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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  • Aaron

    Yes, Gary! You’re back!! Please stay, we need you.

  • Gary Middleton

    Incredibly kind, Aaron, thanks. Just a drive-by this time. Hope you’re enjoying life and the new round of drama starting to unfold in late night.

  • Danny

    Ironic, isn’t it?

  • Chris

    Catching up on some of the Jimmy Kimmel promo stuff about the move. I get the sense that a big part of the act and promotion will be this feud between Jay and Jimmy.

    I wonder how this will play out, and whether it will hurt or help Jimmy. Leno’s long and well crafted image of being Mr. nice guy was shattered, but will viewers respond to Jimmy’s mocking of Leno positively or negatively?

  • Brad

    I’m with Diana. I’m a Libertarian and politically prefer watching Conan because I think he makes fun of both parties fairly. He does cater to his direct audience which is Liberal Californians, so he gets easy applause any time he talks about marijuana dispensaries, but I don’t mind that. Conan pokes fun of Obama’s speeches and low unemployment and he also had Mitt Romney’s boys on the show a couple months ago. I even questioned you guys if Conan happened to be a Republican because I thought he was starting to really favor Romney for awhile.

    I’ve stopped watching Letterman and Stewart because of their partisan bashing and jokes. That’s not funny to me. I can’t tolerate bigots who refuse to hear the other side. I actually watch Bill Maher for this reason, because he’ll actually listen to the Republican guest on the show, and even though I don’t agree with him on political stance, he is so absurd it kills me.

  • Danny

    Good thoughts Brad. I agree with you…although Bill Maher wears thin on me in only a few minutes.

    But you complimented Conan…so you know what’s coming……

  • Aaron

    Brad, do you like Stephen Colbert? Jon Stewart is the executive producer of the Colbert Report. Also, I think the reason why Letterman does a lot more political ops is because he feels like he’s more of a broadcaster nowadays. He hasn’t even done Stupid Pet Tricks, Stupid Human Tricks, and the CBS Mailbag for at least 2-3 years now. It’s kinda confusing why he doesn’t do any of those skits because they require barely any more effort than doing the Top 10 List. The only real shakeup on the Late Show in recent memory is when Letterman expanded his monologue and going to commercial right away instead of doing the monologue and going to his desk to do a bit before commercial.

  • Brad
  • Brad

    I thought Letterman just did Stupid Pet Trick in May? I agree though, there hasn’t been much and I’ve never even heard of CBS Mailbag and I’ve been watching Dave for the past 3 years.

    I like Stephen Colbert because of he is a character but especially his writing staff. I think he easily has the best writing staff. Like I’ve said before, a lot of their jokes are so smart and witty and goes over a lot of people’s heads. I agree with some of his “Republican stance” even though that isn’t what real life Colbert believes. He also goes into documents and point out their flaws, unlike Stewart who just catches the media’s gaffes.

    I’m really tired so I’m not explaining it very well, but I like Colbert a lot more than Stewart. Colbert takes a lot of talent. He’s acting, he has a great writing staff, he is very enthusiastic, etc. Stewart is just a smart Jewish broadcaster who can make funny voices and have awkward pauses for making a stupid off the cuff remark about being Jewish or trying to relate to the common people. Oh, and my absolutely favorite from Stewart, swearing like a madman because nobody hasn’t heard the word F*** or S*** before.

  • Mario

    Gary, that’s because Lopez’s sitcom is far funnier than Conan!

    But seriously it should’ve never been cancelled! It was very good!

  • Danny

    This article makes a good argument for who is the true king of late night in today’s world, even though the title is absurd with the audience fragmentation the way it is…

    http://unclebarky.com/reviews_files/a3cacf243c6ec567c05800f2d8d87a1a-1102.html

  • Mario

    Danny is delusional as always. Leno is the KING, and gets better ratings than the others combined…especially that pathetic loser Conan.

    Leno will be on for many more decades, longer than that loser Conan.

  • Danny

    Ah, welcome to crazytown USA…he’s your mayor Mario…

  • Aaron

    Mario, why don’t you intern for the Tonight Show if you’re in love with Jay Leno?

  • Diana Santiago

    I also prefer Colbert to Stewart. It is a smarter show, and I don’t see the need of a curse word in every sentence.
    BTW, last week Colbert went over Stewart twice.

    I’m glad for George Lopez. His sitcom was very good. In my opinion, he belongs to acting and stand-up. It was a kind gesture of him to invite Conan to the opening of his latest stand-up special, showing that there are no hard feelings.

  • Diana Santiago

    Some time ago, Conan started a segment called “Clueless Gamer”, where he “reviews” video games. Since he is a Luddite, the segment is hilarious. What captured my attention is that, this week, Conan reviewed a game that is not on the market yet; a clear sign that the video game companies consider that their target market is watching Conan.

  • Danny

    Diana…I’m often with you on Jon Stewart. I think he’s incredibly funny, and an equal opportunity comic…but one episode this week had at least 15 bleeps. Unnecessary.

  • Aaron

    My dad really dislikes Stewart’s show but he loves Colbert.

  • Brad

    I hope I didn’t come off too harsh on Stewart. I use to really like him, but the show is so polarized, vulgar, and his off the cuff remarks are so lame or appeal to such a minor audience, it is hard for me to watch his show on a consitent basis.

    I’m with you Diana. I saw that video a couple days ago and found it just as intriguing that the video game companies are interested in Conan’s youthful audience. Remember, the high count of 18-35 males CONAN gets is the exact audience that plays video games.

    Btw, the crude and explicit words Stewart uses is why I think Colbert has the better righting staff. I can think of a time Colbert swore.

  • Aaron

    I think the best part of Stewart’s show are when contributors like John Oliver and Samantha Bee are featured.

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