Late Night TV Ratings For November 19-November 23, 2012

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November 30th, 2012

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Via NBC's Press Release

 

NBC’S ‘TONIGHT’ AND ‘LATE NIGHT’ DELIVER #1 RANKINGS FOR THE NOVEMBER SWEEP

 

 

JAY LENO AND JIMMY FALLON TOP THE ABC AND CBS TIME-PERIOD COMPETITION IN VIEWERS 18-49 AND TOTAL VIEWERS

 

JAY INCREASES HIS MARGINS OVER ‘Late Show’ VS. ONE YEAR AGO IN VIEWERS 18-49, 25-54 AND TOTAL VIEWERS; JIMMY STRETCHES HIS LEADS OVER ‘LATE Late Show’ IN VIEWERS 18-34, 18-49 AND 25-54

 

FOR THE WEEK OF NOV. 19-23, JAY AND JIMMY SCORE SEASON HIGHS IN VIEWERS 18-49

 

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – November 30, 2012 – NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" have delivered #1 finishes for the November 2012 sweep, with Jay generating bigger 18-49 and total-viewer audiences than CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman" and ABC's combination of "Nightline" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in the hour, while Jimmy Fallon topped CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" and “Kimmel” in their head-to-head half-hour in 18-49 and total viewers and out-delivered “Late Late Show” in every key ratings category. In "live plus same day" results for the 28-night sweep from Nielsen Media Research, "Tonight" averaged a 0.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.4 million viewers overall and "Late Night" earned a 0.5 in 18-49 and 1.6 million viewers overall.

 

Versus the 2011 November sweep, "Tonight" increased its margins over CBS's "Late Show" in viewers 18-49, viewers 25-54 and total viewers. In 18-49, Jay topped "Late Show" for the month by a 6 percent margin (1.005 million vs. 947,000), reversing the finish of last year, when "Late Show" prevailed by 10 percent. In viewers 25-54, "Tonight's" November 2012 margin is 7 percent (1.305 million vs. 1.216 million), reversing last year's 7 percent advantage for "Late Show." In total viewers, Jay prevailed for the month by 8 percent (3.400 million vs. 3.160 million), up from the year-ago 5 percent margin.

 

At 12:35 a.m. ET, Jimmy Fallon stretched his November sweep margins over "Late Late Show" this year versus last in viewers 18-49, 18-34 and 25-54. In 18-49, Jimmy led by a 14 percent advantage (646,000 vs. 565,000), reversing "Late Late Show's" 4 percent win in November 2011. In viewers 18-34, Jimmy stretched his lead to 41 percent (274,000 vs. 194,000), up from last year's 21 percent. And in viewers 25-54, Jimmy led by 5 percent (766,000 vs. 728,000) after "Late Late Show" prevailed by 2 percent last year.

 

The November sweep concluded during the week of November 19-23, with "Tonight" and "Late Night" scoring season highs in 18-49 viewers. With strong Thursday results following a primetime NFL telecast, Jay delivered 1.240 million viewers 18-49 for the week, best for "Tonight" since September 3-7, and Jimmy averaged 749,000 viewers 18-49 for the week, also his best since September 3-7.

 

For the week of November 19-23, during which some nights were excluded due to the Thanksgiving holiday, Jay and Jimmy out-delivered the ABC and CBS competition in their time periods in every key ratings category: adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers.

 

WEEKLY AVERAGES

 

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of November 19-23. Weekly and sweep 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,” 1.0 rating, 4 share*

 

CBS “Late Show,” 0.8/3*

 

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

 

ABC “Nightline,” 0.7/3*

 

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

 

ABC “Kimmel,” 0.4/2*

 

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

 

NBC “Late Night,” 0.6/3*

 

CBS “Late Late Show,” 0.4/2*

 

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

 

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

 

TOTAL VIEWERS

 

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

 

NBC “Tonight,” 3.6 million viewers*

 

CBS “Late Show,” 3.1 million viewers *

 

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

 

ABC “Nightline,” 3.5 million viewers*

 

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

 

ABC “Kimmel,” 1.8 million viewers*

 

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

 

NBC “Late Night,” 1.8 million viewers*

 

CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.5 million viewers*

 

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

 

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

 

*Results for NBC's Friday, CBS's Thursday and Friday and ABC's Wednesday through Friday are excluded due to the Thanksgiving holiday. "Late Late Show" was an encore on Wednesday.

