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

    Dan, another highly influential stand up who I think would do it is Louis CK. I think that would be particularly interesting as the hipsters have always been baffled by that association.

    But you’re right, Jay is not a Kennedy type of guy, and has a much better chance of being honored at a Comedy Central roast like Joan Rivers and Roseanne Barr.

  • Dan

    Neal,

    Gratitude is great for family and friends but not so much a driver in business decisions. I’m sure NBC is grateful for the ratings Leno has given them in the past but they won’t let that influence present day business decisions. And how does all of Letterman’s Emmy’s, Peabody award and Kennedy Centre Honor prove Jay is a REAL comedian? Comedy is subjective so I don’t have any issues with people liking Jay over Dave or thinking he is funnier. The arts community, peers and the entertainment community at large prefer Dave.

    Gary, I think you are right about it being stand ups when Jay get whatever end of career recognition that will come to him. Louis CK would be a good choice. It would pretty much have to be stand ups as Jay’s peer group and the entertainment business at large doesn’t seem to have a lot of Leno fans.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Jay’s peer group and the entertainment business at large doesn’t seem to have a lot of Leno fans.”

    I don’t think that’s as true as some people think. Jay has a particularly outsized and vocal core of haters, mostly SNL alumni, but show business is a lot bigger than that. As the 30 Rock people learn on a weekly basis, when they get pulverized in the ratings by people who will never win a Mark Twain award.

  • GARebelman
  • Gary Middleton

    Thought of another example of the type of massive figure in American show business who would pay tribute to Jay Leno in Dan’s hypothetical Kennedy Center situation: Tyler Perry.

    Perry has made a very similar end-run around very similar critics.

  • Neal

    WOW! Letterman says Jay is the funniesr EVER! See I told you guys! Even Letterman bows down before the King the past 20 years! Letterman’s quote below:

    “And I will say – and I’m happy to say – that I think he is the funniest guy I’ve ever known. Just flat out, if you go to see him do his night club act, just the funniest, the smartest, a wonderful observationist and very appealing as a comic. “

  • mary

    I’m looking forward to Letterman’s interview with Oprah. Was surprised US media concentrated on the line, “Leno is most insecure person” instead of “the funniest guy I’ve ever known.”

    Tried posting earlier but maybe it didn’t go through because I tried to copy a statement from Kimmel about Leno from the summer…”f— him.” Does Kimmel say these things to get publicity? I won’t be watching when Kimmel switches to 1130.

  • Brad

    Neal, the only comedians who like or honour Leno are the ones who did standup with him in the 80′s. And Letterman became too much of a broadcaster by the late 80′s for any of those to be in awe of him. Notice that Letterman hangs out with all these broadcasters out in Montana. He isn’t inviting comedians like Bill Maher over so they can talk about their affection for Pres. Obama.

    Thanks Gary for the copyright. When things are coming to an end, Oprah is their to cover it. I think this soldifies that this is the Farwell Tour of David Letterman.

    I don’t think Letterman will randomly say “this is our last show” and that’s it. That is impossible. The reporters would be able to find out when his contract ends and when to expect the goodbyes. It will be front page news and everything. Also, Letterman needs to address his successor and I think he owes that as CBS let him stick around through think and thin. It was always good news with NBC and Carson except the concerns about The Arsenio Hal Show, so the slap in the face about Leno and not-so-subtly telling Carson to beat it, Carson had every right to not smooth things over when he left.

    Another thing about Letterman’s final show. He WILL acknowledge it. No matter what you want to say about it he Did acknowledged his 30 year special.

  • Gary Middleton

    “the only comedians who like or honour Leno are the ones who did standup with him in the 80?s.”

    This is not true at all.

  • Aaron

    I think Ellen Degeneres would be a good successor to Jimmy Fallon. She appeals to both genders and is comedically witty. Plus, she comes across as a down-to-earth person, making it easy for people to relate to her. From a marketing perspective, picking her could be very good for NBC.

  • Neal

    Mary, Leno will destroy Kimmel when they go head to head. At least beat him. Kimmel no longer has that great Nightline lead in.

    Aaron, I like Ellen as a person but her show is a BORE! Would get even lower ratings than Fallon!

