Late Night TV Ratings For The Week Of August 26-31, 2012

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September 7th, 2012

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Via NBC's Press Release

Tonight Show’ AND ‘LATE NIGHT’ SCORE #1 RESULTS FOR THE DISRUPTED WEEK OF AUG. 27-31

 

 

JAY LENO AND JIMMY FALLON DELIVER BIGGER AUDIENCES THAN THEIR ABC AND CBS TIME-PERIOD COMPETITION IN 18-49 AND TOTAL VIEWERS

 

SEASON TO DATE, JAY HAS STRETCHED HIS TOTAL-VIEWER LEAD OVER ‘Late Show’ TO 23 PERCENT FROM THE YEAR-AGO 14 PERCENT; JIMMY FALLON HAS INCREASED HIS MARGIN OVER ‘LATE Late Show’ TO 22 PERCENT, UP FROM LAST YEAR’S 6 PERCENT

 

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – September 7, 2012 – NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” have out-delivered the ABC and CBS time-period competition for the week of August 27-31 in viewers 18-49 and total viewers, during a disrupted week that saw Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday NBC and CBS telecasts excluded due to overrun coverage of the Republican National Convention.

 

“Tonight” generated 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 adults 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers and Jay topped “Late Show” during the disrupted week in every key ratings category: adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers. Note that Friday’s “Late Show” was an encore.

 

At 12:35 a.m. ET, Jimmy Fallon also prevailed in every key category versus CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” during the disrupted week.

 

Through the first 50 weeks of the 2011-12 broadcast year, "Tonight" has increased its total-viewer margin over "Late Show" to 23 percent (3.663 million vs. 2.989 million), up from the year-ago season-to-date advantage of 14 percent, while stretching its 25-54 advantage to 11 percent (1.400 million vs. 1.263 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 22 percent (1.747 million vs. 1.436 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 24 percent (703,000 vs. 569,000), up from last year’s 21 percent; in adults 18-34 to 53 percent (273,000 vs. 178,000), up from last year's 30 percent; and in adults 25-54 to 17 percent (841,000 vs. 719,000), up from 8 percent at this point last season.

 

"Tonight" delivered a bigger 18-49 audience than "Late Show" for the 31si time in their last 35 head-to-head weeks (excludes weeks of Olympic preemptions) and 13th week in a row, while Jimmy Fallon has attracted a bigger 18-49 audience than "Late Late Show" for each of their last 38 head-to-head weeks.

 

WEEKLY AVERAGES

 

 

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of August 27-31. 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,” 0.7 rating, 3 share*

 

CBS “Late Show,” 0.6/2*

 

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

 

ABC “Nightline,” 0.7/3

 

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

 

ABC “Kimmel,” 0.4/2 (in encore telecast)*

 

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

 

NBC “Late Night,” 0.4/2*

 

CBS “Late Late Show,” 0.3/2*

 

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,” 3.3 million viewers*

 

CBS “Late Show,” 2.2 million viewers*

 

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

 

ABC “Nightline,” 2.9 million viewers

 

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

 

ABC “Kimmel,” 1.3 million viewers (in encore telecasts)*

 

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

 

NBC “Late Night,” 1.5 million viewers*

 

CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.1 million viewers*

 

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET

 

NBC “Last Call,” 0.7 million viewers (in encore telecasts)*

 

 

* Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday telecasts on NBC and CBS were delayed by convention coverage and are excluded, and Friday’s “Kimmel” is also excluded. Friday’s “Late Show” 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 27-31

 

 

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,” 0.6**

 

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.4

 

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 1.27 million viewers

 

TOTAL VIEWERS

 

 

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. “The Daily Show,” 1.6 million**

 

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 1.3 million**

 

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

 

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

 

** Monday’s “Daily Show” and “Colbert Report” were preempted and last week’s special Friday telecasts are excluded.

 

 

 


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  • GARebelman

    Those RNC pre-emptions really laid in to these ratings with those delays.

