Late Night TV Ratings For December 10-14, 2012

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December 20th, 2012

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Via NBC's Press Release

'Tonight Show' AND 'LATE NIGHT' GENERATE #1 FINISHES FOR THE WEEK OF DEC. 10-14
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 LEAD OVER 'LATE Late Show' IN 18-49

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – December 20, 2012 – NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" have earned #1 results for the late-night week of December 10-14, 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" in 18-49 viewers and total viewers.

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 (1.025 million vs. 926,000), eliminating last year's "Late Show" advantage of 2 percent. Jay has also generated a 25-54 advantage this season of 7 percent (1.305 million vs. 1.215 million) after trailing by 1 percent at this point last year, and has stretched his 18-34 lead to 15 percent (341,000 vs. 296,000), up from last year’s 13 percent.

Jimmy Fallon has established a 15 percent lead over "Late Late Show" this season in viewers 18-49 (657,000 vs. 570,000), up from 11 percent at this point last season.

"Tonight" delivered a bigger 18-49 audience than "Late Show" for the seventh time in the last eight weeks, while Jimmy Fallon has attracted a bigger 18-49 audience than "Late Late Show" for 10 weeks in a row.

WEEKLY AVERAGES

 

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of December 10-14. 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,” 0.9/4

 

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

ABC “Kimmel,” 0.5/2*

 

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

NBC “Late Night,” 0.4/2

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,” 3.3 million viewers

CBS “Late Show,” 3.1 million viewers

 

11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET

ABC “Nightline,” 4.1 million viewers

 

12 midnight-1 a.m. ET

ABC “Kimmel,” 1.9 million viewers*

 

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

NBC “Late Night,” 1.5 million viewers

CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.5 million viewers

 

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

NBC “Last Call,” 0.8 million viewers*

 

*Friday’s “Last Call” and 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,” 0.9/3

 

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 10-14

 

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,” 0.5

 

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 1.0

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, 2.1 million

Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.5 million

 

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  • Gary Middleton

    Take away Revolution and it’s a much tougher battle for Leno. The overnights were no indication at all of how close it was. .749 for Jay, .727 for Dave.

    PROGRAM AVERAGES TOTAL VIEWERS A25-54(000)/ Rtg A18-49(000)/ Rtg
    ABC “Nightline” 4,106,000 1,599,000/ 1.3 1,181,000/ 0.9
    CBS “Late Show” 3,075,000 1,220,000/ 1.0 931,000/ 0.7
    NBC “Tonight Show” 3,294,000 1,185,000/ 1.0 958,000/ 0.8

  • Gary Middleton

    And Dave took 25-54.

  • Diana Santiago

    I haven’t watch the interview to David Letterman made by Charlie Rose, but from what I read, it seems very interesting:

    http://blog.zap2it.com/pop2it/2012/12/david-letterman-opens-up-about-depression-i-was-really-screwed.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

    A man like David Letterman would be an excellent example to change the paradigm on mental illness and depression. People can relate to him, and reach out for help.

  • Cass rowlwland

    about late Late shows back when it was conan vs Craig kilborn who was on top

  • Gary Middleton

    Was interesting to hear Dave refer to his conduct after Leno got Tonight as “some of the worst behavior of my life”, and it wouldn’t surprise me if Conan eventually has similar perspective about 2010.

    Also fascinating to hear Dave talk about his moratorium on attending production meetings. Sounds like there were some tense moments.

  • Gary Middleton

    And for a wide ranging interview with someone of Charlie’s caliber, it’s pretty clear this interview was granted with the understanding that one topic was off limits. Pair that with the huge focus on Dave’s love of family, and subsequent fawning about it by Charlie and Gayle King, and it has some of the air of an in-house puff piece.

    But Brad certainly called it awhile back: Dave is on a bit of a farewell media tour here.

  • Diana Santiago

    I wonder what other late night host imposes conditions about topics not to be mentioned…

  • Monikka

    If Letterman is doing a farewell tour (and I think he is) do you think he’ll just announce that he’s leaving at the end of a June show before he walks off stage? Wouldn’t that be fun?

  • Gary Middleton

    Monikka, do you mean announce it’s his last show on his last show?

  • Diana Santiago

    His publicist had made that clear, saying that our talks “cannot concern late-night television.”

    http://www.goerie.com/article/20120602/ENTERTAINMENT04/306029984/Leno-still-lives-off-his-work-as-a-stand-up-comic

    We know, Jay. All you want to talk about is your untouched millions in the bank.

