Late Night TV Ratings For November 26-November 30, 2012

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December 6th, 2012

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Via NBC's Press Release

 

NBC'S 'Tonight Show' AND 'LATE NIGHT' SCORE #1 FINISHES FOR THE WEEK OF NOV. 26-30
JAY LENO GENERATES HIS BIGGEST OVERALL VIEWERSHIP IN FIVE WEEKS

IN REBROADCAST, JIMMY FALLON OUT-DELIVERS 'LATE Late Show' ORIGINALS IN 18-49 AND TOTAL VIEWERS

SEASON TO DATE, JAY HAS INCREASED HIS YEAR-AGO MARGINS OVER 'Late Show' IN 18-34, 18-49, 25-54 AND TOTAL VIEWERS AND JIMMY HAS EXTENDED HIS LEADS OVER 'LATE Late Show' IN 18-49 AND 18-34

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – December 6, 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 November 26-30, with Jay delivering bigger 18-49 and total-viewer audiences than CBS's encore telecasts of "Late Show with David Letterman" and ABC's combination of "Nightline" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in the hour, while "Late Night" rebroadcasts topped originals of CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" in 18-49 and total viewers. Note that "Kimmel" was in rebroadcast on Thursday and Friday.

Jay delivered a five-week high in total viewers, with his 3.6 million being "Tonight's" top average since the week of October 22-26 (3.7 million).

Season to date for the 2012-13 season, "Tonight" has stretched its leads versus one year ago over CBS's "Late Show" in viewers 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54 plus total viewers. In viewers 18-49, "Tonight" has established a margin over "Late Show" of 11 percent (1.026 million vs. 924,000), eliminating last year's "Late Show" advantage of 3 percent. Jay has also generated a 25-54 advantage this season of 9 percent (1.313 million vs. 1.206 million) after trailing by 1 percent at this point last year, stretched his 18-34 lead to 18 percent (347,000 vs. 295,000), up from last year’s 10 percent, and increased his total-viewer margin to 12 percent (3.456 million vs. 3.085 million), up from last year's 11 percent.

Jimmy Fallon has established a 15 percent lead over "Late Late Show" this season in viewers 18-49 (664,000 vs. 579,000), up from 10 percent at this point last season, and in viewers 18-34, Jimmy's lead over "Late Late Show" this season is 42 percent (286,000 vs. 201,000), up from a 38 percent margin at this point last season.

WEEKLY AVERAGES

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of November 26-30. 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 (in encore telecasts)

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

ABC “Nightline,” 0.9/3

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

ABC “Kimmel,” 0.5/2*

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

NBC “Late Night,” 0.5/3 (in encore telecasts)

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,” 3.6 million viewers

CBS “Late Show,” 2.9 million viewers (in encore telecasts)

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

ABC “Nightline,” 4.3 million viewers

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

ABC “Kimmel,” 2.1 million viewers*

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

NBC “Late Night,” 1.6 million viewers (in encore telecasts)

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)

*Thursday and Friday’s “Kimmel” were encores.

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,” 3.5 million viewers

CBS “Late Show,” 3.1 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

SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK OF NOVEMBER 26-30

NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. ET, “The Daily Show,” 0.8

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 0.6

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, 0.7

Each adult 18-49 rating point equals 1.27 million viewers

TOTAL VIEWERS

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. “The Daily Show,” 1.9 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, 2.0 million

Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.4 million

 

 

 

 

 
  • Dan

    Wow, so new Leno shows generate a 0.8 against repeats of Dave which get 0.7. I really thought Leno would be higher and Dave would be lower.

  • Gary Middleton

    Dan, it’s a slightly bigger spread than it looks- Dave was around 0.67, Jay 0.82- but yes Jay has certainly hit a ceiling in the mid-0.8s barring a Presidential-level event or NFL lead-in. And it’s pretty hard for Dave to go lower than mid-0.6s when CBS has new episodes of everything at 10.

    Mildly interesting that Fallon’s reruns basically tie Kimmel despite starting 35 minutes later. Maybe it’s tough to go after Nightline, maybe the midnight start time is just too much of a no man’s land. But I wonder if anyone at ABC frets that this is a preview of how Kimmel would fare vs. Fallon when both are at 11:30.

  • Bumfuzzled

    Jay really could jazz up his show. Ricky is almost invisible compared to the inter-actions Jay had with Kevin. Also, some of Jay’s bits after his monolouge are phoned in and could be MUCH better.

  • Brad

    I agree with you about Leno but with this…

    “[Letterman] 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.” – Gary Middleton

    Do you honestly believe Letterman is doing the show so he can get some? Do I think Letterman is pure right now after his last sex scandal? I don’t think so. But that can’t be what’s delaying this whole Letterman-era from ending.

