Late Night TV Ratings For October 22-26, 2012

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November 2nd, 2012

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Via NBC's Press Release

'Tonight Show' AND 'LATE NIGHT' SCORE #1 RANKINGS FOR THE WEEK OF OCT. 22-26, GENERATING SEVEN-WEEK RATINGS HIGHS

 

 

JAY LENO AND JIMMY FALLON TOP THEIR TIME-PERIOD COMPETITION ON ABC AND CBS IN EVERY KEY RATINGS MEASURE

 

THE OCTOBER 24 APPEARANCE BY PRESIDENT OBAMA ON 'TONIGHT' DELIVERS JAY'S BIGGEST WEDNESDAY AUDIENCE SINCE MARCH 2011

 

THROUGH THE SEASON'S FIRST FIVE WEEKS, JAY HAS INCREASED HIS YEAR-AGO MARGINS OVER 'Late Show' IN 18-34, 18-49 AND 25-54

 

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – November 2, 2012 – NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" have generated seven-week highs to finish #1 for the late-night week of October 22-26 with bigger audiences than the time-period competition on ABC and CBS in every key category: adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers.

 

Wednesday's "Tonight Show," which featured as guest President Barack Obama, averaged 4.6 million viewers, the most for a Wednesday telecast of "Tonight" since March 23, 2011. That Wednesday result helped boost "Tonight" and "Late Night" to their biggest weekly adult 18-49 audiences (1.1 million and 675,000 viewers respectively) since September 3-7, the week of the Democratic National Convention. In total viewers, it’s the top "Tonight' week (3.7 million) since July 23-27, which included the high-rated night of the London Olympics Opening Ceremony.

 

Through the first five weeks of the 2012-13 season, "Tonight" has stretched its leads versus one year ago over CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman" in viewers 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54. In viewers 18-49, "Tonight" has established a margin over "Late Show" of 9 percent (981,000 vs. 900,000), eliminating last year's "Late Show" advantage of 2 percent. Jay has also generated a 25-54 advantage this season of 6 percent (1.249 million vs. 1.182 million) after trailing by 1 percent at this point last year, while stretching his 18-34 lead to 25 percent (340,000 vs. 273,000), up from last year’s 9 percent.

 

WEEKLY AVERAGES

 

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of October 22-26. 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,” 0.9 rating, 4 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,” 0.5/3*

 

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 (in encore telecasts)*

 

TOTAL VIEWERS

 

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET

 

NBC “Tonight,” 3.7 million viewers

 

CBS “Late Show,” 3.2 million viewers

 

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

 

ABC “Nightline,” 3.9 million viewers

 

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

 

ABC “Kimmel,” 1.9 million viewers*

 

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

 

NBC “Late Night,” 1.7 million viewers

 

CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.5 million viewers

 

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

 

NBC “Last Call,” 0.9 million viewers (in encore telecasts)*

 

* "Kimmel" was an encore on Monday and Friday. Monday's "Last Call" was an original.

 

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,” 0.8/3

 

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

 

ABC “Kimmel,” 0.5/3

 

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,” 3.3 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,” 1.6 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 22-26

 

NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING

 

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. ET, “The Daily Show,” 0.9

 

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 0.7

 

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.5

 

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,” 2.0 million

 

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 1.5 million

 

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.9 million

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
  • TVPaulD

    Conan’s ratings holding up surprisingly well considering the proximity to the election and the boost that gives TDS/TCR doubleheader on Comedy Central. TBSveryfunny doubtless very pleased with themselves.

  • Brad

    Kimmel is indeed a lackluster. He gets a BIG GIANT E FOR EFFORT but beyond that he isn’t king of late night nor will he be to us or simply in terms of quality.

    You all have to at least agree with me that his ratings will improve moving to the new time slot right? Can we all agree he improve +0.2 in the ratings? That would make him at 0.7 and tied with Letterman. Leno is only pulling in 0.8s and will probably go lower as time moves on. It is inevitable that Kimmel will eventually seize the late night crown in terms of ratings, or at least share it with Leno, Stewart, and occasionally Letterman.

