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

 

 

 

 

 
  • Brad

    Well you would think Letterman would still want to produce CBS’s late night shows, but something tells me CBS has been pulling away Letterman’s powers for some time now because of age and ratings. Anyways, I think it is starting to become more apparent that Ferguson will be the successor. CBS co-producing his current show shows that CBS is interested in making Ferguson something to their likings and these next two years at the new studio with a new format will be his testing grounds.

    However, don’t count on Ferguson committing to succeeding. He has always appeared that he has little interest in succeeding and always signs onto short term contracts saying he never wants to commit to the show long terms, always thinking about exiting. However, this could be a great way to get CBS interested in having Ferguson replace Letterman saying “if you don’t do something soon, Ferguson will leave.”

    Oh, don’t count Jon Stewart out yet as he has always been at the top of CBS’s “host wanted” listed.

  • Monikka

    I know CBS likes Stewart. He’s a great interviewer but maybe Stewart’s become too polarizing a figure to host a late show in a format that supposed to appeal to a wide audience. I think conservatives would have a hard time enjoying The Late Show with Jon Stewart.

    Ferguson has always avoided politics, possibly for that very reason. Ferguson is a smart man and he and he’ll do what he wants. A right of first refusal would make sense for him–doesn’t lock him in but gives him the option to decide. We’ll see.

    Speaking of public figures and politics, I like Lewis Black’s tweet: “During the insane heatwave i am surprised that the democrats and republicans didnt argue over whether it was hot or not.”

  • Aaron

    Is it possible that, in an effort to change the late night scene, the networks won’t care about targeting a wide audience at the 11:30 time?

  • Aaron

    I’m talking about once Letterman and Leno leave, most likely in 2014.

  • André

    How is Jon a great interviewer? By interrupting guests to offer his own opinion? The man is great at comedy (irony/sarcasm/satire mostly), but as a proper talk show host? Let’s get serious here people…
    Btw, Ferguson is the exact opposite, being great at establishing dialog, not forcing planned questions and letting it flow.

  • Brad

    Stewart is great in interviewing political figures and business men because he actually knows his history. He is also good at telling the news of the day. However, you are absolutely right Andre, he is not a proper talk show host.

    Good point about Stewart being a polarizing figure Monikka. Didn’t Ferguson mention that if CBS and their lawyers really wanted to, they could get rid of him. I think he is simply interested in having The Late Show, not dying to be a successor.

  • kscottk11

    “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.”

    Thank you, Monikka, perfectly stated. I couldn’t agree with you more about Conan/Letterman.

    That’s been Letterman’s act for most of his late night career. That’s just cranky-old Dave doing his show.

    But, when Conan got the Tonight Show gig, he gave off that same “I’m smarter than you vibe.”

    And now, the Conan camp, is publicly whining about Jon Stewart winning all those EMMYs for just doing topical humor. IMO, it all makes Conan look bad.

  • Brad

    In total agreement with you kscott. Conan has to be more acceptive rather than whinny. Conan is a fan of the Rolling Stones, maybe he’s been listing to “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” because lately he doesn’t whine about not winning Emmys, not beating everyone in the ratings, and no longer being the host of the Tonight show. Conan seems to be able to take what he has and make into something more. His story really is amazing. To be a nobody and making yourself a late night stars, successor to Letterman, and after making yourself a late night star, you go on to TBS and starting a brand new, multimedia show and being the first successful traditional late night show on basic cable. That’s really something.

  • Mike

    There is a difference between whining about not winning something, and making comedic sport that you haven’t won something.

    I think, in general, the amount of whining Conan may do is over exaggerated, and, at the very least, mistaken for an attempt for a laugh.

    The comedy is a good natured ribbing and phony jealousy between good friends Stewart, Colbert and O’Brien.

  • Diana Santiago

    Do you know who else publicly complaint about not winning? Jon’s BFF and partner Stephen Colbert and camp.

