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

    Diana…I think I agree with you. Something fishy with how the numbers play out this week.

    I don’t doubt that Letterman’s were that low, but I doubt Leno’s were that high.

    For most of the week, the shows were delayed, which caused their numbers to drop a bit.

    But what jumped out at me is Nightline…during the Democrat Party convention, one would think Nightline would beat Leno and Letterman with coverage and analysis.

    Makes me think ABC is making the right decision with Kimmel.

  • Danny

    For the broadcast boys, Letterman and Leno, this week’s data is as useless as last week’s. They’re judging by only a fraction of the week’s ratings.

    Way too many pre-emptions and delays for these numbers to be reliable.

  • al

    as far as letterman is concerned he has turned into a bitter old liberal and i dont watch for that reason..leno makes fun of all of them..letterman is most likely still makin fun of palin..enough already. he must be able to make fun of the president and really make fun of joe binden but he wont..that is not right..and it shows in the ratings

  • Diana Santiago

    Conan had a great, great show tonight. The fire alarm went off during the taping. It was so Late Night-esque.

  • GARebelman

    The numbers I pulled were from an ABC release so even if “NBC played with the numbers” they were the same as what ABC released. They are inflated due to delays. Will look more normal after this release. Will be interesting to see how Letterman does after a crappy rated summer.

  • Aaron

    Diana, I agree. The show felt like it had more of an easygoing flow tonight. I thought last night Conan performed one of his best monologues ever.

  • Mario

    Aaron, the problem is nobody watches on that sitcom wasteland network and you KNOW it!

    Bow before KING Leno!

  • Chris

    You’re right, GAR.

    We’ll see how Letterman does with some massive premieres and season premieres next week. Strangely, there are few promos for Late Show. Would be nice if Letterman did a primetime special, but he doesn’t do the video clips he used to.

    Mario…cram it. Your boyfriend’s numbers were skewed this week. Leno’s no king.

  • Mario

    Keep denying reality Chris!

    Leno is the KING of the late night and the numbers prove it!

  • AJ

    Have to say, I’ve gone away from Cinan for a bit now. Call me sensitive, but I was a bit turned off by the way he maliciously attacks Romney but the only joke he ever has for Obama is “he killed Osama Bin Laden.” I’m an independent, undecided, and have been watching Conan for 19years. Never before has he been this partisan. Must be changing as he ages, like Letterman.

    The worst was when he had a set up about how awful the economy is, then said “it’s so bad Mitt Romney’s butler had to fire his butler.” Then moved on. No mention of Obama…who, last time I checked, is currently president during this bad economy.

    But I caught last night. Incredible show. Anytime Mr. Ho is on rocks (loved when Conan marketed the lackey’s face). Moreover, the fire alarm, and the brief but with Jeff Ross after it, was classic late night. Who remembers the time when the fire alarm went off on late night. “What is this a subway?”

    I’ve missed Conan.

    Meanwhile, Kimmel has been hilarious every single night. He’s caught fire.

  • Diana Santiago

    AJ, you have been missing a lot of digs at Obama. Conan has made fun of his “coolness” more than once, and they made a video from the DNC where he blames the people for the unemployment and the economy. Check this news clip:

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2012/09/05/mocking-obama-not-too-hard

    It is no secret that Conan is a Democrat, but he really tries to keep it balanced.

    BTW, comedians make more fun of conservatives because the “WTF” factor in the GOP is huge. Sorry.

  • Aaron

    Well, Mario, TBS is finally achieving success with original programming such as “Men At Work” and “Sullivan and Son”, which have both been renewed for another season, so they must be doing something right.

  • Mario

    Aaron, no one has heard of that and nobody watches that!

  • Danny

    Aaron’s right…TBS’ investments are working well. It’s very comforting to know that Conan will probably be on TBS after Jay Leno is put out to pasture.

  • Aaron

    Mario, if no one watches TBS then how come do Big Bang theory episodes on that network constantly get top ratings in the daily cable ratings? Obviously there are a lot more people who watch the channel than you think.

  • Aaron

    “Aaron, no one has heard of that and nobody watches that!”

    Really? I didn’t know that you know what everyone in this country doesn’t watch and hasn’t heard of.

  • Danny

    Aaron, if I were you, I would go outside and find a fire hydrant and talk to it…you’ll have more luck talking to it than un-Super Mario.

  • Aaron

    Mario will just go on a rant saying how we’re all delusional.

  • Gary Middleton

    Ironic that last night’s Conan was beaten by 3 different reruns of George Lopez on Nick At Nite, including one that started at 2:18 a.m.

  • Gary Middleton

    Have never come across a message board poster, anywhere, who adds more substance per keystroke than anonymous.

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