. There seems to be a major lack in direction. Yes, I know Conan does things on the fly but even with that, there is still not enough being done as a director. I think there is not a great sense of quality when it comes to the audio, camera angles, and more. We’ve already seen the director goof up quite a few times on the new show. As someone in the communications major, I am not very impressed. The only thing I like is how the director is able to get good shots on the public only when the do Craigslist ads. (Any other crowd shot looks like crap).

    I actually think Lopez Tonight had a better director than Conan. In my opinion, the best directors are at Letterman and Kimmel.

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