Jimmy Kimmel Beats Stephen Colbert in Ratings for First Time

ABC late-night show tops “Late Show” in key demo

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” bested “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” in the ratings for the first time on Thursday night, in addition to almost tying “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

Kimmel scored a 0.9 rating/5 share in the advertiser coveted adults 18-49 demographic, while Colbert got a 0.7/5. Fallon’s show got a 1.0/5.

Colbert’s “Late Show” was delayed due to CBS’s NFL Thursday night football overrun so aired later than its regular 11:30 p.m. timeslot. While Kimmel enjoyed a strong boost thanks his lead-in — ABC’s return of Shondaland’s #TGIT lineup which includes “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder.”  Additionally, Shonda Rhimes herself appeared as Kimmel’s guest following the highly anticipated premieres of the three shows.

Kimmel also hosted Dave Salmoni and Jill Scott, as well wrapping up his week of Mean Tweets with celebrities like George Clooney and Halle Berry reading the worst things internet trolls could throw at them.

The NFL match up between the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants lead in to Colbert, who had guests on like Maria Shriver,  Jim Gaffigan, and Archbishop Thomas Wenski.

Fallon hosted Joseph Gordon-Levitt singing a barbershop quartet version of Rihanna‘s “Bitch Better Have My Money,” and interviewed Chris Hardwick.