Former FBI Director James Comey’s first late-night TV interview since being sacked by President Donald Trump clocked Stephen Colbert’s third highest Late Show overnight household ratings ever, behind only Colbert’s 2015 Late Show launch, and Donald Trump’s one and only visit to the show.
Comey’s sit-down nabbed a preliminary 3.5 household rating; then-candiate Trump’s visit, shortly after show’s launch in September of ’15, had clocked an initial 3.7 HH rating.
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Comey’s Late Show visit topped all late-night competitors, trouncing NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (1.7), and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live (1.5).
The broadcast marks Colbert’s biggest lead over Tonight Show since Colbert’s 2015 debut as host of Late Show.
In late-night TV’s target 18-49 demo, Late Show with James Comey posted a 0.6 rating, edging out Fallon’s 0.5 and Kimmel’s 0.4, and he tied his highest rated Tuesday this season.
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Comey, who is touring to promote his new book “A Higher Loyalty” drank wine with Colbert while the late night host explained to him that Trump canned him because mafia bosses don’t like being investigated.
Comey, in turn, asked Colbert, who famously booked the presidential suite at the Moscow Ritz Carlton where Trump’s alleged Pee Pee Taping took place, if the room was big enough to have accommodated that activity, given that Trump is a germaphobe. Colbert assured him it was plenty big enough to have kept Trump in the “splash-free zone” if, as has been rumored, he shared the room with two hookers who engaged in urinating on the bed where former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama had spent the night while visiting Moscow.
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