Late Night TV Ratings For The Week Of June 18 - June 22, 2012

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June 28th, 2012

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Via NBC's Press Release

JAY LENO AND JIMMY FALLON DELIVER #1 FINISHES FOR THE SECOND QUARTER OF 2012 VS. THE ABC AND CBS TIME-SLOT COMPETITION

 

 

JAY STRETCHES HIS LEADS OVER ‘Late Show,’ TOPPING HIS MARGINS OF VICTORY IN BOTH THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2012 AND FOURTH QUARTER OF 2011; JIMMY ALSO ADDS TO HIS FIRST-QUARTER AND FOURTH-QUARTER LEADS OVER 'LATE Late Show'

 

VERSES THE YEAR-AGO QUARTER, JAY INCREASES HIS MARGIN OVER ‘Late Show’ IN TOTAL VIEWERS TO 23 PERCENT FROM 18 PERCENT; JIMMY STRETCHES HIS ADVANTAGE OVER ‘LATE Late Show’ VS. LAST YEAR IN TOTAL VIEWERS, 18-49, 18-34 AND 25-54

 

FOR THE SECOND QUARTER, JAY AND JIMMY DELIVER BIGGER AUDIENCES THAN ‘LATE SHOW’ AND ‘LATE LATE SHOW’ RESPECTIVELY IN ALL KEY CATEGORIES – ADULTS, MEN AND WOMEN 18-34, 18-49 AND 25-54, AS WELL AS TOTAL VIEWERS

 

 

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – June 28, 2012 – NBC’s "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" have delivered #1 finishes for the second quarter of 2012 over the ABC and CBS competition in their time periods in viewers 18-49, total viewers and other key categories. For the quarter, "Tonight" averaged a 0.8 rating, 3 share in adults 18-49 and 3.5 million viewers overall and "Late Night" earned a 0.5/3 in 18-49 and 1.7 million viewers overall.

 

In every key ratings category -- adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers -- Jay delivered bigger second-quarter audiences than CBS’s "Late Show with David Letterman" and Jimmy Fallon attracted bigger audiences than "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson."

 

Jay increased his lead over "Late Show" to an 11 percent margin among adult 18-49 viewers in the second quarter (999,000 vs. 896,000), up from a 4 percent margin in the first quarter. In total viewers, Jay increased his advantage over "Late Show" to 23 percent in the second quarter (3.510 million vs. 2.854 million), up from 16 percent in the first quarter. Jay also beat his margins for the quarter before that, the fourth quarter of 2011, when he trailed "Late Show" in viewers 18-49 and led by 13 percent in total viewers.

 

At 12:35 a.m. ET, Jimmy Fallon increased his lead over CBS's "Late Late Show" in the second quarter versus the first, up to 26 percent in viewers 18-49 (660,000 vs. 525,000), from a 17 percent advantage in the first quarter. In total viewers, Jimmy led by a 21 percent margin in the second quarter (1.676 million vs. 1.383 million), up from a 16 percent win in the first quarter. Jimmy also beat his margins from two quarters ago, the fourth quarter of 2011, when he won over "Late Late Show" by 13 percent in viewers 18-49 and 15 percent in total viewers.

 

Versus the year-ago second quarter, "Tonight" increased its total-viewer margin over "Late Show" to 23 percent, up from the year-ago advantage of 18 percent. Jimmy Fallon established a total-viewer lead over "Late Late Show" for the quarter of 21 percent, up from 9 percent one year ago. Jimmy also stretched his second-quarter lead over "Late Late Show" in adults 18-49 up to 26 percent from the year-ago 22 percent, in adults 18-34 up to 46 percent (255,000 vs. 175,000) from last year's 30 percent, and in adults 25-54 up to 18 percent (788,000 vs. 668,000) from 10 percent for the second quarter of 2011.

 

The quarter ended with the week of March 18-22, during which "Tonight" averaged a 0.7/3 in 18-49 and 3.4 million viewers overall, and generated the show’s biggest 18-49 audience (954,000) since the week of May 21-25. Jimmy Fallon averaged a 0.5/2 in 18-49 and 1.6 million viewers for the week.

 

"Tonight" delivered a bigger 18-49 audience than "Late Show" for the 23rd time in 27 weeks while Jimmy Fallon attracted a bigger 18-49 audience than "Late Late Show" for a 30th week in a row.