  • Brad

    @TVPaulD

    I think you are right. TBS has to please that they are holding on their own with Conan. I do agree with others that Conan is not much competition to the CC duo because of their distinctly different style of late night. It isn’t like Coke vs. Pepsi, its more like Soda vs. Juice.

  • Diana Santiago

    All the Conan fans that I know (and I know a lot) are also fans of Stewart/Colbert. Some of them watch Conan first and CC on the encore airing, some view CC and Conan on the encore, and the rest look for online clips/DVR. I agree their style of shows are different, but they share part of the audience.

  • Gary Middleton

    Paul, it’s hard to know. Reruns of Friends beat him by 30% to 40%, despite these excellent BBT lead-ins. A ton of TBS viewers change the channel when that Conan theme song kicks in.

    The network dinosaurs, with numbers that we have all agreed are monumentally weak and have triggered mass layoffs, generally beat Conan by 40%. Last week 80%.

    The TBS experiment can still be argued either way to me. But as Jay and Dave step aside, I still wouldn’t be surprised to hear Conan O’Brien’s name in the mix of successors.

  • Brad

    @Diana

    Thanks for that. I thought so at first but I was lead to believe otherwise from certain people on this site, but I won’t point the finger at them.

    I stand by my remark that Conan is holding is own at TBS during a tough battle for ratings. He’s obviously having some sort of success getting 0.5s when Stewart is getting so many 0.9+. The question of “are these ratings enough to keep Conan around for long term” is an entirely differently thing.

  • Douglas in TN

    As long as Conan is making money for TBS, and getting some critical praise, he’ll be welcome at the network. Once he starts losing money he may need to get a new address. Remember, using live +7 numbers, Conan is the most popular late night host, according to this site.

    The Kimmel experiment will certainly be interesting. We can already imagine the visual…a somewhat younger Jimmy Kimmel up against the senior citizens Leno and Letterman. It’s hard for me to imagine how that won’t translate into some increased younger eyeballs for Kimmel. But, frankly, the 18-24 year olds aren’t interested in any of these guys. To them, Letterman and Leno are as relevant as Vic Damone.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Remember, using live +7 numbers, Conan is the most popular late night host, according to this site.”

    Not even close to true.

  • Douglas in TN

    TBS’s Conan, which continues to rank as late night’s #1 hour-long talk show with adults 18-34 for year-to-date, averaged 777,000 viewers in Live + Same Day last week, with 261,000 adults 18-34 and 485,000 adults 18-49. Meanwhile in time-shifted viewing, Conan drew 867,000 viewers in Live + 7 delivery for the week of Oct. 1, including 266,000 adults 18-34 and 564,000 adults 18-49.

    http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/10/23/ratings-notes-for-tnt-tbs-adult-swim-cartoon-network-trutv-mlb-conan-adventure-time-regular-show-robot-chicken-south-beach-tow/154415/

    Should have clarified in the demographic.

  • Douglas in TN

    Who said Kristen Bell is going to follow Letterman and Leno? Doesn’t she already have an acting gig? She may be good talk show guest material, but I don’t see it for being a talk show host.

  • Gary Middleton

    Douglas, I think that’s a fairly typical bit of PR contortion. Basically it says that “In a very specific sub-demo, of which few watch TV talk shows, Conan is #1 excluding The Daily Show, Colbert, and when necessary Chelsea Handler.”

  • GARebelman

    How was the Stewart/Colbert on Kimmel show? I saw the Letterman interview. Typical Dave uncomfortable hating to be there vibe he puts off. Fairly surprised he even agreed to do it.

  • Eroll Muller

    @Douglas in TN You don’t get it! CBS has been making it pretty clear in the past because they’ve booked her on Dave and Craig a lot this year. Also, her acting gig on a cable TV show has ended because nobody really tuned in to that show. If they did, then it would be on the cable ratings page every Sunday night or Monday morning. Also, did you hear something about Kristen Bell’s studio remarks on Craig Ferguson’s show?! That made it pretty clear about what I’ve said!

