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

 

 

 

 

 
  • Monikka

    Andre,

    I’m sorry if reality intruded on your little Conan fantasy. How’s this:

    Conan and Jon scrub each other’s backs in the shower outside the beach house. Then, as the sun goes down, they write sketches for each other’s shows while sipping vodkatini’s on the patio.

    Feel better?

  • Ashkan

    I don’t know if it’s just me or if anyone else thinks the same but to me the whole thing with Conan and TTS doesn’t sound so believable. After 1993 and Letterman moving to CBS, I’d say it was all set up to eliminate competition, a great one indeed.
    Back in 2004, when Conan got to host the Emmys multiple times and was literary hot FOX offered him a contract. Then NBC made a rash decision and offered Conan TTS,(when there was absolutely no need for the shift), without thinking it through and gave themselves five years to think about the consequences. Being loyal to the network and having the chance to host what was the holy grail of comedy kept Conan on NBC.
    What I believe really happened was that during the five years, NBC executives came to the conclusion that we give the guy TTS and fire him almost instantly that way we’d ruin his career and the possibility of him becoming a competition.
    This is my take on the whole thing, sorry for the long post.

  • Brad

    I don’t think it was an attentional set up to so they can give Conan a show, build him a studio, and pay him $45 million. It also wrecked everybody’s careers at NBC who were associated with the mess. As Conan said on Letterman and in the THR article, none of the key men are there anymore.

    Bob Wright was the CEO of NBC at the time when he offered up the Tonight Show to Conan. Conan accepted it but what do you know, Wright leaves and Jeff Zucker is now the CEO. In Carter’s book, there was talk saying that the contract already made to have Conan at TTS is a stupid because there is no reason to give Leno the boot, that they should instead pay the fee for not falling through with the plan and Conan gets to go to another network. Zucker said he couldn’t do that to his old friend and that it is worth changing hosts. It was inevitable that it was going to happen at some point anyways. Plus, he was able to get Jay to do a daily 10 o’clock show meaning there was going to be no time or money spent on finding 10 o’clock dramas to compete with ABC and CBS (and others).

    In the end though, when Conan was no longer willing to work out the timeslot with NBC, that when NBC threw him under the bus. NBC said that he had terrible ratings, that they were losing money by including the setup of the studio in the balance sheets, and iced him for 7 months. Guess what, it worked. Conan didn’t take over The Late Show, ABC didn’t restructure for him, and FOX had too many issues in order to air him + not all the affliates wanted to drop their rerun contracts for Conan (thank to NBC’s TTS balance sheets). Conan is now on basic cable at 11pm, not at 11:30 on a network. It couldn’t have gone any better for Jay Leno, but too bad the primetime rating plunge he created got him nowhere near his 2008-09 ratings.

    To me, the biggest problem is that NBC kept making promises that could never keep. Certain threshold in the ratings to keep their affiliates happy with JLS and airing JLS on all the affiliates with 100% guarantee, then keeping Conan at TTS @ 11:35, etc.

  • Diana Santiago

    Brad, I haven’t read the Carter book, so I don’t know if it suggests that Zucker and Conan were friends. Taking in consideration that Zucker got Conan arrested for a college prank, I don’t think they were buddies.

  • Aaron

    The book stated that Jeff Ross, the executive producer for all of Conan’s shows, was good friends with Zucker and would frequently golf with him.

  • Diana Santiago

    OK, thanks for the clarification. :)

    Rewatching the Piers Morgan interview, one comment caught my attention. Paraphrasing Conan, when talking about the 5 year plan, he mentioned that the Tonight Show hosts didn’t left the show because they were failing; the change of hosts was done just to move on to the next generation.

  • Aaron

    In 2014, when Letterman and Leno most likely leave, I think the networks won’t care about reaching a wider audience at 11:30.

  • Monikka

    Diana said: “he mentioned that the Tonight Show hosts didn’t left [sic] the show because they were failing; the change of hosts was done just to move on to the next generation.”

    That’s Conan spinning. It never happened that way–Steven Allen and Jack Paar left Tonight to do other projects of their choice. It had nothing to do with making way for the “next generation.”

    As for the Carson transition, wasn’t St. Johnny–perfection in a late night host now and until the end of all time–forced out by the satan Leno and his minions? I think I heard that somewhere.

    “The next generation” BS is just a way for Conan to assuage his guilt at ejecting Leno and his shame at failing to do so.

  • Monikka

    Ashkan,

    Your theory might make a good plot for a novel, but I think you are giving way too much credit to the intelligence and agency of NBC executives.

  • Diana Santiago

    According to you, Leno didn’t conspire to eject Johnny, but Conan did conspire to eject Leno… welcome to the collective neuroses group, Monikka.

    Why so much hate towards Conan? Is his orange hair sending strange signals to your minds?

  • Monikka

    I am aware Leno maneuvered to get Carson out, though I may have expressed it a bit tongue-in-cheek for an online conversation. My point is that Conan is wrong when he says the Tonight Show host changed just to move onto the next generation. That NEVER was the case. He said it to justify his own questionable actions.

    I don’t really care about Conan, except that his acolytes clog up late night discussion boards with his doings of years ago.

    The rational debater in me rails against the blind adoration he engenders in some people. Yes, he’s passably funny and not hideous–though I find him unattractive–but why do people (whom I assume function otherwise) lose all reasoning ability when it comes to him?

    Most people here recognize “Leno-crazy” in the form of Mario/Holly. “Conan-crazy” is alive and well but more insidious because its adherents at least try to support their (untenable) position.

  • André

    Monikka has to be related to terry L. somehow. The doucherie of their baseless comments and basic ad hominem “argumentation” is just too similar.

  • Brad

    Its more acceptable to be Conan-crazy because he is being innovative, much MUCH more than Leno. But Conan fans have really become a cult which is a sign that Conan as very little appeal to the general public (another reason I’m not sure Ferguson is the ideal Letterman successor). I just wish we can all be honest about the imperfections and flaws a host has. I cannot think of a perfect late night host, yet Diana thinks that of Conan and Mario/Holly thinks that of Leno.

    PS: Monikka, at the top of this page about Stewart and Conan, that was the funniest post ever posted on here!

  • GARebelman

    For the record, I don’t think any host is perfect. I don’t tell others what they should be watching or they are idiots if they watch. Something the hardcore cult fans of certain hosts can’t seem to remove themselves from doing every chance they get.

  • Brad

    Just thought I’d share that the potential newcomer in late night might be going daytime. I thought he would be a good replace at The Daily Show if Jon Stewart ever left (for CBS).

    ‘Seth Meyers could be the next Regis’
    http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-st-kelly-ripa-seth-meyers-20120707,0,7744515.story

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