 

 

 

WEEKLY AVERAGES

 

 

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of June 18-22. Ratings reflect "live plus same day" data from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise noted. Second-quarter and 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," 0.6/2

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

ABC "Nightline," 1.1/5*

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

ABC "Kimmel," 0.6/3*

 

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

NBC "Late Night," 0.5/2

CBS "Late Late Show," 0.3/2

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

NBC "Last Call," 0.2/2 (in encore telecasts)

 

TOTAL VIEWERS

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," 3.5 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

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

 

NBC "Last Call," 0.8 million viewers (in encore telecasts)

* ABC’s Tuesday and Thursday telecasts were delayed by NBA overruns. "Kimmel" was in repeat on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

 

 

SECOND QUARTER

 

 

 

ADULTS 18-49

 

 

 

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

 

 

NBC "Tonight," 0.8 rating, 3 share

 

 

CBS "Late Show," 0.7/3

 

 

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

 

ABC "Nightline," 0.9/4

 

 

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

 

ABC "Kimmel," 0.6/3

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

TOTAL VIEWERS

 

 

 

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

 

 

NBC "Tonight," 3.5 million viewers

 

 

CBS "Late Show," 2.9 million viewers

 

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

 

ABC "Nightline," 3.8 million viewers

 

 

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

 

ABC "Kimmel," 1.9 million viewers

 

 

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

 

 

NBC "Late Night," 1.7 million viewers

 

 

CBS "Late Late Show," 1.4 million viewers

 

 

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

 

 

NBC "Last Call," 0.9 million viewers

 

 

 

 

SEASON TO DATE

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

TOTAL VIEWERS

 

 

 

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," 0.9 million viewers

 

 

 

 

 

SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK OF JUNE 18-22

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING

 

 

 

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," 0.4

 

 

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

 

 

 

TOTAL VIEWERS

 

 

 

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. "The Daily Show," 1.6 million

 

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, "The Colbert Report," 1.2 million

 

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, "Conan," 0.9 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

 

 

 

 

 
  • Diana Santiago

    Arsenio Hall is (was?) a very good friend of George Lopez. Conan and George never had a relationship before TBS, so I don’t think that’s changed.

  • Diana Santiago

    Russell Brand Premiere tied Conan numbers yesterday. Considering that Louie was the lead-in, I was expecting higher numbers for Brand X.

  • Brad

    I agree Diana, Brand X should have done better. He plugged his new shold on Conan and the rating difference Conan saw when up against Brand X was 50,000 people. This proves that Conan’s fans are indeed very loyal to Conan. Did you watch Brand X though? I think I bombed completely. It will surely be interesting to see what happens next week and if people will still watch it. I enjoyed it, I liked how it was all stand up, how interactive he was with the audience, and the political comparisons but not enough for me to tune in all the time. More like DVR it for when there’s nothing good on (if i had a DVR). There are many issues with it that will turn people off; the Dark studio, weak laughs, extremely political, and attacks on religion.

    As for Lopez, yes, he and Arsenio are very close. But what about Arsenio and Letterman? Kimmel? Conan? Stewart? But Lopez’s relationship with Conan, I mean, I know they weren’t friends before hand, but what is his opinion on him now that he is no longer on TBS? Is he mad at him? No hard feelings, purely business? Happy that Conan got him a second season? I have absolutely no clue.

  • Diana Santiago

    My problem with Russell Brand is that I can hardly understand him. It’s not only his accent, but he also talks too fast. I enjoy Russell when he’s a guest on Conan, but I don’t think I can handle an hour of him.

  • Brad

    It’s only a 30-minute show. It really does feel like a stand up performance than a talk show. After every commercial it picked up right where it left off. I still can’t get over the audience. They either weren’t impressed or they were never mic’d. The first part of the show I thought it was a bomb. Thinking back I’m not too sure. Unforuntely, too late to change anything. The 8 episodes or whatever he did has already been filmed. Can’t change anything unless he’s renewed (yikes!).

  • Mario

    Brad and Aaron, Conan got a pathetic .4!!

    So much for all the crowing of the CocoNUTS about how great he is! If he keeps this up he can look forward to having an online ONLY show! LOL!

  • Aaron

    Mario, Jay’s ratings are falling, too. Based on Conan’s ratings this week, he’ll end up with a .5. He did very well on Monday, the day he has his weakest lead-in.

  • James

    Folks…these numbers mean so little today.

    So we watch these shows on their original airings, repeat airings (same day, later in the week), online, DVR, on smartphones, etc…there are so many ways to watch that traditional ratings are increasingly irrelevant.

    That’s why it may well be that although his is among the smallest in terms of “traditional” ratings, Conan O’Brien’s work is being seen by more people than any other late night host, while the man who frequently leads in the traditional ratings, Leno, may be among the least viewed.

  • Mario

    Aaron and James, quit lying to cover up for Conan’s awful performance! His .4 rating is for the entire week! He actully went down from a .5!

    Leno didn’t go down since he’s still #1 with millions more viewers than Conan. As far as Conan getting more viewers online advertisers don’t care about that!

  • Chris

    Are you this ignorant all the time, Mario? Did you not read anything? People watch Conan at 11PM, repeated later that night…he gets millions of views on his website and youtube channel, etc. Frankly, Jay Leno doesn’t get anywhere near that.

