Late Night TV Ratings For December 3-December 7, 2012

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December 13th, 2012

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Via NBC's Press Release

'Tonight Show' AND 'LATE NIGHT' EARN #1 FINISHES FOR THE WEEK OF DEC. 3-7

 

 

JAY LENO AND JIMMY FALLON DELIVER BIGGER 18-49 AND OVERALL AUDIENCES THAN THE ABC AND CBS COMPETITION IN THEIR TIME PERIODS

 

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

 

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – December 13, 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 December 3-7, with Jay delivering 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 and "Late Night" topping CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," as well as “Kimmel” for their head-to-head half-hour, in all key categories. Note that "Kimmel" was in rebroadcast last week.

 

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. In viewers 18-49, "Tonight" has established a margin over "Late Show" of 11 percent (1.030 million vs. 925,000), eliminating last year's "Late Show" advantage of 3 percent. Jay has also generated a 25-54 advantage this season of 8 percent (1.314 million vs. 1.214 million) after trailing by 1 percent at this point last year, and has stretched his 18-34 lead to 16 percent (343,000 vs. 296,000), up from last year’s 12 percent.

 

Jimmy Fallon has established a 16 percent lead over "Late Late Show" this season in viewers 18-49 (665,000 vs. 572,000), up from 11 percent at this point last season, and in viewers 18-34, Jimmy's lead over "Late Late Show" this season is 41 percent (282,000 vs. 200,000), up from a 39 percent margin at this point last season.

 

"Tonight" delivered a bigger 18-49 audience than "Late Show" for the sixth time in the last seven weeks, while Jimmy Fallon has attracted a bigger 18-49 audience than "Late Late Show" for nine weeks in a row.

 

WEEKLY AVERAGES

 

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of December 3-7. 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,” 0.9/3

 

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

 

ABC “Kimmel,” 0.5/2 (in encore telecasts)

 

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*

 

TOTAL VIEWERS

 

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

 

NBC “Tonight,” 3.5 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,” 1.8 million viewers (in encore telecasts)

 

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*

 

*Friday’s “Last Call” was an encore.

 

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 DECEMBER 3-7

 

NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING

 

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. ET, “The Daily Show,” 0.7

 

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

 

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.4

 

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,” 1.7 million

 

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 1.3 million

 

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 1.0 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

 

 

 

 

 
  • Gary Middleton

    Another solid win for NBC, as Dave seems to have re-taken the lead in the race to oblivion. Last year at this time, Dave held a season-to-date lead: “Tonight has established a margin over Late Show of 11 percent (1.030 million vs. 925,000), eliminating last year’s “Late Show” advantage of 3 percent.” Revolution has everything to do with that.

    Last week’s #s:

    PROGRAM AVERAGES TOTAL VIEWERS A25-54(000)/ Rtg A18-49(000)/ Rtg

    ABC “Nightline” 3,839,000 1,452,000/ 1.2 1,131,000/ 0.9

    CBS “Late Show” 3,159,000 1,266,000/ 1.1 920,000/ 0.7

    NBC “Tonight Show” 3,503,000 1,299,000/ 1.1 1,041,000/ 0.8

  • Douglas in TN

    Obscurity? A large exaggeration. Leno’s numbers, often, aren’t much higher. Jay, then, must be falling further into obscurity.

  • Gary Middleton

    Oblivion. They’re both headed there for sure. Natural function of being a network host in his 60s. Imagine how much of their rapidly declining 18-49 audience is in their upper 40s.

  • Brad

    Some Stewart news. Talks about Hugh Grant being his least favorite guest, being a diva on the show. Also talks about his humble beginnings being not so humble. Staff was very unwelcoming and wanted his agent to get him out of doing The Daily Show. Thank god James Dixon didn’t.

    http://tv.yahoo.com/news/stewart-grant-least-favorite-guest-ever-190000613.html

  • Brad

    Everyone okay out there?

  • GARebelman

    Nobody here but us chickens :P Slow chat this week I see so I’ll ask a question. Any premiere Kimmel predictions in January? And in the foreseeable future, what do you see his long term demo and/or viewers bottoming out at?

  • Gary Middleton

    GAR, the hardest part about that for me is I have no idea about ABC’s durability at 10 p.m. Particularly in the 30 weeks a year that there aren’t new drama episodes. I’ll guess Kimmel can hold the .7 to 0.8 range while Dave and Jay ultimately slide below that, leaving Kimmel #1 in broadcast.

