Late Night TV Ratings For The Week Of July 16 - July 20, 2012

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July 26th, 2012

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Via NBC's Press Release

JAY LENO AND JIMMY FALLON GENERATE #1 RESULTS FOR THE LATE-NIGHT WEEK OF JULY 16-20
JAY AND JIMMY OUT-DELIVER THEIR ABC AND CBS TIME-PERIOD COMPETITION IN 18-49 VIEWERS AND TOTAL VIEWERS

JAY DELIVERS BIGGER AUDIENCES THAN ‘Late Show’ IN EVERY KEY CATEGORY: ADULTS, MEN AND WOMEN 18-34, 18-49 AND 25-54, PLUS TOTAL VIEWERS

JIMMY FALLON TOPS ‘LATE Late Show’ AND THE HEAD-TO-HEAD HALF-HOUR OF ‘KIMMEL’ IN TOTAL VIEWERS AND ALL KEY ADULT DEMOS

SEASON TO DATE, JAY HAS STRETCHED HIS TOTAL-VIEWER LEAD OVER ‘Late Show’ TO 19 PERCENT FROM THE YEAR-AGO 13 PERCENT; JIMMY FALLON HAS ALSO INCREASED HIS MARGIN OVER ‘LATE Late Show’ TO 19 PERCENT, UP FROM LAST YEAR’S 5 PERCENT

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – July 26, 2012 – NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” have delivered bigger audiences than the ABC and CBS time-period competition in viewers 18-49, total viewers and other key categories for the week of July 16-20.

“Tonight” topped 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.

At 12:35 a.m. ET, Jimmy Fallon also out-delivered CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” in each of the key categories and topped “Kimmel” head to head for their common half-hour in total viewers and all key adult demos.

Through the first 44 weeks of the 2011-12 broadcast year, "Tonight" has increased its total-viewer margin over "Late Show" to 19 percent (3.669 million vs. 3.089 million), up from the year-ago season-to-date advantage of 13 percent. Jimmy Fallon has also established a total-viewer lead over "Late Late Show" this season of 19 percent (1.750 million vs. 1.472 million), up from last year's advantage of 5 percent. Jimmy has also increased his season-to-date lead over "Late Late Show" in adults 18-34, to 46 percent (272,000 vs. 186,000) up from last year's 28 percent, and in adults 25-54, up to 14 percent (846,000 vs. 742,000) from 7 percent at this point last season.

"Tonight" delivered a bigger 18-49 audience than "Late Show" for the 27th time in 31 weeks while Jimmy Fallon attracted a bigger 18-49 audience than "Late Late Show" for a 34th week in a row.

WEEKLY AVERAGES

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of July 16-20. 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,” 0.7 rating, 3 share
CBS “Late Show,” 0.5/2*

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,” 0.3/2 (in encore telecasts)

TOTAL VIEWERS

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight,” 3.3 million viewers
CBS “Late Show,” 2.4 million viewers*

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET
ABC “Nightline,” 3.6 million viewers

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET
ABC “Kimmel,” 1.6 million viewers*

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

NBC “Late Night,” 1.6 million viewers
CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.0 million viewers

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.9 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 JULY 16-20

NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. ET, “The Daily Show,” 0.5
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 0.4

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,” 1.3 million
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 0.9 million

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 1.1 million

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 2.5 million
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 2.0 million

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
  • Mario

    Leno is still on top and Conan still can’t break a .5!

  • Mario

    Hey, I just joined this thread on page 4 so there’s 2 Marios on here! I don’t mind though since he’s also pro Leno!

  • ohiogirl

    I no longer watch ‘Tonight’or any late night program. All of these shows have become nothing but trash. There’s no humor. Just garbage talk and no class… Their writers should be ashamed of themselves for accepting a paycheck, and the hosts should refuse to use the material they’ve been given.

  • GARebelman

    Brad – Jay said Conan is a snob? And I’m with you on Kimmel. I’d like to further add the hilarity that his former “Man Show” person is one of Jay’s best friends and frequents his garage! I don’t get Kimmel’s issue really as nothing involved him in the slightest. I think it’s a silly attempt to try to be popular.

  • Chris

    Two Marios? Oh boy.

  • Brad

    I truly believe Late Night died January, 2010 when Conan left NBC. Once everybody stopped bashing each other on a nightly basis, which we all knew was eventually going to end, late night wasn’t really exciting. Leno went back to Tonight with even less innovation then his previous run, Letterman became lame again, Conan became a train wreck, and all three of them had budget cuts. Also the CC duo became too polarizing.

  • Aaron

    Brad, I thought you generally like Conan’s work? By train wreck are you referring to his bad episodes at TBS?

  • Mario

    No Aaron. Conan sucks and isn’t funny! Never has known how to tell a joke!

    The single biggest reason he failed at Tonight is because his monologue was just HORRIBLE! 1000 pages of complaints on the NBC website tells the story!

    Writing for a stupid cartoon does NOT prepare you for the Tonight Show!

  • Chris

    Brad, in many ways I agree.

    The fire is almost completely extinguished from Late Show, and that has been so sad to see and watch. He is still the sharpest comedic mind on television, and often his opening comments are funny, but it’s just not the same.

    I don’t know about Leno. Innovative is not a word I would apply to him. He is simply not of the calibre to develop new ideas…never was. The criticism of his show is valid, that the comedy was subpar and bland…that has only become worse. What used to be Leno’s strongpoint, his monologue, is now beyond painful Rushed, unintelligible, ultra-predictable. You can now sense NBCs lack of faith in him. I have not been a fan of Leno’s for decades, since he stopped being a comedian and became more of a hack…but he deserves better than what he is doing and getting.