  • Brad

    Direct competition will do good for Kimmel. Those who wait for 11:35 and had to choose between Letterman or Leno will now get a third option who I believe is better than those two. (You could say Colbert has always been a third option if you really want to)

    Nightline as lead-in also isn’t helpful. Regardless of the ratings, a news program is not a perfect lead-in for a variety show. Imagine if Conan had to follow a news program. He’d tank like he did when he followed NBC’s 11 o’clock news. (Hahaha. I’m jk. I know the real truth of what happened).

  • Brad

    Joan Rivers talks about Carson again and why he never spoke to her. Hopefully someone can pull some juicy quotes out of here for me. Much appreciated!

    http://tv.yahoo.com/news/joan-rivers-why-johnny-carson-never-ever-spoke-050000358.html

  • Gary Middleton

    “Do you honestly believe Letterman is doing the show so he can get some?”

    In part, absolutely. I don’t even know why that’s such a controversial assumption.

  • Gary Middleton

    Holy cow, Brad, what a great article by Joan Rivers. The interesting parts to me were about stand up in general, not so much about Carson, since she really doesn’t reveal much there. And she still doesn’t seem to understand the difference between going off to do your own show and competing head-to-head. If she quit guest hosting Tonight to do a sitcom or a daytime show, it would not have been a problem.

    Funny thing is she was so massive guest hosting Carson in the 80s. I saw her do stand up around that time, she jammed a 3000 seat theater for 2 shows and the atmosphere was so charged it felt like the place might explode. I see why she thought her own vehicle had to happen.

  • Monikka

    Hmm, I wrote the same comment twice because the first one didn’t post. This is a test.

  • Tony

    ” Mildly interesting that Fallon’s reruns basically tie Kimmel despite starting 35 minutes later. ”

    Kimmel’s audience is simply older than Fallon’s audience. Kimmel pulls 2.1 million total viewers, 500K more than Fallon.

  • Gary Middleton

    Tony, that’s another thing the ABC guys wouldn’t be thrilled about. But you can see that, season-to-date, the total viewer spread between Kimmel and Fallon is only about 10%.

  • Monikka

    Les Moonves was recently quoted as saying the 18-49 demo is the biggest BS number in the business. I found the very recent quote at a competing site and this site won’t let me post it. You can google it. He said “lazy” reporters are always trumpeting that demo but shows can make a lot of money and still be weak in that demo, 60 Minutes, for example.

    Moonves knows more than we do about this. I trust him and I further understand his championing of Ferguson.

  • Diana Santiago

    Les Moonves playing Fan Excuse Bingo!

  • Gary Middleton

    Monikka, Moonves doesn’t just know more than we do, he knows everything there is to know about this. But he’s not obligated to share it with us.

    What he is obligated to do is stump for his network, which obviously has long had a commanding lead in viewers over 50. Moonves and his stats deputy David Poltrack have been on this campaign for years.

  • Gary Middleton

    Conan takes a fascinating swipe at the internet irony culture that has been heralded as his fan base, and at himself, in an outstanding piece of writing for Vanity Fair:

    http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2013/01/conan-obrien-dystopian-comedy-future

  • Diana Santiago
  • Diana Santiago

    Serious Jibber-Jabber Episode 3 with statistician Nate Silver:

    http://teamcoco.com/video/nate-silver-serious-jibber-jabber

  • Neal

    Leno is still da man!

  • Jim LaForte

    The Letterman era is not supposed to be ending or coming to a close any time soon. His current contract runs through 2014 whether or not he is still playing around in his office. LOL! I think that it must be difficult for people in this sort of position to just walk away. How does one give up all of the adulation of a standing ovation? Or the hefty paycheck? Or the responsibility of keeping hundreds of people gainfully employed? Or the electricity of being a focal point to millions of viewers each night? Once one gets a bit of the “juice” doing television, it is very hard to walk away from. Les Moonves is a genius and trust me, the “Late Show” is making a fortune for CBS.

  • Monikka

    “Les Moonves playing Fan Excuse Bingo!”

    He’s not making excuses. He’s explaining the nuanced realities of his business–nuances that are beyond the comprehension or interest of most TV journalists or TV ratings junkies.

    “Les Moonves is a genius and trust me, the “Late Show” is making a fortune for CBS.”

    Moonves is genius at what he does (the merits of which we can debate later) and I think he’s got to be very happy with the Letterman/Ferguson tandem. While the other networks fret and rearrange, he’s got the two most talented late night hosts one after the other and both seem happy with their situation. If Ferguson were chomping at the bit to take over for Letterman, then Moonves might have a problem but that isn’t the case right now.

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