    Obviously if Dave announces his retirement, he’ll get a spike into his final half-year. But on a normalized basis, age works too heavily against Jay and Dave.

    Once Kimmel moves to 11:30, I would expect a lot of guests to make it their first L.A. stop instead of Leno.

  • Diana Santiago

    I think this weekend has been a little bit too heavy for everyone. Regarding guests doing their first LA stop at Kimmel, I think that’s already happening.

  • Brad

    Kimmel won’t win late night because he’s the best in the business. He will win because Letterman and Leno and their audience are aging. My prediction is he gets 0.8s while the other two get 0.6-0.7s. Worst comes to worst they all go into a three-way tie, but I doubt that because Letterman never really beats Leno regardless of the added overnights. It only gets really close.

    I think the days of 0.9/1.0s ended in 2010. The only way you can get back to that level is with a reinvented late night format or most likely a new host. I think when Fallon replaces Leno you will see great ratings (unless they keep him in his current and don’t care about the 11:30 slot like the use to).

    “Regarding guests doing their first LA stop at Kimmel, I think that’s already happening.”

    I think that’s already happening too Diana.

  • Gary Middleton

    Still very rare for lead guests, vast majority of cases it’s Leno first.

    I think after Kimmel moves, “Kimmel first” might become the rule, particularly for younger guests.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Worst comes to worst they all go into a three-way tie”

    Even if that happens, your first instinct of a Kimmel lead would gradually come to pass because of the mathematical certainty that Dave and Jay’s audiences are rapidly exiting the demo.

  • Gary Middleton

    Paul Shaffer was present for the opening monologue of SNL tonight. Martin Short acknowledged him momentarily, and of course…mentioned Leno.

  • Brad

    It’s starting to become “Kimmel first”. Not exactly there yet.

    ABC may have an unstable 10pm situation, but it is nowhere near NBC’s problem and look what Leno has been doing with that for his ratings. Kimmel should be able to work with his lead-in a lot better with just the 11 o’clock news, not that plus Nightline.

    Does anyone want to refute that Kimmel takes the lead come January?

  • Gary Middleton

    “It’s starting to become “Kimmel first”.”

    Straighten me out on this one, Brad, because I’m not seeing it. Who are some of the Leno lead guests recently who had done Kimmel in the preceding days?

  • Brad

    On the lighter side of things… Somebody said that this picture of John Kerry looks like Jay Leno and I have to agree with him. I had a good laugh.

    http://news.yahoo.com/photos/john-kerry-nominated-secretary-state-sources-photo-231237799–abc-news-politics.html

  • Gary Middleton

    It does! Especially if he’s trying to high five a constituent.

  • kscottk11

    “Does anyone want to refute that Kimmel takes the lead come January?”

    Temporary, maybe, Brad, but I’m not sure for how long. I question the longevity of Kimmel’s show at the 11:30 hour.

    I think maybe a bigger, broader 11:30 audience might find him less appealing rather quickly.

    IMO, ABC TV might have over estimated Kimmel’s 11:30 mainstream appeal. We’ll find out soon enough.

  • Gary Middleton

    ks, can’t he win by default as long as his opposition is approaching 70 years of age?

    In other words, can’t you be totally right about Kimmel’s appeal while Kimmel still wins the 18-49 contest?

  • kscottk11

    I know David Letterman taped Friday’s show on Thursday the day before the tragic Connecticut school shooting. But for Letterman not to somehow acknowledge the tragedy in his home state of Connecticut on Friday’s show was a big mistake.

    Dave can be one of the more eloquent speakers after a tragedy.

    Leno awkwardly said something about the tragic event on Friday’s Tonight Show. And his guest Tavis Smiley also said something.

    I’m in California and I just think Letterman “looks bad” for not being there to say something to his audience.

  • Brad

    By a logical standpoint I am honestly with Leno when he disregards tragedies. He is paid to make people laugh, not sulk and wallow, but everyone loves to see the other side of these comedians like when Ferguson re-taped the intro to his show for the Dark Knight Rises tragedy which was heartfelt. I wish Letterman could have done something like that, but instead they had a white text at the bottom of the screen saying “This Show Was Taped On Thursday” or something like that.

    It is these kind of things that make people networks not want to pre-tape their shows. It is one thing to have a light-hearted talk show like Watch What Happens on cable, but when you are a late night show following the 11 o’clock news where all stations are covering the same tragedy, yeah, you really want your host to speak on the matter and make a nice transition into the show.

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