Late-Night Ratings War: Jimmy Fallon Continues Winning Streak Over Stephen Colbert

“Tonight Show” tops “Late Show” by 22 percent in total viewers from Oct. 5-9

Last Updated: October 15, 2015 @ 3:24 PM

Another week, another win for Fallon.

“The Tonight Show” once-again topped the late-night ratings week versus its CBS and ABC time-period competition.

Jimmy Fallon bested runner-up Stephen Colbert in total viewers for the week of Oct. 5-9 by a 22 percent margin, with an average of 3.524 million versus 2.893 million. That achievement tied the NBC show’s biggest advantage to-date over Colbert’s “Late Show”: Across the prior three weeks, Fallon has led by 22 percent, 11 percent, and 19 percent, chronologically.

For his debut week, Colbert topped the 11:35 p.m. hour by 13 percent.

Still, CBS is pleased with their new-look show’s success thus far.

“The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” enjoyed a modest 5 percent total viewer bump versus the same week last year. While not a huge number, it was the only late-night show that was up from 2014. “The Late Show” was up 20 percent among adults 18-49, up 14 percent in the 25-54 age range and enjoyed a 67 percent leap in the 18-34 demo. In that last demo, Colbert and Fallon were all knotted up.

Plus, season-to-date, Colbert’s “Late Show” is up 100 percent versus predecessor David Letterman‘s fall start last year.

Here are the week’s ratings at 11:35 p.m.:

Adults 18-49
“Tonight Show”: 0.88 rating
“Late Show”: 0.64
“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.53

Total Viewers
“Tonight Show”: 3.524 million viewers
“Late Show”: 2.893 million
“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 2.219 million

An hour later, Seth Meyers‘ “Late Night” on NBC continued its dominance over James Corden‘s CBS “Late Late Show.”


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