With the holidays on their way, most late-night shows took the week of Dec. 18-22, 2017, resulting in some predictable drops in their numbers. No NBC series went on hiatus, however, and after taking a noticeable drop in the week before, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” managed to tick up from a 0.61 to a 0.72 rating in adults 18-49. Similarly, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” rose two-hundredths of a point from its previous 0.37 to a 0.39 this time around, also on NBC.

Meanwhile, CBS’ “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” took the week off and fell from a 0.49 to a 0.35. This allowed ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” to rise above it, despite the series also taking the week off and falling from a 0.44 to a 0.39.  “The Late Late Show with James Corden’s” hiatus also resulted in the CBS series falling from a 0.29 to a 0.24.

In cable, “Conan,” “The Opposition,” and “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” took the week off and all took noticeable hits in all their respective ratings.

Here are the late-night numbers for Dec. 18-22, 2017:


Notes: Dec. 22’s “Late Night” and “Last Call” were encores.

Show Net Adults 18-49, 12/18 – 12/22 Viewers (millions),
12/18 – 12/22
Adults 18-49 season to date  Viewers (millions) season to date
11:35 p.m.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon NBC 0.72/4 3.07 0.69/4 2.79
Jimmy Kimmel Live – R ABC 0.39/2 1.83 0.48/3 2.32
Late Show with Stephen Colbert – R CBS 0.35/2 2.28 0.61/4 3.80
12:35 a.m.
Late Night with Seth Meyers NBC 0.39/3 1.58 0.40/3 1.58
Nightline ABC 0.28/2 1.26 0.31/2 1.44
Late Late Show with James Corden – R CBS 0.24/2 1.15 0.30/3 1.45
1:35 a.m.
Last Call with Carson Daly NBC 0.24/2 0.88 0.24/2 0.84



Notes: Dec. 18’s Comedy Central shows were preempted.

Show Net Time Adults 18-49,12/1812/22 Viewers (millions),
Adult Swim programming Adult Swim 11:30 p.m. 0.57 1.21
Adult Swim programming Adult Swim 12:30 a.m. 0.41 0.88
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah – R Comedy Central 11 p.m. 0.20 0.64
Conan – R TBS 11 p.m. 0.14 0.35
The Opposition – R Comedy Central 11:30 p.m. 0.12 0.30


Source: The Nielsen Company

Posted by:Alex Welch

Alex Welch has been writing for TV by the Numbers since January 2016. In his off time he enjoys rewatching old episodes of Game of Thrones and unironically singing along to ABBA. Every now and then, he even does them at the same time. He lives in Los Angeles.

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