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[12/17/09 - 02:33 PM]
Conan O'Brien Leads the Week of DeC. 7-11 in the Key Late-Night Race of Adults 18-49
NBC spins the late-night numbers for the week of December 7-12.

[via press release from NBC]

CONAN O'BRIEN LEADS THE WEEK OF DEC. 7-11 IN THE KEY LATE-NIGHT RACE OF ADULTS 18-49

'TONIGHT' TOPS CBS'S 'LATE SHOW' AND ABC'S 'NIGHTLINE'-'KIMMEL' COMBINATION IN ADULTS 18-49 AND ADULTS, MEN AND WOMEN 18-34

JIMMY FALLON DELIVERS HIS BIGGEST ADULT 18-49 AUDIENCE IN EIGHT WEEKS AND HIS TOP TOTAL VIEWERSHIP OF THE SEASON TO DATE

'LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY' GENERATES SEASON HIGHS IN 18-49 VIEWERS AND TOTAL VIEWERS

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - December 17, 2009 - NBC's "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" has won the week of December 7-11 in the key late-night demographic of adults 18-49 over CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman" and the ABC lineup of "Nightline" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live." Conan has finished #1 or tied for #1 among broadcast networks in adult 18-49 rating for six of the last seven weeks.

In adults 18-34, Conan dominated Letterman and the ABC team of "Nightline" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live" for the week, posting a 1.0 rating in 18-34 versus "Late Show's" 0.7, "Nightline's" 0.6 and "Kimmel's" 0.4.

At 12:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" in 18-49 rating and delivered bigger audiences than Ferguson and ABC's Kimmel in adults 18-49 as well as adults, men and women 18-34, men 18-49 and men 25-54.

"Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" delivered its biggest adult 18-49 audience (838,000 viewers) in eight weeks (since the week of October 12-16) and attracted its largest overall audience (1.5 million) so far this season. At 1:35 a.m. ET, "Last Call with Carson Daly" generated season highs in adult 18-49 viewers (524,000) and total viewers (939,000).

The median age of Conan's audience last week was 47.6, nine years younger than Letterman's 56.8 and "Nightline's" 57.1. At 12:35 a.m. ET last week, the median age of Jimmy Fallon's audience (46.1) was five years younger than Kimmel's (51.8) and six years younger than Ferguson's (52.6).

For the week of December 7-11, Conan's average 1.397 million adults 18-49 outscored Letterman's 1.358; in total viewers, Conan's audience of 2.647 million persons finished behind Letterman's 4.398 million; and in adults 18-34, Conan's 667,000 topped Letterman's 453,000. At 12:35 a.m. ET, Jimmy Fallon's 838,000 adults 18-49 for the week topped Ferguson's 778,000; in total viewers, Jimmy's 1.501 million finished behind Ferguson's 1.945 million; and in adults 18-34, Jimmy's 414,000 out-delivered Ferguson's 293,000.

WEEKLY AVERAGES

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of December 7-11. Ratings reflect "live plus same day" data 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. ET
NBC "Tonight," 1.1 rating, 4 share
CBS "Late Show," 1.0/4
ABC "Nightline," 1.0/4

12:05 a.m. ET
ABC "Kimmel," 0.6/3*

12:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Late Night," 0.6/3
CBS "Late Late Show," 0.6/3

1:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Last Call," 0.4/3*

TOTAL VIEWERS

11:35 p.m. ET
NBC "Tonight," 2.6 million viewers
CBS "Late Show," 4.4 million viewers
ABC "Nightline," 3.9 million viewers

12:05 a.m. ET
ABC "Kimmel," 1.7 million viewers*

12:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Late Night," 1.5 million viewers
CBS "Late Late Show," 1.9 million viewers

1:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Last Call," 0.9 million viewers*

*Monday's "Last Call" and "Kimmel" were encores

SEASON TO DATE

ADULTS 18-49

11:35 p.m. ET
NBC "Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien," 1.0/4
CBS "Late Show," 1.0/4
ABC "Nightline," 1.0/4

12:05 a.m. ET
ABC "Kimmel," 0.5/3

12:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," 0.6/3
CBS "Late Late Show," 0.6/4

1:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Last Call," 0.3/2

TOTAL VIEWERS

11:35 p.m. ET
NBC "Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien," 2.5 million viewers
CBS "Late Show," 4.2 million viewers
ABC "Nightline," 4.0 million viewers

12:05 a.m. ET
ABC "Kimmel," 1.7 million viewers

12:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," 1.4 million viewers
CBS "Late Late Show," 1.9 million viewers

1:35 a.m. ET
NBC "Last Call," 0.8 million viewers

SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK OF DECEMBER 7 - 11

NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING

Comedy Central, 11 p.m. ET, "The Daily Show," 0.7

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. ET, "The Colbert Report," 0.6

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 0.9

Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.5

Each adult 18-49 rating point equals 1.32 million viewers

TOTAL VIEWERS

Comedy Central, 11 p.m. ET, "The Daily Show," 1.6 million

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. ET, "The Colbert Report," 1.2 million

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 1.8 million

Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.0 million

'SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE' HITS A SEASON HIGH IN 18-49 AND DELIVERS ITS BIGGEST OVERALL VIEWERSHIP IN 11 MONTHS

WITH HOST TAYLOR LAUTNER AND MUSICAL GUEST BON JOVI, 'SNL' SCORES THE HIGHEST 18-49 AND TOTAL-VIEWER RESULTS FOR ANY SATURDAY NIGHT NON-SPORTS TELECAST ON ANY MAJOR NETWORK THIS SEASON

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - December 17, 2009 - The December 12 telecast of "Saturday Night Live" has scored season highs for the show in adults 18-49 and total viewers, with the overall viewership representing an 11-month high, according to "live plus same day" viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research.

The December 12 telecast of "Saturday Night Live," hosted by Taylor Lautner and featuring musical guest Bon Jovi, averaged a 3.1 rating, 11 share in adults 18-49 and 7.3 million viewers overall. The 7.3 million viewers is the show's biggest overall audience since the January 10 telecast (hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and featuring musical guest Taylor Swift) averaged 8.9 million.

"Saturday Night Live" was the #1 telecast of the night in 18-49 and total viewers, topping all primetime programs on all the major networks. In fact, these are the highest 18-49 and total-viewer results for any Saturday night non-sports telecast on any major network this season, ahead of all Saturday primetime entertainment programming on all the major networks.

In adult 18-49, the December 12 edition of "Saturday Night Live" outscored every Saturday non-sports primetime telecast on every major network in nearly four years (since January 14, 2006).





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