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




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. 



(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)*


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. 


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


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



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


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


  • Barry

    There’s always been a touch of jealousy among Jay Leno fans, because Johnny Carson has been named a legend in television in history, and the Carson estate has made tens of millions from mega successful VHS and DVD sales.

    The reality is that between Carson’s genius and his estate’s masterful marketing efforts, Carson will always be remembered, along with Lucy, Jackie Gleason, and others. Jay has never marketed himself in that way, and he himself has said he’s “not a legacy guy.” As a result of that, Leno won’t be remembered nearly as much.

  • Chris

    I don’t know how many of these people are in it for “legacy.”

    I remember buying old Late Night with David Letterman VHS tapes, only to learn that Dave was angry about them and repeats on E.

    They’re mostly there to count their money.

  • Brad

    I liked your Carson clip their Mark. It takes me back to the day when jokes were more family friendly, not about Devil’s Threesomes, seeing a dick in an album cover, or how cartoons were eating poop out of a diaper. All of these coming from Conan’s new show.

    Anyways, Monikka, you proves to me why I think Fallon will be a great as the Tonight Show host. He is the perfect mix of Carson and Leno. Fallon, like Carson, has acting skills, plays characters, has good interviews, and has that boyish charm. However, like Leno, he never plays naughty, he’s always Mr. Nice Guy, and he is the best celebrity butt-kisser out there. Fallon is my #1 choice for The Tonight Show.

    PS: I wish stars in the entertainment business aren’t so closeted about releasing their material.

  • kscottk11

    What’s the future or Network Late Night TV?

    On NBC, is Jimmy Fallon the right host for the future of the 11:30 Tonight Show? How would Fallon’s act of playing the little party, “Price is Right” games and doing impressions, sing-a-longs play out over the short/long haul?

    Is Fallon or any other host strong enough to anchor the Tonight Show and bring it back to the dominate #1 on the struggling NBC Network in this crowed late-night TV landscape? Or will they erode more viewers?

    About three years ago, When NBC decided to fix their Late-Night line-up, all they ended up doing is leaving a stench on everybody involved in their late night landscape.

    A stench NBC still hasn’t gotten rid of.

    Good luck NBC suits. I’m sure you’ll make the right moves. Just like the rest of your self-imploding broadcast network.

  • Brad

    I Miss This Jay Leno

  • kscottk11

    Brad, thanks for posting that YouTube video.

    That’s when Leno’s show was a fun, free-flowing show.

    Times have changed. Now, Leno is beaten up.

  • Brad

    No problem kscott.

    Conan is producing great stuff again. I watched the entire Thursday episode, which is a rarity for me, and it was hysterical!

    Hey! I didn’t know Chaz came back!

  • Chris

    Funny stuff.

    What made me laugh the most is that Chaz sounds an awful lot like that quack Dr. Phil.

  • Monikka

    Brad said:

    “… Devil’s Threesomes, seeing a dick in an album cover, or how cartoons were eating poop out of a diaper. All of these coming from Conan’s new show.”

    “Conan is producing great stuff again.”

    It seems to me these two statements are the very definition of “mutually exclusive.” Can you explain?

  • GARebelman

    Some other clips that are hilarious on youtube are “Beyondo” “Mr. Brain” etc etc. Jay may be not as “up beat” as he was in that clip Brad provided but at least he doesn’t phone it in like Letterman who does literally nothing anymore. What happened to stuff he use to do with the audience? Going out doing remotes in the streets? Literally nothing. Not even the CBS mail bag.

  • kscottk11

    Where does David Letterman fit into this crowed late night line up right now?

    As much money CBS has paid Letterman over the years, I’m sure they couldn’t be prouder of Dave. Not just from a ratings stand point, but the effort he puts in night in night out. He couldn’t look more engaged!

    If Dave was doing the same show as he is now on the NBC Tonight Show, for the last twenty years, what kind of reception would he be getting?

    If Conan had to follow Dave on NBC for fourteen years, what different trajectory if any, would their careers/shows have taken?

  • Chris

    Where does Dave fit in?

    Sadly, a true disappointment.

    Sometimes his opening remarks are funny, but he uses the same jokes 2-3 times a week. His desk rants are funny, but little comedy bits are offered now.

    Every once in a while there is a surreal Ernie Kovacs-type skit, but they’re rare now. No host gets more out of their guests—the good guests—but too often Letterman’s interviews are now Leno-ish.

    It would be interesting to read what he makes for CBS. Last a read he was pulling in over 160 million.

