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

 

 

 

 

 
  • Diana Santiago

    Hey, video game characters, Conan was on reruns for two weeks. Before laughing at him for his numbers, ask yourself where the Comedy Central duo is on that same list… NOWHERE. They were on reruns too, and their numbers dropped like flies.

    Jay Leno should have done like Seinfeld in 2009: retire strong at #1 and keep his stand-up circuit. Instead, his greed and selfishness tarnished whatever accomplishment he achieved. To the pain of Mario, Leno loses every night to Adult Swim, apples to apples.

  • Brad

    Great analysis Luigi. To bad he’s in reruns this week.
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  • Brad

    That LA Times article has it down pat, but I must add that Fallon would want to come over to LA. His wife lives there being Drew Barrymore’s agent. However, if Ferguson takes over Letterman and stays in LA (even though he keeps saying he misses NYC), Fallon should stay in NYC.

    Btw, I never thought that it will be harder than ever for Leno to NOT hang up his hat. CBS, ABC, NBC and now syndication is all off the table, and FOX was not crazy for Conan so why would they be even slightly interested in old man Leno.

  • Luigi

    Conan’s true audience draw is a 0.4 as proven by his first year on the air which was where his ratings flatlined. The Big Bang Theory reruns on TBS only gave Conan a temporary bump up to a 0.5

    Conan will go back down to a 0.4 when the tv season starts again with brand new shows everywhere and there is less interest in TBBT reruns.

    @Diana
    I don’t mean to piss Conan fans off — just giving them a taste of what they dish out first. And Jay will go out at #1, (when the ratings show him the door.) Jimmy Fallon will do great as the new host. He has a friendly, likable personality which makes him perfectly suited for the 11:35pm timeslot. Jay doesn’t tell you how to run your career, so don’t tell him how he should run his. I think he is better at looking out for his interests than you are.

  • Aaron

    I think it’s possible that Fallon could stay in New York. Given NBC’s problems in late night right now, I don’t think they’d want to spend money to move all the staff to LA and build a new set. I think they could change his current set a little bit or move him into a slightly bigger stage in 30 Rockefeller Center.

  • Danny

    A New York Tonight Show would be tremendous. One of the reasons Conan has struggled in LA is that LA humor is just nowhere near the level of New York. Night and day.

  • Danny

    I also think somebody hit the nail on the head on the other thread. Leno is beyond tired and is completely washed up as a comedian…but he could get a car show on cable, or do a web show on cars.

    And, once again…he’s not the king of anything. And, indeed, he is better at looking after his interests…he absolutely screws anybody who conflicts with his interests.

  • Chris

    I’ve said it before. The name The Tonight Show is now damaged goods. It’s time to retire the name and start fresh in the time slot, both with a new name and a shake up in the format.

    It doesn’t sound like Kimmel’s going to tinker much with his show. NBC could be the one to revolutionize late night television. Get rid of the dinosaur/ 70s porn star and relaunch for the 21st century.

  • Aaron

    Danny, I think that Fallon’s humor is mainstream enough to be more or less the same in LA.

  • Aaron

    I wonder why Conan hasn’t done something like “In the Year 2000″ yet. He’s made Celebrity Survey a regular bit on his new show, and that was featured in Late Night.

  • Chris

    Good question. I’ve rarely seen a performer abandon his or her trademark bits as completely as Conan has.

    On another note, it’s comforting to see that Mario/ Luigi/ Princess Peach/ Monikka has now accepted that Jay Leno is to become the former host of The Tonight Show. Proof that good therapy can help tremendously.

  • Brad

    Thank you Aaron! Yes, Fallon could do his show anywhere and it will be just fine. He doesn’t rely on the city as much as Conan did when he was in NYC. Also, Fallon’s comedy is much boarder and widely accepted than Conan’s so picking up Leno fans should be no biggy, especially now that there is less of them.

  • Brad

    Colbert toying around with the late night parallel universe bit.

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    fbid=10151036890596939&set=a.54636726938.68535.6004081938&type=1&theater

  • Brad

    ^Copy the whole link. The hyperlink is a dud and does not work.

  • Diana Santiago

    “I’ve rarely seen a performer abandon his or her trademark bits as completely as Conan has.” – That’s because Conan is still figuring it out legally. How much can he push NBC before they claim ownership? The d-bags execs are gone, but the contract is still there… I’m dying to see Conando back. Hopefully one day we’ll see him.

  • Diana Santiago

    “Jay doesn’t tell you how to run your career, so don’t tell him how he should run his.”

    Too bad I’m too tired to make a search to prove this person posted under other name before… He/she should stop typing the same comments.

    Now I see why Jay Leno “is #1″: his few fans have multiple personalities!

  • Brad

    Conan has the worst lawyers in show business. Easily. I can’t believe they not only got him to lose the starting time of Tonight, but also all his signature bits at NBC. If I were him I would be like Lettermen after his depature and just do my bits anyways. If anything happens they sue Time Warner which definitely has money for great lawyers. (plus a suit would get decent publicity)

  • Drum
  • Chris

    If there are any intellectual property questions, if I were Conan I would just do the bits. No bigger oxymoron than NBC and intellectual anything.

  • Chris

    If you’ve never seen it, part of the transitional moment for Conan O’Brien…that moment that guaranteed Conan’s success. There would be a few more short term renewals, but Letterman’s blessing was crucial…

    http://splitsider.com/2012/08/when-late-nights-collide-the-first-lettermanconan-crossover-event/

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