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

Tonight Show Beats Stephen Colbert

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.