Late Night TV Ratings For The Week Of August 20-24, 2012

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August 30th, 2012

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Via NBC's Press Release

JAY LENO DELIVERS #1 RESULTS FOR THE LATE-NIGHT WEEK OF AUG. 20-24, TOPPING THE ABC AND CBS SLOT COMPETITION IN ALL KEY CATEGORIES

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

JIMMY FALLON BEATS ‘LATE LATE’ ENCORES IN ALL KEY MEASURES AND OUT-DELIVERS ‘KIMMEL’ HEAD TO HEAD FOR THEIR COMMON HALF-HOUR IN ADULTS 18-34, 18-49 AND 25-54, PLUS TOTAL VIEWERS

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 30, 2012 – NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” has out-delivered the ABC and CBS time-period competition for the week of August 20-24, generating 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 encores of “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” while delivering bigger audiences than “Kimmel” head to head in their common half-hour in adults 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54; men 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54; and adults and men 25-54, plus total viewers.

 

Through the first 49 weeks of the 2011-12 broadcast year, "Tonight" has increased its total-viewer margin over "Late Show" to 22 percent (3.663 million vs. 2.995 million), up from the year-ago season-to-date advantage of 14 percent, while stretching its 25-54 advantage to 11 percent (1.402 million vs. 1.266 million) from last year’s 8 percent and its 18-34 lead to 25 percent (345,000 vs. 276,000) from last year’s 23 percent. 

Jimmy Fallon has established a total-viewer lead over "Late Late Show" this season of 21 percent (1.747 million vs. 1.438 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 (703,000 vs. 570,000), up from last year’s 21 percent; in adults 18-34 to 53 percent (273,000 vs. 178,000), up from last year's 29 percent; and in adults 25-54 to 17 percent (842,000 vs. 720,000), up from 7 percent at this point last season.

"Tonight" delivered a bigger 18-49 audience than "Late Show" for the 30th time in their last 34 head-to-head weeks (excludes weeks of Olympic preemptions) and 12th week in a row, while Jimmy Fallon has attracted a bigger 18-49 audience than "Late Late Show" for each of their last 37 head-to-head weeks. 

WEEKLY AVERAGES

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of August 20-24.  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,” 0.3/2 (in encore telecasts)

TOTAL VIEWERS

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET

NBC “Tonight,” 3.3 million viewers

CBS “Late Show,” 2.3 million viewers*

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

ABC “Nightline,” 3.3 million viewers

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

ABC “Kimmel,” 1.6 million viewers* 

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

NBC “Late Night,” 1.5 million viewers

CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.1 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 “Late Late Show” were delayed by an NFL overrun and are excluded from these averages.  Friday’s “Kimmel” was an encore.

 

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,” 0.5/3

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,” 1.7 million viewers

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

NBC “Late Night,” 1.7 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 20-24

NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. ET, “The Daily Show,” 0.4 in encore telecasts

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 0.3 in encore telecasts

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,” 0.7 million in encore telecasts

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 0.5 million in encore telecasts

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.8 million in encore telecasts

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 2.1 million

Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.4 million

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  • Nick

    Wow, great news for Leno tbh. Not only did he earn a solid 0.8, which in summer is actually pretty good, but he came in number one and completely crushed Letterman.

  • Mike

    Earlier in the summer I suggested that Leno would sink to near 3 million viewers and Letterman below…and got ridiculed for it. Turns out last week at least one night Leno sunk below 3 million, and Letterman flirted with 2.5 million.

    No wonder Leno is getting canned and the show gutted.

  • Diana Santiago

    “A solid 0.8″ HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    How long until Leno gets a “solid 0.6″? – He already got that on Tuesday.

  • Eroll Muller

    Doesn’t it appear to everyone that about every late night talk show mentioned on this ratings page has lower ratings now than they did in 2008? It’s true, and Chelsea Lately isn’t even on here because her show is the worst late night talk show ever. The only way that these shows were to get bigger ratings if Kristen Bell gets a 1:30AM show after David Letterman and Craig Ferguson, Craig Ferguson gets a house band with his new studio, Carson Daly does extremely wonderful episodes of “Last Call”, and somebody other than Jimmy Fallon replaces Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show” right now. That would make the late night wars better than ever!

