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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  • Steven S

    I’d love to see Dave bring in Conan as his successor. It worked once (his 12:30 Late Night show) and I think it could work again. It would be the biggest FU he, or anyone else could give to Jay and NBC, especially if Conan were to go on to get great ratings. Conan would be motivated to do well, as I’m sure he’d also like to stick it to Jay and NBC too.

    Besides… I’d really like to see how Conan could do with the full support of the network, and Jay Leno far enough away that he couldn’t stab him in the back or hold him back by delivering horrible ratings as his lead in.

    And the media would love the drama of a Conan vs. Jay fight. So would I.

  • Diana Santiago

    From Joan Rivers (on Twitter): Heard that NBC might replace Jay Leno with Jimmy Fallon. Apparently they’re ready to try something new on the Tonight Show… humor.

    Don’t shoot the messenger.

  • Brad

    Hey Steven. I would advocate for Conan to be Letterman’s successor even if he’ll be 50 or 51 when it all goes down. One probably though is that Conan will not be fighting Leno. Leno is looking to be the first one gone and then it’ll be Letterman. What does that mean? Conan would be in a heated ratings battle with Fallon. It would be interesting because it’ll be Mr. mainstream versus Mr Alternative, just like the Leno and Letterman battle for the past 20 years. It worked for CBS for that long, the new fight should work to a similar extent of that.

    Now comes the question wi Conan do all of this. The job opening would have to be in New York because that’s where Letterman d

  • Brad

    Does his show. Conan could stay in LA, and it was original thought that Letterman would come to LA for The Late Show, but I think that is one aspect of the show that made it different and a success. The guest are different and there isnt much of that guest battle within your city. I think that helped CBS start an everlasting late night program at 11:35 but it goes unnoticed. Also the comedy is different and other things people like to throw in to the mix. The only way I see CBS taking The Late Show to LA is if NBC takes the Tonight Show to NY, but I doubt NBC would give up the opportunity of being up the nose of every Tonight Show host. Conan says he won’t move his family again and I believe him, but CBS at 11:35 would have to be the only thing that at least gets him to think differently on his promise.

    PS: My bad about Leno/Letterman confusing on what’s not allowed to be talked about.

  • Monikka

    Gary Middleton said: “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.”

    Juicy. I can’t wait to read that. Maybe it will put an end to the old folks who pipe up on every late night post anywhere to claim that Carson was the best ever and none of these whipper snappers can hold a candle to him. It’s so tiresome and it’s not true. Some of the current guys (yes, I said guys. Chelsea Handler is definitely excluded) are great and could compete with Johnny Carson, toe to toe, and possibly defeat him. We’ll never know.

  • Monikka

    Oh, and there is no way in hell Conan will succeed Letterman.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Conan would be motivated to do well, as I’m sure he’d also like to stick it to Jay and NBC too.”

    Unlikely. NBC is all different people now. Different owners, different programmers, probably lots of Conan fans among them. And Jay will be gone. Interesting to see “Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien” mentioned in this week’s NBC press release.

    Strikes me that Dave might be a little more ambivalent towards Conan than he used to be, and his horse in the race is Jimmy Kimmel. That’s the show he guested on, that’s the host who saluted him at the Kennedy Center, that’s the guy he gushed over with Charlie Rose.

  • Gary Middleton

    “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.”

    Similar last night, Cartwright. I think it might be a seasonal thing where a lot of people stumble home late from Christmas parties and inflate the late night audience pool.

  • Tony

    0.4 for Fallon. Wow that’s horrible. Conan used to be able to get 0.7-0.8 when he was hosting Late Night. Even on TBS his show gets a bigger rating than Fallon on NBC.

  • Gary Middleton

    Fallon is holding 64% of Leno’s number this season, and probably more like 80% of Leno’s 2nd half hour number. NBC can’t reasonably complain, imo. And might also view this as an extra reason to hurry up with Fallon’s promotion.

    Conan’s Late Night and Conan on TBS both have way, way bigger lead-ins.

  • Drum

    “Fallon is holding 64% of Leno’s number this season, and probably more like 80% of Leno’s 2nd half hour number.”
    It’s 62,5% while Ferguson holds 71,4% of Letterman’s numbers and Kimmel 55,5% of Nightline’s numbers.
    In total viewers it’s Fallon 48,6% Kimmel 48,7% and Ferguson 48,4%.

