10:33am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: Colbert's 'Daily Show' Reunion Hits 19-Month High
Stephen Colbert managed to make event television out of late-night on Tuesday. The Late Show host's much-hyped reunion with his former Daily Show co-stars notched a 19-month high in early local ratings.
The CBS late-night show — on which Colbert was joined Tuesday by fellow Daily Show alums Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Ed Helms and Rob Corddry — pulled a 3.1 overnight rating among households. That's up 15 percent from last Tuesday — and a strong 41 percent from the same night a year ago. Ahead of total viewer tallies, it is pacing towards the most-watched regular telecast since Colbert's launch month in 2015. It was a pretty rare sight, with three current late-night hosts (Colbert, Bee and Oliver) all sharing the stage.
The gap between The Late Show and NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon has been fluctuating wildly since Late Show took the lead in February, but this Tuesday win follows Late Show's best weekly win to date. Though the gap had narrowed the last full week of April, Late Show followed that with an advantage of 410,000 viewers.
Tuesday also brought a much less common demo win for Colbert. Among adults 18-49, his showing in local people meter markets was up 40 percent from the previous week and the previous year for a 0.7 rating. That's just above Tonight's 0.6 rating. Even with Colbert's audience growth, Fallon has remained the dominant player in the key demo.