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

 

 

 

 

 
  • Neal

    Gary, Leno’s ratings are still higher than Fallon’s and Fallon has a long way to go. I saw his show recently and he only 1 or or good jokes while Leno still consistently puts out a great monologue even if not as good as 10 years ago.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Leno resigns till 2016 or 2017 since Fallon is clearly not ready!

  • rif

    What may matter most to ABC is not Kimmel vs. Leno/Letterman, but Kimmel vs. Nightline. As I posted previously, the word is Kimmel is significantly more profitable than Nightline even at their current ratings, so theoretically Kimmel could continue his 0.5s at 11:30 and they would still be better off than if they put Nightline back in there. Similarly, in ’09, it wasn’t so much that Conan vs. Letterman was an issue, but Conan vs. Leno, in which case, the displaced Leno was arguably more viable. I don’t think that’s the case for ABC’s situation…that is, if you believe my sources.

  • Neal

    Rif, just watch, Leno will beat Kimmel and Letterman. Remember Kimmel doesn’t have the strong Nightline lead in anymore so he could actually LOSE viewers!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    ” the word is Kimmel is significantly more profitable than Nightline even at their current ratings”

    That can’t be the case on a per half hour basis. Not with the historical ratings.

    I could believe that in total the one hour Kimmel show makes more money than the 25 minute Nightline though.

    And that ABC’s current guess is that the improvement in Kimmel ratings will more than offset the loss in Nightline ratings.

  • GARebelman

    Letterman has agreed to do an interview with Oprah in January. This should be interesting.

  • Gary Middleton

    “it’s hard to see him pulling the kind of numbers they say Nightline was.”

    Douglas, I think he’ll manage that, maybe easily. 0.8 between 11:35 and midnight is a pretty low bar.

  • Gary Middleton

    “But putting Kimmel up against Leno is like putting Soundgarden vs. Fleetwood Mac. Fleetwood Mac would draw much better even though they are older.”

    Heck of an analogy. I don’t know if I have Kimmel pegged as that “alternative”, but let’s go with it.

    Last year Soundgarden reformed for live shows and played venues over 10,000 seats, and they were basically full. Fleetwood Mac is playing arenas, 20,000 seats. I’m going to guess that Soundgarden’s 10,000 included at least 8500 people under the age of 50, and Mac’s crowd will be lucky to have 5000 under 50. I’m not expecting Kimmel to win the demo by as much as Soundgarden.

  • Dan

    Dave once again proved last night that he is a broadcaster. He spent some time to address how he was feeling about Sandy Hook. Kimmel and Conan also spent time on this. Jay, nothing, and I could never see him talking the way Dave did.

    http://www.inquisitr.com/444812/david-lettermans-serious-yet-heartfelt-response-to-sandy-hook-shooting-video/

  • Gary Middleton

    “Jay, nothing, and I could never see him talking the way Dave did.”

    You mean three days late? Jay had a Friday show and acknowledged it then.

    No, it wasn’t a sweeping address like Dave’s, but Johnny wouldn’t have done that either. Reasonable people can differ on whether it’s an indulgence, and also whether it added anything unique to a national conversation that had been nonstop for days.

    Interesting to me: Dave’s declaration that this isn’t about guns might be diametrically opposed to the view of his supposedly liberal audience. But is surely a mainstream view where he lives in Montana.

  • Brad

    As a musician, I do like the Soundgarden/Fleetwood Mac analogy.

    My understanding is Nightline makes $40 million and Kimmel makes $80 million. That makes them equal on the dollar-per-dollar basis given the fact Nightline is 25-30 minutes and JKL is 60 minutes. HOWEVER, Nightline is in a better time slot then Kimmel is. ABC did the research and found out that their advertisers would be willing to pay more to be on Kimmel at 11:35, not bail out because it is too expensive. ABC realizes that the advertisers are willing to pay so much more that it compensates for the amount Nightline is currently bringing in.

    In short, Nightline and Kimmel are equal now. Kimmel from 11:35-12:35 is equalivalent to the current Nightline + JKL combo.

    This leads the question, why pay for two programs when one program can do it all? PLUS you can put in a show after JKL and make even MORE profit than the current lineup.

    I’ve been seeing the dollar signs. Do you now?

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  • Brad

    *Sorry. Copying & Pasting homework.

    Like I said before, these late night broadcasters should only be reporting this because they are following a news program that mostly like covered it that evening. You want to lead people into your show because to go from utter darkness to humorous is sickening. The thought in people’s heads are “how can he be so joyous and cracking jokes when there was such a devastating tragedy?”.

    “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.” – Me? (though I think I heard it from someone a long time ago)

  • Neal

    Jay did mention the school shooting and even said he considered cancelling the show over it.

  • Brad

    @Neal

    He considered canceling the show because he fails at being sympathetic, as displayed Friday night.

  • Brad
  • Brad

    For anyone who enjoys a good baseball meme mixed with late night.

    (add the two together, done to avoid blockage)

    https://www.facebook.com/

    photo.php?fbid=310972332336970&set=a.212223438878527.33964.212208148880056&type=1&theater

  • Brad

    For anyone who enjoys a good baseball meme mixed with late night.

    (add the two together, done to avoid blockage)

    https://www.facebook .com/photo.php?fbid=310972332336970&set=a.212223438878527.33964.212208148880056&type=1&theater

  • Cartwright

    * In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 3.5/9; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.5/6; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.1/7; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.5/5.

    * In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.3/6; “Late Show,” 0.6/3; “Nightline,” 0.9/4; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.5/3.

    * At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.8/6 in metered-market households) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.3/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.7/4 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.4/2).

    * At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 1.1/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

  • Gary Middleton

    Would love to know if Fallon could’ve turned that massive Voice lead-in into a much bigger number than Jay’s 1.3, like a 1.8 or something. Or if part of the lower ceiling in late night is that the live viewing continuum through the evening, into local news, and out the other side is largely broken. We’ll find out next year.

  • mary

    Brad wrote, “He considered canceling the show because he fails at being sympathetic, as displayed Friday night.”

    Really? Leno interviewed Tavis Smiley, discussed the Sandy Hook tragedy and gun control. How did he fail at being sympathetic?

  • GARebelman

    Why is Kimmel so obsessed with Leno? He never did anything to him really? Trying to get attention? How ironic that Kimmel’s buddy Adam Carola is also Jay’s car buddy.

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