Last week was a somewhat quiet one in late night, with every broadcast show airing at least one rerun and not much movement on cable.

Per usual, “The Tonight Show” led the week, scoring a 0.88 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.27 million viewers (including reruns on Thursday and Friday). “The Late Show” on CBS was down (0.52 vs. 0.59) but managed to hold onto second over “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (0.49, even with last week.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” (0.47, reruns Thursday and Friday) remained the broadcast leader at 12:35 a.m. The show’s performance over the first five weeks of the year is up over the same time last year.

On cable, Adult Swim’s 11:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. blocks were both up compared to last week. “Conan,” “The Daily Show” and “The Nightly Show” were all steady.

Here are the late-night numbers for Jan. 25-29, 2016.


Note: “The Tonight Show” and “Late Night” aired repeats on Jan. 28 and 29; “The Late Show” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” aired reruns on Jan. 29. “The Late Late Show” was in reruns for the entire week.

Show Net Adults 18-49, 1/25-29 Viewers (millions), 1/25-29 Adults 18-49 season to date  Viewers (millions) season to date
11:35 p.m.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon NBC 0.88/4 3.27 1.09/5 3.88
Late Show with Stephen Colbert CBS 0.52/3 2.47 0.7/4 2.97
Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC 0.49/2 2.11 0.57/3 2.43
12:35 a.m.
Late Night with Seth Meyers NBC 0.47/3 1.56 0.5/3 1.65
Nightline ABC 0.34/2 1.44 0.34/2 1.25
Late Late Show with James Corden – R CBS 0.3/2 1.17 0.38/2 1.57
1:35 a.m.
Last Call with Carson Daly – R NBC 0.3/3 0.87 0.3/3 0.92



Show Net Time Adults 18-49, 1/25-29 Viewers (millions), 1/25-29
Adult Swim programming Adult Swim 11:30 p.m. 0.76 1.53
Adult Swim programming Adult Swim 12:30 a.m. 0.57 1.12
Conan TBS 11 p.m. 0.31 0.68
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Comedy Central 11 p.m. 0.30 0.81
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore Comedy Central 11:30 p.m. 0.19 0.50


Source: The Nielsen Company

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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