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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
  • Gary Middleton

    There is one earlier and fascinating Conan visit to Dave that has unfortunately disappeared from Youtube, best as I can tell.

    It was shortly after the 1993 announcement that Conan would replace Dave. A completely-unknown Conan, still in his 20s and quite shaken, guested on Dave’s 12:30 show. A Today Show appearance from that time:

  • Gary Middleton

    “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!”

    Hard to say, Brad. Johnny sure wasn’t inclined to do shows as he got older.

    I think it’s an assortment of special situations, mostly payback. Regis has been there for Dave on countless key occasions. Dave’s adoration of Carson is pretty much a given. Kimmel struck me as a tacit endorsement. I don’t think we’ll see Dave on many shows henceforth. We’ll see.

    Good luck on Tuesday, Brad! Will be watching.

  • Brad

    I have so much to say to reply to that but there would be no substance to any of it. I will say so many of the late night hosts are very weird human beings. Some living anti-social lives, never having kids, having affairs, etc. It doesn’t have anything to do with their performance, it just interesting to notice is it. Johnny Carson, David Letterman, and Jay Leno easily top the list of character studies. Kimmel, Ferguson and Kilborn are secondary.

  • Brad

    O’Brien, Stewart, Fallon, and Colbert all live a normal life. No affairs, they have kids (except Fallon), all that good stuff.

    Thanks Gary. All I can hope for is no late game changers in the next 36 hours.

  • mary

    Gary, months ago you attended a taping of the Tonight Show but didn’t post a review (unless I missed it). Did you enjoy it?

  • Gary Middleton

    Mary, my last Tonight taping was in July 2011 and I did post an extensive review. Enjoyed it massively.

    Last spring I returned to Jay’s weekly Sunday stand up show in Hermosa Beach and was eager to review it, but then the sock puppet show took over the board so I stood aside.

    I don’t remember all the details, but I was going to say that there was something for everyone in that show. If you wanted to make the case that Jay Leno still has supremely powerful stand up skills, both writing and performing, the evidence was there. If you wanted to make the case that Jay does stale material about dogs and cats, it was there too. If you wanted to make the case that Jay has an extremely unique and magnetic presence, that much was clear. If you wanted to make the case that a disengaged Jay speed bags his way through a spate of recycled monologue jokes, he certainly does some of that too.

    I had a great time, but some of Jay’s choices are a bit mystifying. At the start he launches cold into rapid fire monologue material, when it would be so simple to engage the crowd a little first like he does every night in Burbank. Would make his life a lot easier in that first 20 minutes. And I don’t know why he only has 2 pure adlibbers, including the legendary and phenomenal Jim Brogan, open his show such that the crowd has not seen prepared material until Jay hits the stage. Seinfeld would certainly never set himself up that way.

  • Aaron

    Brad, it seems like Dave likes Conan and Fallon the most.

  • Aaron

    Is it just me who has been enjoying SNL as of late? Last season I really began to feel disinterested in it but this season it seems as if there’s been an uptick in the quality of writing. Not many recurring sketches so far. Also, even the skits that aren’t as funny are not terrible, unlike how it was last season.

  • Gary Middleton

    Aaron, I emphatically agree. I think the departure of Kristin Wiig is the key to everything. Tons of real estate has been freed up to try new things. Real sense of joy to everything going on there that was missing when the show was a routine recitation of Wiig’s many recurring characters.

  • Brad

    The amount of political jokes on certain candidates during this election and the last one. Very interesting but no doubt unfair.

    The Joke’s on Romney
    http://amarillo.com/blog-post/jon-mark-beilue/2012-11-05/jokes-romney

  • Gary Middleton

    Brad, they missed the obvious in their conclusion. Romney is funnier than Obama. If Bill Clinton was running, the “D” wouldn’t be an issue.

    Kimmel is hot right now. The Chris Rock thing was all over the place, as was his Hallowe’en bit.

  • Douglas in TN

    Jimmy Kimmel’s Emmy gig seems to be long in the rear view mirror. I wondered if the lackluster effort would taint his impending move to 11:30.

  • Gary Middleton

    All eyes on Mass. District 6!

  • Gary Middleton

    The latest from District 6, where Brad’s candidate is slightly ahead:

    US House, 6th District
    Richard Tisei (R) 49%
    John Tierney (D) 47%
    Daniel Fishman (I) 4%
    19% Reporting

  • Gary Middleton

    Uh oh.

    US House, 6th District
    John Tierney (D) 49%
    Richard Tisei (R) 47%
    Daniel Fishman (I) 4%
    70% Reporting

  • Brad

    “Brad, they missed the obvious in their conclusion. Romney is funnier than Obama. If Bill Clinton was running, the “D” wouldn’t be an issue.”

    I totally agree. He’s the funnier person. It just seems over the past 12 years all the jokes have been on the higher-up Republicans (Bush, McCain, Palin, Romney) and its just saddening. Its the reason I haven’t been watching all the late night shows lately.

  • Brad

    I’ve been watching the polls too… yeah. Not very promising.

    97% reporting
    Candidate Votes Pct.
    John Tierney 173,590 48.3%
    Richard Tisei 169,454 47.2%

  • anonymous

    No need to panic people.

    Far be it for any one person to deny the will of the people. The people chose 8 years under G.W. Bush and now they have chosen 8 years under B. Obama. Before G.W. Bush was elected and after/ before B. Obama was elected and after/ did your personal life really change? You’ll be doing the exact same things no matter who is in office.

    Best to rely on yourself and not get caught up in political propaganda.

  • Gary Middleton

    “It just seems over the past 12 years all the jokes have been on the higher-up Republicans (Bush, McCain, Palin, Romney) and its just saddening.”

    You can’t throw a GWB or Sarah Palin into the mix and not expect a comedy feeding frenzy. Joe Biden, whom I like tremendously, is 95% just a punchline now too. It’s really not that partisan. If Obama said “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice…can’t get fooled again” it would’ve been comedy pandemonium.

    Congratulations on fighting a great race in the 6th.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Best to rely on yourself and not get caught up in political propaganda.”

    Can we at least enjoy the showbiz of it? Was fascinating just now to see Brian Williams completely lower the boom on Donald Trump, one of the few guys with a hit show on his network.

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