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Late Night Ratings for Week of February 20, 2012

Late Night TV ratingsThe peacock network offers their spin on the late night numbers and for the week of February 20, 2012.

The ratings information highlights numbers for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Show with David Letterman, Nightline, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Last Call with Carson Daly, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and Conan.

Here’s the press release:

NBC RATINGS RESULTS FOR THE LATE-NIGHT WEEK OF FEB. 20-24

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – March 1, 2012 – NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” has averaged a 0.9 rating, 3 share in adults 18-49 and 3.8 million viewers overall for the week of February 20-24, growing by 3 percent versus the year-ago week in total viewers (3.8 million vs. 3.7 million). In such key categories as total viewers and adults 25-54, “Tonight” delivered bigger audiences than CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” while also out-delivering the hour’s combined ABC competition of “Nightline” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in every key ratings category. Note that Monday’s ABC results are excluded from these averages due to the Presidents Day holiday.

At 12:35 a.m. ET, “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” delivered bigger audiences than CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and ABC’s “Kimmel” in adults 18-49, total viewers and other key categories. For the week, “Late Night” averaged a 0.5/3 in 18-49 and 1.7 million viewers overall.

Through the first 23 weeks of the season, “Tonight” has increased its total-viewer margin over “Late Show” to 14 percent (3.774 million vs. 3.320 million), up from the year-ago season-to-date advantage of 8 percent. Jimmy Fallon has established a total-viewer lead over “Late Late Show” this season of 17 percent (1.821 million vs. 1.557 million), up from last year’s advantage of 0.4 percent. Jimmy has also increased his season-to-date lead over “Late Late Show” in adults 18-34, to 44 percent (291,000 vs. 202,000) up from last year’s 30 percent, and in adults 25-54, up to 11 percent (892,000 vs. 801,000) up from 3 percent at this point last season.

WEEKLY AVERAGES

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of February 20-24. 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,” 0.9 rating, 3 share
CBS “Late Show,” 0.9/4
11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET
ABC “Nightline,” 0.8/3*
12 midnight-1 a.m. ET
ABC “Kimmel,” 0.5/2*
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,” 3.8 million viewers
CBS “Late Show,” 3.3 million viewers
11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET
ABC “Nightline,” 3.6 million viewers*
12 midnight-1 a.m. ET
ABC “Kimmel,” 1.6 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*

* Friday’s “Last Call” and “Kimmel” were encores. Monday’s ABC results are excluded from these averages due to the Presidents Day holiday.

SEASON TO DATE

ADULTS 18-49
11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight,” 0.9 rating, 3 share
CBS “Late Show,” 0.9/3
11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET
ABC “Nightline,” 0.9/3
12 midnight-1 a.m. ET
ABC “Kimmel,” 0.5/2
12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 0.6/3
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,” 3.8 million viewers
CBS “Late Show,” 3.3 million viewers
11:35 p.m.-12 midnight ET
ABC “Nightline,” 3.9 million viewers
12 midnight-1 a.m. ET
ABC “Kimmel,” 1.8 million viewers
12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 1.8 million viewers
CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.6 million viewers
1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 1.0 million viewers

SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK OF FEBRUARY 20-24

NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. ET, “The Daily Show,” 0.8

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 0.7

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.5**

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 1.28 million viewers

TOTAL VIEWERS

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. “The Daily Show,” 1.8 million

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 1.4 million

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 1.0 million**

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 2.2 million

Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.4 million

** Monday’s “Conan” was an encore.

What do you think? Do you watch any of these late night programs? What’s the best one?

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