 

NOVEMBER SWEEP

 

ADULTS 18-49

 

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

 

NBC “Tonight,” 0.8 rating

 

CBS “Late Show,” 0.7

 

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

 

ABC “Nightline,” 0.8

 

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

 

ABC “Kimmel,” 0.5

 

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

 

NBC “Late Night,” 0.5

 

CBS “Late Late Show,” 0.4

 

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

 

NBC “Last Call,” 0.3

 

TOTAL VIEWERS

 

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

 

NBC “Tonight,” 3.4 million viewers

 

CBS “Late Show,” 3.2 million viewers

 

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

 

ABC “Nightline,” 3.8 million viewers

 

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

 

ABC “Kimmel,” 2.0 million viewers

 

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

 

NBC “Late Night,” 1.6 million viewers

 

CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.6 million viewers

 

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

 

NBC “Last Call,” 0.9 million viewers

 

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,” 0.5/3

 

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,” 3.4 million viewers

 

CBS “Late Show,” 3.1 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,” 1.7 million viewers

 

CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.5 million viewers

 

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

 

NBC “Last Call,” 0.9 million viewers

 

SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK OF NOVEMBER 19-23

 

NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING

 

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. ET, “The Daily Show,” 0.4 (with encore telecasts)**

 

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 0.3 (with encore telecasts)**

 

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.4 (with encore telecasts)

 

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 0.8

 

Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.5

 

Each adult 18-49 rating point equals 1.27 million viewers

 

TOTAL VIEWERS

 

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. “The Daily Show,” 0.9 million (with encore telecasts)**

 

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 0.7 million (with encore telecasts)**

 

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.9 million (with encore telecasts)

 

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 2.0 million

 

Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.3 million

 

**Comedy Central shows were preempted Thursday.

 

 

 

 
  • Gary Middleton

    ABC’s reported sweep numbers don’t quite line up with NBC’s but the result is the same. Leno squeaked it out again. The sweeps result is particularly decent because it doesn’t include that big post-NFL number (came a day after sweeps) nor the big Obama number (came a day before sweeps):

    2012 November Sweep:
    PROGRAM AVERAGES TOTAL VIEWERS A25-54(000)/ Rtg A18-49(000)/ Rtg

    ABC ”Nightline” 3,859,000 1,411,000/ 1.2 1,079,000/ 0.9
    CBS “Late Show” 3,206,000 1,231,000/ 1.0 959,000/ 0.8
    NBC “Tonight Show” 3,456,000 1,324,000/ 1.1 1,018,000/ 0.8

    Week of November 19, 2012:
    PROGRAM AVERAGES TOTAL VIEWERS A25-54(000)/ Rtg A18-49(000)/ Rtg

    ABC ”Nightline” 3,531,000 1,222,000/ 1.0 918,000/ 0.7
    CBS “Late Show” 3,090,000 1,218,000/ 1.0 966,000/ 0.8
    NBC “Tonight Show” 3,639,000 1,532,000/ 1.3 1,240,000/ 1.0

  • Tony

    Wow, not a bad week for Leno. He actually beat Nightline.

  • Tony

    Daily Show probably won the demo race this week.

  • Nick

    Why the uptick for Leno? Really good numbers though.

