Late Night TV Ratings For October 29-November 2, 2012

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November 9th, 2012

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Via NBC's Press Release

JIMMY FALLON DELIVERS HIS BIGGEST 18-49 AND TOTAL-VIEWER RESULTS IN EIGHT WEEKSSEASON TO DATE, JAY HAS INCREASED HIS YEAR-AGO MARGINS OVER 'LATE SHOW' IN VIEWERS 18-34, 18-49 AND 25-54UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – November 9, 2012 – NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" have generated #1 results for the late-night week of October 29-November 2, with Jay delivering a bigger 18-49 audience than CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman" and Jimmy topping CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" in every key ratings category.

Jimmy Fallon generated his biggest 18-49 audience and overall viewership in eight weeks, since the week of September 3-7, which benefitted from a high-rated overrun from the NFL season-opening telecast on September 5.

Note that Nielsen considers the October 29-November 2 week a "breakout" due to extensive disruptions caused by Hurricane Sandy, and the week's data will not be included in season program averages.

Season to date, "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. 904,000), eliminating last year's "Late Show" advantage of 2 percent. Jay has also generated a 25-54 advantage this season of 5 percent (1.250 million vs. 1.188 million) after trailing by 1 percent at this point last year, while stretching his 18-34 lead to 23 percent (340,000 vs. 276,000) up from last year’s 10 percent.


(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of October 29-November 2. 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,” 0.8 rating, 3 share*

CBS “Late Show,” 0.7/3*

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

ABC “Nightline,” 0.9/4*

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

ABC “Kimmel,” 0.7/3*

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

NBC “Late Night,” 0.6/3*

CBS “Late Late Show,” 0.5/3*

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

NBC “Last Call,” 0.3/2 (in encore telecasts)*


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

NBC “Tonight,” 3.4 million viewers*

CBS “Late Show,” 3.4 million viewers*

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

ABC “Nightline,” 4.2 million viewers*

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

ABC “Kimmel,” 2.3 million viewers*

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

NBC “Late Night,” 1.8 million viewers*

CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.7 million viewers*

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

NBC “Last Call,” 1.0 million viewers (in encore telecasts)*

* All programs for the week were considered "breakouts" by Nielsen due to Hurricane Sandy disruptions, and will not be included in season program averages. Monday's "Last Call" was an original


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


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



Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. ET, “The Daily Show,” 0.6**

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 0.5**

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


Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. “The Daily Show,” 1.6 million**

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 1.2 million**

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.9 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

** Comedy Central ran encores Monday and Tuesday due to Hurricane Sandy


  • jcfreder

    From the Nightline release:

    During the week, ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” stood as the No. 3 talk show in late-night in both Total Viewers (2.298 million) and Adults 18-49 (857,000), behind only CBS’ “The Late Show with David Letterman” (3.447 million and 944,000) and NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (3.426 million and 971,000).

    So Dave lost in 18-49 but actually won total viewers? That is a very unusual combo for these guys. Although given the lead-ins it makes a certain amount of sense – NBC and CBS are very close in 18-49 lead-in but CBS has a huge advantage in total viewers.

  • Gary Middleton

    Great points, JC. Wild week in any case, with both the hurricane spotlight on Dave and the hurricane pre-emptions. So wild that Nielsen is excluding the whole week from season averages. Presumably from sweeps calculations as well. In any case, Jay survives one more week when he could easily have been wiped out.

    Meanwhile, Jay’s demo overnights this week are averaging above 1.0, quite materially higher than usual. Not expecting anywhere near there when all is said and done, but he seems destined for a spike. Maybe the election and aftermath had news viewership up at NBC affiliates, as NBC did seem to dominate the network election competition.

    Can’t be good for Chelsea that she no longer exists in these releases.

  • Brad

    immel with a 0.7 and especially Fallon with a 0.6? Wow!

  • Diana Santiago

    Nielsen is scratching Kimmel’s Brooklyn week? Wow, I would be pissed.

  • Diana Santiago

    Here’s the summary for Conan’s taping:

    The check-in/waiting area is inside a parking structure. There is place to seat while waiting to get your tickets. Most fans get there before noon to get first seats. The staff starts giving the tickets at 12:30 pm, and after that you can go get lunch. Parking is free. At 3:00 pm they start gathering groups in order and you have a looooong walk ahead. That day it was cold and raining and we had to walk through the rain. The staff had clean towels waiting for us when we arrived to the studio.

    The warm-up comedian is Jimmy Pardo (of Never Not Funny fame). He’s great and sharp. Huge difference from Chunky B (LLS warm-up). Lot of interaction with the audience, and he’s an ace at improvisation. The band played two songs and the musicians interact with the audience too. Everyone was really pumped up and ready when they started the taping.

    Conan has an “Applause” sign in his studio, which is only used when coming before and after commercial breaks and after a guest clip. It was not used during the monologue.

    Conan’s show is live-to-tape. Contrary to Craig, Conan show is carefully produced. During breaks, Conan review production notes with his staff. I noticed the camera marks on the floor for the comedy sketch. Cue cards are used.

    During the monologue, Conan reacts to the audience reaction. He’s really close to the audience (in fact, there is no physical barrier between the audience and the stage, unlike the Late Late Show). During this taping, he didn’t interact with the audience as much as he did on the road shows. At the end of the show, he sang “The end of the show song” walking through the audience, and then he asked the audience for 5 minutes to be a test audience for a remote sketch (I know they do that frequently, as I’ve heard from other people that have been part of the audience).