  • Nick

    Only two nights are included in these ratings? Meaningless info this week.

  • Mario

    Leno is da man as usual!

    Conan with a .4? HORRIBLE!

  • GARebelman

    @ Nick I didn’t catch that until you pointed that out. Then just damn that means next week’s release will be similar and just as pointless.

  • Ralph Hahn

    >>> Leno is da man as usual! <<<

    Ain't that a hole in the head.

    But, who would ever suspect that Leno would end up the most controversial late night talk show host? But, there's not much competition on at 11:35pm.
    The good shows are on 12:35. Particularly, Ferguson IMHO.

  • Ralph Hahn

    I hear that Letterman is firing all of his writers in a cost-saving move.

    Yeah, when Barack and Michelle Obama drop by the Ed Sullivan Theater to do a “Top Ten,” they’ll hand Dave the Democratic talking points directly to him. Dave eliminates the middlemen, and passes the savings onto you. lol

  • Aaron

    Mario’s opinion? HORRIBLE!

  • Diana Santiago

    Why NBC took so long to announce the extension of Jay’s contract? Why NBC kept their silence when everyone was speculating about Leno’s demise?

    Leno keeps dropping: 0.7 (although the results for this week and the weeks following are not reliable).

    Has anyone watched the new Conan online show?

  • Danny

    Diana…it’s marvelous. Edmund Morris is one of the greatest writers alive.

  • Justin

    WOW! Craig’s new larger (And IMO Worse) studio hasn’t helped his ratings at all.

  • Mario

    Aaron and Diane, Conan’s show is a disaster! 99.9% of people don’t watch him!

    Leno may be down but he’s still the KING! Even Dennis Miller said Leno should’ve NEVER left the Tonight Show!

  • Aaron

    Mario, Dennis Miller isn’t very relevant anymore. 99.9% of people don’t watch Conan? Did you pull that number out of your ass?

  • Danny

    So now that it seems we have a departure date for Jay Leno, how do you envision the transition?

    Will Jay pretend to go along? Or will he be Jay Leno?

  • Aaron

    Sorry for the language, by the way.

  • anonymous

    wall street journal:
    [Meanwhile, Mr. Greenblatt hasn’t spoken to the 62-year-old host about ending his 20-year-reign at “Tonight.” “That’s a conversation we’ll have as we look down the road,” he said.]

    The departure date for Leno is yet to be determined.

  • Mario

    The departure date has YET to be determined! So Leno could stay past 2014! I bet Leno stays till he’s at least 65 or 66 which is 2015 or 2016.

    What’s Leno going to do in 2014 if he’s not at Tonight? Go to the golf course?? Don’t think so! That’s not Jay Leno!

  • Mario

    Here is a CNN article confirming Leno is at the Tonight Show till 9/2014! Awesome!

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/07/showbiz/jay-leno-tonight-show/index.html

  • Dennis

    The September, 2014, date makes an awful lot of sense.

    NBC cannot fire Jay Leno now, because of the contract Leno holds. If he did not have such a contract, they probably would.

    But is it enough time to transition to Jimmy Fallon by next summer? Not without it being extremely awkward.

    By setting Leno’s departure date for September 2014, NBC has enough time to develop and execute a transition to Fallon or whoever they choose.

  • Brad

    NBC just wants to pull the plug on Leno when CBS pulls the plug on Letterman. While there are a bunch of reason why it happened, it doesn’t change the fact that Letterman beat Conan when they went head to head. NBC does not want to do that again. Might as well do these short-term contracts and keep on cutting cuts.

    Well note this guys. Practically everyone in traditional late night is on board up until 2014. Leno, Letterman, Conan, Ferguson, and I think Fallon too.

  • GARebelman

    So that’s what yall think? They’ll keep renewing Jay’s contract until Letterman calls it quits first to see what happens?

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