Late Night TV Ratings For The Week Of September 3-7, 2012

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September 13th, 2012

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Via NBC's Press Release

Tonight Show’ AND ‘LATE NIGHT’ SCORE SEASON HIGHS DURING THE DISRUPTED WEEK OF SEPT. 3-7
JAY LENO AND JIMMY FALLON EARN THEIR TOP WEDNESDAY RATINGS SINCE EARLY 2010 WITH TELECASTS DELAYED BY AN NFL OVERRUN

SEASON TO DATE, JAY HAS STRETCHED HIS TOTAL-VIEWER LEAD OVER ‘Late Show’ TO 23 PERCENT FROM THE YEAR-AGO 15 PERCENT; JIMMY FALLON HAS INCREASED HIS MARGIN OVER ‘LATE Late Show’ TO 22 PERCENT, UP FROM LAST YEAR’S 7 PERCENT

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – September 13, 2012 – NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” have delivered their top-rated weeks of the television season in adults 18-49 and their biggest Wednesday ratings since early 2010, to win the late-night week of September 3-7.

During the disrupted week, Monday results were excluded due to the Labor Day holiday, NBC and CBS excluded multiple nights due to overrun coverage of the Democratic National Convention and NBC’s Wednesday results, which are included, were delayed by a high-rated NFL overrun. Also note that Friday’s “Late Show” and “Kimmel” were encores.

On Wednesday, with telecasts delayed by the overrun of that night’s primetime “NFL Kickoff” coverage on NBC, “Tonight” delivered a 1.4 rating in adults 18-49, the show’s highest for a Wednesday edition since March 3, 2010, and “Late Night” scored a 0.8, the show’s best for a Wednesday since January 20, 2010.

That keyed a weeklong 1.1 rating for “Tonight,” its highest weekly rating since January 31-February 4, 2011, and a 0.7 for “Late Night,” its strongest since the week of September 5-9, 2011.

Through the first 51 weeks of the 2011-12 broadcast year, "Tonight" has increased its total-viewer margin over "Late Show" to 23 percent (3.664 million vs. 2.987 million), up from the year-ago season-to-date advantage of 15 percent, while stretching its 25-54 advantage to 11 percent (1.402 million vs. 1.262 million) from last year’s 9 percent and its 18-34 lead to 26 percent (347,000 vs. 275,000) from last year’s 24 percent.

Jimmy Fallon has established a total-viewer lead over "Late Late Show" this season of 22 percent (1.750 million vs. 1.434 million), up from last year's advantage of 7 percent. Jimmy has also increased his season-to-date lead over "Late Late Show" in adults 18-49 to 24 percent (706,000 vs. 568,000), up from last year’s 22 percent; in adults 18-34 to 54 percent (275,000 vs. 178,000), up from last year's 30 percent; and in adults 25-54 to 18 percent (844,000 vs. 718,000), up from 9 percent at this point last season.

"Tonight" delivered a bigger 18-49 audience than "Late Show" for the 32nd time in their last 36 head-to-head weeks (excludes weeks of Olympic preemptions) and 14th week in a row, while Jimmy Fallon has attracted a bigger 18-49 audience than "Late Late Show" for each of their last 39 head-to-head weeks.

WEEKLY AVERAGES

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of September 3-7. 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,” 1.1 rating, 5 share*

CBS “Late Show,” 0.4/2*

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,” 0.7/4*

CBS “Late Late Show,” 0.3/1*

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

NBC “Last Call,” 0.4/3 (in encore telecasts)*

TOTAL VIEWERS

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET

NBC “Tonight,” 3.6 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,” 1.4 million viewers (in encore telecasts)*

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

NBC “Late Night,” 1.9 million viewers*

CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.0 million viewers*

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

NBC “Last Call,” 1.1 million viewers (in encore telecasts)*

* Tuesday and Thursday NBC telecasts and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday CBS programs were delayed by convention coverage and are excluded. Wednesday’s NBC telecasts were delayed by a high-rated NFL overrun but are included. Friday’s “Late Show” and “Kimmel” were encores.


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,” 0.6/3

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,” 1.8 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 SEPTEMBER 3-7

 

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,” 1.4 million**

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 1.2 million**

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.9 million**

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 2.0 million

Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.3 million

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

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  • Chris

    Probably the most interesting numbers of the last six months.

    Rather surprised that Comedy Central’s numbers weren’t a bit stronger with the convention.

  • Nick

    Hey, a 1.1 is a 1.1

  • Ralph Hahn

    Letterman’s ratings are in the toilet! Serves him right for so closing aligning himself with Obama and the Democrat Party.

