Colbert Continues Late Night Dominance

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Stephen Colbert continues his ratings lead in late night TV this year.

Both of CBS’  late night broadcasts — THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT and THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN — delivered their largest weekly audiences of the season, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending March 10.

With Jimmy Fallon taking the week off at NBC’s Tonight Show, Colbert went on to his biggest lead of the year.

For the week, THE LATE SHOW averaged 3.23 million viewers, its largest weekly audience since its premiere in Sept. 2015. The show delivered three million viewers for the fifth consecutive week, up +33% compared to the same week last year. The Tonight Show had just 2.68 million viewers and Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC had 2.28 million viewers according to Zap2It.

THE LATE SHOW was the #1 show in late night for the sixth consecutive week, CBS’ longest late night winning streak since the 2009-2010 season. During the show’s six week winning streak, THE LATE SHOW averaged 3.43m viewers (most current), up +23% in viewers (from 2.78m) from the same period last year.

Jimmy Fallon still holds a lead in younger viewers 18-49 with a .62 rating compared to .55 for Colbert. Jimmy Kimmel had .49 rating for viewers 18-49.

THE LATE LATE SHOW on CBS averaged 1.44 million viewers for the week, up +16% in viewers (from 1.24 million) from a year ago and its largest weekly audience since the week ending May 22, 2015. The show was also up +25% in adults 25-54 (0.5/03 from 0.4/02), its best rating in the demo since the week ending Feb. 19, 2016.