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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
  • Danny

    No…Leno hosted a few times and kissed affiliates asses, while raking in dough on stand up dates. Yeah, hard work. Letterman was killing it four nights a week putting together one of the most creative shows in television history while Leno was doing game show spots and Doritos commercials.

  • Mario

    Aaron and Chris, watch the video. Leno said NBC execs came to him and said Conan was getting offers from other networks so NBC wanted to keep Conan while keeping Leno as well. What networks gave Conan an offer??

    Chris, get real! Conan didn’t have nearly the same success as Leno. Conan’s peak was only 2.5 million viewers and then he actually started LOSING viewers even before he got Tonight! He even lost to Ferguson some nights! He was down to around 1.5 million viewers at the end of Late Night!

    Plus the video says LENO is more in the mold of Carson not Conan!

  • Mark

    Oh, Mario, that last line is subjective….very very very few would say that Jay Leno is in the same league as Carson. Even Leno himself said he’s no Johnny Carson.

    When those execs came to Jay he should have just walked and refused the contract extension. But he cares more about himself than the Tonight Show, which he doesn’t give a damn about.

  • Aaron

    Mario, tell me exactly who Leno has influenced. Late Night with Conan O’Brien has helped launched far many more careers of comedians and celebrities such as Jack McBrayer, Amy Poehler, Louis C.K., John Krasinski and Bob Odenkirk.

  • Chris

    Leno would probably tell you that he just wasn’t interested in that, just as he isn’t interested in legacy. He is interested in being on tv at 11:30, making money for himself and his bosses, and that’s it.

    When he stopped being a comedian and became a television personality, that’s the choice he made.

  • Mario

    Mark, it was a media expert and author who said Leno is more in the mold of Carson than Conan is!

    Like I said Conan doesn’t know how to deliver a joke which is why his monologue bombed on Tonight! 1000 pages of complaints on the NBC website tells the story!

  • Chris

    And dozens of pages here on this site show that you’re madly in love with an unfunny comic!

  • Brad

    I don’t care how funny Leno is or what he did to get the Tonight Show, he could given every executive a hand job as a greeting, i dont care, all I care about is the fact that he did work harder than anyone else to get the hosting job. Letterman only assumed he would get it because of his one million dollar clause saying so. He never talked to anyone in making sure it went through. (Also makes you wonder why Letterman didnt think of anything when there were guest hosts and especially when Leno became the perminate guest host.) Sorry, but Leno wins hands done. Not a single doubt about it. If you guys can’t even agree with Mario and I on this, I’ll have to agree that everyone here is Conan-Crazy.

  • Monikka

    There is no question that Leno worked harder to get the Tonight Show than Letterman ever did. A lot of it has to do with their personalities. Letterman could never employ the “hail fellow, well met” strategy that worked for Leno. Letterman is too prickly and unfriendly. For all intents and purposes, he’s a recluse. Can you even imagine Letterman glad-handing the suits?

    There are also elements of self-loathing and denial in Letterman’s refusal to see the obvious threat of Leno to take over for Carson that requires deeper analysis than we can get into here.

    There is no question, too, that Mario/Holly and Diana will never get to “sleep with” the late night host of their choice, not matter how much they shriek and squawk in their defense here. Give it up, girls. It’s pathetic.

  • Mario

    Possession is 9/10 of the law and Leno was already guest host at Tonight and did a great job at it! Don’t forget he actually beat Carson in the ratings some nights!

  • Brad

    If the later is true, I can see why NBC thought the world of Leno and wanted him to take over the franchise. All the suits care about are the ratings. Anything else is a bonus that’s just good for advertisement like “Emmy winner…” or “the critically acclaimed…”.

    Just a by the way, if I was Letterman I wouldn’t have changed a thing. Nearly 20 years getting paid huge ammounts of money to do whatever he wants while produce shows with World Wide Pants. Letterman had three huge shows under his belt, Late Show, Late Late Show and Everybody Loves Raymond, all being very successful. Leno only had Tonight and can say he beat Letterman on a regular basis. Not exactly something to brag about but Leno isn’t one to brag.

  • André

    I guess we have a new bible for all things Late Night debacle. It’s a youtube video.

    Leno’s numbnuts, gotta love ‘em.

  • Him

    Brad, I would use a different wording. What I think is that Leno and his manager POLITICKED more than anybody to get The Tonight Show. In terms of actual work, I would say that Letterman did more. He hosted a daily late night show for ten years, at least four nights a week, while Leno was guest hosting that show for 5 years and doing it only once a week. Yes, he was doing stand-ups around the country (still does), but ask yourself what is the better preparation to host a late-night show: hosting a late-night show or doing stand-up tours? I think the answer is quite obvious.

    And when you say that Leno got better ratings than Carson, well, he only did it one night a week, and the night where there are usually most people watching TV. It is easier to get better ratings when you can just put all the great stuff in one show, because you don’t have to do it the following day and had a whole week to prepare it. It’s not an apples to apples comparison if you compare someone who did it once a week to someone who did it three times and had done it for more than 20 years. That became obvious when, immediately after Leno took over the show, the ratings fell hugely – and, remember, he wasn’t even competing with Letterman when he started as official host.

  • Chris

    Perfect, Him. Written and explained very well.

  • Mario

    Sorry Him! Leno was actually on the Tonight Show already but Letterman wasn’t.

    Anyone who is not deaf knows Leno’s monologue blows away Letterman’s! Both Letterman and Carson heaped much praise about Leno’s comedic talents!

  • Aaron

    Mario, if Carson liked Leno so much then why did he appear on Letterman’s show but never Leno’s?

  • Chris

    Indeed…please provide a quote or citation from Johnny Carson praising Jay Leno other than obligatory kind words in an introduction.

    I can only imagine how Johnny felt when he turned on Leno’s show and saw what he saw…what he had done to the Tonight Show. And I would love to have been a fly on the wall when Dave and Johnny dined or went boating together…not only on their thoughts on Leno but their discussions about NBC.

    Tells a lot that for his few post retirement TV appearances Carson chose Letterman multiple times and a certain show called The Simpsons.

    And Mario conveniently forgets the evilness of Leno’s manager. There will always be a debate as to how blind Leno was to her shenanigans, I’ve never been so sure.

    No, no love between Carson and Leno. Leno received more praise and help from Letterman than anybody else.

  • Mario

    Aaron and Chris, Carson introduced Leno as “one of the best young comics around” when he started as guest host.

    After Leno got Tonight and he found out what Kushnick did Leno called Carson to apologize and Carson accepted his apology! Kushnick did things without Leno’s knowledge!

  • Chris

    OK, now find a comic Johnny didn’t introduce as one of the best young comics…

    The problem with the Kushnick story is we learned multiple times that Jay just isn’t all that trustworthy, so I just don’t trust anything he says or does. The story may be true…but one thing is probably for sure, that Johnny didn’t buy it.

  • Brad

    I believe Leno knew what was going on, that she was a cold hearted witch ready to make everyone speechless if she didn’t get her way. I think Leno simply turned the other check and didn’t want to know the greater details of what she was doing.

    I still find it amazing that NBC wanted to replace a late night host of 18 years (Leno) to replace one of 16 years (Conan). Just this alone scratches my head on what NBC was thinking when the moved everyone forward in 2009.

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