As latenight talk shows continue to see overall viewing declines versus a year ago, CBS’s Late Show with Stephen Colbert maintains a strong lead over NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in total viewers, as well as a slight edge in key 18-49 viewers.
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Now five weeks in — since the start of the Trump Administration — CBS’s Late Show with Stephen Colbert continues its strong and surprising rise over other broadcast network shows in total viewers. Colbert led with 3.003 million Nielsen viewers for the week ending March 5 — just ahead of NBC’s Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, which had 2.92 million.