CBS Touts Momentum in Late-Night as ‘Colbert’ Wins Week in Total Viewers; NBC Points to Demo Victories

Feb 7, 2017  •  Post A Comment

The late-night landscape appears to be undergoing some ratings movement, but just who’s on top depends on who’s spinning the numbers.

CBS announced today that “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” was the most-watched show in late-night for the week ending Feb. 3, based on Nielsen Live+Same Day data. The network said it was the first time the show claimed that position since the week of its series premiere.

“‘The Late Show’ averaged 2.77 million viewers, up +11% compared to the same week last year, marking the first time it has placed first among all late-night broadcasts since the week ending Sept. 11, 2015,” CBS reported. “Across digital platforms, ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ continues to see strong growth with total overall streams up more than +70% compared to a year ago. With YouTube alone, viewership of ‘The Late Show’ clips is up nearly +80% season to date.

The total viewer numbers show that CBS’s “Late Show” edged NBC’s “Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” for the week, averaging 2.771 million viewers to 2.759 million for “Tonight” and 2.055 million for ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” (Kimmel aired an encore on Friday of that week.)

NBC, meanwhile, was touting wins during the same week for “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” in the key demographics — adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54.

“Fallon won five of five nights for the week in adults 18-49 and three of five in total viewers versus his ABC and CBS time-period competition,” NBC said today. “’Tonight’ led the hour by a decisive +40% margin in adults 18-49 over CBS’ ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ (with a 0.67 rating vs. a 0.48) and by +49% over ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ (0.67 vs. 0.45).”

Here are the numbers for the week ending Feb. 3, based on Nielsen Live+Same Day data:

ADULTS 18-49

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET

NBC “Tonight” 0.67 rating, 4 share

CBS “Late Show,” 0.48/2

ABC “Kimmel,” 0.45/3 *

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET

ABC “Nightline,” 0.29/2

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET

NBC “Late Night,” 0.38/3 *

CBS “The Late Late Show,” 0.30/2

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET

NBC “Last Call,” 0.22/2 (R)


11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET

NBC “Tonight,” 2.759 million viewers

CBS “Late Show,” 2.771 million viewers

ABC “Kimmel,” 2.055 million viewers *

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET

ABC “Nightline,” 1.434 million viewers

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET

NBC “Late Night,” 1.431 million viewers *

CBS “The Late Late Show,” 1.277 million viewers

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET

NBC “Last Call,” 0.766 million viewers (R)

* Friday’s “Kimmel” and “Late Night” were encores.

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  1. Are you kidding me CBS? Lol

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