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