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.

 

 

 

 
  • Monikka

    “a shot at Jay in the Letterman Kennedy Center tribute.”

    By whom? I need more info but this sounds like a serious lack of class to me.

  • Gary Middleton

    Monikka, the special will air Dec. 26, but for now we have the Associated Press report:

    “Alec Baldwin offered a Top 10 reasons Letterman was winning the award, including the fact that he didn’t leave late night for a six-month stint in primetime — a not-so-subtle dig at rival Jay Leno.”

    Not a huge surprise, as Baldwin boycotts the Leno show and 30 Rock takes countless shots at Jay.

    The problem is, even when Dave receives the honor that he says “supersedes everything”, Jay Leno was on the collective brain to the point where it was one of only 3 lines AP cited about Dave’s tribute. Would be a much higher watermark if Dave could be defined without reference to this other guy. I doubt Johnny’s Kennedy tribute had references to Merv or Arsenio or Joan Rivers.

  • Monikka

    ” Would be a much higher watermark if Dave could be defined without reference to this other guy.”

    Well said. I agree. Let’s hope Letterman doesn’t bring up Leno himself.

  • Gary Middleton

    Do you mean during the tribute? The recipients don’t speak at the Kennedy Center.

    .458 for Conan last week.

  • Brad

    Never mention your enemy when being honored unless he is in the room. Obviously, Jay wasn’t.

    Letterman says he will leave once Moonves tell him too. By your standards Gary it sounds like Letterman will leave in a coffin, something Leno dreams about with The Tonight Show. It is possible they could keep slashing the show until Letterman goes or he leaves on his own accord because, let’s face it, Letterman isn’t exactly stellar health wise.

  • Brad

    One point I hadn’t thought about which you mentioned. How you don’t take away a sure thing with something else unless it is a stellar plan. Ferguson could work at 11:35. I don’t know. But the thing is there is enough of a doubt to make it not desirable. I find very few people who believe Fallon isn’t a proper successor to Leno. Does Fallon have more to work on like his interviewing skills, especially for big events like politicians. Yes! But for Pete’s sake, Leno isn’t significantly better than Fallon in those situations, so why fight about it.

  • Gary Middleton

    “By your standards Gary it sounds like Letterman will leave in a coffin, something Leno dreams about with The Tonight Show.”

    One of the many myths created about Leno is that he is more reluctant to give up the trappings of office than any of the other players in the genre. Other than Kilborn, nobody in the post-Carson generation has walked away voluntarily. Carson himself hung on to nearly age 67, half a decade older than Jay is now.

    Dave tends to emulate Johnny and on some level surely knows it’s time to go, but it remains to be seen if and when he can pull the trigger. He has a complication Johnny didn’t have, of course: the office is his source of young women to score with. Once he’s on the ranch full time, it’s not just the end of his showbiz career.

    btw, it apparently wasn’t that easy for Johnny to pull the trigger either, and some of the literature suggests it wasn’t entirely without regret. Maybe that weighs on Dave too.

  • Douglas in TN

    ” He has a complication Johnny didn’t have, of course: the office is his source of young women to score with.”

    That’s just silly. At no time in a thirty year career did Letterman set himself up as a saint, and nobody ever referred to himself as creepy more than he himself. You’re implying that Letterman, when not taping his show, prowls the halls of the Ed searching for victims. Ridiculous.

  • Gary Middleton

    Not implying any of that, Douglas. Not sure what connection that would even have to the conversation Brad and I were having.

  • Aaron

    Has the site stopped letting us embed videos in comments? I tried posting a link along with my comment yesterday but nothing is on the page.

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