Late Night TV Ratings For The Week Of August 13-17, 2012

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August 23rd, 2012

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Via NBC's Press Release

JAY LENO AND JIMMY FALLON SCORE #1 RESULTS FOR THE LATE-NIGHT WEEK OF AUG. 13-17, TOPPING THE ABC AND CBS SLOT COMPETITION IN ALL KEY CATEGORIES

 

 

JAY AND JIMMY DELIVER BIGGER AUDIENCES THAN THEIR ABC AND CBS TIME-PERIOD COMPETITION IN ADULTS, MEN AND WOMEN 18-34, 18-49 AND 25-54, PLUS TOTAL VIEWERS

 

‘TONIGHT’ AND ‘LATE NIGHT’ GENERATE THEIR BIGGEST MONDAY AUDIENCES SINCE FEBRUARY

 

SEASON TO DATE, JAY HAS STRETCHED HIS TOTAL-VIEWER LEAD OVER ‘Late Show’ TO 22 PERCENT FROM THE YEAR-AGO 14 PERCENT; JIMMY FALLON HAS INCREASED HIS MARGIN OVER ‘LATE Late Show’ TO 21 PERCENT , UP FROM LAST YEAR’S 6 PERCENT

 

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – August 23, 2012 – NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” have dominated the ABC and CBS time-period competition for the week of August 13-17, with Jay delivering bigger audiences than CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” and ABC’s combination of “Nightline” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” head to head for the hour 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 prevailed in every key category versus CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and ABC’s “Kimmel” head to head in their common half-hour.

 

Pacing NBC’s late-night week were potent Monday results for “Tonight” and “Late Night,” as Jay and Jimmy made strong returns after a two-week break during the 2012 London Olympics. With guests First Lady Michelle Obama, Olympic Gold Medalist Gabrielle Douglas and musical guest Norah Jones, the August 13 “Tonight” delivered the show’s biggest overall Monday audience (4.449 million) since February 6, the night after the Super Bowl. In 18-49 viewers, “Tonight’s” 1.291 million on August 13 matched its Monday high since that same February 6 telecast.

 

Monday’s “Late Night,” featuring guests Meredith Vieira, Kevin Durant and James Harden, Big Ang and musical guest Needtobreathe, generated Jimmy Fallon’s biggest overall Monday audience (1.952 million) since February 6 and biggest Monday 18-49 audience (687,000) since April 30.

 

Through The First 48 weeks of the 2011-12 broadcast year, "Tonight" has increased its total-viewer margin over "Late Show" to 22 percent (3.672 million vs. 3.006 million), up from the year-ago season-to-date advantage of 14 percent, while stretching its 25-54 advantage to 11 percent (1.406 million vs. 1.272 million) from last year’s 8 percent. Jimmy Fallon has established a total-viewer lead over "Late Late Show" this season of 21 percent (1.752 million vs. 1.442 million), up from last year's advantage of 6 percent. Jimmy has also increased his season-to-date lead over "Late Late Show" in adults 18-49 to 23 percent (705,000 vs. 572,000), up from last year’s 21 percent; in adults 18-34 to 52 percent (274,000 vs. 180,000), up from last year's 29 percent; and in adults 25-54 to 17 percent (846,000 vs. 722,000), up from 7 percent at this point last season.

 

"Tonight" delivered a bigger 18-49 audience than "Late Show" for the 29thtime in their last 33 head-to-head weeks (excludes weeks of Olympic preemptions) and 11th week in a row, while Jimmy Fallon has attracted a bigger 18-49 audience than "Late Late Show" for each of their last 36 head-to-head weeks.

 

WEEKLY AVERAGES

 

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of August 13-17. 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,” 0.5/2*

 

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

 

ABC “Nightline,” 0.7/3

 

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

 

ABC “Kimmel,” 0.4/2*

 

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

 

NBC “Late Night,” 0.5/3

 

CBS “Late Late Show,” 0.3/2 (in encore telecasts)

 

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,” 3.5 million viewers

 

CBS “Late Show,” 2.4 million viewers*

 

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

 

ABC “Nightline,” 3.2 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,” 1.2 million viewers (in encore telecasts)

 

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,” 0.4/2

 

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,” 3.0 million viewers

 

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

 

ABC “Nightline,” 3.7 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,” 1.4 million viewers

 

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

 

NBC “Last Call,” 0.9 million viewers

 

SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK OF August 13-17

 

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 in encore telecasts

 

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,” 1.7 million

 

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

 

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.9 million in encore telecasts

 

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 2.2 million

 

Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.3 million

 

 

 

 

 
  • Danny

    Absolutely pathetic network numbers. The big thing that jumps out at me is that Jon Stewart came close to beating Leno in the demo. Once this campaign gets into full gear, he probably will be beating all of the network shows in the demo, except perhaps Nightline, if they opt to cover the election and not a celebrity divorce.

  • Mike

    My gosh has Letterman nearly collapsed. And look at Jon Stewart go!

  • debsafan

    It looked to my that Fox News Network beat the main networks. Just saying..

