Late Night TV Ratings For The Week Of September 10-14, 2012

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September 20th, 2012

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Via NBC's Press Release

JAY LENO AND JIMMY FALLON GENERATE #1 RESULTS FOR THE LATE-NIGHT WEEK OF SEPT. 10-14

 

 

‘TONIGHT’ DELIVERS BIGGER AUDIENCES THAN ‘Late Show’ IN ALL KEY CATEGORIES, IN A WEEK OF MOSTLY ENCORES

 

AT 12: 35 A.M. ET, JIMMY FALLON ALSO TOPS ‘LATE Late Show’ IN EVERY KEY MEASURE: ADULTS, MEN AND WOMEN 18-34, 18-49 AND 25-54, PLUS TOTAL VIEWERS

 

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 20, 2012 – In a week of mostly encore telecasts in the time slot, NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” out-delivered the ABC and CBS time-period competition for the week of September 10-14. Jay generated bigger audiences than CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” in every key ratings category: adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers. The “Tonight” rebroadcasts also out-delivered ABC’s combination of “Nightline” originals and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” encores head to head in the hour in adults and men 18-34; adults, men and women 18-49; adults, men and women 25-54; and total viewers.

 

At 12:35 a.m. ET, Jimmy Fallon also prevailed in every key category versus CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” while delivering bigger audiences than “Kimmel” head to head in their common half-hour in adults, men and women 18-34; adults, men and women 18-49; adults and women 25-54; and total viewers.

 

Through the first 52 weeks of the 2011-12 broadcast year, "Tonight" has stretched its total-viewer margin over "Late Show" to 23 percent (3.651 million vs. 2.974 million), up from the year-ago season-to-date advantage of 15 percent, while increasing its 25-54 advantage to 11 percent (1.396 million vs. 1.254 million) from last year’s 10 percent and its 18-34 lead to 26 percent (345,000 vs. 274,000) from last year’s 25 percent.

 

Jimmy Fallon has established a total-viewer lead over "Late Late Show" this season of 22 percent (1.746 million vs. 1.430 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 (703,000 vs. 566,000), up from last year’s 22 percent; in adults 18-34 to 55 percent (275,000 vs. 177,000), up from last year's 31 percent; and in adults 25-54 to 17 percent (840,000 vs. 715,000), up from 9 percent at this point last season.

 

"Tonight" delivered a bigger 18-49 audience than "Late Show" for the 33rd time in their last 37 head-to-head weeks (excludes weeks of Olympic preemptions) and 15th week in a row, while Jimmy Fallon has attracted a bigger 18-49 audience than "Late Late Show" for each of their last 40 head-to-head weeks.

 

 

WEEKLY AVERAGES

 

 

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of September 10-14. 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 (in encore telecasts)

 

CBS “Late Show,” 0.5/2 (in encore telecasts)*

 

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,” 0.4/3

 

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,” 3.0 million viewers (in encore telecasts)

 

CBS “Late Show,” 2.2 million viewers (in encore telecasts)*

 

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

 

ABC “Nightline,” 3.3 million viewers

 

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

 

ABC “Kimmel,” 1.6 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,” 0.8 million viewers (in encore telecasts)

 

 

* Monday’s CBS broadcasts are excluded from these averages due to a U.S. Open tennis overrun.

 

 

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 SEPTEMBER 10-14

 

 

NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING

 

 

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. ET, “The Daily Show,” 0.4 (in encore telecasts)

 

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 0.3 (in encore telecasts)

 

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, 0.5

 

Each adult 18-49 rating point equals 1.27 million viewers

 

 

TOTAL VIEWERS

 

 

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. “The Daily Show,” 0.8 million (in encore telecasts)

 

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 0.7 million (in encore telecasts)

 

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.8 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

 

 

 
  • Justin

    @Aaron
    Justin, why don’t you like Ferguson’s new studio? To me it looks like a better lit version of his old one, although I wish he’d take it to its full potential

    His studio is too big, The fireplace by Geoff, Secretariat, He now looks like a traditional talk-show aka not him.

  • Adam

    Dave’s numbers seem to have a small bump. Seems as if the best he can do this week is a tie with Leno in the demo, especially as many has pointed out his overnights are often underrated.

  • Mario

    Adam, you forget that Leno beats all other late night hosts so if Leno gets beat by cartoons then useless Conan would be DESTROYED by those same cartoons!

    Leno would never be on TBS because Leno is actually in demand while no one watches Conan!

  • Adam

    There does seem to be a mismatch between Craig Ferguson and the new studio. Frankly, I’m not sure why it was done. He got a lot of traction out of the shortcomings of the old one.

    Now a studio can make a difference. There is an awe of the Ed Sullivan Theater, on television and in person. When Jay Leno revamped his in the mid 1990s, it helped him. His present set, which looks like an IKEA clearance department, is lousy.

    Conan’s TBS set was and is a disappointment. I wish they could have just taken his Tonight Show set.

