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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  • Aaron

    Is it just me or has Dave been putting on much better shows than he has in recent times? He seems more excited about doing the show ever since he had President Obama on as a guest.

  • Diana Santiago

    DJ, Here’s Aaron Barnhart archive: http://web.archive.org/web/20090302173343/http://icriticus.com/lsn-archive/

    He’s on Twitter (@TVBarn). Unfortunately he’s not longer working at the Kansas City Star because he had health issues. A link to his new blog is on his Twitter page.

  • JBS

    Aaron: Is it just me or has Dave been putting on much better shows than he has in recent times? He seems more excited about doing the show ever since he had President Obama on as a guest.

    Not just since Obama’s visit imo, the extremely repetitive monologues stopped months ago, they’re doing slightly more “real” comedy bits lately and it just feels like there’s more energy in it.
    If you get the chance, try to catch the August 21 episode with Bill Hader and Mary Louise Parker, it had lot of unwritten (or maybe partly so well done that it felt like unwritten) comedy in it with Dave goofing around and really making the audience lough, not just the ususal planned lough breaks after written jokes. They had a girl on that said her goat could ride a skateboard but the goat didn’t want to cooperate that day and it was just hilarious. And Dave accidentally drank real booze cause the thought it was colored water or something. It felt like there was material in it they would normally stretch to three our four shows.

    If anyone of you saw the episode too I’d like to know if you felt the same, I was just like: “Wow, that was great entertainment.”

  • JBS

    “he thought”, not “the thought” of course – if Aaron get’s his “report” button, I recommend to also put an “edit” button in here!

  • JBS

    “laugh”, not “lough” lol :D

  • Brad

    Back on Late Night, the network wanted to do that for Letterman and put it on somewhere like an MTV kind of channel. Letterman refuses to do anything of the sort. Maybe things are different now and he will be willing to do something like that, but knowing Letterman from what I’ve read, it would have to be an extension of some sort.

    As for college DJ, everybody watches cable television IF they are even watching television. If you read one of Kimmel articles I posted on here, he said his kids probably won’t watch their dad host the Emmy’s because they don’t even have a TV. That’s a big case here at college. I only have my laptop in my room and placed my old TV in the living room. I only watch it occassionally. If people are watching TV its either for a sports game or to play a video game (for the males that is). Girls seem to watch those Primetime MTV shows or what have you.

    As for late night, if people watch late night it is on cable, not networks. I meet only one Letterman fan. Also One Leno/Fallon fan but from a different school. The rest watch Stewart and Colbert because they love Comedy Central. Nobody watches TBS so I don’t know how Conan is doing. I’m sure he’s somewhat in with the kids thanks to his YouTube presence, but that’s not helping TBS if all the kids aren’t waiting around for his show, or even watch an entire show of his, just the goods with one or two commercials. Fallon btw is not even known. I was talking to some kids about a funny bit from Fallon and they haven’t even watched his show. It’s been three years!!! This proves Fallon needs to get in with the younger ones a lot better. Kimmel is in a better spot than him.

    Anyways, I digress. The big winner here is Adult Swim. All I here at night is the voices of Family Guy and American Dad when brushing my teeth or what have you.

  • Adam Stabelli

    Gary, you bring up an interesting point about Jay’s Tonight Show. When do you think he will retire? When his contract is up in 2014?

  • Mario

    Bill Gorman, I am the REAL Mario and have NEVER posted as anyone else!

  • Mario

    Adam, Leno’s contract is up in 9/2014. He will only be 64 and could easily work till 70!

    I think Jay will stay on till at least 2017 or 2018 then Fallon will get the show. Conan will be pissed!

  • Gary Middleton

    Adam, I think he will be shown the door at that time, yes.

    By the way, we’ve had a lot of conflicting notions of exactly when that contract is up. People Magazine recently said his contract was “extended 2 years” to May 2014, which is around the time many of us thought it expired anyway.

  • Gary Middleton

    From People.com, Sept. 10:

    “But despite the pay decrease and job cuts, Leno still signed on to extend his contract for another two years through May 2014.”

  • Adam Stabelli

    Jay better enjoy his last full year as Tonight host next year then. I’m sure he sees the end near. I have no ill feelings towards Jay at all. I enjoy his Tonight Show. But I’m ready to see someone else in that chair. I’m sure Fallon is waiting in the wings. And NBC doesn’t want another late night debacle.

  • Adam Stabelli

    I read on the LA Times website when they ran a story about the budget cuts, that Jay’s contract is up in 2013.

  • Mario

    Gary and Adam, the CNN article that was posted a couple weeks ago said Leno extended his contract to 9/2014.

    Leno will only be 64 and I don’t see him going to the golf course. Anyone who knows anything about Leno knows he loves to work. I once read he wants to work till 70 or as close as possible so look for him to stay till the late 2010s like 2017 or 2018!

  • Mario

    Gary Middleton, it’s great to have you back again!

  • Adam Stabelli

    Mario, keep telling yourself that. I’m sure Jay sees the end near. He knows he can’t do Tonight forever. You need to be realistic about this. Jay isn’t going to stay on the show until he’s 90 years old.

  • Adam Stabelli

    I think both Letterman and Leno will retire in 2014.

  • Monikka

    The 1996 (!) article above said ” David Letterman took
    the plunge and agreed to extend his commitment to the
    Tiffany network through the 2001-02 season.”

    Whoa, this coyness has been going on for at least 16 years! Letterman enjoys playing cat-and-mouse. Looks like we’ll get a straight answer from Letterman when Craig Ferguson walks out at the start of a Late Show one night. Or maybe he’ll pull an Andy Kaufman and “fake” his own death.

    Frankly, I prefer Leno’s straightforward “I just want to tell jokes at 11:30″ approach.

  • Aaron

    DJ, what was Letterman’s show like in the late 90s compared to his 1993 and 1994 shows?

  • Adam Stabelli

    Didn’t Craig say he didn’t want Letterman’s spot?

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