After taking several weeks off, Sept. 3-7 saw all of the major network late-night shows returning with new episodes, and predictably, ticking up in their week-to-week ratings as a result. NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” rose from its previous 0.39 to a 0.58 rating in adults 18-49 – its highest-rated week since March. Also on NBC, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” climbed back to the top of the 12:35 a.m. time slot, up from a 0.22 to a 0.35.

Meanwhile, CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” ticked up nine-hundredths of a point to a 0.39, and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” experienced one of the week’s smallest increases, rising from a 0.35 to a 0.37. Additionally, “The Late Late Show with James Corden” returned up to a 0.22.

In cable, Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” scored a 0.22 as well, following a series of preemptions the week before. TBS’ “Conan” (0.11), however, took the week off.

Here are the late-night numbers for Sept. 3-7, 2018:


Note: Sat. 3’s results are excluded from these averages due to the Labor Day holiday and Sat. 6’s NBC programming was delayed by an NFL overrun.

Show Net Adults 18-49, 9/3 – 9/7 Viewers (millions),
9/3 – 9/7
Adults 18-49 season to date  Viewers (millions) season to date
11:35 p.m.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon NBC 0.58/4 2.35 0.62/4 2.58
Late Show with Stephen Colbert CBS 0.39/3 2.78 0.57/4 3.77
Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC 0.37/2 1.82 0.46/3 2.19
12:35 a.m.
Late Night with Seth Meyers NBC 0.35/4 1.35 0.36/3 1.52
Nightline ABC 0.25/2 1.15 0.29/2 1.34
Late Late Show with James Corden CBS 0.22/2 1.18 0.26/2 1.36
1:35 a.m.
Last Call with Carson Daly NBC 0.17/2 0.72 0.21/2 0.79



Note: Sept. 3’s “Daily Show” was preempted.

Show Net Time Adults 18-49, 9/3 – 9/7 Viewers (millions),
9/3 – 9/7
Adult Swim programming Adult Swim 11:30 p.m. 0.56 1.08
Adult Swim programming Adult Swim 12:30 a.m. 0.43 0.82
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Comedy Central 11 p.m. 0.22 0.73
Conan – R TBS 11 p.m. 0.11 0.27

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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