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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  • chachacha

    Fallon is the most versatile talk show host of all time. He gets better with each show. Impressive.

  • Andy1212

    Fallon is just genuine nice guy. That is rare in this biz. He is not a suck up. He is a funny, nice guy. He loves TV and movies and music more than anyone I’ve seen. He is honored to be there and he does a great job. He is a big kid having the time of his life.

  • Brad

    I’ve been having internet troubles but I still want to post this even though we are now on Fallon.

    I think all Arsenio needs is a 0.3/0.4 to be a success as long as he has online presence. It’s working for Conan so why couldn’t it with Arsenio? But a lot of the shows on The CW vary from 0.2 to 0.5 in the ratings, average about 0.3 (please correct me if I’m wrong). The expectation are set low in quality of the show and the performance in the ratings. That is a really good thing for a man on a mission after 18 years.

    I do wonder what his show’s production will be. The size of the studio, budget, guest names, etc.

    Btw, this is pretty big news. Axl Rose is giving a rare interview with Jimmy Kimmel in Brooklyn. TVbytheNumbers won’t let me post the link, but search it on google or what have you and find the NBC Blog news of it. That’s the better article explaining why is doing it and all (in short, ticket sales are low)

  • Aaron

    Monikla, i think it made sense that Fallon did acknowledge Carson cause Fallon’s studio is where Carson first hosted the Tonight show and if it weeen’t for Letterman and Carson, Fallon and the other late night shows probably would not exist today.

  • Aaron

    Fallon also appears as an ordinary guy who you could just approach and hang out with. I forget many times that he is this wealthy tv star because he comes across as a person who is such a non-elitist.

  • Monikka

    Fallon is okay but he doesn’t have the monumental talent and intellect of his direct competitor. He has benefited greatly by having a big budget, strong promotion by the network, and the patronage of NBC’s de facto head of comedy, Lorne Michaels. I think any moderately talented and personable host would do just as well as he has in the same situation. He’s like someone you marry for security, not excitement.

    “He is a big kid having the time of his life.” Some of us prefer a man.

  • Mario

    Leno’s monologue blows away Carson’s any day of the week! I’ve got some Carson monologues on VHS. Carson’s jokes routinely bombed and then he would look at Ed, begging for help in his eyes!

    Leno is clearly a more natural comedian with better comic instincts and timing than Carson ever had!

  • Gary Middleton

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

    Yes, Hanks is a Leno boycotter. They both spoke at the funeral. I don’t think that encounter will change the Hanks-Leno relationship, and Jay maybe didn’t help himself with one overly autobiographical (imo) moment amid his very moving remarks.

  • Brad

    “Fallon also appears as an ordinary guy who you could just approach and hang out with. I forget many times that he is this wealthy tv star because he comes across as a person who is such a non-elitist.”

    I’m with you 100% Aaron. I never even thought about his wealth.

    As for Leno, he hardly ever mentions a late night talk show, past or present, except for Chelsea Lately or Real Time with Bill Maher. Not only do I think he doesn’t care about the history of television like others, but I also think he wouldn’t want to mention Carson. It would start people think about the time Leno sneaked his way onto The Tonight Show, the battle he had with Letterman for it, and even just as simple as the viewers crying out “I Miss Carson”, and with the later, Leno has no sympathy for that stuff. You can see it on his show almost every night when he tells his audience of a sad story and goes “yeah, yeah” like his audience is a bunch of wussies.

  • Brad
  • Brad
  • anonymous

    Vicious comentary and analysyst of Conan O’Brien. Be forewarned. Read at your own risk.

    http://americasfuture.org/doublethink/2012/09/capitalism-and-the-failure-of-conan-obrien/

  • Aaron

    What’s the deal, I thought Bill blocked Mario?

  • Mario

    Aaron, he blocked the loser who was posing as me and mocking me.

    I have always posted as me and only me and never posted as anyone else!

  • Gary Middleton

    Aaron, there was another guy who liked to borrow a lot of our screen names. That’s the guy who got tossed.

  • Gary Middleton

    Anonymous, that’s a fascinating article. It’s politically motivated (right wing website), which gives it a taint. I sure don’t share their disdain for a whole generation. And Conan can take the alleged connection with the Occupy movement as a compliment, imo.

    But also lots of fine observations. Some of which have been made here. One great one that I have never seen here:

    “To build an entire new media entity around that shtick should have struck any fair-minded person as a terrible idea. After all, how can Conan ridicule the format of a show that he created himself? How can he feign boredom during B-list interviews when he’s the only one booking the guests? When he tugs at his collar when a monologue joke bombs, what’s to stop people at home from reaching for the remote and leaving Channel 16?
    Separated from the standards and practices of the network TV behemoth, Conan not only lacks an edge. He lacks a reason to exist.”

    I’m sure it’s an overstatement. I’m sure a lot of the time Conan is just flat-out funny. But it gives a great bit of insight into possibly why such flat-out hilarity doesn’t hold a bigger audience.

  • Diana Santiago

    What I loved about the article is that someone dedicated time to spew all that venom against Conan. If Conan is so irrelevant and should not exist, why dedicate a whole article to talk about him?

  • Monikka

    Diana,

    It would be interesting to compare the amount of time the author used to spew venom against Conan with the amount of time you’ve dedicated to spewing venom against Jay Leno.

    I think you’d win, girlfriend.

  • Gary Middleton

    “If Conan is so irrelevant and should not exist, why dedicate a whole article to talk about him?”

    The author was using Conan as an analog for a generational issue.

  • Monikka

    Here’s Ken Tucker and another reporting talking about Fallon’s fawning: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rw3jlerAkFQ

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