In case you’re wondering who still watches late-night TV talk shows on TV when they air, here are some updated numbers for you to chew on…

As the TV season wound down this month, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on CBS had solidified its hold as the most-watched show for a fourth consecutive year, attracting more than 1.55 million viewers (3.6 million versus 2.05 million) than his nearest competition, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on NBC.

But NBC, which added Rebecca Drysdale as Fallon’s new head writer in April, touted more recent metrics and spun the news digitally, announcing that The Tonight Show leads all comers on YouTube in our new quarantine age where each of the show’s hosts have been broadcasting from home. NBC cited stats revealing 403 million YouTube views for Fallon’s clips since March 17, compared to Jimmy Kimmel Live‘s 281+ million YouTube views in second place.

Through the first week of May 2020, here were the season averages:

ADULTS 18-49

  • CBS, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, 0.43 rating/3 share
  • NBC, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, 0.40/3
  • Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 0.35
  • ABC, Jimmy Kimmel Live, 0.34/3
  • Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.28
  • NBC, Late Night with Seth Meyers, 0.24/3
  • CBS, The Late Late Show with James Corden, 0.19/2
  • Comedy Central, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, 0.18
  • NBC, A Little Late with Lilly Singh, 0.15/2
  • TBS, Conan, 0.13


  • Stephen Colbert: 3.566 million viewers
  • Jimmy Fallon: 2.047 million viewers
  • Jimmy Kimmel: 1.97 million viewers
  • Seth Meyers: 1.293 million viewers
  • James Corden: 1.228 million viewers
  • Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 726,000 viewers
  • Lilly Singh: 672,000 viewers
  • Trevor Noah: 600,000 viewers
  • Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 535,000 viewers
  • Conan O’Brien: 349,000 viewers