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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  • Gary Middleton

    Would not have expected Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first late night interview to go to Jon Stewart instead of Jay Leno. Maybe Jay did one maid joke too many.

  • Adam Stabelli

    Gary, when Jay reupped his contract for Tonight, do you think he was told that it would be his last reup? Is Jay aware that the sun is setting on his Tonight Show reign?

  • Brad

    I’m sick of this whole “scripted shows are dieing” business. Here is the total amount of late night shows with their ratings and viewers.

    Broadcast: 2.8 Ratings/10.3 Million Viewers
    Cable*: 1.8 Ratings/4.1 Million
    Adult Swim: 1.5 Ratings/3.4 Million

    *Excludes ‘Chelsea Lately’ and ‘Watch What Happens’

  • Brad

    “Gary, when Jay reupped his contract for Tonight, do you think he was told that it would be his last reup? Is Jay aware that the sun is setting on his Tonight Show reign?”

    Remember a few days later after the news broke of his reupped, we learned he would have and still will host the show for free. I think he is really trying to get NBC to sign him for even longer than what was currently given to him, and offering to do it for free is the only way he thinks he can convince them to sign him long term, I think he was told this is his last contract.

    (I also think NBC wants to move Jimmy forward in 2014 once they have their network all figured out which is suprisingly getting better every day.)

  • JBS

    GAR: Yep I believe you are right about that one too! Another comedian hates Conan too his name just isn’t coming to me. He use to have a Fox sitcom a number of years ago. Something about how he was treated on his Late night show.

    Christopher Titus? There used to be an audio clip on YouTube where he and someone else were talking about not having a good experience on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Has been posted in some late night thread here months ago I think.

  • GARebelman

    JBS Titus you got it! There was a clip I don’t know if it still exists of a rant about that experience.

  • Mario

    Brad and Adam, NBC clearly said Leno’s exit date has NOT been settled yet but they’ll discuss it with Jay later.

    Sounds like Jay has some input on his exit date.

  • anonymous

    Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that Leno’s “retirement” would be discussed later down the road. He is likely waiting to see what the late night landscape looks like at the end of Leno’s contract before he makes a decision.

    Kimmel’s 30 minutes move forward probably won’t shake things up, but Arsenio Hall’s new show may be the wildcard. No idea which show will be hurt the most by Arsenio.

  • anonymous

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443589304577635841079042920.html

    Safe to say that the ratings god and the cancellation bear will determine Leno’s future.

  • Diana Santiago

    October 1, 1962: Johnny Carson began hosting The Tonight Show from Studio 6B in 30 Rockefeller Center.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Gary, when Jay reupped his contract for Tonight, do you think he was told that it would be his last reup? Is Jay aware that the sun is setting on his Tonight Show reign?”

    I do think so, yes.

    Remember that Jay is a bigger ratings nut than any of us, he understands the situation.

  • Gary Middleton

    “No idea which show will be hurt the most by Arsenio.”

    I think it’s Leno. Jay’s ratings comeback vs. Dave kind of kickstarted after Arsenio signed off in 1994. It was far from the only factor and maybe not even in the top 5, but it was a factor. Jay is the only 11:30-ish guy who doesn’t do irony and now there will be a 2nd.

    Also I think Jay always had a bit of a Bill Clinton type of racial crossover. For some reason he seems a thousand times more at ease when there’s a black person in the guest chair. Talks endlessly of his days opening for people like Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin. His TV soulmate was Kevin Eubanks.

  • anonymous

    Arsenio’s show will be on FOX or the CW which may mean an early start. Too many uncertainties to tell.

  • Brad

    Good analysis Gary. I too agree. People who like Letterman, Conan, and Ferguson are very cult like. Only a very select group of people watch them and they don’t translate well with the general public. Kimmel, Leno, and Arsenio thrive on the general public. This is why I think Kimmel will be a big factor on Leno and little on Leno, most likely causing a three way tie amoungst Kimmel/Letterman/Leno.

    Now add in Arsenio Hall, he will start taking away viewers from Leno. The youngest people who are currently watching Leno probably watched Arsenio Hall back in the day. I would think those people would like to recall the good days and go back to Hall, and as we know, people are not interested in the new Leno post-2009. Over a million people leave!? Down over 20%!? Leno is just deteriorating from the inside out.

  • anonymous

    Is Tom Hanks one of the people who is anti-Leno? They were pictured together at Michael Clarke Duncan’s funeral.

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2012/09/jay-leno-tom-hanks-speak-at-michael-clarke-duncans-funeral/

  • Aaron

    Will Jay tonight acknowledge that Carson’s first ever show began 50 years ago on this date?

  • anonymous

    I don’t see the need for it. Not everybody views Carson as a saint. And many don’t even remember seeing him on tv.

  • Diana Santiago

    Jimmy Fallon did acknowledge it. Classy guy.

  • anonymous

    So Letterman, Ferguson, Kimmel, and Conan are excused from mentioning it because they are on another network? It’s a nice piece of FYI trivia but most people don’t care one way or the other.

  • Monikka

    anonymous said: “excused”? No excuse necessary but of all of those hosts Letterman worships Carson the most and has the greatest personal connection with Carson. Ferguson’s producer Peter Lassally produced Carson’s show so he has a connection too.

    Fallon really has no connection to Carson. He’s such a big suck-up he sucks up to dead people (or is trying to impress the NBC suits.)

    Count me as one of those people who think the idolization of Johnny Carson has been overplayed. He was of his time and was a good host. Enough already.

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