  • Elie Muller

    @Douglas in TN Kristen Bell may not be wonderful late night talk show host material, but then again, Carson Daly is in the same boat as she is. Plus, you’ve made an error about that. Leno doesn’t follow Dave, Craig Ferguson follows David Letterman! By the way, would you agree with me when I say that Carson Daly desperately needs somebody to compete against at 1:30 in the morning. Finally, nobody even watched “House of Lies” to begin with! If they did, then HBO would’ve renewed it for a second season, and this talk would have never come around. Besides, who else will be a better host for a 1:30 show on CBS if Kristen Bell isn’t available?

  • Brad

    @GARebelman

    I saw the Stewart/Colbert interview and I thought it was a clear sign of a few things, one being that they are not network-worthy hosts. They acted larger than life and had very little to talk about. It was an awkward and very silly interview with no substance. The only thing I got out of it is that Colbert is a big J.R.R. Tolkien fan and that Stewart was very proud of Kimmel moving to 11:35.

    Stewart actually said the move had been long deserved. WOW! Kind of surprising because I thought Nightline was somewhat critically-acclaimed, even though it is now “living in the shadow” of Ted Koppel. I wouldn’t know never watching the show with him.

    Anyways, we all know why the CC duo were there. Kimmel, Corolla, Stewart and Colbert all share the same agent, James “Baby Doll” Dixon.

  • Diana Santiago

    Next week I’ll be a little busy… I have tickets to see The Soup and Craig Ferguson taping on Wednesday, and Conan on Thursday. I’ll be able to compare the audience experience between Craig and Conan. I’ve watched Conan on the road, but this is my first time in WB Studio 15. Will share the experience with you, and I won’t keep you waiting. ;)

  • Brad

    @Gary & Douglas

    The sad thing is that those ratings is one of the three things really going for Conan. He has that, high online viewership, and Emmy-nominated material. But the very youthful audience is the true key to Conan’s “success”. Andy Richter even said so when he was on Howard Stern’s program.

  • Brad

    “TBS’s Conan, which continues to rank as late night’s #1 hour-long talk show with adults 18-34 for year-to-date, averaged 777,000 viewers in Live + Same Day last week, with 261,000 adults 18-34 and 485,000 adults 18-49. Meanwhile in time-shifted viewing, Conan drew 867,000 viewers in Live + 7 delivery for the week of Oct. 1, including 266,000 adults 18-34 and 564,000 adults 18-49.”

    Gary’s right. Looks like Conan is losing to somebody when its Live + 7 Days rather than Live + Same Day. My guess would be Stewart but it doesn’t matter. The point is that Conan is not always beating everybody when it comes to his key demographics. Looks like key isn’t exactly a 24-carat gold key.

    TeamCoco and TBS really need to figure out what to do about Mondays. If we excluded Mondays from the ratings CONAN would be in a much better place. Of course, the day will come where Americans are tired of The Big Bang Theory. Those high ratings will have to come down eventually and I doubt there will be a good replacement for it in the near future. It’s definately That 70’s Show of the 2010’s.

  • Diana Santiago

    Brad, I’ve watched small bits of the CC boys online, but not the complete thing. More than an interview, I think they brought their act.

    I think it is interesting to compare the interview Kimmel did to Letterman to the ones Conan did over the years in Late Night. I can’t find when Letterman visited Conan, but this is the first time Conan went to Letterman (starts at 4:45).

  • Brad

    I feel like Letterman really likes O’Brien. As for Kimmel, Letterman is more so being nice. That does NOT mean Letterman does not like Kimmel, it just means he is less interested in his work.

    By the way GARebelman, Letterman has been more willing to do shows now because of his age. From what I learned in psychology, older/senior citizens typically want to tell others about their experiences in life. This is why Letterman has been on Alec Baldwin’s podcast, his CNN special with Regis Philbin, PBS’s Johnny Carson documentary, and just recently Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

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