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CBS’s ‘Late Show’ Hits a Ratings Milestone, Thanks to High-Profile Guest

Apr 18, 2018  •  Post A Comment

Tuesday night’s installment of CBS’s “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” which featured an eagerly anticipated interview with former FBI Director and “A Higher Loyalty” author James Comey, pulled in big ratings, continuing a hot streak for the late-night staple.

CBS announced today that Tuesday’s program, which also featured Wu Tang Clan, delivered a 3.5/9 overnight rating, which CBS said was “its highest overnight rating this season and the third-highest metered market rating for the show ever (since Sept. 22, 2015). Additionally, ‘The Late Show’ beat the combined rating of its other two competitors in the metered market household rating (‘Tonight Show’ — 1.7/5, ‘Kimmel’ — 1.5/4) and won the night in adults 18-49 (0.6/4).”

In the latest weekly results, CBS noted that “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” delivered 3.93 million viewers, 0.8 in adults 25-54 and 0.6 in adults 18-49 for the week ending April 13, according to Nielsen live plus 3-day ratings.

CBS also noted that in L+7 results for the recently completed first quarter of 2018, the show was up +20% in viewers (4.02 million, from 3.36 million) vs. first quarter 2017.

“‘The Late Show’ posted its largest first-quarter audience since 2007 and beat ‘Tonight’ in viewers by +46% (4.02m vs. 2.76m),” CBS reported. “‘The Late Show’ also improved its lead over ‘Tonight’ in viewers by almost a million viewers (+1.26m viewers in first quarter 2018, up from +290,000 in first quarter 2017).”

Here’s a clip from Colbert’s interview Tuesday night with Comey …

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