Shakeup in Late-Night Ratings

Jan 31, 2017  •  Post A Comment

Monday’s broadcast TV ratings figures for the late-night daypart indicate a departure from the usual pattern, with CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” beating its competition in households and fighting to a draw in the key 18-49 demo, based on Nielsen overnight data for the metered markets.

CBS announced that “Colbert” delivered a 2.4 average (6 share) in homes to beat NBC’s perennial segment leader, “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon,” which managed only a 1.9 (5 share). ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” trailed with a 1.7 average rating (5 share).

ABC’s “Nightline” matched CBS’s “Late Late Show with James Corden” with a 1.1 average in homes (4 share), just ahead of NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” with a 1.0 (4 share).

In the 18-49 demo, CBS’s “Colbert” and NBC’s “Fallon” both produced 0.6 average ratings, ahead of ABC’s “Kimmel” with a 0.4. “Corden” averaged a 0.3 in its CBS lead-out spot, equaling “Meyers'” result and ahead of “Nightline’s” 0.2.

CBS noted that it was the first time “The Late Show” had tied NBC’s “Tonight Show” in adults 18-49 in the local metered markets since Sept. 22, 2016.

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