Kimmel Tops Fallon and Colbert in Ratings Demo Amid Health Care Battle

Kimmel has been a vocal critic of the latest Trumpcare plan

Jimmy Kimmel’s big month continues, as he topped Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert on the first day of the fall season while continuing his vocal role in the health care debate.

ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” got a 0.6 rating/4 household share among adults aged 18 to 49 for Monday’s episode. NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and CBS’ “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” each received a 0.5/3.

“Colbert” led in total households with a 2.5/7. “Kimmel” was second with a 2.3/6, and “Fallon” followed with a 1.8/5.

This marks Kimmel’s highest-rated episode since March 13, not counting telecasts with NBA playoffs lead-ins. Kimmel welcomed guests Viola Davis and Freddie Highmore on Monday’s episode.

The late-night host has been an outspoken critic in recent days of the Graham-Cassidy proposal that would dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Republicans announced Tuesday that they have canceled a vote on the bill in light of three GOP senators planning to vote “no.”

Kimmel became part of the health care debate earlier this year when he announced that his newborn son, Billy, had undergone open-heart surgery, leading the star to emphasize the importance of accessible medical treatment.