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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  • André

    For someone to extrapolate that Ferguson is a possibility for TTS, way too much indeed.

  • Mario

    Aaron and Barry, there is no Tonight Show fiasco with Leno at the helm. And YES Leno is the KING of late night according to the ratings and reports on Entertainment Tonight and People!

    Read it and weep! Pathetic Conan and his god awful show are drowning in .4s while Leno is the KING!

    Leno is da man!

  • JB

    The Tonight Show and Late Show will probably switch locations when Fallon takes over and Letterman retires. Fallon will stay in NY since most of NBC’s shows are already based there. Regardless of who will be Dave’s successor, I think they’ll just move the entire show to California.

  • JBS

    Ferguson will be a guest on Letterman thursday 10/4.

  • Aaron

    Mario, no one calls Leno “the king of late night”.

  • Diana Santiago

    From this website Twitter timeline: “Folks “celebrating” those NBC Thu numbers should hold off, local NFL pre-emptions make downward adjustments likely”.

  • Aaron

    And Mario, I don’t give a crap about whether you like Leno or not. You’ve single-handedly ruined this board by causing many smart people who enjoy having conversations about late night and tv history to leave. I hope you’re happy.

  • anonymous

    @Diana
    Exellent catch on the Thursday preliminary results with NBC being pre-empted by NFL in two markets. Rock Center with Brian Williams went from 1.2 to 0.8 in the final results. Is this a first or do you recall Thursday NFL pre-emptions in the past? And is this going to be a regular occurrance?

    What time did the game end and NBC broadcast return to it’s regularly scheduled programming? If the game ended at 11 and went straight to the local news, that is most likely what gave Leno the highly unusual score of 1.1 for the night.

  • Diana Santiago

    Game ended at 11:45 pm. Leno’s 1.1 will be adjusted down for sure.

  • Mario

    Aaron, you are WRONG as usual! Check out the LA Times article below from last month that refers to Leno as the KING of late night:

    http://articles.latimes.com/2012/aug/21/entertainment/la-et-ct-kimmelnightline-20120821

    As far as other posters leaving because of me that is HOGWASH! You live in North Korea? In America we have the freedom to express ourselves! They can state their case and so can I!

  • Tony

    For this week it looks like Leno and Stewart will get a 0.9, Letterman 0.7.

  • Aaron

    I never said you don’t have the right to post here. You haven’t said anything productive and have made this board all about Leno being a so-called king, whereas before this was a great place to talk about the history of television and late night.

  • Danny

    Hi, y’all. It’s me again, Danny. I’ve become just like Mario. I post under lots of different names now just so I can badmouth Leno.

  • Diana Santiago

    David Letterman will also receive the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors recognition.

  • Diana Santiago

    Another interesting piece of Late Night trivia:

    Number of Rolling Stone Covers for Late Night hosts (based on a quick search)

    David Letterman = 7
    Jon Stewart = 3 (one shared with Stephen Colbert)
    Conan O’Brien = 2
    Stephen Colbert = 2 (one shared with Jon Stewart)
    Jimmy Fallon = 1
    Jay Leno = 1 (shared cover with Arsenio Hall in 1989, before he was the host of The Tonight Show)
    Jimmy Kimmel = 0
    Craig Ferguson = 0

  • anonymous

    The executives at Comedy Central and TBS do this for a living and know the market better than the average viewer. I too would love to see all the talk shows go head to head. But if Stewart and Conan could make more money for their cable networks by being on at 11:30, wouldn’t you think it would have already happened after all these years? There’s certainly nothing to keep them fronm doing it.

  • anonymous

    When Leno’s numbers equal Fallon’s, Leno will be toast. Having said that, I highly doubt Kimmel will have that effect.

    Others have already stated it more clearly but the gist of it is this:

    Currently Nightline draws 3.7 million viewers/ when Kimmel moves to 11:30 will he keep those 3.7 million viewers?/ no./ Kimmel’s draw will likely be around 2 million viewers/ what happens to the other 1.7 million viewers who used to watch Nightline?/ some will turn off the tv, some will watch cable, and some will choose Letterman or Leno.

    I predict Leno will actually get a slight ratings boost from the Kimmel move.

  • Mario

    Aaron, that is all subjective and part of our free speech rights! You are entitled to think I haven’t brought anything useful to the board the same way I can think that of you.

    Diana and Barry, the ratings for the last 20 years say there is only ONE king of late night and that’s Leno. It has been posted here maany times how awful Dave’s ratings are even when his lead ins have been better! When Conan took over the Tonight Show Letterman starting winning consistently but now Leno is back on top!

    There is only one me but some pro Conan anti Leno idiots sometimes post as me just to mock me. Luigi even commented on that.

  • Mario

    Barry, you’re in denial! The ratings clearly show Leno is the KING of late night! He has beaten Letterman in something like 30 of the past 34 weeks!

    Nightline is NOT a late night talk show but a news program. Leno has even beaten Nightline a few times this year!

  • Elie Muller

    I love it when Regis Philbin comes on David Letterman’s show, and when he comes on Craig Ferguson’s show. It’s like an old late night tv interview when the host and the guest are having fun with jokes, and learning a lot about each other. That’s what late night tv was like back in the day, and the way it’s supposed to be today. The only problem is that many late night tv talk shows have turned away from those days. I know that you all hate me right now, but hear me out for a second. If the host doesn’t look like he’s having fun on his show, then would you be able to love his/her late night tv talk show? It’s just a thought!

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