Late Night TV Ratings For October 15-19, 2012

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October 25th, 2012

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Via NBC's Press Release

NBC LATE-NIGHT RATINGS RESULTS FOR THE WEEK OF OCT. 15-19
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – October 25, 2012 – Encore telecasts of NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” have averaged a 0.7 rating, 3 share in adults 18-49 and 2.8 million viewers overall for the week of October 15-19. "Tonight" delivered bigger audiences than CBS’s rebroadcasts of "Late Show with David Letterman" and the ABC time-slot competition in the hour of “Nightline” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in adults, men and women 18-34.

For the week at 12:35 a.m. ET, encore broadcasts of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" delivered bigger audiences than CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" in adults, men and women 18-34 and adults, men and women 18-49.

Through the first four weeks of the season, "Tonight" has established a viewers 18-49 margin over "Late Show" to 4 percent (933,000 vs. 900,000), eliminating last year's "Late Show" advantage of 1 percent. Jay has also generated a viewers 25-54 advantage this season of 1 percent (1.191 million vs. 1.180 million) after trailing by 0.1 percent at this point last year, while stretching his 18-34 lead to 14 percent (317,000 vs. 277,000) from last year’s 10 percent.

WEEKLY AVERAGES

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of October 15-19. 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 (in encore telecasts)

CBS “Late Show,” 0.7/3 (in encore telecasts)

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

ABC “Nightline,” 0.9/3

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

ABC “Kimmel,” 0.5/3*

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

NBC “Late Night,” 0.4/3 (in encore telecasts)

CBS “Late Late Show,” 0.4/3

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,” 2.8 million viewers (in encore telecasts)

CBS “Late Show,” 3.0 million viewers (in encore telecasts)

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

ABC “Nightline,” 4.0 million viewers

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

ABC “Kimmel,” 2.0 million viewers*

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

NBC “Late Night,” 1.4 million viewers (in encore telecasts)

CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.5 million viewers

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

NBC “Last Call,” 0.8 million viewers (in encore telecasts)

* Friday’s “Kimmel” was an encore

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,” 0.5/2

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

NBC “Late Night,” 0.5/3

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,” 3.0 million viewers

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

ABC “Nightline,” 3.8 million viewers

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

ABC “Kimmel,” 1.9 million viewers

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

NBC “Late Night,” 1.5 million viewers

CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.5 million viewers

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

NBC “Last Call,” 0.9 million viewers

SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK OF OCTOBER 15-19

NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. ET, “The Daily Show,” 1.0

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 0.8

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,” 2.2 million

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 1.7 million

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.7 million**

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 2.1 million

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

**Tuesday’s “Conan” was delayed by baseball playoff coverage and is excluded from these averages

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  • Gary Middleton

    Rif, I trust you dutifully let him know that they generally don’t win their timeslot.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Monikka, for the purposes of television, mainstream = dumb. That’s why Conan wasn’t well received by “middle America” in 2009. If you want to entertain “middle America”, you gotta be Snooki, a Kardashian, Honey Boo Boo or Jay Leno.”

    Do you consider Big Bang Theory dumb?

  • Diana Santiago

    To be honest, I don’t watch Big Bang Theory. The fact that it revolves around nerds/geeks doesn’t necessarily make it smart. I’m not saying it is dumb; however, the geek/chick comedy combo is not really mind-blowing smart comedy.

  • rif

    Gary- heheh, I did mention that, but it was beside the point.

    BBT is an interesting case of nerdy subject matter but not nerdy comedy style. So, in a way, it is smart but not smart.

  • Gary Middleton

    That doesn’t make it dumb, though. Are we really going to lump Big Bang in with Diana’s list? And don’t all of the shows on her list do a fraction of the ratings of Big Bang? And doesn’t that mean this strikingly condescending notion of mainstream is built on a foundation of sand?

  • rif

    I like bbt, so I don’t mean to denigrate it or lump it with anything dumb, but I just think it’s not an exception to the usual rules of what appeals to the masses.