  • Aaron

    This upcoming year is going to be an important year in late night tv news.

  • Monikka

    Gary Middleton asked: “Monikka, do you mean announce it’s his last show on his last show?”

    I do. Think about it. It would be the antithesis of Leno’s 5-years early announcement and would be talked about in awed tones whenever–however deep into the future– the subject of late night comes up.

    Granted, it would be very difficult to pull off but a girl can dream.

  • Gary Middleton

    Monikka, it does seem close to impossible because CBS will want the successor in place and ready to go. So if Dave is going to surprise everyone like that, he’d have to walk out before the end of his contract. Can’t imagine he wants to be that guy.

    Related topic: when he leaves the show, I don’t think he’ll pull the total disappearing act that Carson did. He’ll turn up in other venues.

  • Brad

    Glad to get credit for the call. Do you think Letterman is going around and saying late night talk is off limits because he honestly does not know when he’ll be leaving, but he’s doing all the shows now before it is too late? Do you think he really knows the gig is up? Do you think he’s just concern he’ll be asked to leave? And do you think he knows who is replacing him?

  • Brad

    My thoughts is that Letterman started to recognize his age when the 30 year tv mark came around. He then become more willing to talk about his career and his connection with others. Maybe someone must have said something how CBS might be looking into someone else for 11:30 which is making him do any show he always wanted to do or has not been on. I honestly believe Letterman will retire and go into hiding exactly like Carson. What would he be doing in New York if he did not have his show? He’s got a son to raise and wife to tend to. He’ll live in Montana unless he gets really sick and get flighted to New York. That’s my thought.

    Another thought is that CBS doesn’t truly have a plan for Dave’s successor which is why he does not want to talk about the current state of his union. He simply does not know and does not want to speculate. The reason I believe CBS does not have a plan is that they would have said something. However, maybe CBS is waiting to see what Kimmel does during the move and then make a decision. Maybe they’ve already decided to go with Ferguson if Letterman can’t keep it close with Leno and Kimmel. Maybe they tell Letterman they have to let him go and have try-outs for his successor. What I do know is CBS should be the last to the party. Let ABC get locked up, see what happens with Leno and Fallon, and once the later happens then you strike. That’s what I would do and I don’t see why they wouldn’t.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Do you think Letterman is going around and saying late night talk is off limits because he honestly does not know when he’ll be leaving, but he’s doing all the shows now before it is too late?”

    I don’t think he is saying late night talk is off limits.

    “Do you think he really knows the gig is up? Do you think he’s just concern he’ll be asked to leave? And do you think he knows who is replacing him?”

    I think he knows he has to stop soon, but if he can’t bring himself to do it, he is better positioned to hang on another 5 years because than Jay because 1) He doesn’t have a totally obvious replacement and 2) He seems to run a cheaper operation than Leno, with 4-day weeks and lots of dark weeks and 3) It has been suggested that his audience is a lot more affluent than Jay’s, which could mean pretty healthy revenues in spite of the ratings (btw, this could be true for Conan to some extent as well).

  • Gary Middleton

    “What would he be doing in New York if he did not have his show? He’s got a son to raise and wife to tend to.”

    I think you kind of answered your own question there.

    But also he has made it pretty clear that the Carson withdrawal from showbiz, as cool as it seemed to other people, did not make Johnny’s final years happier. So I think Dave will continue to make appearances. As much as Johnny is an inspiration for Dave, I think Regis is too. Regis hosted until he was 80 and continues to show up all over the place.

  • Diana Santiago

    “Do you think Letterman is going around and saying late night talk is off limits…”

    No, Brad, Jay is the one saying late night talk is off limits during interviews.

    Nice numbers for Conan to close the year. He did an extraordinary effort to do the show this week with a severe throat infection.

  • Gary Middleton

    “This upcoming year is going to be an important year in late night tv news.”

    With some bonuses we might not have even considered. Carson’s longtime closest friend, and then ex-friend, is going to put out a book of stuff that would not have been covered in the PBS documentary.

  • Cartwright

    NBC Late Night ratings were unusually high across the board for a Thursday. “Rock Center” at 10 p.m. Eastern only had a 0.8 18-49 rating. Nothing out of the ordinary going on so that came out of no where.

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