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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  • Danny

    The Sesame Street reference makes absolutely no sense…something like Mario would write.

    So Jay’s contract is up in twelve months…and it seems 95% they’re not renewing it, for 11:30 anyway. The only thing that may save him is NBC has problems everywhere. Today Show is failing. Sunday morning is failing. They’ll have another loser prime time season.

    But if conventional wisdom is right, what will NBC do at 11:30? No way Leno signs a one year deal.

  • Brad

    I would love to know where you get your facts Mueller. How do you know Ferguson will get a band? Also, Kristin Bell with a late night show is the worst idea if I was an executive. I’ve seen her movies and I do enjoy her as a guest on multiple late night shows, but especially on Ferguson’s, but that lady is a hardcore bitch. All she plays are bitchy roles and acts like one whenever interviewed. Sorry for my language, but I just can’t see her interviewing guests and being sincere or caring. Also, she has no comedic chops at all. I’m sorry but she wasn’t one who was making me laugh in Forgetting Sarah Marshall or Couple Retreat.

    I would love to offer a good alternative but it is tough. With the two new FX shows and cancelled Comedy Central talk shows with the likes of Adam Carolla, Norm MacDonald, Carlos Mencina, David Spade, etc., not many mordern comedians seem cut out for late night. The only ones who interest me would be Seth Meyers, Seth MacFarlene, Tina Fey and Whitney Cummings. Steve Martin would be good too.

  • Drum

    I think Brad that you just don’t like Ferguson’s show, and are hoping that it’ll change into something that there’s already an abundance of (Leno clones).

    I’m sure that there will be more skits as time progresses and they get more used to working in a bigger studio after a 7 year run in the CBS basement, and besides Ferguson stated at Paley centar that skits require money (1:23 mark http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20GqH0SVSv0 )which i don’t know if his show has after this move.

  • Danny
  • Drum

    And i asked did anyone catch last nights episode of Louie ’cause he gets offered to be Letterman’s successor in it (guest starring Jay Leno).

  • Diana Santiago

    I like Craig Ferguson a lot. He’s very smart, and his shows outside the studio were great. However, his first show in the new studio disappointed me; and by the numbers he’s getting, I’m not the only one.

  • Drum

    His first show in the new studio was just business as usual,i’m also disappointed they didn’t do some big intro skit but i’m also glad that e didn’t change his behaviour from the smaller studio.

    Regarding his numbers, they’re in direct correlation with numbers Letterman’s getting, last night Letterman pulled 0.3 in the demo there’s not much room for Ferguson to improve those numbers.

  • Eroll Muller

    @Danny You’re right about NBC having huge problems recently, and that includes the late night ones. You’re also right about Jay Leno’s contract being done next year, but you’re so wrong about my Sesame Street reference not making any sense. Why?! If you look in this episode of Sesame Street from 1988, then you can see how fat she was, and how big her belly was. Also, she was extremely hungry in this episode, and she really wants a chance to eat some food. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzV7_9bpXUc The reason why I’ve said that before is because she can’t stay away from food, and she’s like Jay Leno when he can’t stay away from The Tonight Show.

  • Brad

    “there’s no guarantee the audience is going to say, ‘Oh, I’ll just watch Fallon at 11:35.’ A lot of people don’t even know who he is.” -NY Post

    Bingo! I have a very difficult time explaining who Fallon is. Thanks to Kimmel’s multiple gigs outside of his show, I can explain who he is with a lot more ease.

    I give Ferguson an A for his ability to be a late night contender from just being himself. There is no other reasons you watch his. He makes something out of nothing each might for the past seven years. My problem is with the show’s staff. There is a lot more than 10 people on that staff as we saw in his last episode in Studio 58, however, all he needs is 10 people with the current show he’s doing. I like how his current monologue is, very innovative, and his cold opens and definately check the tweets are good too. But 5 days a week with tweets? I was expecting change with this move but I should have listened to Ferguson on his last Studio 58 episode, that there will be no significant change.

