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Jimmy Fallon is quickly closing the gap with Stephen Colbert — and leading in one key metric.

The second night of NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon going head-to-head against CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert showed Fallon making major gains among total viewers and pulling ahead among adults 18-49.

In the early metered market household ratings for Wednesday night, Colbert dropped to a 3.2 rating, and was nearly tied by Fallon, who delivered a 3.1 rating.

Among the adult demo, Fallon pulled firmly ahead with a 1.2 rating versus Colbert’s 0.8.

Such late-night races are very long marathons, not sprints, but the numbers suggest that after a very strong start on Tuesday night, Colbert is still going to have his work cut out for him. More to come later.

Here are the very early numbers:

Household Ratings

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: 2.4 (Tuesday), 3.1 (Wednesday)

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: 4.9 (Tuesday), 3.2 (Wednesday

Jimmy Kimmel Live!: 1.4 (Tuesday), 1.5 (Wednesday)

18-49 Rating

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: 0.8 (Tuesday), 1.2 (Wednesday)

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: 1.5 (Tuesday), 0.8 (Wednesday

Jimmy Kimmel Live!: 0.4 (Tuesday), 0.5 (Wednesday)

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