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Fallon ratings top Colbert despite Biden bump

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Night 3: There was good news and bad news for Stephen Colbert.

On Thursday night, Colbert grew his ratings for his third evening hosting CBS’ The Late Show. An appearance by Vice President Joe Biden might have helped in that regard. A new show improving its numbers — or, in this case, an old show with a new host — is always a positive sign. 

But on the other hand, Colbert’s NBC rival Jimmy Fallon managed to win the night and even increased his newfound lead from Wednesday. Fallon likely received some boost from a big NFL lead-in, however, which muddies the analysis a bit. 

Here’s how the two stacked up: Tonight Show had 4.3 million viewers and a 1.5 rating among adults 18–49, while The Late Show had 3.9 million viewers and a 0.8 rating in the demo. 

Again, way too early to make any conclusions. For more on Biden’s appearance on Colbert, check out our story on what Biden talked about on the show

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