  • JB

    I don’t get why folks keep hyping up Ferguson as eventually becoming the king of late night…and I actually enjoy and respect what he tries to do but I take him for what he is. Is he one of the top personalities/comedians in late night? Absolutely. Does his show/style translate to the masses? Nope. Ferguson will always want to make his show different from the rest of late night and that means lots of improv, no skits, etc. One of the running bits that he’s had for years is that he wants to make the show as crappy as possible just for the sake of mocking the late night genre. Putting him at 11:35 would be a disaster ratings-wise for CBS, especially when his future competition will be Kimmel and Fallon.

  • Brad

    Ferguson will always be a comedian with a late night show, never a comedian-turned-late-night-host.

  • Drum

    With a weaker lead-in Ferguson often ties Kimmel in the demo, and is often near Fallon numbers (i’m talking about last season numbers) not to mention (’cause advertisers don’t care about it) that he loses the least of total viewers from his lead-in, so i don’t really see how would putting him at 11:35 be a disaster ratings-wise for CBS.

  • Elie Muller

    @Brad I’ve gotten those facts because I have seen the clues on tv. 1: Craig Ferguson has mentioned that he needs a house band with a new studio, and that’s how the band announcement has been made. 2: Kristen Bell has said the late night stuff on Craig’s show many times (including last Monday), so that’s how she wants her own late night talk show on CBS. 3: Kristen Bell may not be funny enough to handle a late night talk show on CBS; however I’ve heard her telling some jokes in front of a curtain, and that’s good enough to compete against Carson Daly. That tells you how I’ve gotten all of the facts. Also, somebody has said that Maria and food on Sesame Street is not like Jay Leno and The Tonight Show. I’ll tell them now that they are wrong. As a matter of fact, in the 1980’s, Maria on Sesame Street was so fat that the only things that she cared about on the show were food, and her big fat belly, and how her big butt jiggled when she walked. Here’s a clip of her eating on the show! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AizCokVEHEY I hope that you understand what I’ve told you just now!

  • Mario

    Elie Muller just took Danny out to the woodshed. She beat em like a drum!

  • Aaron

    Eroll, what’s this with attacking “fat” people?

  • Eroll Muller

    @Mario Are you talking about my little brother? You should have said he has beaten him up like a drum! By the way, I’ve helped you out as well! Did you see my comment about the video that I’ve sent about how fat Maria was on Sesame Street with the entire episode of her being so hungry. I’ll tell you this right now. If we could go back in time with a script of an episode of Sesame Street where the fat Maria eats junk food for the entire episode and jiggles her fat belly; with her fat butt jiggling while she walks to 1988 when she was very hungry all the time, then we should do that. By the way, don’t you agree with me that Jay Leno will never give up The Tonight Show for as long as he lives? It’s obviously true!

  • Aaron

    And Mario, maybe that’s one more person you’ll be able to have in your sexual orgy of Leno fans. Now all you need is Leno!

  • Elie Muller

    @Mario You should know by now that I’m a man! Also, thank you for taking my and Eroll’s side in this! We all know that Maria from Sesame Street was a real fat piggy back in the 1980’s and early 1990’s. She ate junk food 24/7, she always jiggled her fat belly, and whenever she walked, her big fat butt jiggled and shaked. She loved to be fat and to eat 24/7, and she’s exactly like Jay Leno and The Tonight Show. Take those things away from them, and they’ll eat you until you give them back to you! Also, Danny doesn’t know that Craig Ferguson will get more money for a house band in his late night talk show, Kristen Bell will have a late night talk show after him and David Letterman, or that Jimmy Fallon will not have The Tonight Show before 2030!

  • Danny

    wow…this has taken an absolute bizarre turn. Has Mario adopted more crazy identities, or are there just more crazies?

    If Leno has no contract, he has no workie…see?

  • Danny

    Aaron, I understand where you are going, but it takes more than two to have an orgy…considering I think these crazies are just one crazy, it might be one lunatic with a bottle of Vaseline.

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