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

 

 

 

 

 
  • Chris

    You’re sort of right, James, but I disagree that The Tonight Show is done. I think the right host, together with a rebuilt network, can rebuild the institution. Jay Leno never seemed really interested in the institution and legacy of The Tonight Show. He cared about himself, and that he was on television every night at 11:30.

    The Tonight Show needs a traditional broadcaster, much as Steve Allen, Jack Paar, and Johnny Carson were. Jay Leno, as he will admit, is no broadcaster.

    The bigger question is whether NBC will ever be in the position again to buttress a successful Tonight Show with a strong prime time lineup. As long as NBC remains as it does, it will continue to be a low rated talk show, beaten by cable cartoons.

  • Mario

    Chris, your tens of thousands of youtube viewers doesn’t mean anything! Leno has MILLIONS more viewers and that’s what advertisers care about!

    They don’t care about youtube views!

  • Brad

    I have some problems with Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show. One is that the The Daily Show really is a reinvented Weekend Update as it’s own show. Sure you have Colbert but he mocks the stereotypical bigot newscaster, not make fun of the news.

    Another is that Letterman’s producer was right when he told Letterman his own thoughts about Stewart winning so many Emmys, that he shouldn’t as its easy making fun of something rather than creating something. That is all too true in Stewart’s world. Conan’s skit thursday night, that was entirely new, innovated, fresh. Stewart and company acting out what the media was like that day and pointing out the errors, it surely takes time but little innovation. Conan’s skit could be timeless, Stewart’s antics are only good for a few days. The old news that you made fun of, yea, that gets old too.

    The original producer Lizz Wiensted (when Craig Kilborn has at the helm) said that she believes the show to be content driven, not host driven. So not to be mean, I think any comedian with decent broadcasting skills can do Stewart’s job. It is all about what goes on behind the scenes.

  • Brad

    I believe The Tonight Show is not as desirable as it once was because there are so many late night talk shows on television now. CBS, ABC, NBC, TBS, CC, E! Network, Bravo, HBO… and it never seems to stop. The Tonight Show had no true competitor for decades until The Arsenio Hall Show in 1989, then NBC mishandled Letterman who went to CBS, so what do you know, three new competitors at once. OF COURSE you are going to split up the late night audience, no one can agree who truly represents late night television; the best comedian (Leno), the best broadcaster (Letterman), or the best partier (Hall).

    Anyways, all these current shows still have the format Carson created. The are all Tonight Show clones. I think comedians want to have their own show in this world, not necessarily obtain someone else’s because there is no copyright on the format and there is no need to be on a specific network (NBC) because the Tonight Show monopoly is no more.

  • Chris

    Mario continues to show his absolutely remarkable ignorance.

    People watch television…advertisers place commercials…and pay the networks to place their advertisements and sell products.

    Each visitor Conan gets to his website sees and advertisement…and each youtube visit to an official Team Coco vid makes money for TBS. So Conan is making a LOT of money for TBS via his tv show, the ads that are on his website, and all of his internet videos.

    So Conan is making a lot of money for his employer. Leno (by his own round about admission) is losing money for his.

    Go put your head back in the microwave.

  • Diana Santiago

    Brad, interesting thoughts about The Daily Show. I agree with them, and I might add that, recently, Jon relies too much on the F-word. He cannot utter a sentence without cursing. As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t mind curse words (censoring them is ridiculous) but it gets tired. Also, there is so much politics you can find amusing. I ran away from TDS because I’m TIRED of the same political BS.

  • Monikka

    I think Mario is/was also Holly on this site and Megafauna on Imdb. Very similar writing style offering absolutely nothing of substance in her blind support of Leno. It’s hard for me to imagine being obsessed by Jay Leno (King of Comedy style) but at least one person is.

    Brad, do you have a source for that info on Letterman’s producers thoughts on The Daily Show? It’s interesting to me and I’d like to fill in some blanks.

    The lockstep with which the Emmy voters shower Jon Stewart with awards is so ironic, given that his show and his viewers are supposed to be iconoclastic.

