For the week, Fallon’s Tonight attracted the largest crowd with an average of 3.5 million viewers – a 22% lead over Colbert’s The Late Show which logged 2.9 million. ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live clocked 2.2 million. (Friday’s JKL was a repeat; Thursday’s Late Show was delayed because of an NFL overrun.)
In the demo, NBC’s Tonight (0.99 rating) bested CBS’ Late Show’s 0.72, which is a 38% advantage. Since Colbert’s debut, Fallon has won seven of 9 nights in both metrics.
Clinton, making her first-ever appearance on Fallon’s Tonight Show, played telephone with “Donald Trump” and pulled in Fallon’s best Wednesday stats in seven months, trouncing Colbert and Kimmel that night.
Fallon’s guests for the week also included Keith Richards and Robert De Niro. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Dem presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders and Apple CEO Tim Cook were among Colbert’s bookings. Kimmel’s guests included Johnny Depp, Jake Tapper, David Muir, and Tobey Maguire.