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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  • Danny

    Let’s have a preview of January…the battle between a sharp comic and a corporate shill who thought 10 at 10 was cutting edge, inexplicably…(ooo, an interview by satellite…we’ve only been doing them for decades…)

  • Jimmy

    Did he really call it innovative satellite television? Really?

  • D

    Funny thing is that more people saw that clip than ever watched the show!

    It was HORRIBLE! HORRIBLE! HORRIBLE!

  • Elie Muller

    Everybody should know by now that only 3 real late night talk shows and 1 fake one have never won Emmys yet. Those are Craig Ferguson’s late night talk show, Carson Daly’s late night talk show, Jimmy Kimmel’s late night talk show, and Chelsea Handler’s late night snacking party. If Craig Ferguson gets a house band right now, then he’ll get the Emmy for his show; which hasn’t gotten an Emmy since it began long ago.

  • Danny

    So if they give Craig f. a band he’ll get an Emmy Award? Really?

    Do me a favor…whatever you’re smoking, share some with the rest of us. Must be good stuff.

  • Eroll Muller

    Don’t forget this one thing! Craig Ferguson always complains about him not having a house band, or Emmys, or even a follow up show to produce. If we create some online groups for those things, then Craig Ferguson would not only have a house band and a show to produce after his hosted by Kristen Bell and his very own Emmys, but he’ll also be the obvious replacement for David Letterman when he retires. By the way, he’s already his heir apparent; but these things will make it official for real. Just back me up on this one!

  • Frank

    You’re as loony as that nut Mario…probably the same person.

  • Monikka

    Anyone notice how Danny and Mario both have the same third-grade writing style and playground-fight agenda?

    I think Mario and Danny are the same person, Danny being the excuse Mario gives him/herself for posting again.

    As for Fallon winning an Emmy as host of SNL, it’s good to see his years of _ _ _ _ _ _ _Lorne Michael’s _ _ _ _ is good for something.

  • Frank

    And we have another nut arriving. This place is too much. Or too little.

  • Mark

    Oh, Monikka/ Mario/ Luigi returns to share nothing in particular but their inanity. Are this Errol and Elie from the same mind?

    Can we please talk about late night television?

  • Chris

    Danny’s post on page 4 seems to have flown under the radar…that Conan’s average age is the lowest, and that he is beating all in the demo.

    Can somebody expand upon that?

  • Mario

    Chris, it’s garbge and NOT what advertisers go by!

    Advertisers go by the ratings on this site and Conan got a HORRIBLE .4 and under a million total viewers!

    Leno with a 1.1 is clearly the KING of late night!

  • Chris

    Oh, this is aggravating…what do we do about this Mario?

    To quote THIS SITE:

    TBS’s late-night series Conan has averaged 1 million viewers this summer, up 7% over Summer 2011. Conan is in a tie for the youngest audience of all the late-night talk shows, with a Summer median age of 39. Conan also outranks all of the late-night talk shows on the broadcast networks in delivery of adults 18-34, as well as cable rivals on E! Entertainment and Bravo.

  • Charles

    Mario, or whatever, I hope you know that you have single-handedly ruined this board for the rest of us.

    You’re seriously disturbed.

  • Diana Santiago

    Stop feeding the troll and it will die.

  • Brad

    I wish everyone would shut the heck up about this Leno vs Conan bashing. Mario, Danny, and the rest of you. Let’s get this cleared up.

    – Leno has the biggest total audience. Fact.
    – Leno wins nearly every week in terms of 18-49. Fact.
    – Conan has the highest delivery in adults 18-34. Fact.
    – Conan is tied for the youngest median age at 39. Fact.

    Some of us prefer one guy’s talent over another. That is perfectly fine, but those are opinions while the bullet points above are pure facts.

  • Monikka

    Mark,

    You mean Mario/Danny/Luigi, correct? Or should that be Mario/Mark/Danny/Luigi?

    Geez, guys, get a clue. Not everyone who disagrees with you is the same person. Also, are you blind to the IQ light-years that separate some posters from others?
    ________
    Brad,

    Preferring talent is fine–if there is a level playing field. Late night television ratings and the public perception of any late night host are skewed by a network’s willingness to promote a show, campaign for awards, hire a couple of twenty-somethings to build a website and, most important, give a generous budget for a show.

    My man Ferguson is down to five writers. How many does Fallon have? 15? How do the network expenditures on each show compare. I bet Ferguson’s budget is less than a 1/3 of Fallon’s. Yeah, Ferguson has a new set but that’s a one-time minor expense for the mighty CBS corporation.

    Ferguson is the most purely talented of this generation or, I would argue, any generation of late night hosts, but he’s operating at a great disadvantage.

    Contrary to what someone has posted above, he does have a core fan base–one that’s bigger than Conan’s if ratings are any indication–but I admit Ferguson has been hit hard by the dive Letterman has taken in viewer numbers.

  • anonymous

    Mario’s posts have an agenda — to piss Conan fans off. When you react angrily to Mario, that is exactly what he likes to see, as it amuses him to no end. Carry on.

  • Mario

    Brad, advertisers are more interested in 18 – 49 than 18 – 34 since there’s a lot more buying power there.

    As you can see Leno has 3 times the audience than Conan in that all important demo!

  • Danny

    Brad…don’t you dare lecture me…I’ve been watching late night television, specifically David Letterman, since you’ve been a baby, probably longer.
    And I’ve posted here for a LONG time. I get fed up with these trolls and nosebleeds like this Mario/Luigi/ Monikka.

    Frankly, I wish I could take Diana’s advice and ignore, but I can’t, so maybe it’s just time for me to just follow Gary and all the others who have a love of late night television and find a place where it can be discussed.

    Mario is your king now.

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