Stephen Colbert Has Yet to Top Jimmy Kimmel in November Ratings

And with “Jimmy Kimmel Live’s” “Star Wars” special last week, that’s not about to change any time soon

Stephen Colbert appears to be settling into third place quite comfortably. Unfortunately, that’s a position none of the three 11:30 p.m. talk shows want to get used to.

The still relatively new CBS “Late Show” host hasn’t bested ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” this month.

The week of Nov. 2-6, Colbert had a 0.57 rating in the key 18-49 demographic. The following week, he slipped slightly to a 0.56. After a week of reruns, he returned to that same rating the week of Nov. 16-20.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” had a 0.60 the week of Nov. 2-6. The ABC 11:30 p.m. offering slipped to a 0.56 the next week, tying Colbert. In the next comparable week of originals, Nov. 16-20, Kimmel had a 0.58 rating.

The last time Colbert trumped Jimmy Kimmel in the main demo was the week of Oct. 26-30. That said, the better-watched CBS bested ABC’s “JKL” in total viewers for the most recently available week.

Late-night ratings for the final week of November are not in yet, but it was truncated for the Thanksgiving holiday anyway. Plus, it is essentially a foregone conclusion that Kimmel will best Colbert again, as he aired one fewer original to average and ABC’s “Star Wars” special will make a big dent in Monday night. So, it is safe to consider this a full month of triumph for Kimmel.

Of course, neither Colbert nor Kimmel is threatening NBC’s “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” The late-night king has averaged a big and safe 0.95 over those aforementioned three weeks.

Colbert’s “Late Show” debuted on Sept. 8.