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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
  • Brad

    I find Joe Biden HILARIOUS but in a good sense. I’m not out to make him look like an ass and don’t have any hate towards him. I feel others view the jokes on Romney and Bush as if they are complete idiots and shouldn’t be vote into office. That is what gets to me.

    Anonymous is right in the sense that politics does not play a direct role in your life, you continue doing what you are doing. This is exactly why I am a Libertarian. However, politics does influence people’s life to a degree. House bubbles, wars, rights, freedoms, etc. You can be sad, I was earlier but whoever treats it like its the end of the world is crazy.

  • Brad

    Today is a perfect example of why I am not going for a Political Science major. I went 0 for 3 with the people I voted for and worked for one of them. It was amazing to be apart of the Tisei campaign and I learned a lot from it. At least this solidifies my goal to be a Computer Science major. Anyways, this is all just water under the bridge now. Hopefully Late Night TV welcomes me back with open arms now that its all over.

    PS: OH MY GOODNESS!!! LETTERMAN WAS RIGHT!!!

  • Gary Middleton

    It’s really not about winning, Brad. No matter how much my hero Jay Leno says it is. It’s about that other phrase Jay likes so much: “fight the good fight”. Which is good, because I have a feeling Jay got annihilated last week.

    btw, I don’t think Romney was ever portrayed as an idiot in the jokes. He was portrayed as a guy…like Al Gore…whose attempt a common touch would ring false and go off the rails. There is something pretty interesting about a guy who lost the state he was born in and the state he was governor in, and his running mate also lost his home state. I will miss the Jason Sudeikis impression tremendously, it always lit up my world. Just as his Biden impression does.

  • Brad

    “There is something pretty interesting about a guy who lost the state he was born in and the state he was governor in, and his running mate also lost his home state.”

    I totally agree. Hard to win those when you said no to an auto bailout, was Governor in an extremely blue state so many years ago where the people hate RomneyCare (but love ObamaCare). But its one thing after the other. Romney had too much baggage people were afraid of accepting. Whether the way he was portrayed was rightly justified is another thing. I just hope the Republican party becomes more friendly to minorities and becomes more Libertarian after this downfall.

    Anyways, it is all good. I’m ready to get back into our late night discussions. :)

  • Brad

    I do want to hear what Letterman will say after Romney’s lost. How he predicted the whole thing even if it was just for laughs and to convince the nominee to come over and spike his ratings.

  • Monikka

    Letterman will say “The road to the White House runs through here.” and he will be right.

  • anonymous

    Clearly, both candidates had two opposing strategies towards late night talk shows. In a close election, you never know what could throw you over the victory mark. It was probably too much risk for Romney to want to take. Maybe he didn’t think he could match wits with Letterman on Dave’s turf. Don’t know if it is one of the little things he will later regret no doing.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2012/10/24/romney-obama-letterman-leno/1655251/

  • maculae

    So…moving away from the political thread that this has become. I’m sure there are other places to discuss politics.

    @Brad – saying that Stewart and Colbert are not network worthy hosts based on their appearance on Kimmel is kind of silly. They were guests that brought an act. Just like when Fallon went on Colbert and TDS, he didn’t seem like a late night host either. There’s a big difference in how they act on their own show as the host and on other shows as the guest. In addition to that, they had their own shows to tape that same day.

  • Brad

    @Maculae

    Every time they do something outside of their studio or outside of political satire they seem to be like Kimmel at his worst; a complete lackluster, full of disappointment. I can’t think of one thing they did outside of politics that was worth while. The best one I can think about was the skit where Colbert took back his SuperPac power from Stewart.

    The worst ones in recent history is the awkward sketch/interview for The Campaign with Will Farrel and Zach Galifianakis where Stewart went “Jon Hamm on their ass.” Such an awkward and dry interview. Same thing when Stewart had Cameron Diaz remove his stitches when she was prompting Bad Teacher (I think). I can’t imagine this humour being done every night on network television with a regular talk show.

