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Which Late-Night Show Won the Election Night Overnights?

Nov 7, 2018  •  Post A Comment

One of the broadcast networks’ late-night talk shows wound up with a solid advantage over its closest competition in the Nielsen overnights for election night.

CBS announced that “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” which aired a special live installment to stay on top of Tuesday night’s midterm election returns, beat ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” by 17% in the Nielsen metered market overnight ratings. CBS’s “Colbert” delivered a 2.7 average to “Kimmel’s” 2.3.

CBS noted that “The Late Show” also won last week by almost 1.4 million viewers over NBC’s “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.”

For the week ending Nov. 2 — week No. 6 of the broadcast season — “Colbert” averaged 3.75 million viewers, topping “Fallon’s” 2.38 million and “Kimmel’s” 2.11 million, CBS reported, citing Nielsen live-plus-3-day figures. “Colbert” also tied “Fallon” for the lead in key demos, with a 0.8 average rating in adults 25-54 and a 0.5 in adults 18-49.

“Season-to-date, most current, ‘The Late Show’ is up +2% in viewers (3.49m from 3.41m) and leads ‘The Tonight Show’ (2.33m) and ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ (2.03m) by more than 1 million viewers, and is tied with ‘The Tonight Show’ in both adults 25-54 (0.7) and adults 18-49 (0.5),” CBS added.

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