CBS’ live post-Super Bowl broadcast of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert scored its all-time high, a 11.2/21, in metered markets. After that, James Corden’s The Late Late Show clocked the highest metered-market rating since the franchise’s inception in 1995: 3.5/10.
Colbert’s initial stats are 16% shy of the 13.4/24 that NBC’s primetime drama hit The Blacklist bagged last year after that network’s Super Bowl broadcast.
President Obama played football catch, Megyn Kelly took jabs at Donald Trump and Bill O’Reilly, and Will Ferrell brought along a kitten, goose, chicken, guinea pig and some kind of small rodent to help Colbert clock what look to be record ratings since he took over CBS’ flagship late-night show last year. Corden, meanwhile, got an assist from Elton John, appearing in the latest edition of Carpool Karoake.
Last night’s live broadcast was a plum outing for Colbert, who took over as host for David Letterman on September 8. Colbert’s broadcast last night nearly doubled the 6.6 million people who watched Colbert’s debut as host – which was a 4.1 million upgrade from the crowd that caught his much-ballyhooed The Colbert Report finale on Comedy Central on December 18, 2014. When Letterman signed off as CBS’ first Late Show host last May 20, he snagged an average audience of 13.76 million viewers (and a 3.06 demo rating).
More stats to follow….