  • Brad
  • Brad

    I take that back. Anytime Stewart is out of his shell it goes downhill. I love Colbert when he visits Fallon. Their sketches are absolutely hilarious. I remember their Ben & Jerry’s sketch and their Friday song the most. Totally loved it! <3

  • Gary Middleton

    Brad, also highly plausible that Conan’s audience went to any of the other election sources. In a way, the often-repeated notion that Jon Stewart is becoming a rival for conventional news got roughed up last night as Daily Show’s terrific live special was outgunned by CNN about 5 to 1, Fox News 4 to 1, and significantly bested by MSNBC too. That’s just the cablers.

    1.1 would be a phenomenal Stewart number any other night. But on election night, when the whole country is both awake and watching live TV like it’s 1976 again, it’s just ok imo.

  • anonymous

    @Gary
    “1.1 would be a phenomenal Stewart number any other night.”

    You are absolutely right there. It goes to show you that the country takes its civic duty with all due seriousness and solemnity and would rather observe the historic occasion by watching legitimate news outlets instead of Stewart and Colbert.

  • Diana Santiago

    I went to the Late Late Show taping today. My general impressions:

    The warm-up comedian is not good. He forces you to laugh at lame/awful jokes so you can practice your on-air laugh. He went on for too long.
    There is no “Applause” sign on his studio, but the warm-up comedian tells you when to laugh.
    Craig is fantastic at his craft. Super talented. He did have to change the cold open (if you watched the show tonight, the TPIR story was true). The monologue and the interviews come natural to him.
    On the other hand, he had almost zero interaction with the audience. Besides the girl who was on the cold open (which was scratched) he didn’t talked to the audience at all.
    The show is taped continuously. The pauses between acts were 20 seconds at most.
    At the end of the taping, he had a small exchange with the warm-up comedian and he went out fast.
    One final observation: the audience coordinator was looking for people from the crowd exiting The Price is Right taping.
    If you have any questions, let me know!

  • Brad

    Couldn’t agree more with you Gary and anonymous.

    That is quite an analysis Diana. In case I forgot to mention it, Kimmel did interact with the audience a bit during the cold open, pretending one of the worker’s baby was an out-of-wedlock child of Arnold Schwarzenegger. I felt like he was talking more to us than the cameras, but who knows the real truth.

    Okay. Questions.
    - Was there two tapings that day?
    - Ever got to the voice actor for Geoff?
    - I don’t recall you visiting the older studio, but what are your thought on the new studio? Do you think they are using the new studio to its fullest?
    - Would you go back again?

  • anonymous

    How come TBS doesn’t put The Big Bang Theory on Mondays and move Family Guy?
    You’ld figure that would be the best way for them to support Conan.

  • Brad

    BBT for 4 straight days + Saturday?
    Pro: It is only one more day of BBT showings and its a highly rated show.
    Con: How thin will TBS want to spread their use of BBT? When does it become insufficient?

    If I was in charge of TBS, I would try to create a better 1 hour block @ 10pm so Conan can get a better lead in. For me, I would shove an original sitcom in there followed by BBT, or just 2 BBT episodes for the entire block. I still don’t understand why networks don’t play with these ideas but I can only assume it relates to the ads people bought and for their certain time slots

  • Diana Santiago

    - Was there two tapings that day?
    Not with the group I was part of. I do know that yesterday they taped the Billy Cristal interview airing next week.
    - Ever got to the voice actor for Geoff?
    I got to see him for 10 seconds when Craig introduced him at the end of the show, just before he left the stage. The rest of the time he’s behind the set.
    - I don’t recall you visiting the older studio, but what are your thought on the new studio? Do you think they are using the new studio to its fullest?
    This is the first time I attend a taping in any studio. The new studio is nice, it has capacity for 150 (that was what I was told). I don’t have a reference for comparison right now; I could give you a better answer tomorrow, after I attend the Conan taping.
    - Would you go back again?
    If I ever make it to LA again, I would probably do it.

  • Monikka

    Diana,

    Good report but you left out the most important information. How does Ferguson look in person?

  • Brad

    I’m not going to be watching late night television this week. I’m too upset about the loss of Mittens and I can only imagine what the talk show hosts are saying, like how Obama won the electoral college by a while Romney won 49% of the popular vote. Anyways, please let me know what Letterman says about it all.

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