  • Ann

    I like Ferguson personally but IMO he’ll never be offered the Tonight Show. It’s true that he’s a better interviewer than Fallon, but I think Fallon has been a lot more innovative. Ferguson’s rambling, stream of consciousness monologues are tedious and not all that funny to me, and many of his bits are over the top goofy. I like a little more subtlety in my humor and beaten over the head with it.

    Oh and BTW I don’t watch Jersey Shore, the Kardashian’s or Honey BooBoo. Sweeping generalizations can be a slippery slope and subscribes to the idea that if you don’t like what I like you’re dumb–cloaked elitism is a real turn off to me.

    JMO

  • Ann

    and not beaten…

  • Brad

    “I talked to a coworker whose son is an executive for Nightline. According to him, Nightline is expensive and “doesn’t make money”, and Kimmel’s show makes a lot of money, but nevertheless, they feel they were screwed because they win their timeslot. This is second-hand information in a casual conversation, so appropriate grains of salt apply.”

    That sounds about right RIF. My understand is Nightline brings in $50 million and pays out about $50 million to its staff. So it is a wash. They should have known they would eventually get the boot with that kind of idea of profit. Kimmel definitely deserves to move up in timeslots after perfecting his show over these years, creating quite a buzz, and making quite a bit of cash.

  • Brad

    You’ve got to remember that Ferguson is now 50 and shows it unlike Conan, with his gray hair and grumpy attitude (though I think he’s handsome and funny). Fallon is the cute, 38 year old who brings joy and fun to every episode, every night. I think Fallon has longevity. Ferguson, who constantly contemplates when will his last contract will be and when he should leave, is definitely a temporary solution.

  • Gary Middleton

    Another reason the Letterman-on-NBC fans might be enjoying these audience-free shows is the much cleaner audio. We are reminded how much of the essence of Dave was sacrificed when he moved into a huge theater, where stuff had to be miked to reach the back row of the balcony.

  • anonymous

    @Gary
    Okay, I’ve exhausted all my arguements and you haven’t budged. So I’ll just have to poke holes in your reasoning.

    You have stated that the sole basis for your belief is Leno’s statement: “I tell jokes at 11:30 at night”.

    1. Jay Leno is a liar. Diana can attest to this.
    2. You are reading way to much into the statement. It is not an oath. His feelings may suddenly change when presented with a better option, which Brad has keenly pointed out that 10pm was in fact a promotion.

    “Read my lips; no new taxes.”

  • Gary Middleton

    Did not think a J-Woww interview could have poignancy, but it turned out a little fortuitous to have someone from the now-submerged Jersey shore.

    Conversely, Kimmel’s first bit in Brooklyn felt to me a little undercut by the hurricane. Kimmel was walking around his old neighborhood where it was sunny, dry, and understandably taped some time ago.

  • Gary Middleton

    Fair enough, anonymous. I’m walking away from this one.

  • anonymous

    Only Leno and Iger and maybe a handful of people know the truth. I just wanted you to admit that both sides are equally valid points.

  • Gary Middleton

    Stern’s willingness to go hard at the David Letterman intern scandal during his appearances on talk shows is extraordinary. I can’t think of another guest who touches that topic.

  • Ann

    Oh no! Jay was a guest on Ferguson tonight. Is there a tear in the universe?

    LOL

  • anonymous

    Does anyone know the true online viewing results for late night? This is the most recent mention I could find. Supposedly from a reliable source as quoted for one week:

    “Comedy Central’s The Daily Show was the #1 ranked TV late night talk show website. Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report ranked #2 followed by NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno ranked #3.”

    http://www.tvshowsdb.com/experian-weekly-online-rankings-of-top-tv-show-websites

  • anonymous

    This official report shows Kimmel near bottom contrary to what some people are saying here.

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/59144774/Broadcast-and-Cable-Report-062511

  • anonymous
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