  • Brad

    I was watching Jimmy Kimmel last night and glad I did. Turns out Kimmel is a conservative. Martin Short, bless his soul (especially for being a liberal being sympathetic to a conservative), said that he was sorry to Kimmel about the elections saying how hard it must be for him. Why would it be so hard for him unless Romney lost eh? Also, his conservatism makes sense thanks to his buddy Adam Carolla’s sharing his thoughts constantly, being the one to have Herman Cain on his talk show after his “scandal”, and his taste in political jokes. Jokes featuring Romney weren’t so hateful but fun (i absoletly LOVED Romney’s jet pack clip). I also see him bring to light more of Joe Biden’s gaffes and craziness then anyone else in late night.

    I hope you all don’t stop watching him now because of the discovery, but I’m glad to see that it isn’t 100% liberals running late night television.

  • Aaron

    Brad, doesn’t seem like Kimmel has strong thoughts politically, at least not strong enough to get in his way. After all, David Letterman is still his biggest role model.

  • Peter

    Brad…well i don’t know…i think the whole thing was meant as a joke from Short… (Kimmel doesn’t see only black&white, he chooses whatever he likes from both political directions). Anyway, about conservatives in late night – i believe Craig Ferguson is a conservative, and a very smart one.

  • Brad

    I agree Aaron, if he is political it is suddel, which I like.

    I actually think Ferguson is a libertarian. He’s never really a fan of the Goverment, taking jabs at it whenever he can, and he’s not really interested in having political guests on the show. Quick question though, isn’t he anti-guns?

  • Gary Middleton

    Nick, Leno’s spike last week was due to an NFL lead-in on Thursday night. Amazing because the Tonight Show didn’t start until 12:20 a.m. in the east, but the power of the NFL can’t be blunted. It had even greater impact on the weekly number because it was only a 4-show week for Jay.

    Tony, I think Leno beats Nightline most weeks.

  • Aaron

    Brad, Craig never really explicitly states his political views, so we don’t fully know what his positions are. I think he makes fun of the government because it is entertaining.

  • Diana Santiago
  • Brad

    “He’s laughing his laugh, with the heh-HEH and the hee-hee-HEE”

    That’s his laugh all right. lol

  • Gary Middleton

    That first picture in the gallery of Dave and Obama is wild. They are roughly the same height, but Dave insists on massively towering over his guests including the President.

    Just as Dave insists on towering over whomever he dates. Merrill worked for him, Regina worked for him, Stephanie worked for him, and there were apparently several in between. Dave is a massively successful, multimillionaire icon but hard to imagine him ever dating someone of stature with the wherewithal to walk away.

  • Gary Middleton

    btw, Jay and several of the others are also guilty of elevating their chairs for sure. Dave’s altitude is just crazy.

  • Brad

    Throughout Dave’s interview with Obama I thought how un-presidential he looked. Like if he was a student talking to the Dean of the school.

  • Brad

    Sometimes you want that, to look like an average fellow. Americans love that stuff. An average guy making his way to the top. But I personally thought Obama looked weak in the video. He didn’t come off as very strong with his thoughts, ideas, premise of the future, etc. I did enjoy it the interview and I liked how Obama came across as a nice man who’s trying to do what he can to better the country.

  • JBS

    Thanks for the link Diana!

  • Gary Middleton

    Decent turn by Jay Leno in Blake Shelton’s excellent Christmas special tonight.

    And yes, there was a shot at Jay in the Letterman Kennedy Center tribute.

  • Brad

    I know we talked about it before, but I forget what we concluded.

    If you were CBS and know that Leno is leaving at the end of 2014, what do you do about Letterman? Do leave him in for a year and see how he does against the new kid (presumably Fallon) as he had success against O’Brien? Do you put in a new guy at the same time NBC puts in their new guy? What do you do?

  • Gary Middleton

    Brad, I think they would be very loathe to push out David Letterman unless they had some killer idea for a replacement, and they probably don’t. Maybe they hope he leaves voluntarily, and maybe they slash his fees to the point that he decides to bail, but I don’t think they will fire David Letterman.

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