Late night ratings report: Jimmy Kimmel Live! gains on The Late Show


August has brought some shuffling at the top of the late night ratings leader board.

August will be another quiet month in the world of late night television. Reruns and vacations have meant limited new content from a number of shows. Still, there are some trends worth noting from the month.

With only ConanThe Daily Show with Trevor Noah, and Lights Out with David Spade bringing new episodes in the latter half of August, fans shouldn’t expect to see anything too crazy when it comes to ratings. It was in the early part of August where things changed, breaking up the normal two horse race between The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

The Tonight Show did wind up on top for the week of July 29 through August 2. It scored a 0.35 average rating among adults ages 18-49. There was a tie for second as both The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel Live! pulled in a 0.30 rating.

Lights Out with David Spade debuted with a 0.14 rating, matching Conan in that category. It may have been a little lower than was hoped for David Spade’s new show but fan reaction was mostly positive after the first episode.

From August 5-9, there was a change at the top. Jimmy Kimmel Live! had an impressive week resulting in a 0.32 rating, tying it with The Late Show for the top spot. The Tonight Show dropped back to second by a slim margin with a 0.31 rating.

Kimmel’s rise to the week’s top spot came during a particularly contentious week of political stories . Typically, these benefit shows like The Late Show and Late Night with Seth Meyers that take deeper looks at these kind of headlines compared to Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

Lights Out dropped back in its second week. Conan returned from a break to score a 0.12 and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah pulled in a 0.19.

Spade may have turned things around this week. He is one of the only late night shows not on vacation, meaning he has a better chance of pulling in new viewers. Lights Out certainly got a boost when the cast of HBO’s Barry stopped by the show on August 19.

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Things will certainly pick back up when the calendar changes over to September. The fall will mean fewer vacations for late night shows. Fans can expect the hosts to bring their best material of the year.