Late Night TV Ratings For The Week Of June 25 - June 29, 2012

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July 6th, 2012

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Via NBC's Press Release

JAY LENO SCORES AN 18-WEEK HIGH IN 18-49 VIEWERS AND A 15-WEEK HIGH IN TOTAL VIEWERS
JAY AND JIMMY FALLON DELIVER #1 FINISHES, WITH BIGGER AUDIENCES THAN THEIR ABC AND CBS TIME-PERIOD COMPETITION IN EVERY KEY CATEGORY: ADULTS, MEN AND WOMEN 18-34, 18-49 AND 25-54, PLUS TOTAL VIEWERS

WEDNESDAY’S ‘TONIGHT,’ WITH MUSICAL GUEST JUSTIN BIEBER, GENERATES THE SHOW’S BIGGEST NIGHT IN 18-49 VIEWERS AND TOTAL VIEWERS SINCE THE WEEK AFTER THE Super Bowl

SEASON TO DATE, JAY HAS STRETCHED HIS TOTAL-VIEWER LEAD OVER ‘Late Show’ TO 18 PERCENT FROM THE YEAR-AGO 11 PERCENT; JIMMY FALLON HAS ALSO INCREASED HIS MARGIN OVER ‘LATE Late Show’ TO 18 PERCENT, UP FROM LAST YEAR’S 4 PERCENT

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – July 6, 2012 – NBC’s late-night stars have out-delivered the ABC and CBS time-period competition in all key ratings categories for the week of June 25-29, with “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” hitting an 18-week high in viewers 18-49 and a 15-week high in total viewers.

The Wednesday, June 27 edition of “Tonight,” featuring musical guest Justin Bieber and guests Mila Kunis and Jim Norton, generated the show’s biggest 18-49 audience since Friday, Feb. 10 (with Rachel McAdams and Cee Lo Green, musical guest Cee Lo Green featuring Vicci Martinez) and biggest overall viewership since Monday, Feb. 6 (with Dwayne Johnson and Miranda Cosgrove, musical guest Ovo from Cirque Du Soleil).

For the week, “Tonight” generated its biggest 18-49 audience (1.082 million) since the week of February 20-24 and its biggest overall audience (3.701 million) since March 12-16. Jimmy Fallon hit a five-week high in total viewers (1.665 million, highest since May 21-25).

“Tonight” delivered bigger audiences than the time-period competition of CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman" and ABC's combination of "Nightline" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in every key ratings category: adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers. And Jimmy Fallon likewise out-delivered CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and “Kimmel” head to head for their common half-hour in each of those categories. Note that “Late Show” and “Kimmel” were in rebroadcast Friday night.

Through the first 41 weeks of the 2011-12 broadcast year, "Tonight" has increased its total-viewer margin over "Late Show" to 18 percent (3.685 million vs. 3.135 million), up from the year-ago season-to-date advantage of 11 percent. Jimmy Fallon has also established a total-viewer lead over "Late Late Show" this season of 18 percent (1.758 million vs. 1.494 million), up from last year's advantage of 4 percent. Jimmy has also increased his season-to-date lead over "Late Late Show" in adults 18-34, to 43 percent (274,000 vs. 191,000) up from last year's 28 percent, and in adults 25-54, up to 13 percent (852,000 vs. 754,000) from 6 percent at this point last season.

“Tonight" delivered a bigger 18-49 audience than "Late Show" for the 24th time in 28 weeks while Jimmy Fallon attracted a bigger 18-49 audience than "Late Late Show" for a 31st week in a row.

WEEKLY AVERAGES

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of June 25-29. 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,” 0.8 rating, 3 share

CBS “Late Show,” 0.6/2*

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

ABC “Nightline,” 0.8/3

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

ABC “Kimmel,” 0.5/2*

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

NBC “Late Night,” 0.5/3

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,” 3.7 million viewers

CBS “Late Show,” 2.5 million viewers*

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

ABC “Nightline,” 3.3 million viewers

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

ABC “Kimmel,” 1.6 million viewers*

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

NBC “Late Night,” 1.7 million viewers

CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.1 million viewers

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

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

* Friday’s “Late Show” and “Kimmel” were encores.

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,” 3.1 million viewers

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

ABC “Nightline,” 3.8 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 25-29

NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. ET, “The Daily Show,” 0.7

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

TOTAL VIEWERS

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. “The Daily Show,” 1.7

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

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 1.0 million

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 2.4 million

Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.4 million

 

 

 

 

 

 
  • Brad

    Geez, that’s a shock about PAAFTJ. I really really like Ferguson, but his humour is too much on the edge, live, and little variance from one another. I mean, Check The Tweets every single night? I just don’t think a show that does the same second bit 99% of the tip deserves an award. Sorry. However, because he has done a couple “on the road” shows, in France and in Scotland, I can see how this year was his year.

    The thing about Leno is that he is a safe pick for a late night show. I think I always laugh at his jokes, no matter how lame they are or they are using canned laughter during headlines. Even though all the others can have memorable shows, shows that you will remember years from now, they tend to bomb more easier than Leno. I remember we all agreed Leno completely bombed one Friday a few weeks ago, the show with the cinnamon challenge in Stupid Human Trick, well that’s the only bomb I can recall of Leno’s. There have been way more bombs with Colbert, Conan, Ferguson, Kimmel, Letterman, and Stewart. Can’t recall a bad Fallon show, but I’m sure there were a few (I watch Ferguson more).

