Following an encore-heavy week, in which most of the late-night shows went on hiatus for the Christmas holiday, Jan. 1-5, 2018 featured many of those shows returning from their break to the late-night ratings. However, NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” was not one of the those as the series stayed on hiatus, but still managed to land on top in the 11:35 p.m. time slot with a 0.60 rating in adults 18-49. The same goes for “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” which ticked up to a 0.34 with a week of encores, also on NBC.

Meanwhile, CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” returned and as a result, rose considerably from its previous 0.36 to a 0.52 this time around. Similarly, ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” climbed back up from a 0.32 to a 0.51.

In cable, “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” returned to a 0.23 on Comedy Central, while TBS’ “Conan” stayed on hiatus and scored a low 0.12.

Here are the late-night numbers for Jan. 1-5, 2018:


Notes: The Jan. 1 broadcast of all shows have been excluded, due to the New Year’s Day holiday.

Show Net Adults 18-49, 1/1 – 1/5 Viewers (millions),
1/1 – 1/5
Adults 18-49 season to date  Viewers (millions) season to date
11:35 p.m.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon – R NBC 0.60/3 2.33 0.70/4 2.82
Late Show with Stephen Colbert CBS 0.52/3 3.54 0.62/4 3.86
Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC 0.51/3 2.40 0.48/3 2.30
12:35 a.m.
Late Night with Seth Meyers – R NBC 0.34/3 1.30 0.41/3 1.61
Nightline ABC 0.33/2 1.44 0.31/2 1.43
Late Late Show with James Corden – R CBS 0.26/2 1.38 0.31/3 1.46
1:35 a.m.
Last Call with Carson Daly – R NBC 0.24/2 0.80 0.24/2 0.84



Notes: The Comedy Central shows were preempted on Jan. 1.

Show Net Time Adults 18-49,1/1 – 1/5 Viewers (millions),
1/1 – 1/5
Adult Swim programming Adult Swim 11:30 p.m. 0.60 1.22
Adult Swim programming Adult Swim 12:30 a.m. 0.50 1.00
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Comedy Central 11 p.m. 0.23 0.81
Conan – R TBS 11 p.m. 0.12 0.28
The Opposition Comedy Central 11:30 p.m. 0.11 0.31


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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