  • Douglas in TN

    “Mary, Leno will destroy Kimmel when they go head to head. ”

    Doubtful, as Leno rarely “destroys” anybody now…that’s the big reason there is the whispering of making the change. The days of Tonight being a dominant powerhouse is over with Leno. He may beat or tie Kimmel, but destroy? Not likely with the usual soft numbers he puts up.

  • Gary Middleton

    Aaron, there is no chance Ellen would ever say yes to that. She already has pretty much 100% clearance in syndication, it wouldn’t make any sense to take a massive pay cut to be on a network late at night.

    12:30 is an interesting subject because the economics of doing a big show like Fallon’s at that time are getting really questionable. Looked to me like the plan might be to put Chelsea Handler’s existing show in there, and maybe move Carson Daly to 1:05.

  • Aaron

    “Looked to me like the plan might be to put Chelsea Handler’s existing show in there..”

    So, Gary, are you saying that Fallon is the final host of the “Late Night” franchise?

  • Diana Santiago

    Merry Christmas everyone!

    With the upcoming TCA Winter Press tour, it would be interesting if journalists make The Question to NBC execs.

    Let me see if I get this: Oprah interviews are the beginning of the Farewell Tour? Does this mean that Jay’s farewell tour started in Feb. 2010? ;)

  • Gary Middleton

    “So, Gary, are you saying that Fallon is the final host of the “Late Night” franchise?”

    Certainly possible. Or they could always call that “Late Night with Chelsea Handler” if they wanted to. Or they could try to find a new, young, cheap Late Night host. My main point is the idea that the show will continue in the way it existed from 1982 to 2013 is highly questionable when the demo audience is down to 650 thousand viewers.

  • Aaron

    I don’t think Chelsea will be moved, as she is doing well enough in the ratings for a basic cable network. I think NBC will go the route of finding a new host for the “Late Night” show. Maybe Tina Fey would be offered the job?

  • Brad

    It depends how Fallon does at 11:35. If his numbers are significantly better then Leno’s it will translate into a great lead-in for Jiimmy Fallon’s successor at Late Night.

    But honestly, I thought all these shows are becoming to big on budget and too little in profit? As we learned, Leno broke even his past season. Whether its because the veterans of their show get paid too much is another thing. The point is that the numbers aren’t looking good in having a Tonight Show then a Late Night show exactly the way they are set up now.

    Personally, I think if anyone can turn late night television around its Fallon, but with him competing with not only CBS but now ABC with their 11:35 shows, I don’t know. I don’t know how it would work.

    PS: Gary Middleton is absolutely right that NBC had thoughts in sticking Chelsea Handler after Fallon. It was talked about in Bill Carter’s last book. Carson Daly after Fallon wouldn’t be a bad thing though. Not a great move but not a bad move either.

  • Brad

    I believe I suggested Tina Fey and Seth Meyers before. I think either one would be excellent in Late Night. Fey has success in Hollywood and I don’t know if she would leave it even though she would be a great writer for sketches on Late Night. Meyers is the head writer at SNL currently and has shown his broadcasting skills at the Weekend Report along with being very likable. My only probably is that he might be too much like Fallon and I will ask this again, is that a good thing or a bad thing to have for a host after Fallon’s Tonight Show?

    Anyways, if it is still produced by Lorne Michaels it would and should be with SNL stars. Why wreck a good thing? Conan, Fallon,… It’s always smooths out in the end.

    I do think Stephen Colbert could handle Late Night very well, but I think he is now typecast as the faux conservative broadcaster he has come to play so well. Btw, I got his latest book America Again and it is HILARIOUS!!! His writing staff is the best in the business. THE BEST!!!

  • Gary Middleton

    These Tina Fey and Seth Meyers ideas are very inspired. Solves 2 problems. The problem of how does NBC find someone funny and experienced in pressure situations. And the problem of what does a reasonably young, hilarious, well-liked SNLer do when their natural SNL life is over.

    Tina Fey found an answer that bought her 7 years, but that’s over now and the brutal ratings have left her in a position where a show like Late Night would not be a bad move at all. It takes a ton of work, but she famously is up for that.

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