Jimmy Fallon passes Stephen Colbert in ratings for first time since Trump's inauguration
The battle for late-night dominance in the Trump era continues
Donald Trump’s electoral victory in November, and the administration that has resulted, has been widely felt across American culture in the months since. One particular sign of changing times has been late-night TV ratings, where Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show has finally started to break years of dominance by Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show. With President Trump in the White House, viewers have seemed to prefer Colbert’s politically minded humor to Fallon’s fun-with-celebrities routine. That changed a bit last week, however, when Fallon achieved more total viewers than his rival for the first time in months.
According to Deadline, The Tonight Show averaged 2.656 million viewers last week, while Late Night scored 2.622 million. Fallon also retained his edge in the valuable 18-49 demographic. It remains to be seen whether this will continue, however, since Colbert only aired three new episodes last week — Thursday and Friday nights featured reruns while the host traveled to Russia collecting future material.