Jimmy Kimmel Beats Stephen Colbert in Weekly Ratings for First Time

ABC late-night host edges out CBS newcomer in total viewers and in the key demographic


Jimmy Kimmel has beaten Stephen Colbert in the weekly ratings since Colbert took over “The Late Show” on Sept. 8.

According to numbers released Thursday by Nielsen, Kimmel averaged 2.6 million viewers for the week of Nov. 2, compared to Colbert’s 2.5 million.

Kimmel also edged out his CBS competition in the advertiser coveted adults 18-49 demographic. Kimmel averaged a 0.6 rating with 765,00 viewers in the key demo, with Colbert netting a 0.57 rating and 728,000 viewers.

Kimmel also grew week to week by ten percent in total viewers and by six percent in the key demo. He was the only 11:35pm late-night host to build over the prior week in either Nielsen measure, as Colbert declined by five percent and six percent, respectively, and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” was down 10 percent and six percent, respectively.

Kimmel’s guests for the week included Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, “Spectre” star Dave Bautista, Tracy Morgan, and Seth Rogen.

It is important to note, too, that Tuesday’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” was excluded due to election night coverage. In addition, Friday’s “Kimmel,” was an encore. Thursday’s “Late Show” was also delayed by an NFL overrun.