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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  • Ann

    Trump was on Fallon tonight reiterating his $5 million “challenge” to Obama i.e. give him his college transcripts and passport records. Even when a very solicitous Fallon asked Trump about what else he might do with the $5 million, Trump was noncommittal saying he already gives a lot to charity.

    It doesn’t even seem to occur to Trump that New York and New Jersey could use that $5 million for disaster relief, but he’s willing to pay $5 million in an attempt to extort the President. Oh, then he also plugged Celebrity Apprentice and Miss Universe.

    It’s right up there with Romney in Dayton using collecting cans of food for relief as a photo op.

  • Monikka

    Tempted as I am to say something about the loathsome Republicans, I’m going to stay silent on that matter.

    I want to weigh in on the Big Bang Theory. I think it is an absolutely brilliant show, one of the best written shows ever. That it is produced by that misogynistic toad Chuck Lorre is unbelievable.

  • Mario

    Wow, so Leno has more online viewers than Conan!

    A lot of people on here have been wrong by saying Conan has more!

  • anonymous

    @Mario
    Unconclusive. Those are old results and there is not enough information to know for sure.

  • GARebelman

    Jay on Ferguson was surprisingly amusing. Unless people want to claim Ferguson uses laugh tracks, the audience was indeed laughing at them both.

  • GARebelman

    Looking at those links, so more people go to the Tonight Show website over Conan and Fallon?? Are these people like dumb? :P Stewart and Colbert there is zero surprise as places like Huffpo put their bits on their websites as they are political oriented but the others require a heck of a lot more effort than going to another website and being re-directed.

  • anonymous

    @Mario
    The best stats are over long time periods which smooth out the highs and lows of repeats vs new episodes. The month of January 2011 showed:

    The Daily Show with Jon Stewart — 2,089,000 Total Unique Visitors
    Conan — 781,000
    The Tonight Show with Jay Leno — 335,000
    The Late Show with David Letterman — 223,000
    Jimmy Kimmel Live — 88,000

    Conan beat Leno in that report, but like I said, that is old data and probably does not reflect online viewing today. Another thing to consider is that I think some of the shows like Conan and Letterman you can only view full episodes exclusively at the show website (barring pirate sites) while other shows like Stewart and Leno you can view full episodes both at the show website and on hulu which would make their online viewing results smaller than it actually is.

  • Gary Middleton

    Very possible that Jay’s online hits have nosedived since NBC laid off the guy who did the backstage stuff. I’ve stopped going there for the most part.

    NBC News is somehow crushing it during this election and storm cycle. I guess Brian Williams does remain the network’s last ace.

  • Gary Middleton

    Was fun watching Jay try to keep up with Ferguson. It’s so impossible that I think it looks fine to fail, as long as you’re trying.

    Was a particularly tough assignment for Leno because one of his best tricks is getting really quiet and then exploding in loudness, and Ferguson interrupts too much for that to play out. If Ferguson does decide to make a long term go of it at 11:30, I’m thinking he has to let up on the accelerator a little. Can’t sprint a marathon.

  • Brad

    A lot of them need to tone it back some. The only ones who let anyone else shine is Leno, Letterman, Fallon, and Kimmel, and even Letterman is pushing it sometimes. I understand why Ferguson is hard on the gas pedal. When we watch Ferguson, we don’t watch it for the guests, we watch it because of him and his robot pal Geoff. They have to be on their game. Unfortunately, this outshines their guests immensely. (The worst one for me was when Billy Bob Thorton was talking about famous people getting famous for being stupid, and now people want to act stupid to be famous. Ferguson moved on right when they were getting to the heart of things).

  • Brad

    ^ferguson was cutting him off at times and didn’t let things settle during the discussion. Like he wouldn’t let Thornton soak up any of the glory.

  • Monikka

    I agree. Ferguson needs to let his guests shine. We get a full half hour of him (and Geoff) at the start of the show. You all know I think he’s the most comedically talented of all the late night guys but he should dial it back when he’s talking to someone. They call them “guests” for a reason.

  • JB

    Leno and Ferguson are good friends it seems. Not surprised, they are the most similar out of all the late night hosts – standup comedians at heart. I’m sure Kimmel and Letterman will talk a lot about the late night landscape and the future but Ferguson and Leno don’t really care for that stuff. Ferguson also said he had been trying to get Leno on his show for a long time so it appears that he’s never had a problem with him.

  • Gary Middleton

    Well said, Monikka. I understand why he doesn’t. Comedians find it congenitally impossible to keep a great joke to themselves, it’s like a farmer letting a bumper crop rot in the fields. And Ferguson constantly has something enormously funny to say. If he’s in it for a 10 year run it’s going to be fine. If he wants 15 or 20, he’ll have to train himself to let some crops rot.

  • Gary Middleton

    “The only ones who let anyone else shine is Leno, Letterman, Fallon, and Kimmel, and even Letterman is pushing it sometimes.”

    Brad, a little colour on the Letterman thing you might enjoy from before your time. As the 80s wore on and Dave got more restless at 12:30, he *really* started to push it. Every night, more and more, to the point where Mickey Rooney once stormed out of the studio.

    This continued until one night circa 1990 when Billy Crystal was on. After several of Dave’s impertinent interruptions, Crystal said “What is with you? You’re like a hockey goalie: ‘Shot by Crystal, STOPPED BY LETTERMAN! Another shot by Crystal, KICKED OUT BY LETTERMAN!'” The crowd went insane, and Dave really backed off after that. It was kind of like the “have you no decency” moment in the McCarthy hearings. And it took someone of Crystal’s stature and skill at that time to pull it off.

  • Gary Middleton

    Jimmy K’s overnight for his Brooklyn homecoming was kind of tepid. Maybe it was pre-empted in NY. Maybe the overnight is inaccurate. But I find it hard to ignore that almost every time Howard Stern is a guest on almost any show, the overnight comes in low.

  • GARebelman

    I think Howard Stern over estimates his importance. This isn’t the 1990s anymore. If Howard wants himself to get big ratings, go see Jay. THAT will resonate in the overnights. I was amused he actually made fun of Dave’s sex intern scandal and encouraged Kimmel to pummel him on it

  • GARebelman

    I also think people are over-estimating Kimmel at 11:30 too. Nobody ever talks about him ever. He’s like the Carson Daly of Late night, is he really there because nobody ever talks about him.

  • Gary Middleton

    GAR, I think that quiet plodding is what could allow Kimmel to have a long, excellent run. Low key, funny when he needs to be, guests come off pretty well…seems built for endurance in a Carson sort of way.

    I wonder if Stern with Leno would do well. Feels like it should, but every time Stern is on anything the numbers seem to drop. As though not lot of people want to look at him. A number of people who are interesting on radio, with an audience trapped in their cars, get a lot less interesting on TV with an audience that has all kinds of mobility.

  • Aaron

    Conan is doing another remote tonight. He’s visiting a halloween store.

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