Late-Night Talk Show Surges — Here Are the Numbers

Sep 19, 2017  •  Post A Comment

One of the flagship late-night talk shows on the broadcast networks is on a roll, with ABC announcing today that its “Jimmy Kimmel Live” hit a three-month high in total viewers during the week of Sept. 11. The network cites Nielsen Live+Same Day National Program Ratings for the week.

Averages for the week show NBC’s “Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” with a healthy lead, both in total viewers and in the key 18-49 demo, with “Kimmel” in second place in both metrics and CBS’s “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” in third place with a week of encore programs.

Here are the numbers for the week of Sept. 11:

NBC’s “Fallon”: 2.517 million total viewers; 745,000 adults 18-49

ABC’s “Kimmel”: 2.172 million total viewers; 570,000 adults 18-49

CBS’s “Colbert” (repeats): 1.965 million total viewers; 411,000 adults 18-49

ABC notes that “Kimmel” was Wednesday’s most-watched late-night talk show that week, and outdelivered “Fallon” to rank No. 1 on Thursday both in total viewers and in the 18-49 demo. Wednesday’s show featured former White House press secretary Sean Spicer and 2017 U.S. Open winner Sloane Stephens, with Thursday’s show featuring Stephen Colbert, Nina Dobrev and musical guest Dustin Lynch.

“During the week of September 11, 2017, ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ grew over the prior week by 11% in Total Viewers (2.172 million vs. 1.955 million) to draw its biggest overall audience in more than 3 months — since the week of 6/5/17,” ABC announced. “In fact, excluding this year’s NBA Finals-led weeks, ‘Kimmel’ attracted its largest weekly audience of the summer.”

The announcement notes that “Kimmel” was re-titled on Tuesday (9/12/17), with that night excluded from the show’s average.

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