'Jay Leno' and 'Jimmy Fallon' hitting solid 18-49 demo


NBC’s late-night lineup has scored ratings victories for the week of April 18-22, with encore telecasts of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” finishing #1 in viewers 18-49 and total viewers versus CBS’s rebroadcasts of “Late Show with David Letterman” and ABC’s combination of “Nightline” originals and mostly first-run telecasts of “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Note that NBC’s Thursday telecasts were delayed by a preview of “The Voice” and are excluded from these averages.

At 12:35 a.m. ET, “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” encores ranked #1 in viewers 18-49 versus originals of CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” for a second week in a row.

So far during the 2010-11 television season versus the first 31 weeks of last season, “Tonight” is up by 20 percent in total viewers (3.854 million vs. 3.209 million), while “Late Show” is down 10 percent (3.567 million vs. 3.979 million). At 12:35 a.m. ET, Jimmy Fallon is up 14 percent versus his year-ago pace in total viewers (1.761 million vs. 1.542 million), while “Late Late Show” is down 7 percent (1.759 million vs. 1.891 million).

At 1:35 a.m. ET, “Last Call with Carson Daly” is up so far this season versus one year ago by 6 percent in 18-49 viewers (495,000 vs. 468,000) and up 17 percent in total viewers (990,000 vs. 849,000). Last week, “Last Call” encores tied CBS’s “Late Late Show” originals in the valuable adult 18-34 demographic with a 0.3 rating each, though “Last Call” starts an hour later than “Late Late Show.”

Jay Leno has ranked #1 for 29 of 31 weeks this season versus “Late Show” in viewers 18-49 and total viewers. Jimmy Fallon has ranked #1 versus “Late Late Show” in viewers 18-49 for 31 of 31 weeks this season.

(source: NBC)