Late Night TV Ratings For October 1-5, 2012

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October 12th, 2012

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Via NBC's Press Release

NBC RATINGS RESULTS FOR THE LATE-NIGHT WEEK OF OCT. 1-5
JAY LENO AND JIMMY FALLON FINISH #1 IN TOTAL VIEWERS VS. THEIR ABC AND CBS TIME-PERIOD COMPETITION

JAY GENERATES HIS BIGGEST WEEK-TWO TOTAL-VIEWER MARGIN OVER 'Late Show' SINCE 2008

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – October 11, 2012 – NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” has averaged a 0.7 rating, 3 share in adults 18-49 and 3.2 million viewers overall for the week of October 1-5. In total viewers, "Tonight" out-delivered CBS’s "Late Show with David Letterman" and ABC’s combination of “Nightline” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” for the week. At 12:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" delivered a bigger overall audience than CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," as well as versus "Kimmel" in their head-to-head half-hour.

Jay won the week over "Late Show" by a 10 percent margin in total viewers (3.167 million vs. 2.873 million). That's up from an 8 percent advantage for the second week of the season last year and is "Tonight's" biggest total-viewer lead over "Late Show" during the second week of a season since 2008. Jimmy Fallon out-delivered "Late Late Show" in total viewers by a 6 percent margin for the week (1.515 million vs. 1.426 million), the second-biggest total-viewer advantage for "Late Night" over "Late Late Show" during the second week of a season since 2008.

Through the first two weeks of the new television season, "Tonight" has increased its margins over "Late Show" versus one year ago in viewers 18-49 (to 2 percent from a year-ago deficit of 2 percent) and viewers 25-54 (to 2 percent from last year's 1 percent).

WEEKLY AVERAGES

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of October 1-5. 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,” 0.5/3*

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

NBC “Late Night,” 0.4/2

CBS “Late Late Show,” 0.5/3

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,” 3.2 million viewers

CBS “Late Show,” 2.9 million viewers

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

ABC “Nightline,” 3.8 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*

* Friday’s “Kimmel” and “Last Call” were encores


SEASON TO DATE

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,” 0.5/3

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

NBC “Late Night,” 0.4/3

CBS “Late Late Show,” 0.4/3

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,” 3.2 million viewers

CBS “Late Show,” 2.9 million viewers

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

ABC “Nightline,” 3.7 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

SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK OF OCTOBER 1-5

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,” 0.8 million

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 1.9 million

Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.4 million

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
  • Diana Santiago

    Oh, the Basic Cable Boys. They are so much fun together.

    http://vimeo.com/12236389

  • AJ

    Conan’s anti-Romney agenda has gone to far. After the first presidential debate, the next day, Conan started the show by saying “that was a bad debate.” It was?? Maybe for someone in the tank for Obama.

    Meanwhile, the majority of the jokes the official Facebook page repost are anti Romney.

    A viewer of 20 years is done with the show. So so sadly.

  • Diana Santiago
  • Aaron

    I agree that Conan makes fun of both sides, but his show focuses more on politics than both Late Night and his tenure at Tonight ever did.

  • AJ

    Hey Diana, that was over a month ago and obviously not an avid watcher, he uses the “killed Osama bin Laden” as his Obama joke almost every night.

    Look, I have loved Conan for at least as long as you. I’ve been with him from day one. But you can’t deny he doesn’t play it equal. He said it was a “bad debate.” What was bad about it, besides at the general consensus was Romney one?

    Or his tweet today about shipping Jeter to China. Ugh. Perpetuating stereotypes that simply aren’t true.

    It’s no fun. At least he’s still following his idol, Letterman.

  • Diana Santiago

    AJ, I don’t want to be rude, but in my opinion if you don’t watch Conan every night, you shouldn’t be so harsh in your judgement. He has been making jokes from both sides. If you base your criticism on Facebook comments, you are using the wrong source. Actually, Conan had Romney sons on his show, and no one from Obama camp.
    If you are going to stop watching Conan over a couple of political jokes, go ahead. It’s your choice and it is your right to express your opinion over his “bias”.

  • AJ

    Diana, you’re not being rude. Also, I’m not one of the countless looney tunes that post on here. I did watch Conan every night, up until he made that debate joke, which was just a one to far. I just can’t take it anymore, he has countless Romney jokes, and rarely ever any Obama jokes (other than the forementioned “Osama bin Laden” go to).

    His “bias” truly is coming through. I know you follow him perhaps more closely than others on this board, and perhaps you do support Obama, but you can’t tell me his jokes aren’t largely one-sided.

    I know me “boycotting” won’t make a difference, but I don’t enjoy the show anymore.

    In fact, the only reason I found this site was googling “Conan ratings” to keep track of how he was doing on TBS.

    Oh well.

  • Brad

    I’m not a big fan of Carson, different generations perhaps, but I truly loved how he would keep his audience guessing what side he was on when it came to politics. I truly respected that when I was watching the PBS documentary. I’m with you AJ. I wish these shows would be less bias and one-sided. Your falling out with Conan is the same for me and Stewart. Too blatantly biased. Totally obvious.

