Colbert Helps Letterman Beat Fallon in Late Night Ratings

Looks like David Letterman got the “Colbert bump” last night. In Nielsen’s metered-market households, The Late Show scored a 2.5 rating, beating consistent front-runner The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, which had a 2.3. Jimmy Kimmel Live! was third with a 1.7.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, Fallon remained on top in the coveted 18-49 demo with an 0.9 rating while Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel tied for second with an 0.5.

Colbert’s appearance on The Late Show Tuesday night was the first time he had sat down with Letterman after accepting the offer to replace him on CBS next year. The two men discussed Colbert’s previous brushes with Late Show glory, from turning down an internship in 1986 to failing to get a job as a write on the show in 1997. He even presented a top ten list he and writing partner Paul Dinello submitted about cocktails for Santa Claus.

While it’s difficult to make any broad conclusions about Colbert’s ability to draw viewers on CBS based on last night’s show, it does at least bode well from him that he was able to out-draw Fallon on the momentous late night occasion.

Watch Colbert’s full appearance on The Late Show below, via CBS:

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