  • rif

    Monikka, I thought the same thing. If true, i find it interesting how some regulars here partially accepted Holly but utterly dismissed Mario. I wonder if apparent gender had anything to do with that.

    Excellent point about the Emmy irony.

  • rif

    The FX press release has got some exact Thursday numbers for some of the cable late night shows:

    BrandX 1,070,000 Total Viewers and 687,000 18-49
    Conan 934,000 Total Viewers and 602,000 18-49
    Chelsea Lately 666,000 Total Viewers and 502,000 18-49
    Watch What Happens: Live 539,000 Total Viewers and 328,000 18-49

    http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/06/29/fx-records-most-watched-thursday-primetime-in-its-18-year-history-with-anger-management-wilfred-and-louie-premieres/140095/

  • Brad

    This is what I was able to find in Bill Carter’s latest book, it doesn’t support what I said, but it’s good note.

    “At the prime-time Emmy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on September 19, 2004, Conan O’Brien sat with his group in the audience, close by Lorne Michaels, who, since he still retained an executive producer credit on Late Night, would take home a prize if Conan’s show won for best comedy or variety show. Michaels was also present because his meal ticket, Saturday Night Live, had been nominated in the same category.

    Almost every season both shows would share the nominations with Letterman, perhaps Bill Maher’s HBO series, and inevitably with The Daily Show. Inside Conan’s camp the frustration mounted: starting in 2003 Jon Stewart’s show racked up wins every year in that category as well as the best-writing award, a streak that would continue right through 2009. As much as Conan and his group tried to shrug off Stewart’s success—topical and political humor always impressed awards types, they reasoned—it quietly drove them all nuts. They had all worked so hard, come up with so much distinctively original material, but they never got a shot to be recognized—because Jon Stewart was always there.”

  • Diana Santiago

    Andy Richter sums it all in the following video:

  • Brad

    Just realized something, Conan is the only successful traditional late night show on basic cable. Just thought I’d mention it.

  • Diana Santiago

    Tonight Letterman is rearing his Conan episode, FYI.

  • Mike

    Interesting, and to Letterman fans, depressing, that his repeats are pulling almost the same numbers as original episodes.

    True Carson fans always shook their heads at the number of days and weeks he took off, especially in the 1980s. We Letterman fans feel the same now. Seems as if every other week is a dark week.

    The difference is a new Carson episode would then perk up to 10-12 million visitors. These guys today can barely break above 3 million.

    Instead of running an ep from a few weeks ago, which I think is stupid, I would air “classic Dave” from the early CBS years…although it would be embarrassing that classic Dave would probably get better ratings than new Dave.

  • Aaron

    I wonder if Dave will exit out of the public scene, once he retires, just like Johnny did.

  • Mike

    I’d bet on it…except for some races…

  • Brad

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t. He is getting interested with newscasters and has had an episode of him and Regis simply talking on CNN and participated in the Carson documentary at PBS. I think he would still partake in a few things, but for the most part he’ll be quite.

    I really do wish CBS would or even Letterman himself during his show play classic clips of Letterman. It’s obvious the new stuff isn’t going over well. I think it is very possible after the 2012 election. Anybody recall if NBC did this with Leno toward the end of his first Tonight show run?

  • Brad

    I was watching parts of Letterman’s show tonight. You can really tell Letterman likes Conan and think he’s truly something. My bet is that if Letterman had to pick a successor, it would be Conan.

  • Monikka

    Maybe Letterman would pick Conan. They both give off that pissy, I’m too smart for the room vibe–and they’re bonded by a common enemy–but Letterman doesn’t get to choose his successor.

    About 2 years ago, Letterman complained to Paul Shaffer–on the show–that he had no say in choosing his replacement. It was a quick comment but it was there and Letterman clearly wasn’t happy about it.

    I think it was about the time both Letterman and Ferguson were renewed until 2012. I got the impression that Ferguson’s new contract may have included a “right of first refusal” clause.

  • André

    If those were Brand’s premiere numbers, then he is off to a bad start. Too bad cause I find him hilarious.

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