CBS has to be excited about a big ratings win for not just the premiere of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” but also its lead-out, “The Late Late Show with James Corden.”
Nielsen’s fast nationals confirm that both shows trounced the competition — not a surprise, given the amount of promotion CBS put into the Colbert premiere, but still a shot in the arm for a CBS late-night lineup that has been getting soundly beaten by NBC.
In total viewers, CBS’s “Colbert” chalked up 6.55 million, more than double NBC’s 2.92 million for “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” and far out in front of ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” with 1.75 million.
Things were a little closer in the key demo of adults 18-49, but “Colbert” still scored a sizable win with a 1.4 average rating to Fallon’s 0.9 and Kimmel’s 0.4.
Leading out from the “Colbert” premiere Tuesday night, CBS’s “Corden” delivered 1.85 million total viewers, a comfortable margin over the competition, NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” which settled for 1.30 million. In adults 18-49, Corden nipped Meyers with a 0.5 average rating to his NBC rival’s 0.4.