Late Night TV Ratings For September 17-21 & The 2011-2012 Broadcast Year

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September 27th, 2012

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Via NBC's Press Release

NBC’S ‘Tonight Show’ AND ‘LATE NIGHT’ SCORE #1 FINISHES FOR THE 2011-12 BROADCAST YEAR
JAY LENO AND JIMMY FALLON DELIVER BIGGER AUDIENCES THAN THE ABC AND CBS TIME-PERIOD COMPETITION IN ALL KEY CATEGORIES: ADULTS, MEN AND WOMEN 18-34, 18-49 AND 25-54, PLUS TOTAL VIEWERS

FOR THE BROADCAST YEAR, JAY INCREASES HIS TOTAL-VIEWER LEAD OVER ‘Late Show’ TO 23 PERCENT FROM THE YEAR-AGO 15 PERCENT; JIMMY FALLON STRETCHES HIS MARGIN OVER ‘LATE Late Show’ TO 22 PERCENT , UP FROM LAST YEAR’S 7 PERCENT

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – September 27, 2012 – NBC’s late-night stars have concluded the 2011-12 broadcast year with #1 finishes ahead of the ABC and CBS time-period competition, with "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" generating bigger audiences than CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” and ABC’s combination of “Nightline” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” head to head for their hour in every key ratings category: adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers. And at 12:35 a.m. ET, “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” also delivered bigger audiences in every key category versus CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and for its head-to-head half-hour versus ABC’s “Kimmel.”

For the broadcast year, “Tonight” and “Late Night” stretched their leads over “Late Show” and “Late Late Show” respectively in total viewers and key demos and dramatically increased those margins in the just-completed third quarter of 2012.

For the 2011-12 broadcast year, "Tonight" stretched its total-viewer margin over "Late Show" to 23 percent (3.641 million vs. 2.972 million), up from the year-ago season-to-date advantage of 15 percent, while increasing its 25-54 advantage to 11 percent (1.391 million vs. 1.250 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 finished the 2011-12 year with a total-viewer lead over "Late Late Show" of 22 percent (1.741 million vs. 1.426 million), up from last year's advantage of 7 percent. Jimmy also increased his season lead over "Late Late Show" in adults 18-49 to 24 percent (700,000 vs. 564,000), up from last year’s 22 percent; in adults 18-34 to 56 percent (274,000 vs. 176,000), up from last year's 31 percent; and in adults 25-54 to 18 percent (837,000 vs. 712,000), up from 9 percent last season.

In the just-completed third quarter of 2012, Jay increased his lead over “Late Late Show” in total viewers to 47 percent (3.456 million vs. 2.353 million), up from the year-ago 32 percent, and led by 50 percent in 18-49 viewers (1.038 million vs. 690,000), up from last year’s 29 percent. At 12:35 a.m. ET, Jimmy Fallon stretched his third-quarter lead over “Late Late Show” to 44 percent in total viewers (1.658 million vs. 1.152 million), up from last year’s 24 percent, and increased his margin in viewers 18-49 to 54 percent (653,000 vs. 423,000), up from the year-ago 33 percent.

"Tonight" finishes the broadcast year having delivered a bigger 18-49 audience than "Late Show" for 34 of their last 38 head-to-head weeks (excludes weeks of Olympic preemptions) and their last 16 weeks in a row, while Jimmy Fallon has attracted a bigger 18-49 audience than "Late Late Show" for each of their last 41 head-to-head weeks.

“Tonight” concluded the broadcast year and the third quarter with #1 finishes for the week of September 17-21, delivering bigger audiences than “Late Show” in every key ratings category, despite a high-rated Tuesday edition of “Late Show” featuring a guest appearance by President Barack Obama. Note that Friday’s “Late Show” was an encore. At 12:35 a.m. ET, Jimmy Fallon also topped “Late Late Show” in all key ratings categories for the week.

WEEKLY AVERAGES

 

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of September 17-21. 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

CBS “Late Show,” 0.6/3*

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

ABC “Nightline,” 0.8/3

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

ABC “Kimmel,” 0.5/2*

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,” 0.3/2 (in encore telecasts)

 

TOTAL VIEWERS

 

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

NBC “Tonight,” 3.1 million viewers

CBS “Late Show,” 2.9 million viewers*

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

ABC “Nightline,” 3.5 million viewers

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

ABC “Kimmel,” 1.7 million viewers*

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

NBC “Late Night,” 1.5 million viewers

CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.2 million viewers

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

NBC “Last Call,” 0.9 million viewers (in encore telecasts)

 

* Friday’s “Late Show” and “Kimmel” were encores


THIRD QUARTER

 

ADULTS 18-49

 

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

NBC “Tonight,” 0.8 rating, 3 share

CBS “Late Show,” 0.5/2

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

ABC “Nightline,” 0.7/3

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

ABC “Kimmel,” 0.4/2

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

NBC “Late Night,” 0.5/3

CBS “Late Late Show,” 0.3/2

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,” 3.5 million viewers

CBS “Late Show,” 2.4 million viewers

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

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

NBC “Late Night,” 1.7 million viewers

CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.2 million viewers

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

NBC “Last Call,” 0.9 million viewers

 

 


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,” 0.7/3

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,” 3.6 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 17-21

 

NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING

 

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. ET, “The Daily Show,” 0.8

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,” 1.8 million

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 1.4 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, 1.4 million

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  • Adam

    Absolutely fascinating numbers.

    Shocking how Letterman just seemed to sink like a rock the last quarter. It seems as if Letterman had run a new episode on Friday he might have won the week. Is he back to doing new Fridays this week?

    Neither Letterman nor Leno have rebounded in the ratings as much as I would have thought with the new premieres.

