Tonight Show Beats Stephen Colbert

Ratings: Fallon Catches Up to Colbert in Night 2, Takes Back Demo Lead

Stephen Colbert’s victory lap ends at one.

NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday scored a 3.1 household rating in the metered markets, surging 29 percent night-to-night to virtually tie CBS’ The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, which in its second outing slipped 35 percent to a 3.2 household rating. ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! ticked up to a 1.5.

In the coveted 18-49 demo, Fallon rose 50 percent to a 1.2 household rating while Colbert in Night 2 dropped 33 percent, to a 0.8. Kimmel inched up to a 0.5.

Fallon — with his go-to buzz-booster(/crutch?) Justin Timberlake on hand — hit a five-month high in the metered markets and was up 19 percent from his summer average, while Colbert again delivered a marked improvement (plus 113 percent) over Late Show’s year-ago numbers.

Leading out of The Tonight Show, NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers was up 27 percent night-to-night, hitting a more than four-month high and reclaiming the lead from CBS’ The Late Late Show With James Corden, which slipped from a 1.3 household rating to a 1.1.

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7 Comments
  1. Mr. Tran K says:

    Talk about late night competition. I think Colbert will continue to have a great job as the new host of The Late Show but Fallon is way better than that.

  2. DavidJ says:

    I like Fallon, but his show has just never been a must-watch for me. It’s pleasant and likeable enough, but I prefer the slightly more edgy and clever style of Colbert.

  3. DL says:

    I’ve been watching Fallon nightly for a while now, and he’ll continue to be my go-to. I enjoy the show’s format, as well as his rapport with Higgins and The Roots — something I felt was lacking in Late Show. That said, I liked Colbert’s debut enough that it’ll probably be a mainstay on my DVR. Won’t say no to extra laughter!

  4. XerxesT says:

    All good choices these day on Late night. But Colbert is my go-to now that Jon Stewart is gone. Continue to DVR Fallon and watch choice bits from Kimmel on YouTube.

  5. Jules says:

    Fallon definitely…

  6. Susannah says:

    Although I like Fallon, I find his humor a bit too juvenile for me. I think I’m going to like Colbert, there’s something a bit more sophisticated and clever about his humor. I like the addition of political humor in the Colbert show too, especially going into an election year.

  7. Ellinaras78 says:

    Fallon is the man. Will give Colbert another shot in 3 months to see if he has gotten his legs under him.