  • Diana Santiago

    Ferguson shows in France and Scotland were excellent; but, besides that, winning the best writing award is kind of ironic for a man that brags about improvising most of his show.

  • Brad

    Good point out! Completely missed that. I’m wondering if this organization is giving out most of its awards to shows that have gone under the radar for too long.

  • André

    “Great points everyone.”

  • Brad

    The problem with TBS’s CONAN…
    He hasn’t done nearly half of things he did back on NBC.

    Tonight Show Recap (Diana’s early video)
    http://vimeo.com/35177638

  • Chris

    Exactly, Brad. One would have thought that, being on cable, he would test the limits of the box…and he’s starting to. But for the first year, he just didn’t seem himself.

    But there’s light at the end of the tunnel. One, he’s renewed for two years, two, he’s doing stuff like the hysterical .xxx bits.

    He just didn’t get enough credit for the cool stuff he tried while on the Tonight Show. Not all of it worked, but he did more creative comedy in seven months than his predecessor did in 17 years.

  • Brad

    Conan is getting a bit more innovative like you said. A lot of stuff like the basketballs coming out of Octo-mom is the “shaking your head laughing” kind of stuff that can only be on cable. He is doing more skits which I love. I just wish he would stop doing stupid bits behind the desk. I just think of Leno every time he does Celebrity Answers.

    Was Conan just as innovative back at Late Night just with less of a budget? I don’t know as I didn’t watch traditional late night television until Jay moved to 10pm (no joke). I watched the political guys Maher, Stewart, and Colbert since the mid-2000s.

  • Diana Santiago

    Oh the irony! People claiming for old Late Night clips, and Brad doesn’t like Celebrity Survey. ;)

    Conan needs more remotes and more “special editions” (like the jeggings episode and Mini Conan). I’m also craving for some Conando…

  • Diana Santiago

    Will the Viacom-Direct TV feud will affect Stewart and Colbert? No Direct TV, no online episodes… I don’t think Viacom is making a smart choice.

  • Aaron

    Brad, I think part of the problem is that the TBS budget is a lot lower for Conan and his crew, which may prevent them from doing more ambitious sketches.

  • Danny

    Much like Letterman’s, Conan’s Late Night was a hilarious laboratory for comedy. It was just silly every night.

    But that was in New York…comedy is more magical there.

  • Aaron

    I think the reason why Conan didn’t act like himself at TBS for the first year is because he was still mad about the whole Tonight Show fiasco. It also probably didn’t help that his ratings were falling that year. His first summer contained some of the worst shows I’ve ever seen him do. I think the turning point began with the NY shows. After that series of programs it seemed like he was starting to have a lot more fun.

    I think we’ve seen his show go through an opposite cycle compared to Letterman’s time at CBS. When Letterman first got the job he still was acting edgy and doing things similar to his time at Late Night. However, not too long afterwards, his show started to become a regular talk show. Conan’s new show first began like a regular, stale talk show but is now becoming more edgy and ambitious, even though it still is more like a regular talk show compared to Late Night.

  • Mario

    Mike, Carson ran his Tonight Show and he had the final word on hiring! Ed McMahon said that himself before he died!

    Mike and Chris, you guys are completely delusional about Conan! 99.8% of the nation doesn’t watch him, his show is HORRIBLE, and Conan has no idea how to set up and deliver a joke!

    Leno will ALWAYS beat that loser!

  • Brad

    WHERE ARE THE LINKS MARIO!!! YOU CAN’T SAY “Ed McMahon said…” IF YOU DONT CITE YOUR SOURCES!!!

  • Brad

    Aaron hit it right on the head!

  • Chris

    Uh, Mario…if Mr. Carson had the final word on hiring, Mr. Leno would not have the job he has now. The world knows how Leno’s awful manager pulled all sorts of crap to get Johnny out in 1992…she pulled the same crap to get Jay the permanent guest host job a few years earlier. (That should have been a warning bell for Letterman.)

    Hiring Leno as guest host was a network executive call.

    And, as Brad said, back your statements up.

    And, mathematically, about 99.8 percent of the American population doesn’t watch Jay Leno, either. Do the math. Over 300,000,000 Americans, Leno is getting just over 3,000,000 viewers.

    Assuming you know how to read, read this…

    http://gawker.com/5676924/jay-leno-used-to-be-funny

  • Chris

    And, to mollify Super Mario, here’s a citation from Bill Carter, saying that the deal was struck by the late Brandon Tartikoff…

    http://www.nytimes.com/1994/01/30/magazine/behind-the-headlines-in-the-leno-letterman-war.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

  • Chris

    Let’s do some counting…how many times did Johnny Carson appear on Letterman’s NBC and CBS shows? At least seven times, at least twice in post-retirement (not counting the monologue jokes Carson wrote for him.)

    How many times did Johnny Carson appear on The Simpsons, former employer of Conan O’Brien? Once, post retirement.

    How many times did Johnny appear on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show? (Tumbleweeds float by…

    No real love between Johnny and Jay.

  • Aaron

    Chris, interesting link. I thought Brandon was highly considering Dave to be Johnny’s successor but left NBC before any real deal could be struck?

  • Chris

    I remember reading that too. If Tartikoff had been there in 1991/92 history may have played out differently. Who knows.

    I’m surprised they never had much buyer’s remorse…seeing this once brilliant and sharp comic transform himself to mr. bland.

    The wildcard, however, remains that Letterman refused to do the requisite network affiliate and suit ass kissing that Leno would do and did (and does.)

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