James Corden just bested Seth Meyers’ audience tally for the first time in just over a year — since the last time he left sunny Los Angeles to return home to generally un-sunny London.
Counting three days of delayed viewing, last week, “The Late Late Show With James Corden” drew a nightly average of 1.42 million total viewers, per Nielsen. “Late Night With Seth Meyers” had 1.35 million viewers.
Corden also won just in terms of “Live + Same Day” viewers, with an average of 1.26 million viewers versus Seth’s 1.20 million. However, in the key late-night demographic of adults under 50, “Late Night” still came out ahead with a 0.29 rating to “The Late Late Show’s” 0.22.
Corden has spent the week broadcasting from his native country, taping a week’s worth of “The Late Late Show” at Central Hall Westminster in London. It follows a similar trip across the pond Corden took last summer.
Guests for Corden’s latest run of London episodes included Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, One Direction alum Niall Horan, Cher, “Killing Eve’s” Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Damian Lewis, Ruth Wilson and “Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner.
Paul McCartney joined Corden for the Liverpool installment of his most popular segment, “Carpool Karaoke,” where The Beatles legend showed Corden around his native city and performed an entire set for unsuspecting patrons of a local pub.
The Thursday episode of “The Late Late Show,” featuring Turner, McCartney and the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, alone drew in 1.70 million viewers, the show’s largest nightly audience since December 14, 2017.