Late Night TV Ratings For The Week Of July 23-27, 2012

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August 2nd, 2012

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Via NBC's Press Release

JAY LENO AND JIMMY FALLON HIT FIVE-MONTH HIGHS AS THEY SCORE #1 FINISHES FOR THE LATE-NIGHT WEEK OF JULY 23-27

FRIDAY’S TELECASTS, DELAYED BY THE OLYMPIC OPENING CEREMONY, GENERATE JAY’S BIGGEST 18-49 AUDIENCE SINCE SEPTEMBER 2010 AND JIMMY’S BIGGEST SINCE SEPTEMBER 2011, KEYING JAY AND JIMMY’S TOP WEEKS SINCE FEBRUARY 2012

SEASON TO DATE, JAY HAS STRETCHED HIS TOTAL-VIEWER LEAD OVER ‘Late Show’ TO 20 PERCENT FROM THE YEAR-AGO 13 PERCENT; JIMMY FALLON HAS ALSO INCREASED HIS MARGIN OVER ‘LATE Late Show’ TO 20 PERCENT, UP FROM LAST YEAR’S 5 PERCENT

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – August 2, 2012 – NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” have delivered their biggest adult 18-49 audiences in more than five months to top the ABC and CBS time-period competition in viewers 18-49, total viewers and other key categories for  the week of July 23-27.

Friday’s telecasts of “Tonight” and “Late Night” were delayed by NBC’s coverage of the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics, and that night’s telecast of “Tonight” averaged 2.150 million adults 18-49, Jay’s biggest 18-49 audience for any night of the week since Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010, the opening night of the 2010 NFL season.  In total viewers, Jay’s 5.351 million was “Tonight’s” biggest audience since Wednesday, March 3, 2010, during the week of Jay’s return as host of “Tonight.”  At 12:35 a.m. ET, Jimmy’s delayed Friday telecast averaged 1.175 million viewers 18-49, “Late Night’s” biggest 18-49 audience since Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, the opening night of the 2011 NFL season, and Friday’s 2.617 million viewers overall was Jimmy’s biggest overall audience since Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, the opening night of the Vancouver Olympics.

Boosted by those strong Friday results, Jay averaged 1.214 million adults 18-49 for the week, his biggest weekly 18-49 audience in 24 weeks, since the week of February 6-10.  In total viewers, Jay’s 3.697 million viewers was “Tonight’s” biggest audience since the week of June 25-29.  At 12:35 a.m. ET, “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” averaged 710,000 adults 18-49, its biggest 18-49 audience in 23 weeks, since the week of February 13-17.  It was also Jimmy’s biggest overall viewership (1.742 million) since February 13-17.

For the week, “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 18-49 and total viewers and delivered bigger audiences than “Late Show” 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 those categories.

Through the first 45 weeks of the 2011-12 broadcast year, "Tonight" has increased its total-viewer margin over "Late Show" to 20 percent (3.672 million vs. 3.069 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 20 percent (1.751 million vs. 1.463 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 48 percent (273,000 vs. 185,000) up from last year's 28 percent, and in adults 25-54, to 15 percent (846,000 vs. 737,000) up from 7 percent at this point last season.

"Tonight" delivered a bigger 18-49 audience than "Late Show" for the 28th time in 32 weeks while Jimmy Fallon attracted a bigger 18-49 audience than "Late Late Show" for a 35th week in a row. 

 

WEEKLY AVERAGES

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of July 23-27.  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,” 0.9 rating, 4 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,” 0.6/3*

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,” 3.7 million viewers*

CBS “Late Show,” 2.2 million viewers*

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

ABC “Nightline,” 3.4 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,” 1.0 million viewers

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

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

* Friday’s “Tonight” and “Late Night” were delayed by NBC’s coverage of the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics.  Friday’s “Last Call” was preempted and 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 23-27

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,” 0.4

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, 1.3 million

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  • Aaron

    Danny, it will reduce much of LA’s smog.

  • Aaron

    If Fallon becomes the next host of the Tonight Show, I think he will finally make 11:30 on NBC worth watching again. I see him bringing most of the material from Late Night to the Tonight Show. Much of what he does resembles Carson’s sketches.

  • Mario

    Nick posted this in the poll page. EXACTLY!

    “Leno will still come out on top. It isn’t because Kimmel starts at midnight that his ratings are lower. People just don’t like him or his show. If anything, this will bring a lot of audience to the Tonight Show who normally would have watched Nightline, especially the older crowd. In that time period, ABC is going to go from 3.5-4 million to 2-2.5 million, which means more audience to spread out between Leno and Letterman.”

  • Danny

    And the nominations are in for the most disturbed Jay Leno fan.

    The nominees are:

    Mario

    Mario

    Mario

    Holly (same as Mario)

  • DJ

    So we’ll probably have about a year and a half with the 11:30 lineup of Letterman, Leno, and Kimmel, plus endless choices on cable.

    Kimmel will be around in late 2014, but Letterman and Leno won’t.

    Any predictions on the network late night lineup in late 2014, early 2015?

  • Danny

    I think conventional wisdom, unless the networks decide it’s time to pull the plug on traditional late night variety shows…

    By fall, 2014:

    Craig Ferguson on CBS

    Jimmy Kimmel on ABC

    Jimmy Fallon on NBC

    Conan on TBS

    Stewart and Colbert on CC

    I doubt Handler will be around. Her 15 minutes are about up.