    You keep blowing smoke up our asses about Jay Leno, but his numbers are anemic at best. His performance in the ratings is awful (worse than Conan ever did in that time slot, remember…much worse), as well as just a worse performance. Did you see the show last night? Just horrible and unfunny.

  • Mark

    This Mario is amazing. Jay Leno has like 8 true fans in the world…I hope they’re more intelligent and thoughtful than him. He actually is an embarrassment for Leno, if he represents his fan base.

  • Chris

    Well, don’t forget…tens of thousands of people watch Conan’s youtube channel. The funny new .xxx gag had over 9,000 views yesterday alone.

    Jay Leno just rips off others’ youtube videos and passes them off as his own comedy because he hasn’t the creativity to actually create anything.

  • Chris
  • Brad

    James, how many people do you know that watch The Late Late Show on their computers or on their mobile phones? My bet is that it is very little, not even close to making up that 0.1 he has lost in this year’s ratings. I do think it is Letterman as a lead-in that is causing him to lose viewers and I think CBS knows it.

    I forget who asked, but I remember I didn’t answer someone’s question on the last post. He (or she) said “why was Letterman renewed if he is doing so terribly”. I think CBS wants to do two things; test Ferguson’s skills be more of a traditional late night host, and they want to wait and see what NBC wants to do with Leno’s pending contract. After this contract though, I can’t imagine CBS renewing Letterman. Following NCIS’s 3.0 and only come up with a 0.7. That’s absolutely terrible!!!

    http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/05/16/tv-ratings-tuesday-nc-is-rises-glee-falls-cougar-town-hits-series-low-americas-got-talent-hits-a-time-period-high/134474/

  • James

    Brad…probably relatively few. It seems as if the tech buzz floats between Fallon and Conan…with Conan being the indisputable king of social media with late night television.

    Letterman gets his contract renewed because he’s David Letterman. He will be the longest run late night television host in tv history, with an incredible reputation. That reputation alone is it. I’m sure there are some at CBS who wish he would call it a day. (Same at NBC…bet there are many who wish Jay would leave too…Fallon would blow Leno’s numbers away).

    Now I believe that Letterman will indeed outlast Leno, but quite strongly at the rish of tarnishing his legacy. Neither Letterman nor Leno are relevant anymore, and they’re both beyond painful to watch. Letterman’s is still the quickest mind on television…and he indeed revolutionized the format, but now is drowning in it.

  • Brad

    That’s just my example that not every show that goes down in the ratings is being made up in their online presence.

    I do hear what you are saying about Letterman. I think a big reason is that CBS never has to fund The Late Show. I mean, it’s really Worldwide Pants that pays for the show, does all the work, and pays a fee to CBS for the air time. That’s what it seems like to me at this point. CBS never has to take interest.

    In the last contract, CBS now contains part-ownership of The Late Late Show. Looks like CBS is hoping to take control of their late night hours with Ferguson at the helm. Of course, we have to wait two more years and see how Ferguson does with a modern late night setup and if he accepts the idea of being on TV longer, which as we know, Ferguson is not the one to commit to anything very long term. Makes no sense in getting Ferguson The Late Show if he leaves after two or three years.

  • James

    Right. I still think we’re a few years away from a major revolution in what late night television is. Once Dave leaves and NBC cuts Leno loose, the game will be afoot, and the current configurations will disappear.

    The Daily Show and others have just changed the game too much. There will still be traditional shows, with the desks and such…Conan, I’ll bet, has a 10-12 year run ahead of him…but they’ll be fewer and fewer.

  • James

    And a big part of Letterman’s initial deal with CBS was that he owned his show…much like Johnny Carson did with NBC. NBC would not give that to him…supposedly even after they were going to dump Leno and give Letterman The Tonight Show.

    Could be Ferguson isn’t concerned about such things.

  • Brad

    I highly doubt Ferguson wants that much control. I don’t know if he understand though, working for Worldwide Pants versus working for CBS is totally different. They are going to ride him about a lot like NBC did with Conan in getting the Tonight Show. This along with the fact that Ferguson is 50 is why I am not confident Ferguson is a permeant solution to CBS’s late night. This coming from a big fan of Ferguson.

    I do think you are right about a late night revolution. The problem I have about Stewart and Colbert is that is a hybrid of news and late night. Is that where we are heading? Combining two things genres together? I do wish Conan would just do his own version of SNL. I love those skits he does. Not enough of those on television. Only him and Fallon.

  • James

    For so many years, almost anybody who told jokes or considered himself a comedian dreamed of hosting The Tonight Show…it was the apex of a dream. It’s not that way anymore. Lot of reasons for that, but the fact is that as an institution The Tonight Show is no longer special for most comedians. It’s now just another place to sell a show or movie.

    In terms of that prestige, The Tonight Show has been replaced by The Daily Show. It has become an American institution. Who knows what will happen when Jon Stewart walks away…but Stewart and company have revolutionized television comedy.

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