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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  • Diana Santiago
  • Danny

    Kimmel will destroy Leno in the demo ratings, because Leno’s show is HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE!

    Gosh, this is fun.

  • Elie Muller

    Hold on! Even though Jay Leno is staying with NBC for an extra year than you think he will stay with them, that doesn’t mean that he’ll just give The Tonight Show to Jimmy Fallon; considering that he’s been on the air for only 4 years after him. Do you folks seem to forget about what happened to Conan O’Brien about a decade ago?

  • Eroll Muller

    There are 4 signs in here that late night tv will be doomed. 1: Craig Ferguson gets a new studio, but not a house band for his late night talk show. 2: Jay Leno gets renewed up until 2014 on NBC at 11:30PM. 3: Jimmy Kimmel moves up 30 minutes on ABC to compete with his idol David Letterman. 4: Finally, the only possible contenders for the earlier late night timeslots are Carson Daly, Jimmy Fallon, and Craig Ferguson. Even though Jimmy Kimmel is in the race, he’ll never replace anybody else in late night tv. He only replaced Nightline and Bill Maher. Doesn’t that ring a bell to you?!

  • Danny

    The rub is that when Leno’s contract is up, and this applies to anybody, and NBC declines to renew, it’s over. I do not see a way where he agrees to it…they’ll have to cut him off. But when they tell him it’s over, it’s over. Same thing, perhaps, with Letterman, although I would hope that Letterman has more grace than Leno.

    Thus, Tonight isn’t Leno’s to give to anybody…it’s NBCs.

  • Brad

    Mario, explain Leno’s “loyal fan base” when his audience total went from 5 million to 3.8 million. That over a million people who up and left. Nearly 25%, a quarter of his audience, hasn’t come back. You want to explain this?

  • Mario

    Brad, you realize Conan’s fan base has shrunk even more? Conan peaked at 2.5 million at Late Night (with a 5 million plus Leno lead in) and now he’s under a million!

    I saw a news story on this how Leno’s fans followed him from Tonight to the Jay Leno Show and then back to Tonight! Yeah, he has lost some viewers but he’s still NUMBER 1! You realize that?

    Most ALL late night hosts have lost viewers compared to 10 years ago!

  • Danny

    Leno is beaten by cartoons on Adult Swim.

    And in the demo Leno is often under a million.

    His show is HORRIBLE! HORRIBLE!

    Great way to start the week.

  • Mario

    Danny, you’re delusional!

    You realize any program that beats Leno totally DESTROYS Conan and his worthless show!

  • Danny

    Not talking about Conan, although his show is superior to Leno’s in terms of quality.

    But Daily Show tied Leno on network in the demo because Leno’s show is HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE!

    Guess Jon Stewart is the KING!

  • André

    When Leno can’t be defended, resort to attacking Conan even if he’s got nothing to do with the question.

    Good choice for anyone’s top fallacies list.

  • Brad

    Mario, you are right in the sense that Conan has lost a lot more people from Late Night than Leno has during his second-term. Leno loses 1.2 million, about 25% of his audience, while Conan has lost 1.5 million, about 60% of his audience. 60%!!! I know he switched networks and everything but that’s terrible.

  • Danny

    Brad…BIG difference between broadcast and cable.

    Mario won’t accept this, but if Leno made the same switch to TBS, his numbers would probably be worse than Conan’s.

  • André

    Not probably, certainly. Leno’s numbers *are* worse than Conan’s were on the same show, same channel, same time slot. And dropping as we speak.
    In cable the medium age is lower, and Leno skews older so that would be quite a depressing sight.

    Anyway, you crazy people feel free to fight for crumbs. For me, as I’ve been saying for quite a while, all that matters is that the show(s) I like is on the air. The late night drama only serves the purpose of entertaining me every once in a while. If you get caught up in it and let it get to you without seeing how futile it is, then I’m sorry.

  • bonnie blue

    Jimmy Fallon, though I like him, will not hold Jay’s audience. His monologue can’t touch Jay’s, and he’s just not Jay. I think his fate would be similar, ratings-wise, to Conan’s on the Tonight Show. I don’t think Jay will be gone after 2014 … I think he’ll be renewed.

  • Mario

    I do too Bonnie. Leno is too good. He still has the best monologue out there. I think he’ll stay on till at least 2015 or 2016.

    Danny, you’re posting in the nut house! According to CNN and Entertainment Tonight Leno is still the NUMBER 1 lte night talk show host so he beats Stewart and all the rest including Conan and his HORRIBLE show!

  • Aaron

    Oh God, looks like Bonnie is back.

  • bonnie blue

    Hi Aaron … so good to see you, too. ;-) Seriously, I don’t think Jay’s going anywhere. His ratings are still higher than anyone else’s.

  • Mario

    Exactly Bonnie! Leno is number 1 and da man! Da man!

  • Danny

    NBC “Tonight,” 0.7 rating, 3 share*

    Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 0.9

    Leno=loser!

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