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

    ks, not much risk there, because at this point Nightline was not beloved by any constituency. The journalism community was down on it. Commercially, it wasn’t that strong in the ratings most of the time. And on a gut level, none of its hosts resonated with the connection-to-audience of a Ted Koppel or Katie Couric or Robin Roberts.

    The bar for Kimmel is a low one. Time is not on Dave and Jay’s side, as their demo audiences will bleed on. Nightline at 12:30 is probably a throwaway, and ABC will deploy the show more as a prime time caulking the way NBC used to use Dateline.

  • Brad

    ABC has said that they will AT LEAST match the Nightline/JKL duo by moving JKL to 11:30. They know this not by doing surveys on what the ratings will be, but by going up to their advertisers, asking if they would pay more for the 11:30 slot. They said yes (and yeah, maybe they pursued them with rating predictions). The point is that they got the money from current advertisers to make this work short-term. However, i cant speak about long-term. Up against Fallon, I doubt he’ll make any gains. Will Kimmel lose advertisement? Probably not. You also have think about the Dditional profit ABC can now make by adding a show after JKL. I think that will become very important to this whole move, but I don’t know what ABC plans to do with their 12:35 slot. I doubt they’d leave it vacant.

  • Gary Middleton

    Brad, Nightline is taking the 12:35 slot.

  • Monikka

    Will Santa think I’m naughty if I say I hope Kimmel crashes and burns in Conan-sized proportions?

  • kscottk11

    “Will Santa think I’m naughty if I say I hope Kimmel crashes and burns in Conan-sized proportions?”

    No, Monikka, I think Santa would think you were nice and maybe give you some more Christmas presents.

  • Brad

    How ironic would it be for Kimmel to go to 11:35 and eventually gets bumped. Then he has to go to FX and rival Conan.

    If anyone is like me and really wants to see Fallon at the Tonight Show host, Kimmel has to do well against Leno. He has to take away viewers or something because Leno’s show was breaking even at one point. That means if his show bring in less revenue in 2013 NBC will replace him.

  • Gary Middleton

    Brad, I claim Leno is gone at the end of this contract no matter what. Tonight Show with Jay Leno is over.

    Hey, I found a clip that fascinated me because of what it was and also when it was. Jay and Johnny were on the Tonight Show together very rarely. This one had them sparring with a hint of comedic chemistry (also very rare), and came the exact same day that Jay quietly signed his deal that guaranteed him the Tonight Show when Johnny retires. It also came just 2 days before the SNL “Carsenio” bit that greatly upset Johnny, and about 9 days before Johnny would stun NBC brass with his sudden retirement announcement in NYC. And several months after Kushnick leaked the false story to the NY Post, which Johnny instantly pinned on the Leno camp.

  • Brad

    I think so too regardless of the Kimmel move. But I bet there are some doubters out there. Kimmel taking away viewers from Leno would ensure their are t any doubters.

  • Douglas in TN

    I think we’re all agreed (except for the strange absence of Mario and his exclamation points!) that Jay is a goner by the end of his current contract and that the media trial balloons with Jimmy Fallon are hints that it’s probably a done deal as much as can be.

    So two questions that might be fun to think about:

    1. The first night you turn on Jimmy Fallon at 11:30 (I still think it’s time to retire the name “The Tonight Show”) what do you expect to see…set, band, format? Will it retain the Paar/ Carson format or will they change things up?

    2. What do they do with Jay Leno that prevents him, unlike last time, from torpedoing Fallon? Do they keep him on some type of Bob Hope/ Milton Berle contract?

  • Gary Middleton

    “What do they do with Jay Leno that prevents him, unlike last time, from torpedoing Fallon?”

    Nothing. He can’t torpedo Fallon, anymore than George Lopez or Rick Dees can torpedo Fallon.

  • Aaron

    I wonder when, exactly next year, we will get an official announcement by NBC about the next Tonight Show. There were some recent news reports about Fallon replacing Leno so the announcement can’t be too long from now.

  • Gary Middleton

    Aaron, I presume it has to come out by the end of spring. Not only is Leno’s contract ending, but (correct me if I’m wrong) I think Fallon’s is too. Plus, they are renters in Burbank now, and a decision will need to be made on that space. So NBC has a lot to solidify. The change can’t happen suddenly nor quietly.

  • Aaron

    I can’t see the announcement being made at the end of spring. That seems a little late. I think they will announce it a little before that.

  • Gary Middleton

    Perhaps it will be less of an announcement and more of a “rollout”, and part 1 of the rollout was the Daily News article.

    btw, the Dave Farewell Tour (copyright Brad Enterprises) just got a little more interesting with Letterman’s declaration to Oprah about “the funniest guy I’ve ever known”.

  • Aaron

    Gary, so do you agree with Monikka’s position that he will just simply say “by the way, this is our last episode”?

  • Gary Middleton

    Aaron, I don’t think it’s possible. Too many succession issues, too many people involved in the winding-up of a nightly show. And I’m sure it wasn’t a prediction by Monikka as much as a wish.

    Kimmel rocked hard at the Letterman tribute at the Kennedy Center. And forgive me if I’m wrong and just missed it, but I’m fairly sure the Alec Baldwin top 10 list with the shot at Jay Leno was excised from the broadcast.

  • Neal

    That would be a very foolish move to dump Leno! You guys forget he’s still #1? Leno is a workaholic and could easily go till he’s 70 or close to it! Leno still has a lot of clout if he chooses to use it!

    He should be renewed till 2016 or 2017!

  • Dan

    Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Jimmy Kimmel and Ray Romano all rocked it on the Kennedy Centre Honours last night in tribute to Dave. Gary, the top 10 list was not part of the broadcast.

    I wonder who would speak so heartfelt on behalf of Jay if he were to ever get the honour (not that I think he will)?

    Neal, yes, Jay is indeed #1. Last year he was 0.9 to Dave’s 0.8. This year he seems to be settling in at 0.8 to Dave’s 0.7. Next year as both Jay and Dave’s audience continues to age out of the demo the pattern will likely hold and Jay will be #1 with a 0.7 to Dave’s 0.6. He is #1, but at some point his demo won’t be good enough even if he is #1 and I think that point in time is fast approaching.

    I don’t get why you think he should be renewed until 2016 or 2017. Likely demos for Jay:

    2012 /13 = 0.8
    2013/14 = 0.7
    2014/15 = 0.6
    2015/16 = 0.5
    2016/17 = 0.4

    The time for both him and Letterman to be out is 2014.

  • Gary Middleton

    “I wonder who would speak so heartfelt on behalf of Jay if he were to ever get the honour”

    Stand ups. People like Bill Maher, Wanda Sykes, Jerry Seinfeld.

  • Neal

    Gary, that proves Leno is a REAL comedian while Letterman isn’t!

    Dan, Leno has been number 1 for almost 20 years now! What happened to gratitude? Just based on Leno’s track record he should still be allowed to finish out the decade. If Leno still wants to be on TV past 2014 I bet he finds a way to do it!

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