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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  • Brad

    Let’s get something cleared up. Leno offered NBC for him to host The Tonight Show for FREE! If the network executives wouldn’t except that, along with the cut backs, for a long term commitment, you know this is the end of the Leno-era Tonight Show. NBC wants Fallon to replace Leno, not only for the better ratings, but also so NBC doesn’t lose him to another network. The only reason they sign Leno to another contract, which would be one-year MAX, is to have a smooth transition with Fallon (and maybe to have the secondary point to find a replacement for Fallon). The ball is Fallon’s court so he can toy with NBC and say he will go somewhere just to get a really good contract with NBC out of their desperation. The hope would be ownership and a pay-and-play contract along with a no doubt guaranteed time slot.

    The only question you might want to ask yourself is this, what if CBS wants Fallon at 11:35? Would he want to exchange his late night bits for copyright issues for a better network? I would think after seeing Letterman and Conan struggle with leaving all their Late Night bits behind, and just how difficult it was for them, after leaving NBC, I think Fallon will only use this as leverage to sign with NBC.

  • Brad

    And to add to that, that’s why I think CBS is actually more interested in Conan O’Brien. Time Warner Company and CBS are partners in many aspects. A transition for Conan O’Brien, with all the bits he’s been using, to come over to CBS and replace Letterman. With Fallon coming over to CBS it could be a little to hard to get him started with all new material. It’s not impossible, and it would be a lot easier for youngster who’s only just getting started in late night rather than O’Brien going to TBS who was in his late 40’s and being on late night television was very well set in his way. That was just devasting to him, with Fallon it would be less devasting. However, if you could avoid all devastation by picking someone from your farm, things are a lot easier. That’s why I can see Fallon at NBC and Conan at CBS, especially now that we know Ferguson as no interest in changing his ways to become CBS’s 11:30 man.

  • Aaron

    Brad, how is CBS partners with Time Warner?

  • Danny

    Mike…this Mario, also known as Holly, also known as Monikka…simply is an overactive Leno fanboi…as rare as an albino Grizzly Bear.

    There is no use trying to reason with him. It has been predicted for months here that Leno’s ship has been sinking…all the way back to the fall of 2010 when his ratings slipped below the numbers Conan was making at Tonight. That thought makes Mario’s head spin.

    We had speculated about how much money Tonight was making for NBC…and it shocked many of us to learn that it wasn’t actually making money for NBC. You put that fact, together with the fact that Leno has lost a third of his ratings the last two years…it seals his doom.

    So Mario, every week, proclaims his boy a king, even though each week brings a new Nielson ratings low, and the fact that his show is a monetary bust…his king is a joke.

  • JB

    Fallon will be an NBC Lifer. Too many ties to the network and most importantly, Lorne Michaels. As for Leno’s future, I wonder how it would work if Leno did a 30 min show in the afternoon or late afternoons and what it would cost to produce a show like that. Some networks run Entertainment Tonight, Extra, Access Hollywood, Wheel of Fortune, or sitcom reruns.

  • Danny

    Brad…good point about Leno’s salary. They said NBC refused his offer, if indeed he made it, because they didn’t want to set a precedent.

    If they rejected his offer to work FOR FREE, that, too, is a vote of no confidence. It told me they would honor the rest of this contract, and that’s it.

  • Danny

    JB…doubt if Leno would accept that. He has it in his head that he “tells jokes at 11:30.”

  • Brad

    I still think Fallon is moving to LA so Lorne Michaels won’t make much of difference in whether Fallon stays or goes. Plus,orne Michaels isn’t always helping out with Late Night. Both Conan and Fallon said he was too busy producing SNL and is hardly around. Michaels also produces movies with SNL stars in them. Man got his hands full.

    However , I’m you JB about having too many ties with NBC. If his new Primetime show is a success, you can expect him stay for a very long time. That is something Conan O’Brien’s production company was ever able to achieve, to put a solid show on the network.

    CBS and TWC own The CW together. That’s the big one. They also use each others facilities and distribute shows together. Also, didn’t they just share the NBA playoff games together? CBS, TBS, and TNT? I think it’s a little too apparent that they work together.

  • Brad

    I know there is no chance of NBC signing anyone into a contract for no pay. I do not think it is legal and interns are legal because they aren’t legally bounded. Anyways, NBC not even accepting $1 million for the veteran who use to make $25-$30 million, like if this was a contract for a baseball veteran, you know it’s over.

    I wish Leno would get his head out of the gutter and accept a 30-minute show somewhere. Late night is too crowded for him and he is too old for it now. Either retool or leave. That’s the ultimatum. For his sake, I hope retools and not be stubborn about not getting a late night show because I think he will get way too depressed for not having a comedic tv show to always work on.

  • Eroll Muller

    Don’t you kids understand why Craig Ferguson has a new studio now, and a chance to get a house band with a follow up show after his produced by him and starring Kristen Bell given by CBS? They want to see if he has what it takes to replace David Letterman at 11:30PM when he retires. Of course, he already has the timeslot after him, so he’s in good hands right there. Do you honestly think that they’ll sign Jimmy Fallon to replace David Letterman after being on NBC for 4 years? No! He’s going to have the Tonight Show in 13 years. Plus, I don’t see Lisa Kudrow having a late night talk show because she was fat and hungry on Craig Ferguson last night!

