'Late Show,' 'Tonight' Are Close Rivals For Late-Night King

Late-night programming remains a tussle between NBC and CBS -- with the former maintaining a slight edge in young viewers and CBS dominating the overall viewing picture.

In the most recent week ending March 23, CBS' "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" earned a Nielsen 3 million viewers -- tops among all programs. CBS late-night programming was delayed due to the NCAA Men’s College basketball tournament on two nights.

NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" was in second place for total viewers with 2.6 million viewers, but posted best results among 18-49 viewers with a 0.58 rating/share. CBS was in second place among 18-49 viewers with a 0.46/3.

For the season so far, Colbert is way out in front among all viewers at 3.9 million to Fallon’s 2.8 million. Fallon has a slight edge among young viewers, at 0.69/4 vs. 0.61/4 for Colbert. ABC’s "Jimmy Kimmel Live" is at 2.3 million viewers and a 0.48/3 among 18-49 viewers for the season so far.



Later-night programming has NBC’s "Late Night with Seth Meyers" tops in both key categories: 1.6 million and 0.4/3 in 18-49. ABC’s "Nightline" is at 1.42 million and 0.31/2 in 18-49; CBS' "Late Late Show with James Corden" is at 1.41 million and 0.29/2.

Among cable networks, Turner’s Adult Swim 11:30 p.m. programming block is at 1.2 million for the season; its 12:30 a.m. block at 920,000. Comedy Central's' "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" (11 p.m.), at 900,000; TBS' "Conan" (11 p.m.), 380,000; and Comedy Central’s "The Opposition" (11:30 p.m.) 310,000.

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