  • Brad

    Monikka, I don’t mind elaborating. I simply miss the old days when these variety shows were more family friendly. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t find today’s stuff funny. Conan explained his crowd’s reaction perfectly at the end of this clip. This is exactly how I feel.

  • Brad

    I still can’t get over this article. It is just too damn right! Add Conan to the list of replacements, Kimmel and Fallon, and what they all have been doing in staying modern like getting people tweeting, sharing, emailing last night clips to friends or co-workers.

    Anyways, here’s that article again.

    NY Post – Time to Replace Jay Leno and David Letterman with Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon

  • Monikka


    Thanks for your response and the clip. I mean that sincerely. You are a positive force for reasoned discussion on this board.

    That clip brought up a number of reactions. First of all, Conan O’Brien is possibly the most physically repulsive human specimen on TV. I’m serious. He is hideous.

    Second, the humor in that clip was weak and predictable. As soon as I saw the first nanosecond of the two guys and the legs, I knew what would happen next.

    Third, what does it say about Conan’s faith in his comedic abilities that he is pleased when he disgusts his audience? Talk about low expectations.

  • Marcus

    My opinion is that I think anyone would be crazy to take over hosting The Tonight Show if and when Jay Leno leaves the show.

    Look how well the last two transitions to a new host have worked out for NBC. Carson wanted David Letterman to take over as host after being successful on The Late Night show at NBC. Instead, Jay Leno got the job.

    Fast Forward a couple decades. NBC has a contract with Conan to become host of The Tonight Show – which was agreed upon by Jay Leno. Conan takes over, the ratings hit some rough spots, NBC still has a contract with Leno and next thing you know, Jay is back hosting The Tonight Show once again.

    If ANYTHING has caused a fall of The Tonight Show ratings – post Johnny Carson years – it has been Jay Leno. Why? Because the late night market fragmentation started at that time. Letterman left and went head to head against Leno at CBS, and a new trend started for broadcast television. At that moment that Letterman left for CBS, the audience that should have all been watching David Letterman on NBC, was now split between Leno on NBC and Letterman. And it is even more fragmented today, with Conan now airing somewhat in the same timeslot of late night television.

    Two hosts that should have taken over The Tonight Show, now airing (more or less) all against each other on different networks. And all brought on by Jay Leno and his trickery to take over as host of The Tonight Show from Johnny Carson.

    Watch “The Late Shift” movie, it is all based on fact.

    Another fact some forget, Johnny Carson and David Letterman remained friends for years after Leno took over as Tonight Show host. Carson would even fax jokes and ideas for the opening monologue to Letterman. I may be wrong, but the last Johnny Carson appearance on broadcast television may have been on Lettermans show when he took the stage, didn’t say a word and got about a minute and a half standing ovation from the crowd before simply walking off the stage.

    So, who wants to take over The Tonight Show from Leno? I hope no one, unless you want to face the wrath of Leno when he wants it back, again.

    NBC would probably be wise to put Rock Center with Brian Williams on to replace The Tonight Show, since Nightline usually beats The Tonight Show in ratings. Leave Fallon and for that matter Ferguson over at CBS right where they are.

    Again, just my opinion, but do take the time to watch “The Late Shift” at some point.

  • Marcus

  • Brad

    Thanks Monica, I appreciate that. I agree, Conan’s humour is coming across more gross and outrageous rather than innovative and clever. However, Chaz is the glimmer of hope of just how great the writers can be. I still think Colbert has the best writing staff out there. There’s probably only 1% of the audience that understand’s all his references or his hidden double entendres. That shows just how chock-full and intelligent his show is. And yes, Colbert’s writing staff is better than Stewart’s who seem to have a quota that Jon must swear every 30 seconds. because swearing in politics is not only edgy, it’s intelligent (not).

    Marcus, Conan never wanted to be Leno’s successor, but Carson’s successor. He wanted to be that throwback host and man was he close. I do think you and ABC are right about having a 30-minute show then the big late night show. If Conan had gone through with 30-minute Leno then midnight Tonight, I think it would have changed the scope of late night forever. CBS would have to follow suit (and maybe paid Stewart to move on over). But it never happened.

  • Danny

    That moment cemented Dave’s anointment as Johnny’s true successor.

    And probably another moment at NBC when they crapped bricks.

    And it reminds me of how much the show lost when they lost Calvert DeForest, Leonard Tepper, and others.

  • Brad

    Yea, it did cement Letterman being Carson’s successor, but I still don’t see Letterman being much like Carson beyond the monologue and interviews. He never does sketches, skits, etc. The only two I’ve ever seen be anything truly like Carson is Conan and Fallon, especially Fallon.

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