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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  • Eroll Muller

    Who else would love late night tv to change? It may sound silly, but the ratings for all of the shows are down now. Who’s fault is that for anyway?

  • Elie Muller

    I have one question for everybody. How many people actually watch Chelsea Lately every week? She’s never on this site, and she has the worst late night talk show ever. I don’t see why she is even getting a new studio to begin with.

  • Eroll Muller

    I have an even better question. Why do all of the big celebrity news websites make Chelsea Lately sound like it’s a big deal when nobody even watches her every night on E! in the first place? She’s not funny, she’s obviously is a bad replacement choice for Jay Leno, Jimmy Fallon, or even Carson Daly, and she is the fattest woman ever on tv. While you’re thinking about that question, think about this. Because Craig Ferguson and Chelsea Handler have new studios now, then that means that Arsenio Hall’s new late night show will have bigger ratings than everybody.

  • GARebelman

    Pending something weird in the final numbers, it appears Jay beat Letterman in premiere week this year.

  • Gary Middleton

    Quick comment about earlier remarks about whether Jay would allow a guest host and whether it would make him paranoid about getting replaced and all that.

    Take my information for whatever you believe it’s worth: people who work closely with Jay insist that he is highly aware that his show is in the home stretch and at peace with it. He’s happy for every night he still gets to do it, and intends to just enjoy it until he gets the inevitable hook.

    I do think he looks a lot looser out there most nights lately. Remarkable how all the heat has shifted to Matt Lauer.

  • Gary Middleton

    GAR, let’s keep in mind the regular season revisions were routinely massive last year, usually in Dave’s favor. To the point where overnight numbers were little more than a fun conversation piece.

  • Aaron

    Luigi, the people here who like Conan don’t keep on saying that he’s the king of late night. Unlike Mario and his love for Leno, we actually take time to criticize Conan’s show.

  • Aaron

    And Eroll, how the hell is Chelsea Handler the fattest woman on tv?

  • GARebelman

    @Gary – That is true but CBS has had some collapses in some of their 10PM shows. Case in point Hawaii 5-0 gave dave a 3.4 demo this year it didn’t even crack a 2!

  • GARebelman

    This is the official premiere week. Just everything besides CBS decided to get a head start. Even Blue Bloods didn’t crack a 2 demo like it did last year

  • Aaron

    Luigi, Mario obsesses over bashing Conan.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Aaron, if you haven’t noticed, Luigi and Mario are the same person. I suspect Errol and Elie are the same person too, but not sure.”

    Luigi, Mario (at least one of them), Danny, and their other sock puppets were indeed the same person and will no longer be joining us.

    Errol and Elle may well be the same person who makes extra effort in their sock puppetry, or they may be family members. I’m inclined to let it slide, but feel free to assume they are sock puppets.

    Interestingly, those who live in glass sock puppet houses shouldn’t throw stones, Adam, Barry, Mike, Mark and countless more sock puppets will also no longer be joining us either.

  • Gary Middleton

    Bill, enormous gratitude.

  • Aaron

    Thank you so much, Bill!! At least we’ll have some sanity return to this board. And Gary, I’m glad to see that you’ve finally returned.

  • GARebelman

    Thank you Bill. It was getting on every persons nerves. I could tell there were some duplicate accounts among all the ones you mentioned!

  • Aaron

    Bill, are you talking about the Danny that was pestering us about disliking Jay Leno? Or are you talking about the one who decided to leave beforehand?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Bill, are you talking about the Danny that was pestering us about disliking Jay Leno? Or are you talking about the one who decided to leave beforehand?”

    Couldn’t say, I didn’t *read* the comments. But the only people who were blocked had commented on *this* post.

    For future reference, if you suspect someone of sock puppeting, write “Bill Gorman” into a comment and I’m more likely to see it, otherwise I’m unlikely to read your comment.

  • Gary Middleton

    Thanks again, Bill.

    To paraphrase a former President, it’s morning in the Late Night thread :)

  • Gary Middleton

    Thanks very much, Aaron.

  • Aaron

    Bill, could you consider a “report” button for the site? It could go alongside each person’s post; I think it would really help control the abuse of these forums.

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