    In size, I would say that the stage area of Conan is just a bit larger than the Late Late Show area (biggest difference I would say is the musical guest area. Seating area is way superior, with cushioned, theater-style seats.

    Any questions?

  • GARebelman

    There are some exclusions from these averages so some are more inflated or deflated than usual

    Week of October 29, 2012
    PROGRAM AVERAGES TOTAL VIEWERS A25-54(000)/ Rtg A18-49(000)/ Rtg
    ABC “Nightline” 4,203,000 1,571,000/ 1.3 1,190,000/ 0.9
    CBS “Late Show” 3,447,000 1,255,000/ 1.1 944,000/ 0.7
    NBC “Tonight Show” 3,426,000 1,280,000/ 1.1 971,000/ 0.8

  • 3Monkeys Productions

    How does Chelsea Lately Rate?

  • Eroll Muller

    Who actually watches Chelsea Lately on the E! network to begin with? That’s the question that everybody’s wondering a lot, and yet the big newspaper guys are speculating that she’s the big woman to take over for Carson Daly or Jimmy Fallon. How stupid can those people be? Chelsea Handler’s jokes are just as funny as Carson Daly’s jokes are, if not even worse. She can’t even do a late night talk show as good as any of the other late night hosts. My guess to that question is a 0.1 rating, and a 0.4 million viewers every night that she doesn’t have the lead-in of the Kardashians eating junk food.

  • Elie Muller

    The truth has been revealed from everybody and this website. Nobody even watches Chelsea Lately on E! right now, Chelsea Handler is not the next ruler of late night television, and she’s even worse than Carson Daly. Besides, the only way that she can get huge ratings is if the Kardashians are eating junk food and jiggling their fat bellies on television before them. Come on! More people watch Carson Daly, Jimmy Fallon, and as a matter of fact, TJ Holmes than watch Chelsea Handler eat cheeseburgers for an entire half hour or hour or all night as it seems to be in the new studio. The only way that E! would give Chelsea Handler a bigger studio is because of the fact that she’s too fat for her old one.

  • 3Monkeys Productions

    Now that that’s done. Does any one have an actual informed opinion/knowledge of her numbers?

  • Gary Middleton

    3M, since she dropped below the level needed to show up in this site’s top 100 cable programs, my guess is she’s lucky if she does a 0.3 and it could even be 0.2.

    In fairness, her entire channel seems AWOL from that list and a lot of these hosts would have similar numbers in that circumstance.

  • Brad

    It amazes me though that she makes all this money at the network and is able to get a newly made studio all while get 0.3s in the ratings. I just dont know how it’s possible but it is.

    PS: I’m pretty much over the lose Mittens. I should be able to watch next weeks late night shows. :)

  • anonymous

    You’ll have Hillary Clinton vs. Jeb Bush to look forward to in 4 years. Stewart and Colbert are already salivating.

  • Eroll Muller

    Did you see Craig Ferguson’s show last week? He said that he was going to get Richie Sambora as his band leader for his house band very soon. When I saw it online, I thought: “It took him 8 years to actually find a band leader, and he finally chose one too late!? That’s crazy!” How many of you will watch his late night show when he actually gets a house band? Will it help him get ready for the 11:30 spot that has been occupied on CBS for 20 years by David Letterman, or will it encourage Carson Daly to do better in the ratings?!

  • Elie Muller

    It’s official! Craig Ferguson’s actually getting Richie Sambora to be his band leader for his new “Late Late Show” orchestra! We all knew that it’ll take some time before he gets a house band, but we didn’t know that it’ll take him 8 years to finally come to his senses! This will be really great! Kristen Bell is going to follow him and David Letterman at 1:30 next year, Craig Ferguson’s getting practice for 11:30, and there has been some talk that if David Letterman retires in 2015, and if Craig Ferguson takes his place, then Carson Daly will leave NBC to go to CBS if NBC doesn’t give him 12:30 soon; which they should have done in 2007 when he was celebrating 5 years at 1:30! By the way, did you know that in a couple of months Carson Daly will celebrate 11 years at 1:30?! That’ll be big news for him because he’ll get some competition by then!

  • GARebelman

    Oh boy Brad I bet Letterman was having an on screen “moment” over the Mittins loss. That man doesn’t even bother to try to be neutral anymore. Which is odd as there is footage of Letterman and Rush of all people having an actual interview ON TV when he first got his CBS show. Boy how times have changed.

  • Gary Middleton

    “It’s official! Craig Ferguson’s actually getting Richie Sambora to be his band leader for his new “Late Late Show” orchestra!”

    Where has this been made official?

  • Aaron

    Gary, it’s not true. I thought Bill blocked Elie from posting?

  • Douglas in TN

    I’ve DVR’d Craig the last few weeks, and didn’t hear him say anything about a band.

    One of the many charms of Ferguson’s show is that he has in many ways wisely avoided the cookie cutter formats of his colleagues and competitors…he rarely does a lengthy Leno-type monologue, has genuine conversations with guests, and, yes, has no house band.

    Any attempt to push Ferguson into turning his show into a Tonight Show clone would be unfortunate.

  • Gary Middleton

    Thanks, Aaron. No, blocking only applied to sock puppets, and the Mullers don’t really qualify since they’re obviously up front about being from the same source.

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