Update, 10 AM:  Corden’s audience retained 88% of his premiere audience in his second night as host of Late Late Show. Night 2 clocked a preliminary 1.47 million viewers. He retained 100% of Monday’s demo deliveries:  a 0.5 in adults 25-54, 0.4 in adults 18-49 and 0.2 in adults 18-34

Compared to Late Late Show’s Tuesday average this season, Corden is up 3% in viewers (from 1.42m), 33% in adults 18-49 (from 0.3) and flat in adults 25-54 and adults 18-34.

Previous: James Corden dropped just one tenth to score a 1.3/5 household rating in the country’s 56 metered market households in his second night hosting CBS’ Late Late Show – a good second night retention off a series premiere. For a second night, he edged out NBC competitor Seth Meyers (1.0/4) who’d dropped two tenths. Among the 25 markets with Local People Meters, Cordon also dropped a tenth in the demo compared to his premiere night, to a 0.3/2.  Meyers dropped same to lead in the demo with a 0.4/3 among adults 18-49.

On his second show, Corden went with an opening monologue, and hosted a show very much in line with other late-night talk show offerings, emphasizing games, gags, and pre-taped bits, but not so much actual conversation, which had been his predecessor Craig Ferguson’s strong suit. In the episode, Corden made unusual pizza deliveries to unsuspecting locals, after which he and guests Chris Pine and Patricia Arquette scenery-chewed their way through part of a The Young And The Restless script said to have been found on a printer by a Late Late Show assistant.

Versus what Late Late Show  has been averaging on Tuesdays this season, Corden generated a gain in households – his 1.3 last night is up 0.2 compared to the franchise’s 1.1 average for Tuesdays this season. His early showing of 0.3 in 18-49 is even with Late Late Show’s 0.3 Tuesday average this season in the LPMs.

Last night, Corden’s Late Show With David Letterman lead-in – in which Bill O’Reilly stopped by to plug NatGeo’s upcoming Killing Jesus, again denied allegations he’d inflated or made up incidents during his earlier years as a reporter and cited his ratings as proof he’d emerged victorious from the fracas –  also led  in Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, with a household 2.4/6. NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon posted a household 2.3/6. ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live came in at 1.8/5.  But, in the 25 markets with Local People Meters, Fallon scored a commanding demo lead of 1.0/5, to Letterman’s 0.4/2 and Jimmy Kimmel’s 0.6/3.

James Corden’s tenure as host of CBS’ The Late Late Show began Monday night with a metered market 1.4/5 – which CBS noted, was up 27% versus the same night last year (1.1/4). He beat NBC’s Seth Meyers (1.2/4); ABC’s Nightline clocked a 1.4/5 against the first half hour of Corden’s premiere. But, Late Late Show’s previous host Craig Ferguson had opened on January 3, 2005, clocking a metered market rating of 1.6/6 (which eventually translated to an average of 2.1 million total viewers).

And, NBC noted, in the 25 markets with Local People Meters, Meyers’ Late Night (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped Late Late Show (0.4/2) in the demo, and Meyers had finished within a tenth of his Monday season average in metered-market households (1.2 vs. 1.3) and matched its season average in the demo in the LPMs (0.5 vs. 0.5).

That said, Meyers enjoyed a much better lead-in. In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon logged a 2.4/6 while CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman mustered a 2.2/6 –  ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live also nabbed a 2.4/6.  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, Fallon posted a 1.0/5 to Letterman’s 0.4/2 and Kimmel’s 0.7/3.

Nielsen stats issued later Tuesday morning showed Corden’s opening night clocking a preliminary 1.66 million viewers. That’s in line to be the franchise’s largest audience since November 14 of 2011, but falls short of those 2.1 million viewers that Late Late Show’s previous host Ferguson had logged, when the dust settled, in his ’05.