    Adult Swim numbers just floor me.

    And it seems as if Jon Stewart is the temporary king of late night with the kids, behind Adult Swim.

  • 0megapart!cle

    These numbers are kind of confusing, but I think the first numbers listed under weekly averages are for the same time period as the Daily Show numbers. If so, than for that week at least, the Daily Show got a 0.8 rating, while Jay got a 0.7 and Dave got 0.6. Obviously that is for only one week, and Dave was in repeats on Friday, but that is still mightily impressive. This is 18-49, so it is not just the kiddies.

  • Gary Middleton

    “And it seems as if Jon Stewart is the temporary king of late night with the kids”

    It isn’t likely true. Daily Show is a half hour program that ends at 11:30. Even if you spot him the earlier start, if you take the first half hour of Leno he’s likely still beating Stewart for now. But at age 62, if Leno isn’t replaced soon he should fall behind all the younger hosts in the demo.

    One little trump card I thought Jay would have didn’t materialize. Arnold’s first interview goes to 60 Minutes.

  • Aaron

    Jimmy Fallon and Neil Young are on Letterman tonight. Should be an interesting show since it will be Jimmy’s first time as a guest on the Late Show.

  • GARebelman

    Week of September 17, 2012
    PROGRAM AVERAGES TOTAL VIEWERS A25-54(000)/ Rtg A18-49(000)/ Rtg
    ABC ”Nightline” 3,520,000 1,333,000/ 1.1 960,000/ 0.8
    CBS “Late Show” 2,887,000 1,057,000/ 0.9 802,000/ 0.6
    NBC “Tonight Show” 3,129,000 1,153,000/ 1.0 912,000/ 0.7

    3rd Quarter 2012
    PROGRAM AVERAGES TOTAL VIEWERS A25-54(000)/ Rtg A18-49(000)/ Rtg
    ABC ”Nightline” 3,257,000 1,210,000/ 1.0 918,000/ 0.7
    CBS “Late Show” 2,353,000 925,000/ 0.8 690,000/ 0.5
    NBC “Tonight Show” 3,456,000 1,310,000/ 1.1 1,038,000/ 0.8

    2011-12 Season

    PROGRAM AVERAGES TOTAL VIEWERS A25-54(000)/ Rtg A18-49(000)/ Rtg
    ABC ”Nightline” 3,700,000 1,436,000/ 1.2 1,107,000/ 0.9
    CBS “Late Show” 2,972,000 1,250,000/ 1.0 957,000/ 0.7
    NBC “Tonight Show” 3,641,000 1,391,000/ 1.2 1,070,000/ 0.8

  • anonymous

    For the week, preliminary results for The Tonight Show:

    Mon. 0.8
    Tues. 0.9
    Wed. 0.9

    A fluke? Or will Leno benefit from NBC’s new line-up?

  • Mario

    Leno will benefit because he is the KING of late night!

  • Aaron

    Just ignore him, Barry. I know it’s hard but it actually works.

  • GARebelman

    I don’t think Jay would be opposed to maybe guest host once a week or during repeats or something. I like Jay (though I don’t act like Mario or others) but he does know he can’t do it forever.

  • Aaron

    Adam, I think NBC giving Fallon a primetime special earlier this year was a way to see how his material would work at an earlier time slot without having to push Leno aside.

  • Aaron

    By pushing Leno aside I meant not playing the special at 11:30 so Leno wouldn’t automatically think that NBC is in any hurry to bring in Fallon as a successor.

  • Aaron

    Anonymous, I don’t think NBC really has any options. I guess they’ve dug a hole because of the Tonight Show fiasco.

  • Monikka

    After Johnny Carson’s experiences with guest hosts Joan Rivers and Jay Leno, with neither experience turning out to KIng Carson’s satisfaction, I doubt any late night host wants to experiment with guest hosts. There are also far greater costs associated with guest hosts than reruns and we all know how tight TV budgets are now. I doubt the networks want guest hosts either.

    I wouldn’t read too much into Fallon’s being on Letterman’s show. Letterman now sees himself as the elder statesman in late night and I think this is just a gesture of acknowledgement towards Fallon. Besides, Letterman doesn’t get to decide who his replacement is, a fact he has acknowledged.

  • Aaron

    Monikka, it looks like Letterman really enjoyed having Fallon on his program regardless of Fallon probably not succeeding him.

  • Aaron

    Another thing, Fallon really knows his knowledge concerning television history.

  • Monikka

    anonymous,

    Your post showed up on my screen after I posted. I agree with your analysis except for the last statement.

    Even if Leno’s ratings nosedive, NBC won’t cancel him unless they figure his replacement will provide better ratings.

  • Monikka

    Well, as long as Fallon “knows his knowledge.”

    Letterman likes to stick it to the man. Ever see his conversations with Les Moonves or see him replay over and over again Les’s small role in some schlocky movie?

    I’m sure Letterman enjoyed that “f— you, CBS” aspect of his interview with Fallon as well as interacting with Fallon, who, by all accounts, is a likeble guy.

  • Monikka

    I don’t know why the posts on this site don’t load automatically and in order. (Little aarrgghh.)

    Ferguson has appeared on Leno’s show recently, to plug Winnie the Pooh and to do a lap dance on Rose Byrne. No one suggested Ferguson is going to replace Leno, which, after all, is a distinct possibility. Stars jump networks all the time and Ferguson already lives and has a family life in LA>

  • André

    There isn’t a chance in hell NBC gets Ferguson for that job.

  • Monikka

    To quote Ellen DeGeneres, “my point and I do have one” is that too much can be read into one talk show host’s appearance on another talk show.

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