  • Drum

    I don’t understand why people think Ferguson should change his act to become the Late show host.
    I think his originality would give him more room for success than trying to be another Leno clone.

  • Monikka

    According to the late night pundits who post here (some of whom are stupid (or elderly) enough to actually think I am the same person as the Leno-addled and barely coherent Mario II/Holly/Megafauna), CBS is considering late night kings Fallon the Insipid, O’Brien the Damaged, and/or Stewart the Partisan to replace Letterman the Distinguished. Have I seen Arsenio the Has-been thrown into this mix too?

    Explain to me why CBS just built Ferguson the Talented a new studio, took partial control of his show from Worldwide Pants, and pays Ferguson directly from CBS funds if they don’t want him at 11:35.

  • Monikka

    Eroll and Drum,

    We were obviously typing at the same time. Team Ferguson.

  • Drum

    BTW did anyone catch Louie last night.

  • Elie Muller

    I have seen every sign on late night tv that will let everybody see how Craig Ferguson will replace David Letterman at 11:30PM on CBS when he retires. 1: He already got the new studio from CBS this year. 2: CBS will give him a house band with his new studio sometime before the holidays; so he’ll actually get a great Christmas present that he’ll actually use for the rest of his career. 3: He’s already on at 12:30AM right now; and when the 11:30 guy leaves, the 12:30 guy moves up, and the 1:30AM guy/girl comes up. If they have a 2:00AM girl/guy comes up, then they move up, and so on. 4: There’s nobody else on that list that’s currently on CBS that has a talk show yet. Therefore, Craig Ferguson will absolutely get the 11:30PM slot if David Letterman retires.

  • Danny

    “He’s going to have the Tonight Show in 13 years.”

    Errol…who are you referring to with this?

    Did you mean Fallon will have it in 13 months? That’s where it’s headed…

  • Eroll Muller

    @Danny No! I meant that he’ll get it in 13 years for a reason! He’s only been doing “Late Night” for 4 years, and that’s not long enough to get him the earlier show. Also, people has said that about Conan O’Brien and David Letterman a long time ago, and look at where it got them right now! Another thing is that NBC will never get rid of Jay Leno because he’s a tricky man! He doesn’t want to leave NBC! Let’s take Maria from Sesame Street from the 1980’s and into the 1990’s. She was very fat in those decades, and she loves junk food so much. Would you tell her to lose weight? No! She would not love to stay away from junk food or her fat. It’s just the same as Jay Leno and The Tonight Show. It makes a lot more sense than what you have just said.

  • Brad

    This entire Ferguson studio move has been the absolute worse in Late Nigth history. There is no band, no new skits, no regular-styled monologue, no use of the stage to its fullest, its just the same old show. You can’t practice being an 11:30 show if you dont have the 11:30 elements beyond having a big stag, and on top of that, it is pathetic to have moved if you aren’t going to add to the show. All his jokes are predictable btw. He describes somebody and the says “and the other person is ____”. Then he goes “do you see what i did there”. Hahaha! So original Ferguson!

    A big problem with Ferguson is his Scottish burr and his very alternative, very naughty humour. I honestly believe CBS gave Ferguson a new studio to keep him from walking. As he said, there was a high possibility that his trip to Scotand was going to be his last week. I think the last episode of that week, the last clip with Craig Ferguson and Geoff Peterson, had an alternative clip. I honestly believe they filmed an alternative ending where Ferguson does not accept a renewal and says goodbye, which would explain the extraordinarily long and beautiful credits of The Late Late Show.

  • Danny

    Do you really think they will keep him until he’s in his 70s?

    They’re trying to increase the viewership of the show by younger viewers. Jay has been hemorrhaging those viewers. What is there about the Tonight Show that attracts younger viewers?

    They’ve cut the budget and his salary (I don’t buy it was voluntary)…if the show is losing money he’s gone.

  • Elie Muller

    Let’s make the following things very clear to everybody! 1: Jimmy Fallon will not get The Tonight Show in 13 months because he’ll be leaving “Late Night” after about 5 years or so. That wouldn’t be right because the other hosts of the show hosted it for at least over a decade before moving to the earlier timeslots. 2: Craig Ferguson will get The Late Show when David Letterman retires because he has a production company, a bigger studio, and he’ll get a house band. Plus, he’s been following David Letterman for 8 years now. 3: Carson Daly will get an earlier timeslot one of these days because he’s been doing “Last Call” on NBC for over a decade, he did the New Year’s stuff for them, and he’s doing “The Voice” in primetime; which has an Emmy nommination right now. 4: Finally, late night tv may be changing, but that doesn’t mean that Kristen Bell can’t be added into the mix. Craig Ferguson will produce her 1:30AM show on CBS with the network and David Letterman. Hopefully, it will air sometime this tv season because it’ll give Carson Daly a run for his money! Don’t forget! When you see old Sesame Street episodes from the 1980’s, you’ll see Maria eating junk food and being extremely fat. Don’t ask me why! Just use that in reference to the Tonight Show and Jay Leno!

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