  • Monikka

    O’Brien despises Jon Stewart and his success. This was documented in a lengthy magazine interview O’Brien gave in the late 1990s, early 2000s. Was it NY magazine? The interviewer had been instructed not to mention Stewart’s name but he did anyway. Hilarity ensued.

    A quick google search yielded nothing. You’ll just have to believe me. Or not.

    Keep believing that every one in show business loves each other.

  • Brad

    I don’t think it is that over exaggerated. He freakin’ had a temper tantrum about NBC’s love for Jay which lasted quite some time. Maybe it has gotten a little out of hand, but I do think Conan lost his cool more often than his tv persona would lead you to believe.

    To be honest, the Emmy’s need to stop handing The Daily Show these awards. There should be a rule that you can’t give it to the same show year after year, thst a show can only win in a category once every other year. Fallon, Maher, Conan, and Colbert deserve more awards than they have received.

  • Brad

    Monikka, if that is true, why are there so many videos of Stewart and Conan together, appearances on each other’s shows (old & new), doing skits together, having Stewart in t New York audience back in autumn. Sounds a little bit more than just keeping your “enemies close” kind of deal.

  • Monikka

    Brad,

    “Good buddies” Jon and Conan overlapped in NYC for 12 years. Any photos of Jon and Conan and their lovely wives dining together in a chic Tribeca eatery? Any warm tales of their kiddies playing together at Jon’s Hamptons house? Any accounts of them walking down the street together?

    Their “friendship” exists solely for an audience–to garner them media attention or ratings, which is an indirect means to money. They pretend to be friends–for short and recorded periods of time–for money.

    I could be wrong. Maybe everyone in show business loves each another.

  • André

    Wow Monikka, just wow. At least as far as the public can see, Conan, Jon and Stephen have been friends for about 10 years. They have shown respect for each other and have collaborated several times disregarding any kind of ratings bs.
    Their wives/family hanging out is sine qua non why, when and to whom? Ridiculous argument. Fallacy even.

    Either present any evidence of what seems like hate-driven crap, or stop making a fool of off yourself.

  • Mike

    Agreed, Andre.

    I got into a spitting match months ago with that Gary Middleton guy over the same issue, with Letterman and Carson. Seems as if they’re not at each others’ houses every other night playing backgammon they can’t be friends.

    (That’s why I smiled when Letterman revealed that shortly before Carson died the two boated together in New York…)

    It’s a friendship these guys have, and professional respect. That’s it.

  • rif

    I think there is plenty of middle-ground between “loves” and “despises”. I think it’s pretty obvious that Conan is professionally chummy with Stewart, way more than he ever was with Leno, for example. I’m sure he feels at least a little jilted by Stewart’s Emmy dominance, but I agree with Mike that most of the public “whining” is for comedic effect.

  • Mike

    And Brad…although this is only a discussion board…you shouldn’t throw around a line like Conan throwing temper tantrums about Leno unless you can back it up.

    After all, NBC fired Leno from 11:30. Conan did ask, validly, “What does Jay have on you guys?” during the debacle, a fair question that turned out to be Leno’s special clause in his contract.

  • Brad

    I’m starting to think Jon Stewart is more of a viable successor to The Late Show. On top of the fact he wins more Emmy’s than anyone else, he is from New York. There wouldn’t be any crazy move or stupid little things popping up like “NY has a different sense of humour” when it comes to Ferguson having The Late Show. Even though Ferguson loves NY, lived in NY, and would want to move back, CBS loves Stewart and as we know with NBC, when a network loves somebody, whoever should be the successor never gets to be the successor.

    You guys have to admit it was a really friendly move for Conan to go to basic cable, on an opposing channel to Comedy Central, taking up the same time slot as Stewart/Colbert. I’m sure the CC duo was absolutely proud of Conan and stood by him 100%.

  • Brad

    PS: Anybody want to tell me why NBC executives didn’t just tell Conan about the pay-and-play clause they have Leno? Is it because you can’t speak about other people’s contract? Things would have been much simpler if they had just told Conan about the clause.

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