    Arsenio won’t make it a full season in syndication.

  • James

    The Comcast thing was telling…the clock is ticking on Tonight.

    NBC should throw in the towel and do something different.

    They would get better ratings with Judge Judy and Wheel of Fortune!

  • Frank

    Washington Post’s spin on the ABC move. She agrees Letterman and Leno will be gone in 2014, with the next generation stepping up.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/tv/tv-column/2012/08/22/673db268-ec9d-11e1-a80b-9f898562d010_story.html

  • Brad

    Late Night programming is still quite a money maker. These guys are getting paid to do a show 5 nights a week. Remember though, everybody’s fees are way over bloated. Leno and Letterman make (or made) near $30 million annually. Kimmel however makes $8 million and Conan $11 million. That’s more like it. I do think NBC should follow FOX and start the local news at 10pm for an hour and move late night up to 11pm.

  • Brad

    The reason why people watch Leno, Letterman and even Nightline is because they are waiting to see Fallon, Ferguson and Kimmel. The reason why the last three have lower numbers is because those waiting for them fall asleep or die out of sheer boredom.

    I am somewhat with Mario about Kimmel vs. Leno. How come Kimmel was only able to beat Leno once, just once when it is Kimmel’s best half versus Leno’s worst half? That is my only doubt, but we’ll see how he does now that Nightline isn’t his lead-in, just the local news. Otherwise, I think Kimmel is a great mix of Leno’s and Letterman’s humour. I think he will do really well because like Gary said, Kimmel will get the younger stars onto his show now that he is in direct competition of Leno and Letterman.

  • Brad

    Oh, and Mario, if Letterman was getting big offers from ABC to take over their 11:35 time slot replacing Nightline, how come he let it go saying it was out of respect for Ted Koppel. These hosts are definitely egocentric, but they are still human and still have feelings. This is why I believe Conan would give the same respects to Letterman to because he looks up to him. Oh wait, he did. He refused a phone call from CBS who wanted to get Conan as a backup plan incase Letterman was to jump ships to CBS. Turns out my timeline is much more thought out than expected eh.

    Again, everybody needs to read Bill Carter’s books.

    PS: Danny vs Mario is absolutely HILARIOUS!!!

  • Steven S

    I think the Kimmel move to 11:35 along with the sudden flurry of press releases from CBS about Letterman are all a result of the Leno budget cuts / layoffs. I think they smell blood and that for the first time ever Leno is vulnerable.

  • Frank

    Don’t discount the idea of NBC allowing affiliates to program their own 10:00 shows, including syndicated shows or local news, or a combination. 10 just isn’t working for them.

    Except for Brian Williams the whole network is falling apart…and even NBC news is under fire for its obvious support of the Democratic Party.

  • anonymous

    Ref: Jimmy Kimmel

    http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/why-did-nightline-get-demoted-the-answer-is-pretty-simple-jimmy-kimmel-wanted-it-that-way_b142344

    “Two sources close to Kimmel tell me that the change came as a direct result of Kimmel getting a new, long-term contract extension at ABC. Kimmel demanded 11:35, or said he would walk, and ABC acquiesced.”

    “Inside ABC News, staffers are–understandably–said to be “devastated” by the decision, according to someone close to the program.”

  • Chris

    I’ve often wondered for long term Nightline staffers felt about the transition from Koppel style hard news and analysis to a TMZ lite show, even though they were winning with the formula. It was sad to watch.

  • Brad

    Koppel’s closing remarks was for them to do hard news or watch the ABC executives force in a variety talk show. 8 years later, Kimmel moves up. What do you know.

  • Brad

    Not to mention that three to four years after Koppel signed off in 2005, ABC was flirting with Leno.

  • Danny

    Can you imagine the marketing if they would have gotten Leno?

    Same bland, stolen, and nauseating comedy…new channel!

    A=Anything
    B=But
    C=Comedy

  • anonymous

    Brad, this link is for you. Going back to 2004.

    http://www.nytimes.com/ref/readersopinions/questions-carter.html

    Q. Been reading your material for years, and loved your book “The Late Shift” — 10 years after the fact. Plans for a sequel?

    A. Thanks for the kind words. It seems amazingly coincidental to me that a similar scenario in late night seems to be playing out 10 years after: great talent at 12:30 wants to make the move to 11:30, but finds himself blocked at his own network and so may have to look elsewhere. But I don’t really see a sequel to the whole story (much as I’d love to write another one), unless of course, things take a turn in the next year or so. As Conan himself put it: “Let’s just hope it gets ugly and then we’ll all have fun.”

  • Brad

    Closing remarks from Ted Koppel to his audience, after mentioning that broadcasters are only known for their work at the time, not several years later (why Leno doesnt care about a broadcaster legacy). Anyways…

    “You’ve always been very nice to me, so give this new anchor team for Nightline a fair break. If you don’t, I promise you the network will just put another comedy show in this time slot. Then you’ll be sorry. And that’s our report for tonight. I’m Ted Koppel in Washington, and from all of us here at ABC News, good night.” – Koppel

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Koppel#section_2

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