    Nightline isn’t the same show…nut sure how it beats them both.

    Conan’s show is just starting to catch fire. Keep watching.

    And Super Mario…while I agree with many that The Simpsons, being almost 25 years old, has run its course, one new episode contains more funny gags and jokes than two months of today’s Tonight Show and is lightyears more relevant. And people 50 years from now will be watching the Simpsons, although society will largely have forgotten Jay Leno.

  • Brad

    Chris you summed it up much better than I could. Thanks.

    I’m with you GAR about Kimmel. Arsenio Hall, when he had his show, did the same thing to Leno. He said they weren’t friends, that Leno isn’t funny, and that here’s here for the crown. Sounds an awful lot similar to Kimmel’s battle cry back in 2010. I do think Kimmel’s 10 at 10 was genius. That’s how I ended up watching his show. I had no freakin’ clue who he was or anything until he came on The Jay Leno Show. Then Leno and Kimmel had their topee feud which was pretty funny. But over two years later, this freaking “you have to emotions first” joke? Lame.

    Anyways, this is the clip where insiders say Leno thinks O’Brien is a “snob”. This is a must-watch clip right here. Jam-packed video talking about the rise of Conan and Leno, the major differences between their childhood, their age, comic sense, etc. You start to realize just why the transition was such a shock to many.

    The Differences between Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien

  • Chris

    Well, for somebody to proudly proclaim in almost every interview that he banks his television money and lives off stand up gigs, and flaunt garages full of cars and bikes, and then call somebody else a snob is absurd and ludicrous.

  • Mario

    Brad, if you see at the end of that clip it quotes the NYT article that says Leno’s TS beat Conan’s TS in every age group even the youngest! Zucker is a brainless bald moron who should’ve left well enough alone!

    Chris, you’re delusional dude! Leno is a real person not a stupid cartoon! Leno was called a late night legend by none other than Bill Carter himself!

  • Brad

    What the report meant was their upbringing. Conan was the son of a doctor, very wealthy, went to Harvard, was a English major who wrote in the Harvard Lampoon then SNL and The Simpsons. He was part of a new age of comedy and comics. Jay was part of the working class, got a college degree, worked his way up to the top for years. YEARS!!! Here he is battling for The Tonight Show and then there’s Conan, plucked from obscurity to be Leno’s follow up. These two are polar opposites in late night. There is no doubt why Leno fans couldn’t accept Conan.

    Mario, that article at the end reminded me wtf happened to Conan’s audience. Here he is saying he has a crappy lead in, blah blah blah, and now he is on TBS with cable’s number one show as a direct lead in, and all he’s been able to do is consitently get a 0.5. You would have thought he would have gotten a 0.7 or something when he moved to TBS. Like he said to NBC when he was looking to be fired, he said he had a lot more viewers online than Leno ever had but NBC said that that isn’t what’s profitable, broadcasting is. I really wish someone can figure out the traffic of Conan’s site and the ratings his outside-broadcasting shows are.

  • Aaron

    Mario, you’re acting as if Conan never hosted Late Night. You just keep on saying that he worked at the Simpsons right before he became the Tonight Show host. I agree that Zucker is a moron (he ran the #1 primetime network into the ground). But if Leno wanted to do an 11:30 show he maybe could have gone to another network and continue doing his established material. He had a much bigger audience back then, so the ratings transition could maybe have been similar.

  • Chris

    Mario, what are you going to do in 2014 for Jay Leno’s last night on NBC?

    Just curious.

  • Chris

    Indeed Aaron…Conan did more years as host of a terrifically successful late night show (16) as Jay Leno did during standup before he an his manager grabbed the guest host job at Carson’s Tonight Show (@13). In terms of training Conan smashed Leno.

    This actually blows Super Mario’s gag of Leno’s “decades” out of the water. And agreed…he conveniently forgets it.

  • Danny

    Hey…let’s play a game.

    Name some well known comics and performers who owe their careers to Jack Paar and Johnny Carson:

    Name some well known comics and performers who cite David Letterman as an influence on their work or careers:

    Name some well known comics and performers who cite Conan O’Brien as an influence on their work or careers:

    Name some well known comics and performers who cite Jay Leno as an influence on their work or careers:

    Which is your shortest list?

  • C

    Well, the list is very lengthy for the first one…a question in itself…everybody from Jonathan Winters to Letterman and Leno, Joan Rivers…almost everybody from that time involved in comedy.

    The second includes the following generations, including Conan, Stewart, Colbert, Kimmel, so so many.

    Conan has been cited as an influence by Louis CK, Smigel, and many others.

    Tumbleweeds for the last one, except Ross the Intern.

  • Brad

    No man worked harder in getting to host a late night show than Jay Leno. Plain and simple. I’m sorry, I just can’t accept a different opinion. No way did Conan, Letterman, Kimmel, Ferguson, Kilborn, Fallon, Stewart, Colbert, Handler, Rivers, Chase, Hall work harder than Leno in getting the Tonight Show. Yeah Letterman worked on Late Night for 11 years and Conan for 16. That doesn’t mean much to me because all they were looking for was a raise and a promotion for their work and commitment to the network. Here’s Leno doing everything he can to get Tonight without Carson ever liking him or getting the press on his side.

  • Diana Santiago

    I’m starting to think that Leno’s “hard work” is code for sexual favors…

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