  • Dr. TV

    Jimmy Kimmel 0.4 rating, on his way to being number 1 in January 2013. He will host the Emmy Awards and that will propel him to the top.

  • Mike

    He does stand a good chance of being #1 in the time period…if ABC helps build a successful 10PM, and if local news grows stronger. He might have a problem building viewers who will leave when Nightline does.

    But Jay Leno and Dave Letterman are fading, and will be gone by 2014.

  • Joe

    Being a Letterman fan this is very disturbing to me. Every week Leno beating Dave. This is getting old. I realize that Dave just signed a two year deal and now with Kimmel moving to 11:30 the late night landscape is changing. Time for CBS to ask Dave to retire and bring in some new blood. Ferguson at 11:30???

  • GARebelman

    Dave’s overall viewership is just plain cringeworthy

  • DJ

    Agreed, Joe. That Letterman constantly loses to a show like Leno’s has been and is disheartening.

    Part of the problem is Dave is not creating must see television anymore. Half of the monologue jokes (and I think his opening jokes are better than Leno’s) are repeated nightly, and there is little comedy. His is still the sharpest mind on television, but he seems to have gotten out of the comedy making business.

  • Jose

    Wow when Leno came back I would have never thought he would be on top of Letterman again. But wow over 1mill more viewers is amazing. Looks like Letterman can’t hold Leno’s jock strap when it comes to ratings. leno became the late night king again.

  • Jose

    I really tried Conan but that show is so not funny what so ever. I can’t believe that he is also signed for 2 more years. George Lopez got a raw deal.

  • Jose

    Just to clear it up, not that George Lopez was a great show. It was also pretty bad. But he didn’t get a chance to try and make it better.

  • GARebelman

    Regarding Letterman, most view him today (as not before when he had Late Night or 90s Late Show) as a left political comedian in the vein of Bill Maher. That automatically is going to shrink his audience and he better hope these numbers rebound in the fall. They probably will but when left to do it alone, these numbers are just plain sad.

  • Danny

    Jose…we go through this with another poster, with with numbers like he has, frequently losing in the demo by numerous shows, and Nightline, Leno isn’t the king of anything.

    In fact, he’s the only one of the big boys who hasn’t received a reported extension in his contract.

  • Eroll Muller

    The world of late night tv is really starting to get crazy. First, ABC is making Jimmy Kimmel go to 11:30PM. Then, CBS gives Craig Ferguson a new studio to give him a chance to practice his skills to take over for David Letterman in 2015. What’s next?! CBS and David Letterman producing a 1:30am show with Kristen Bell as the host of the show and with Craig Ferguson to co-produce the show with them?! Why are some people saying that Jimmy Fallon should take over for Jay Leno now? He has only done “Late Night” for 4 years now!

  • Elie Muller

    This whole late night tv mess used to be calm when Johnny Carson had The Tonight Show, David Letterman had Late Night, and Bob Costas had Later (pre-Last Call). Now, we have too many late night guys and gals on tv that we don’t know who’ll replace who. I’ll tell you this right now, though. If there is any timeslot that should have competition is the 1:30AM timeslot because everybody would love to see that type of show and Carson Daly has no competition. If CBS needs a 1:30AM host now, then they’d get Kristen Bell for that because she’s been on Craig and Dave too many times!

  • tv boy

    Is there really anybody who cares at all about Jay Leno? Really? Really?

    Can they explain why?

    Man he’s awful…takes suck to a whole new level.

  • DJ

    A little history lesson…isn’t Jay Lamo happy NBC gave him more time than he and NBC gave Conan?

    (And, remember, there were zero complaints about Conan at 11:30…

    http://www.nytimes.com/1992/12/23/arts/jay-leno-criticizes-nbc-on-tonight-cliffhanger.html?pagewanted=1

  • Danny

    Thanks for that.

    It’s true that Leno’s demo numbers have sunk below Conan’s as host of Tonight.

    When Leno went back on his word and went back to 11:30, a LARGE chunk of the 18-49s went away from the show, never to return.

    You’ll never see growth in the demo for Leno…there’s no appeal to a bland senior citizen for the IPod generation.

  • Brad

    There isn’t a doubt in my mind that Stewart will beat Leno & Letterman during the final weeks of this 2012 Campaign.

    I still don’t understand what is happening with Arsenio Hall. Why syndication? Isn’t that what dug him his late night grave first time around because you aren’t guaranteed airplay?

    By the way, can anybody tell me why all the late night hosts skew left? Dennis Miller was the only one who was on the right in my book.

  • Brad

    I really hope Arsenio Hall and Jimmy Kimmel just come in and kill Leno’s ratings. I do think they will affect Leno more than Letterman because I truly believe Letterman’s audience is down to the core while Leno’s will leave if something better comes on. I do feel bad because I have this desire to see Leno fall, but I love seeing underdogs come in and taking the crown. That’s why I honestly didn’t mind watching Tampa Bay Rays getting last year’s wild card spot my Boston Red Sox had held.

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