Donald Trump boosts 'Late Show' to best ratings since Stephen Colbert's premiere

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Trump Joins Colbert On 'Late Night'

By RICK KISSELL, Variety

Presidential hopefuls continue to be a boon for late-night television, with Donald Trump's visit to "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" helping jump-start the nascent CBS program to its highest ratings since opening night.

In Nielsen's 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Show" earned a 1.0 overnight rating in adults 18-49 to move up to a tie with NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," which had won the last nine nights outright. ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (0.6) ranked third.

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"Late Show" figures to win the night in total viewers, with its overnight household rating/share (3.7/10) comfortably ahead of "Tonight Show" (2.8/7). The CBS program has finished on top in the overnights on five occasions in its first 11 nights (though "Tonight" has won some of those in national total-viewer averages). According to CBS, Tuesday's "Late Show" was up a big 42% vs. the comparable night a year ago.

Tuesday's 3.7 overnight rating for "Late Show" is a tick above the 3.6 that "Tonight Show" did when Trump visited on Sept. 11 (a Friday). The NBC program did a bit better in the 18-49 prelims (1.2 vs. 1.0).

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