  • Adam
  • Aaron

    I think Conan’s set is better than his Tonight Show studio. For one thing, the acoustics are much better compared to his Tonight Show studio. The old Tonight Show studio sounded much more cavernous and the audio levels for music sounded more “muddy”. His new studio also allows him to interact with more people, plus it feels more intimate.

  • GARebelman

    I wish the right press release was shown Monday (not this but the one shown individually) as it had to be wrong as it said Jay/Letterman were encores when they weren’t. I was curious to see if Revolution bumped Jay’s Monday overnights.

  • Adam

    Interesting. My DVR did not record Letterman, saying it was a repeat. So I missed a new one?

    (Rare in Letterman-land.)

  • Randy

    If one of the networks would open its mind and compete with a show hosted by someone willing to make a little fun of the current administration and not bash everything patriotic and conservative — they would kick ass. Between Leno and Letterman, Leno wins because he is less offensive. Currently, it’s not a matter of being the best, it’s a matter of being less sh***y than your competition.

  • DJ

    It’s an ironic game, and you’re right Randy. Leno however wins, even though his is the more sh@@@y show. It has to drive Letterman and his staff mad that they lose every day to that crap.

  • Brad

    I’m sure Leno is glad Letterman has gone so far left that he’s gone crazy because now Leno can go even further left than he use to and look sane. I do love how Leno has Ron Paul come onto his show, now with some frequency.

  • Jim Laforte

    Traditional networks do not want “edgy,” hence the reason why both Dave and Conan were considered “risky” to the meat and potatoes audience. “Edgy” does not work on BROADcast stations hence the meaning of the word “Broad.” Simply stated, they want shows that have a broad appeal, not niche like many cable networks do.

  • Jim Laforte

    Politics has no bearing in late night. I do not see where one can say that Dave or Jay or “Liberal.” I think that people need to have their heads examined for it is only an entertainment show, not “NEWS.”

  • Jim Laforte

    Brad, get a grip. Not everyone is interested in what political direction late night hosts lean. It is not really important because each has their own following. To criticize one or the other is not really fair because they are not doing politically based shows. They are telling jokes and doing bits that are based on political humor. That is why there are 500 other channels that you can tune to if you do not like Jay or Dave.

  • Jim Laforte

    Here is another thought. Jimmy Kimmel will be “King” once Dave and Jay retire. I also agree that there are many other potential suitors who have not yet been “discovered.” The secret is now out. These shows are not that difficult to produce with the right talent leading them. It is not about the set, band, technical effects, etc. But rather, the relatability of the host and supporting players.

    It takes years and that is why Jimmy Kimmel will luck out. Conan may make a serious comeback as well on a “traditional” network. But “me” thinks that it will be someone completely new who is flying under the radar on some local cable channel in Chicagoland….

  • Monikka

    “everything patriotic and conservative”

    Patriotic and conservative are not synonyms and the two do not go hand in hand. One can be a patriotic liberal, ya know.

    Interesting this Kimmel love coincides with his hosting the Emmy’s and getting lots of press. Are late night watchers that easily swayed?

    Kimmel’s been around 10 years and the only thing he’s introduced to late night is the imbedded commercial.

  • Mario

    I find it hard to believe that Kimmel will ever be the King of late night. If and when Leno and Dave do retire the throne will be passed onto to Fallon though he has a lot of work to do!

  • Tony

    ” A very interesting article on Jimmy Kimmel. ”

    It was a great article. I think the best decision Kimmel has ever made was to stop hanging out with Adam Carolla. Kimmel and Carolla together are not funny but without Carolla Kimmel is the king. It’s the same thing with Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter. Without Andy Conan became the third most popular late night host and eventually a host of the Tonight Show, the new king of late night. Then Richter came back and Conan lost his audience and his show.

  • Adam

    Letterman may not give a care, but a first time viewer would probably assume that Letterman is an Obama cheerleader with the constant (and they are constant this year) Romney jokes. For every 10 Romney jokes he tells maybe one Obama joke. Late night eyeballs are down everywhere, but you can’t convince me that some have stopped watching Letterman for that reason.

    Now I’m a Dave fan, but I wish ABC had Kimmel start Labor Day. I think it would be fun to see at 11:30 how Kimmel would handle the election. It would certainly be more fun than Dave, and Leno, who just hasn’t a clue how to do fun.

    But Tony, how do you equate Andy Richter to Conan losing Tonight? The fault for that goes to unsupportive NBC executives and Jay Leno who sabotaged the plan.

  • Elie Muller

    You kids are making a point! The tv networks (normal or cable) don’t want risky late night talk show hosts. Of course, David Letterman wouldn’t go from NBC to CBS if he wasn’t so edgy. As a matter of fact, CBS hired Craig Ferguson so that they can train him to replace David Letterman, and make him lose his edge. That’s why he hired the “CBS executive” to try to fire him before he leaves the show in 2014. Trust me, the only late night talk show hosts that will succeed in late night tv before Kristen Bell comes along with Arsenio Hall are Carson Daly and Jimmy Kimmel at this point. Jimmy Fallon is getting there, but he’s still worst than Carson Daly when he was in the studio.

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