  • Gary Middleton

    Brad, I think it was easier in most of Carson’s era. Obama doesn’t have a lot of the foibles that made guys like Nixon, Carter, and Reagan easy targets. He’s bright enough, speaks well enough, seems fairly concerned with the downtrodden, hasn’t committed an indictable offense, seems monogamous…it’s not a comedian’s playground. At least Ford fell down the stairs once.

    Whether you’re right or left, Democrat or Republican, black or white, I believe it’s just a fact that Romney is a funnier punchline than Obama. Just like Biden is a funnier punchline than Paul Ryan. It’s got something to do with how much a candidate colors outside the lines.

  • Gary Middleton

    Diana, I remember when there were accusations that populist Bill Clinton didn’t really go to McDonald’s as much as he made it seem. And Bill Maher said “It isn’t that he goes to McDonald’s. It’s that, wherever he eats, it seems like he’d *rather* go to McDonald’s.”

    However the political joke scorekeeping goes, I think we all know that Conan is liberal. I don’t consider that a dirty word at all, but we’re in this ridiculously polarized era where everyone takes this stuff so personally.

    It’s actually the one area I can think of where Jay Leno gets a free pass. He has made it pretty clear he’s pro-Obama, but if anything people seem to think he leans right.

  • Aaron

    Dont want to change the subject but has anyone noticed an improvement in SNL’s writing this season?

  • AJ

    Brad, thank you. It’s really heartbreaking for me and I can definately understand the arguments that I need to “lighten up” or “take a joke.” But it’s just not fun. I miss the days, as you put it, where I didn’t know his political views, or at least didn’t need to hear them.

    Now there’s a void for me. I suppose I’ll turn to Fallon to fill it, considering I already love his show. In fact, even though Fallon himself has had Obama on his show, and clearly is a big fan of the president (and has a scathing Romney impression), he makes hard-hitting jokes about both sides evenly and consistently. I don’t care what political views these entertainers have. I care when it begins to hinder their ability to entertain by skewing so heavily towards one ideology that it turns-off another.

    That and “fan corrections” are lame. Plus, I can’t stand the way Cnan needs to comment on the “sounds” the audience makes every single night. But mostly the political thing.

    Goodbye, Conan. I’ll certainly miss you.

    Who knows if I can last without a relapse. He’s been a constant in my life for 20 years.

  • Diana Santiago

    Sorry Aaron, I’m done with SNL. Haven’t watch one episode this season.

    I agree with you, Gary. There is a constant need to put a damn label on public figures. People tend to think that Conan is a radical liberal, but if you pay a little bit of attention, you’ll learn that the presidents that he most admire were Republicans: Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Eisenhower… I think Conan (and a lot of Americans) might be disappointed with the turn the Republican Party has taken.

    One thing for sure: I can’t wait this election to be over. Like Conan said last night, it feels this campaign has been on for 48 years.

  • Mario

    If Conan rips Romney disproportionately then that’s what I LIKE about Conan!

    Romney is a rich arrogant LYING A – hole who needs to be put in his place! The math on his tax plan doesn’t add up and not a SINGLE independent study supports it!

  • GARebelman

    SNL this past Saturday was crap. I actually did watch. Even my GF who actually watches week to week said it wasn’t even funny.

    Just about every late night host has a left lean. But in order to keep an audience, making it less obvious helps.

  • mary

    Late night hosts help make presidential election seasons (almost) bearable. Anyone remember this gem from Letterman in ’08: “Hey John, I got a question! You need a ride to the airport?”

  • jcfreder

    Even assuming that Letterman and Conan are biased (I can’t speak to Conan but fair enough to point that out about Letterman at this point of his career vs. recent Republican politicians),the funny thing is that a Romney presidency is probably “better” for them from a strict comedy standpoint. Kinda like how Rush Limbaugh is better off professionally with a Democrat in office.

    Even if they weren’t biased, I agree with Gary that Romney is an easier source of comedy. Obama is kind of a tough nut to crack comedically speaking. Biden much less so.

    Brad, you pick NOW to “fall out” with Jon Stewart? I don’t think the Daily Show has tacked any further left than it has been under his tenure. Plus, I understand why people might expect their “pure” talk show hosts to be somewhat apolitical, but I don’t get why someone would expect that out of Stewart/Colbert; it’s a huge part of their schtick.

  • Aaron

    Diana, I recommend you tune into it; at least watch some of the clips. The Tech Talk skit making fun of the iPhone 5 complaints was great and spot-on. Plus, having Jay Pharoah to do Obama was a smart decision. Also, the bad sketches that have been done so far at least haven’t been unwatchable. There are less recurring sketches and since Samberg is gone, no more digital shorts, which means they have time to do other skits.

  • Aaron

    AJ, Fan Corrections is probably my least favorite bit of Conan’s but I like how they’ve started to become more creative with it.

  • Diana Santiago

    Yesterday’s Fan Correction was very simple yet great.

    I guess we are going to see Ireland’s remote on Thursday…

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