Trump, Fiorina Dominate Late Night Premiere Week


Republican outsiders continue to dominate late night television.

Deadline reports Republican frontrunner Donald Trump’s recent visit to CBS’ The Late Show was the overall most watched late-night broadcast of Premiere Week, while Carly Fiorina’s Tonight Show stop won big in the key 18-49 demographic.

A combined 4.577 million tuned in for Trump’s Sept. 22 appearance on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show.

Trump appeared on Fallon a week prior to his Late Show debut, helping NBC to beat rival CBS in the process.

Fiorina’s Sept. 21 Tonight Show visit won in the 18-49 demo drawing in 1.5 million people in the age group, beating Trump’s 1.3 million.

The former Hewlett Packard CEO’s Fallon stop was watched by a total of 4.038 million people, making her spot Premiere Week’s second most watched late-night broadcast, according to Deadline.

NBC finished in first place in the first official week of the new TV season, despite being down slightly from last year.

Meanwhile, Colbert delivered CBS its biggest Late Show numbers in overall audience, and in the key demo, since 2011.

The Tonight Show bested The Late Show by slightly more than 360 thousand viewers during the official season kickoff, however that gap was closed from last year, when Fallon won the battle by 1.2 million viewers.

As Deadline reports, Trump on CBS was the news of Premiere Week.

ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! finished the week a distant third, with 3 million viewers, of whom 1.02M were key demo viewers.


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