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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  • Mario

    Danny, Conan is a .4!!

    BIGGEST LOSER OF ALL!

  • Danny

    I’m not talking about Conan…you keep interjecting him…I’m starting to think you’re in love with him more than Leno.

    Adult Swim and Stewart…long live the Kings!

  • Diana Santiago

    Danny: did you know that Conan is the executive producer of one of the shows in Adult Swim?

  • bonnie blue

    Flipping through the dial, I caught a glance of Conan in a new interview with Piers Morgan. He has AGED ………… big time! Bad Karma can make you unattractive, I guess!

  • Aaron

    Bonnie, OMG!!! A man who’s almost 50 has aged! The horror! Are you forgetting that Leno generally looks more tired nowadays and has gained some weight?

  • Danny

    Ah…thanks, Diana…so sometimes Conan may be beating Leno…

    And you wanna see aged?

    http://multimedia.heraldinteractive.com/images/20100108/7bb568_Leno_01092010.jpg

    It’s stressful for Leno to keep doing sucky shows on a daily basis. (And losing to cartoons and Jon Stewart…)

  • Diana Santiago

    “Bad Karma can make you unattractive, I guess!”
    Now I understand why Leno looks like that.

  • Aaron

    I don’t understand why people like Bonnie think Conan got bad karma. One of the reasons why he didn’t want to move the Tonight Show to a different time is because he didn’t want to hurt the chances of Fallon succeeding on Late Night, his former program. He launched a comedy tour and would sign autographs for everyone at the end of each show, even though he was burnt out from putting on a big show. He gave his staff 15 million dollars of the payment he got from NBC when he left the company. He also made sure all his staff members were employed at TBS. Sounds pretty classy to me.

  • bonnie blue

    Jay looks just fine, and is one of the good guys … doesn’t spend a whole tour badmouthing others, like Conan, blaming someone else for his own failures.

  • Brad

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

    I think Leno at TBS would get the same ratings as Conan just with nearly zero online or new technology presence, thus cancellation. I cannot see Leno succeeding elsewhere now at this point. I just can’t.

    Btw guys, the only way Leno gets to stay at Tonight is through pay cuts. That is it. Nothing else is justifying his stay. ALSO, even though Adult Swim is on cable and Leno is on a (failing) network, minus that it is still an unfair battle. It takes four shows in one hour to beat Leno. That is a very 15 minutes of their best comedy in FOUR different shows.

  • Mario

    You guys keep denying reality!

    Every major news and entertainment outlet from CNN to Fox News to ET has LENO as the reigning KING of late night like he’s been for almost 20 years!

    Read it and weep!

  • Dan

    Mario,

    Read the press release you are posting comments for. This season to date Jay is tied with Dave at 0.8 in the 18-49 demo. This is after 50 weeks.

  • André

    Have you guys considered the possibility of ignoring the village idiot?
    Just think about it for a second.

  • Danny

    When Leno is on the commode, he’s king.

    When off of it? Not so much…Mario fails to prove his point.

  • Pete

    For the love of God – Gary Middleton please come back to this board! This discussion is almost as sad as the state of network numbers. Let’s just try to have an intelligent discussion. Gary, are you out there???

  • mary

    Thank you, Pete. My sentiments exactly. Part of my email to Bill Gorman last night:

    ***
    When was the last time you checked out the comments from the “late night”
    section of zap2it? Have the posts been taken over by teenagers or college
    freshmen? Personal attacks, relentless Leno bashing, etc. It used to be a
    forum where people discussed ratings but it has now evolved into craziness.
    ***

    He replied they don’t have the staff to monitor the forum. Sad. These fools are driving people away.

    I miss Gary. And GARebelman. Please come back!

  • Chris

    We absolutely love discussing late night television, its hosts, history, and future.

    But if you look above, this person Mario, who seems to also have used other names like Luigi, Bonnie, and Monikka, and possibly this Elie, makes insane posts. The others should ignore him, but don’t.

    In a way I understand…no matter what the discussion about ratings, this Mario steps in and makes some goofy claims about Leno, and has a hatred of all things Conan.

    As long as this whatever “Mario” is here, it’s not going to be the same.

    Gary has his moments of being a creep, and loved nothing more than belittling the opinions of others, but he was light years better than these people.

  • anonymous

    This forum used to be a lively forum with lots of colorful characters who posted here. Then it was taken over by some new posters who could not stand differing opinions and differing tastes and resorted to personally insulting people like Gary Middleton and drove most of the old timers away.

    People, you are not going to change anyone’s opinion about any of the hosts here. In a few years, all of the posts will be purged anyway so not like it’s going to matter.

  • Brad

    I hope I am considered a noble and respectful enough commenter as I am only a college sophomore. Any youngsters who are just trolling here, please, let’s be civil about our discussions.

    PS: I agree. Gary, you don’t how much some of us miss you. Your in my dreams every night… Just kidding.

  • mary

    Hmm.

    This is a ratings forum, not a Conan fan club. Maybe Mario speaks out because the cavalcade of Leno trashing is ubiquitous.

    Gary was never a creep. Perhaps Gary disagreed with you which you did not like, but Gary was never a creep. And he did not belittle the opinions of others.

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