  • Chris

    I find it interesting that Letterman’s overall viewership stays somewhat steady around 3 million, but his demo numbers keep sinking.

  • Aaron

    Ralph, it’s called the Democratic Party. Not the Democrat Party.

  • Danny

    For the record…I do not hate Jay Leno. Do I think he has a terrible and unwatchable show? Yep. Hate him? Nope.

  • GARebelman

    Week of September 3, 2012
    PROGRAM AVERAGES TOTAL VIEWERS A25-54(000)/ Rtg A18-49(000)/ Rtg
    ABC ”Nightline” 2,891,000 1,058,000/ 0.9 863,000/ 0.7
    CBS “Late Show” 2,249,000 793,000/ 0.7 540,000/ 0.4
    NBC “Tonight Show” 3,588,000 1,521,000/ 1.3 1,340,000/ 1.1

  • Chris

    Thanks for the numbers, GAR.

    I don’t watch NBC…what’s responsible for the bump for Leno, which is amazing, considering he started late a few times.

  • rif

    in this context, hate just means dislike/criticize. Obviously we don’t know these hosts personally, so we are just talking about their work.

    i’m only pointing this out because this is the Nth time someone has criticized but denied hating in the same post.

  • Pete

    Very interesting numbers. Perhaps CBS, is too enamored with the rest of their schedule to worry about Late Night. The new studio and Dave’s numbers are making Ferguson look like a poor challenger for the 11:30 slot. He doesn’t seem to show any base audience. I’ve always been a big fan of NBC’s sitcom choices, which have shown little in the way of numbers since “Friends” went off the air, I’m glad that they’re showing some promise again with their new offerings. “Go On” and “The New Normal” seem to have potential broad stream appeal which means they might keep small quality shows like “Community” and “Parks & Rec” on the air.

  • Aaron

    As much as I like Ferguson, he definitely needs to start doing more to take advantage of the new studio. I’m glad how he hasn’t become more mainstream but he can definitely do more skits without dumbing down his style.

  • Ralph Hahn

    Aaron: >>> Ralph, it’s called the Democratic Party. Not the Democrat Party <<<

    We Republicans know that, Aaron. We just call it that to p1$$ off the Dems.
    ;-)

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Aaron: To ME: Ferguson is the King Of Late Night and should move up to 11:35pm.

  • Ralph Hahn

    Letterman’s NBC show is akin to Ferguson’s. However, Letterman’s NBC studio seats 200 (now “Dr. Oz” tapes there) and the set of “Late Late Show” seated about 80 when I visited Craig KILBORN (yawn!) in 2003. At least, Dave had a 4-piece band at NBC. That was a damn good show. A couple of years after Letterman hooked-up with CBS, he stopped going out for pre-taped comedy bits, and now just sits on his a$$ at the desk while he sends a building janitor out there. Dave’s been on auto-pilot for more than ten years already. Honesty, I tried giving him another shot about 2-3 months ago. His entire monologue and so-called comedy time behgind the desk was ripping George Bush, Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney. Bush & Palin after all these years!

  • Aaron

    Ralph, didn’t Letterman stop doing pre-taped bits after 9/11 or after he had heart surgery?

  • Chris

    I just don’t think television will get any better than Late Night with David Letterman and the first few years of Late Show. But today’s Late Show is just not the same, and I really think the ratings reflect viewers feel the same.

    Yeah, after 9/11, his heart surgery, shingles deal, the original comedy decreased and decreased, and the show relied more on his commentary-type comedy. Sometimes it’s great, most times not.

    I really believe that Letterman of 1993/ 1994 would blow Leno and the others out of the water, ratings wise. He seemed to accept the fact that Leno would always win, and seemed to give up, and lost the fire.

  • Aaron

    Letterman was still doing remotes up to 1999 or 2000, correct? Anyone know what his relationship is with Craig?

  • GARebelman

    Not sure but I do know that Craig doesn’t hate Jay like Dave at least does on screen. When Craig did that movie Winnie the Poo he promoted it on with Jay before he did with Letterman.

    Letterman better hope CBS props him up again when their Fall lineup gears up because this is just plain sad to watch. People like to say Jay’s ratings have collapsed but look at Dave’s he isn’t exactly improving with total viewer audiences that low.

  • Diana Santiago

    Nice to see the way NBC is playing with the numbers. Why the selective exclusion of delayed telecasts? That 1.1 has a million asterisks.

  • Mario

    Leno with a 1.1! Like I told you he’s da man! Da man I tell you!

    All others pale in comparison!

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