  • Gary Middleton

    Drum’s math is incorrect.

    Fallon season-to-date: 657,000
    Leno season-to-date: 1,025,000
    657/1025 = .6409

    Ferguson season-to-date: 570,000
    Letterman season-to-date: 926,000
    570/926 = .6155

    61.5% for Ferguson may be nothing to sneeze at either. In Q4 2008 Ferguson did 53% of Dave’s number, and Conan did 56% of Jay’s. Increasingly, the 11:30 shows are becoming a drag on the 12:30 shows.

  • Monikka

    Can someone please post a copy of the memo that says Letterman gets to choose his successor?

  • Drum

    My mistake.
    I was doing it for ratings points, didn’t even realize there were concrete numbers provided.

  • Douglas in TN

    CBS might, out of courtesy, seek Letterman’s approval or might consult him, as it was a slap in the face to Johnny Carson that he wasn’t, but that’s probably all. The right of approval has never been mentioned or leaked as a contract detail.

    Letterman’s company owns the name “The Late Show” and trademark, so they would either have to buy the brand name or continue to “lease” it. But the bigger question is to what extent is that name a viable brand? I’m one of his biggest fans, and I rarely refer to it as “Late Show.” I call it “Letterman” or “Dave.” You rarely see or hear anybody refer in name to “The Tonight Show” anymore…it’s “Leno.” (Most of us called it “The Johnny Carson Show” when he was host.)

  • Gary Middleton

    I don’t think they need that specific name, but weirdly enough we seem to like some name beyond just that of the host. Like it takes pressure off them or something. If Jimmy Kimmel Live can seize the top spot in January, it might be the first self-titled late night show to accomplish that for more than a premiere week. Unless Arsenio took the demo at some points.

    From Tonight and Late Night to Late Show and Late, Late Show and occasionally the Daily Show, shows with names have always ruled.

    btw, I’m a bit surprised anyone can own “The Late Show” name given how often it has been used in countless contexts. The Joan Rivers show on Fox used it, as did the rotating replacement successor that launched Arsenio.

  • Monikka

    Douglas in TN said, “CBS might, out of courtesy, seek Letterman’s approval or might consult him, as it was a slap in the face to Johnny Carson that he wasn’t, but that’s probably all.”

    If that. Letterman has already complained to Paul Shafer about having no say in who his replacement is. I saw it. Can’t remember when. Maybe two years ago.

  • Douglas in TN

    Speaking of names, I don’t understand why they still call it “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” when it’s “Jimmy Kimmel Prerecorded!”

  • brad

    It is because JKL was initially a live show. They eventually saw it as too difficult to be professional with. Why do it live when you can edit it for a few minutes right after its recorded and polish it up? I went two summers ago and they only have 1 hour or less to edit their show before they have to broadcast it to the east coast. I got out at 8:15pm so that gave them 45 minutes. It probably would have been less time as the show would have been longer because we didn’t get to see the live act of that show. The lovely Christina Perri btw.

    I think Letterman still likes Conan, but Kimmel is someone he is more interested in being friends with. Calm and collective. Letterman and Conan are probably too much alike in their hectic comedic ways that it must be hard to have a good conversation with him and probably annoys Dave.

    *again, sorry for any bad wording as I am on my iPhone

  • kscottk11

    It’s kind of a curious move on ABC TV bumping Nightline at the 11:30 hour for Jimmy Kimmel Live. I know Kimmel’s show is a more profitable show than Nightline. But how will Kimmel do at 11:30 for the full hour short- term/long-term, opposite Jay Leno and David Letterman night after night?

    With Nightline following Kimmel’s lead-in at the 12:30 hour, it’s probably going to get crushed by Jimmy Fallon and Craig Ferguson. What kind of lead in is Kimmel for Nightline? Is ABC “kissing the Nightline franchise goodbye?”

    Will Kimmel’s show get the right ratings to generate enough advertising revenue to make up for the money they might lose at the 12:30 hour?

    I wonder how this move will impact ABC’s 11:30/12:30 hour over the long haul?

    I’m sure ABC executives have looked at how the latest NBC Today Show and Tonight Show transitions have worked out. Could this turn into a Conan O’brien ABC debacle?

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