Late Night TV Ratings For September 24-28, 2012

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October 4th, 2012

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Via NBC's Press Release

'Tonight Show' AND 'LATE NIGHT' DELIVER #1 FINISHES AND LENGTHEN YEAR-AGO LEADS TO OPEN THE 2012-13 SEASON

 

 

JAY LENO AND JIMMY FALLON GENERATE BIGGER AUDIENCES THAN THE ABC AND CBS SLOT COMPETITION IN 18-49 AND TOTAL VIEWERS

 

JAY LENO LENGTHENS HIS LEADS OVER 'Late Show' VS. PREMIERE WEEK LAST YEAR IN VIEWERS 18-49, 18-34 AND 25-54; TOPS 'Late Show' FOR THE WEEK IN EVERY KEY MEASURE

 

JIMMY FALLON INCREASES HIS YEAR-AGO LEAD IN VIEWERS 18-49 AND OUT-DELIVERS 'LATE Late Show' IN EVERY KEY CATEGORY: ADULTS, MEN AND WOMEN 18-34, 18-49 AND 25-54, PLUS TOTAL VIEWERS

 

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – October 4, 2012 – NBC’s late-night stars have opened the 2012-13 television season with #1 finishes for the week of September 24-28 versus the ABC and CBS time-period competition, as "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" delivered bigger audiences in adults 18-49 and total viewers than CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman" and ABC's combination in that hour of "Nightline" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," while "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" topped CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" and "Kimmel" in their head-to-head half-hour. Note that "Tonight" and "Late Show" both rounded to a 0.7 rating in adults 18-49 for the week, while Jay delivered a bigger audience in that category. Monday's "Late Night" and Friday's "Kimmel" were encores.

 

Versus last year's premiere week, Jay increased his lead over "Late Show" in viewers 18-49, 18-34 and 25-54. For the week, Jay delivered bigger audiences than "Late Late Show" in all key categories: adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers.

 

At 12:35 a.m. ET, Jimmy Fallon also stretched his year-ago margin over "Late Late Show" in 18-49 viewers and generated bigger audiences than "Late Late Show" in every key category.

 

For the first week of the new season, "Tonight" increased its viewers 18-49 margin over "Late Show" to 8 percent (935,000 vs. 865,000), up from the year-ago premiere-week advantage of 2 percent, while stretching its 25-54 advantage to 7 percent (1.213 million vs. 1.130 million) from last year’s 5 percent and its 18-34 lead to 27 percent (335,000 vs. 263,000) from last year’s 19 percent. Jimmy Fallon delivered a viewers 18-49 lead over "Late Late Show" of 22 percent (591,000 vs. 485,000), up from last year's advantage of 14 percent.

 

"Tonight" delivered a bigger 18-49 audience than "Late Show" for the 35th time in their last 39 head-to-head weeks (excludes weeks of Olympic preemptions) and 17th week in a row, while Jimmy Fallon has attracted a bigger 18-49 audience than "Late Late Show" for each of their last 42 head-to-head weeks.

 

WEEKLY AVERAGES

 

 

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of September 24-28. 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," 0.7/3

 

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," 0.5/3*

 

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," 3.3 million viewers

 

CBS "Late Show," 3.0 million viewers

 

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

 

ABC "Nightline," 3.6 million viewers

 

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

 

ABC "Kimmel," 1.8 million viewers*

 

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET

 

NBC "Late Night," 1.5 million viewers*

 

CBS "Late Late Show," 1.4 million viewers

 

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET

 

NBC "Last Call," 0.9 million viewers*

 

 

* Monday’s "Late Night" and "Last Call" and Friday’s "Kimmel" were encores

 

 

SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 24-28

 

 

NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING

 

 

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. ET, "The Daily Show," 0.7**

 

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, "The Colbert Report," 0.5**

 

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, "Conan," 0.5

 

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 0.8

 

Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.5

 

Each adult 18-49 rating point equals 1.27 million viewers

 

TOTAL VIEWERS

 

 

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. "The Daily Show," 1.6 million**

 

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, "The Colbert Report," 1.1 million**

 

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, "Conan," 0.9 million

 

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 1.8 million

 

Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.2 million

 

** Monday’s "Daily Show" and "Colbert Report" were encores.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
  • Gary Middleton

    I think that’s right, jc. Dave is trying to inject himself into the election story. Mitt doesn’t have to care at all because these shows draw so poorly, but Mitt probably doesn’t know that and could play along.

    Douglas and Aaron, I think it’s a longshot that Jay will have a “What’s My Beef” ready and even a bigger longshot that it would be any good. Those segments were honed for weeks on the road, and Jay will be in the middle of a full week of sweeps episodes of his own show. The potential for greatness resumes, imo, when Leno’s Tonight Show wraps for good.

  • Diana Santiago

    The thing about Letterman is that he brags about McCain losing the election thanks to him. If Romney loses, he’ll have another head in his wall to brag about. After all, the late night battle is all about bragging, right?

  • anonymous

    Letterman in a feud with a Republican presidential candidate? This is like deja vu all over again. He can do what he likes, but when he keeps calling Mitt Romney — Mitch, like the diehard conservatives call President Obama — Barry, Letterman will have to live with people viewing him as being partisan.

    A long video, but everybody remembers this:

  • Dan

    I wonder what NBC PR is busy with today, no late night numbers.

  • Diana Santiago

    Conan remote alert: he was on Ireland receiving an award, vacationing with the family and making a remote. However, it probably won’t be aired until the Post-Season is over.

  • Aaron

    Good to hear that Conan is still doing the occasional remote.

  • Aaron

    Jimmy Fallon seems to be incorporating videos in his monologue now (at least from what I saw on the October 10th show). Maybe that means he is starting to practice for the Tonight Show?

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