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Fri Dec 15, 2023, 09:01 PM Dec 2023

'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,' 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' Lead Late Night Talk Show Ratings

Variety link: https://variety.com/2023/tv/news/stephen-colbert-jimmy-kimmel-fall-late-night-talk-show-ratings-1235841487/

As the fall draws to a close, and the late night talk shows still adjust to their post-strike rhythm (and one host in particular navigates some unexpected health crises), there appears to now be a steady ratings story to be told in live+same day numbers. In adults 18-49, ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” is emerging as the No. 1 talk show in that key demo, while CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” is tops in total viewers. (Time shifted numbers benefit Colbert the most, however, as he leads in both measurements when it comes to “live+most current” numbers. Scroll down for those figures.)

Boosted this season by the return of NFL Monday Night Football to ABC’s full time lineup, “Jimmy Kimmel Live” is so far up 13 percent in total viewers and has pulled off its most-watched fall since 2020, according to ABC. Among adults 18-49 in live+same day, “Jimmy Kimmel Live” is first in the demo with originals, averaging a 0.20, followed by “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (0.18) and “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (0.15).

“The Late Show” aired fewer episodes this fall, as Colbert was out for a week due to COVID-19, and then out again more recently for several weeks due to a ruptured appendix. However, in originals, Colbert was still tops with total viewers (1.88 million), followed by Kimmel (1.68 million) and Fallon (1.31 million).

Late Night with Seth Meyers” posted a 0.11 in the 18-49 demo, and 792,000, in its later hour. A reminder that these are linear, live+same day numbers only, between Oct. 2 (when the shows all returned post-strike) and Dec. 10. With so much viewing of late night now online, it’s tougher to properly gauge the popularity of late night in 2023. But this is at least a first measuring stick to the long tail.
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I'm old! I can't stay up late anymore, but I DVR my two favorites - Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers - and watch them the next morning. How about everyone else?

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'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,' 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' Lead Late Night Talk Show Ratings (Original Post) FakeNoose Dec 2023 OP
Rhiannon keeps us up on those. pwb Dec 2023 #1
I watch these two... 2naSalit Dec 2023 #2


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1. Rhiannon keeps us up on those.
Fri Dec 15, 2023, 09:14 PM
Dec 2023

Even breaks it down for us. I fall asleep before that now. I use to stay up for Carson and Letterman's monologue.


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2. I watch these two...
Fri Dec 15, 2023, 09:43 PM
Dec 2023

Plus Seth Meyers and John Oliver here, on DU, thanks to our wonderful Rhiannon who posts them for us.

Colbert and Kimmel have equal standing in my book, they're both my favorites.

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