In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, CBS’s Late Show with Stephen Colbert finished first with a household 2.7/7, besting an encore of NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2.2/5) as well as ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live (2.1/5).
In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were topped by Fallon’s repeat, which clocked a 0.8/4, edging out JKL’s 0.7/4 and Colbert’s 0.6/3.
ABC noted Kimmel’s live post-debate broadcast matched JKL’s highest rated late-night telecast on any night, demo-wise, since last November, excluding the NBA Finals-led broadcasts in June. Excluding the NBA Finals weeks in June, Wednesday’s telecast was the show’s strongest on the night in 1 year.
In his first live post-debate broadcast, Jimmy Kimmel was most impressed Donald Trump seemed to be doing “an impression of Alec Baldwin doing an impression of him.” Colbert, meanwhile, focused on Trump’s historic debate statement as to whether he would accept the November 8 election results. “I guess we’re all going to have to wait until November 9 to see if Donald Trump is in the mood for a peaceful transfer of power, or if he’s going to wipe his fat a** with the Constitution,” Colbert snarked.