  • cj west

    Letterman has always been my favorite, but in the last year he has become so scared that President Obama will not be reelected that his entire monologue has become a republican bashing. I can’t watch it anymore. I don’t mind equal time bashing and Jay is at least better about giving equal joke time to the democrats. David has really become hatefull, he has lost an avid viewer .

  • Elie Muller

    I don’t know about you kids, but I think that these ratings in late night tv are the lowest ones in a long, long, long time. Do you think that Kristen Bell should have a 1:30AM show after David Letterman and Craig Ferguson that’s produced by them and CBS right now? Think about it! Last week, everybody averages from 500,000 viewers to about 3 million viewers a night; and that doesn’t even include Chelsea Lately, Watch What Happens Live, and the other cable late night shows. Plus, the only person that will be new to the late night ratings game is Arsenio Hall because he hasn’t been on for years now. Jimmy Kimmel will be a big late night star too, but he started after Nightline for 10 years now, and ABC is moving him to 11:30PM after a really long waiting period. He actually got it after 10 years, which NBC should’ve given that timeslot to David Letterman in 1992! Does it make sense to you?

  • Mike

    It will certainly be interesting to note these numbers, then come back one year from now.

    Leno has, in all likelihood, been told that he’s entering his final rodeo on The Tonight Show…his contract is up next September. ABC is moving Jimmy Kimmel to 11:30, gambling that the younger demo viewers will move to him. It’s absolutely absurd to imagine that NBC thinks that Leno has any potential of growing in the demo numbers, which he had shed tremendously in the last two years. ABC sees Kimmel as the host of the future…will anybody say Leno is the host of the future?

    And you’re right, cj…there is a fine line, and I think Letterman is crossing it. Sure, it’s comedy, but it’s not good business.

  • Diana Santiago

    Sad day at Conan camp. One of his great writers, Brian McCann is leaving the show. Tonight is his last episode. McCann is the actor behind a lot of Conan characters like Preparation H Raymond, FedEx Pope, the “Where’s my kayak” guy, and more recently Minty the Candy Cane. He’s going back to NY, where his girlfriend and daughter live. The weekly NY-LA commute was taking a toll on him.

  • GARebelman

    COMMUTE from New York to LA??? O_O That must cost thousands of dollars in air fare!

  • Danny

    I’m sure it does, not to mention the physical and emotional toll.

    Of course, not everybody can pull down over $25 million per year for two decades and never touch a cent of it except for one of a fleet of hundreds of expensive cars….

  • Aaron

    I remember reading that the reason why Max didn’t want to continue with Conan is because he had to keep on flying from New Jersey to LA, which was even harder for him because he had to have heart surgery.

  • Diana Santiago

    That’s right Aaron. Max never relocated to LA. As a matter of fact, during the Conan run in The Tonight Show, Max was on tour with Bruce Springsteen half of the time.

  • Brad

    Quite a few celebrities do it and it is hard to imagine they do it as frequently as they do. I can’t believe he wouldn’t want to live in LA, that would be my dream, but he and his girlfriend must family, friends, and a life back in NYC.

  • Aaron

    Didn’t Max have time to do Late Night in the first place because the E-Street band was disbanded from 1990 until 1999? I remember Conan did a farewell show for Max in 1999, complete with Bruce making a surprise appearance at the end.

  • Brad

    My understanding is that Max Weinberg had a special contract with NBC to do both Late Night and any Bruce Springsteen show. Nobody wanted him to leave and neither did he.

  • Brad

    Watching a new(er) episode of The Office on NBC. It is absolutely horrendous compared to the Michael (Steve Carrell) episodes. It’s no wonder why NBC Primetime is in the tank.

  • Aaron

    Brad, that’s because the original showrunner (Greg Daniels, who now does Parks and Rec), who was there for the best seasons, left the show. He’ll be in charge of the upcoming 9th and final season.

  • Aaron

    Bryan Cranston will be directing one of the upcoming episodes of the Office. Should be interesting. I suspect Steve Carrell will also guest star in an episode.

  • Mike

    Was there a bigger disappointment than James Spader on The Office?

    Yeah, NBC is in the tank…no sign of rising.

    And the programmers get paid for it!

  • Justin

    Can we talk about Late Night ratings instead of the Office?

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