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

 

 

 

 

 
  • Brad

    Thank you Luigi for re-alliterratting what I was say a few days ago. Leno did not force Conan to leave, Conan simply decided to leave. I watch Conan far more than Jay, but I like Jay and I think it is unfair how people view him as this evil person after the Tonight Show debacle.

    I do agree, Leno was suppose to get into FB and all but it isn’t working so well.

  • Peter in MO

    Conan refused to accept what he felt was a punishment that he, his show, and his staff did not deserve for the failure of The Jay Leno Show. He did not think it justifiable that he had to pay the price for NBCs inability to honor Jay Leno’s contract other than put Leno at 11:30…they had nowhere else to put him.

    We know with hindsight they should have left Conan alone, for a huge chunk of Leno’s audience never came back, and his younger viewer ratings dropped below Conan’s. It’s catching up…the show is in trouble. As somebody else said, especially with Kimmel coming, Leno will never get those younger viewers back.

  • JB

    Leno’s jokes are so predictable that even one of the audience members beat him to the punchline during his monologue last night. And of course Mr. Zero Improvise was so flustered for a few seconds

  • Peter in MO

    I have a feeling this has been planted by NBC as a trial balloon to see reaction…Leno’s days may be numbered. The article is right in that they can’t do a five year transition again.

    http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-lenofallon-20120822,0,4702541.story

  • Danny

    Before the debacle, my wife was a Leno fan…devoted. Our compromise was to watch Dave twice a week, Leno twice.

    She used to get irritated at me…Leno would set up a joke, and I would predict the punchline. I was right about 75% of the time. They are ultra predictable. Letterman is often the same now. I like how Letterman often throws some absurdity into the monologue, keeping it somewhat watchable.

  • Chris

    Peter…what an interesting article.

    Now I wonder if Jay Leno was told something last week and not released to the press…that his contract for 11:30 will not be renewed.

    Here’s the dilemma for Leno. I am not a fan of his anymore, but he made TONS of money for them over two decades. What will/ what can NBC do for him now? Will they keep him under contract for specials? We know a daily show will not work. Maybe once a week?

    Interesting. I wonder if Comcast had a whiff of what ABC was planning with Jimmy Kimmel….

  • Chris
  • Mark

    Well, it appears as if the sharks are swimming around Jay Leno.

    If NBC does not make a public announcement of public support for Leno, including an announced extension, within the next few weeks, that will be a strong indication that his time at Tonight will end at the end of his current contract.

    Silence speaks volumes.

  • Aaron

    Mario? Luigi? Who’s next to post on here, Bowser?

  • Aaron

    I’m pretty sure “Mario” said the same exact thing, Luigi. Just confess that you’re Mario/Holly/Luigi.

  • Danny

    Progress we can be proud of.

    Mario/ Luigi/ Monikka acknowledges that Leno’s time is coming up to end.

  • Danny

    Aaron…no, I think the next incarnation will be Princess Peach.

  • Don

    Good for Jay and Jimmy.

  • Danny

    Good for Jay how?

    His show got butchered last week, and the press is starting to talk about how his days are numbered. In a way even his un-fans feel sorry for him.

  • Diana Santiago

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    Jay was NBC accomplice…

  • Brad

    Leno is ultra predictable so I’m not argueing there. When it comes to jokes, at least Leno is trying to be original, unlike Letterman who reuses the same jokes not only throughout the week, but for months! Especially those political attacks on Chris Christie and Mitt Romney.

  • Danny

    The thing that just caught my eye in the LA Times article is that they say Leno’s contract is up in 2013.

    Many of us had assumed it was up in 2014. If it’s true that it’s up in 2013, Jay is now entering what will probably be his last year at 11:30….

  • Luigi

    Conan’s ratings for the week:

    Mon. — did not qualify for the list
    Tues. — 0.4
    Wed. — 0.5
    Thurs. — 0.4

    There goes Conan’s “ratings surge”, bwhaahaahahaa! bwhaahaahahaa! bwhaahaahahaa!

  • Mario

    Aaron, there are many Leno fans out there so we’re not all the same person!

    Plus I bet Leno gets a contract extension. Whether it’s 1 year or 5 years he’ll get one!

  • Luigi

    The CoCoheads are right. Jay is the absolute worst host ever. His jokes are predictable and he can’t interview anybody without his cue cards.

    So why is it that Jay has won in the ratings for almost two decades and is the KING of late night when he is so bad?

    Could it be that people just like Jay better as a person? and would rather spend their time watching him?

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