For the second week in a row, “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” has attracted the biggest audience in late night. That news stands out in the Orlando Sentinel's weekly roundup of Nielsen ratings leaders:
- Late night: Colbert averaged 3.013 million total viewers. “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” drew 2.879 million for NBC. “Jimmy Kimmel Live” entertained 2.103 million for ABC. (Friday’s Kimmel was a repeat.) Fallon, however, won the 18-to-49 and 25-to-54 age groups.
- Evening news: ABC’s David Muir had the most viewers, but NBC’s Lester Holt was tops with the 25-to-54 age group most important to news advertisers. “ABC World News Tonight” averaged 9.110 million viewers. “NBC Nightly News” drew 8.996 million. “CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley” attracted 7.452 million. In the 25-to-54 age group, Holt drew 2.179 million to Muir’s 1.977 million and Pelley’s 1.666 million.
- Morning news: ABC’s “Good Morning America” had the most viewers while NBC’s “Today” won the 25-to-54 age group. “GMA” averaged 4.637 million viewers. “Today” had 4.355 million. “CBS This Morning” ranked third with 3.829 million. With the 25-to-54 age group, “Today” was tops with 1.703 million. It was followed by “GMA” with 1.519 million and “CBS This Morning” with 1.122 million.
- Cable news: Another huge week for Fox News Channel. It was tops in prime time in all of basic cable. Fox News averaged 2.950 million viewers in prime time. It was followed by HGTV with 1.633 million, AMC with 1.565 million, USA with 1.561 million and MNSBC with 1.436 million. CNN ranked No. 9 with 1.275 million. Fox News was also the most-watched basic cable channel for the total day. In that count, it was followed by Nickelodeon, HGTV, CNN and Adult Swim.