Late Night Ratings: Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Note: LateNighter generally posts late night ratings on a two (business) day delay, which is how they are released by Nielsen.

Here’s how late night fared on Tuesday, March 5, 2024:

CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert won the late-night TV ratings race on Tuesday, March 5, averaging 1,892,000 total viewers and 300,000 P18-49 viewers at 11:35 p.m. That’s according to live-plus-same-data data from Nielsen.

The Late Show shed -5% in total viewers and -22% in P18-49 viewers from the previous Tuesday episode (Feb. 27, 2024).

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Bleachers were Colbert’s Late Show guests this past Tuesday.

NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon came in second at 11:35 p.m., averaging 1,107,000 total viewers and 246,000 P18-49 viewers in the timeslot on March 5. That represents a +7% gain in total viewers but a -13% decline in P18-49 viewers from the prior Tuesday episode.

NBC Today show co-anchors Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb were Fallon’s guests on Tuesday, along with Rhett & Link, and Don Toliver.

ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! is dark this week as the host prepares to host the Academy Awards this coming Sunday, and the network did not submit Jimmy Kimmel Live! viewer data to Nielsen for for Tuesday, March 5. The network instead aired a repeat of the show’s Feb. 29, 2024 episode, which featured guests Eugene Levy, Anna Sawai, and the Kid LARO.

Hitting fast-forward to 12:37 a.m., NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers and CBS’ After Midnight split first place on Tuesday, March 5. Late Night averaged 690,000 total viewers and 107,000 P18-49 viewers, +9% and +32%, respectively, from the previous Tuesday episode.

Joel McHale, Kyle Kinane, and Adrian Young were Meyers’ Late Night guests this past Tuesday.

CBS’ After Midnight hosted by Taylor Tomlinson took first place at 12:37 a.m. in the key P18-49 demo, averaging 118,000 viewers in the measurement, per live-plus-same-day data. However, that’s actually a -24% drop off in demo viewers from the prior Tuesday. CBS’ 12:37 a.m. offering finished behind NBC and ABC in total viewers, averaging 558,000. That’s -19% in from the previous Tuesday.

The Tuesday, March 5, 2024 installment of After Midnight featured appearances by Esther Povitsky, Haley Joel Osment, and Kurt Braunohler.

ABC News’ Nightline finished second in total viewers but third in P18-49 behind NBC and CBS on Tuesday. The late-night half-hour news show averaged 624,000 total viewers and 82,000 P18-49 viewers at 12:37 a.m., -17% but +21%, respectively, from the previous Tuesday broadcast.

Switching to cable, Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, hosted on Tuesday (and for the rest of the week) by correspondent Ronny Chieng, averaged 420,000 total viewers and 155,000 P18-49 viewers, per live-plus-same-day data. That’s a -15% decline in total viewers but a +4% improvement in P18-49 viewers from the previous Tuesday, when Michael Kosta served as host.

Yuval Noah Harari was Chieng’s guest on the Tuesday, March 5 edition of The Daily Show.

Live+SD ratings (18-49 demo only)

NetworkShow NameTotal Viewers% Share
11:00 PM
CCThe Daily Show155,0001.44
11:35 PM
ABCJimmy Kimmel Live! (R 2/29/24)n/an/a
CBSThe Late Show With Stephen Colbert300,0003.53
NBCThe Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 246,0002.87
12:37 AM
ABCNightline147,0002.27
CBSAfter Midnight155,0002.54
NBCLate Night With Seth Meyers199,0003.17
© The Nielsen Company, used under license.
(R) = Repeat

Live+SD ratings (All Viewers 2+)

NetworkShow NameTotal Viewers% Share
11:00 PM
CCThe Daily Show420,0001.07
11:35 PM
ABCJimmy Kimmel Live! (R 2/29/24)n/an/a
CBSThe Late Show With Stephen Colbert1,892,0006.29
NBCThe Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon1,107,0003.66
12:37 AM
ABCNightline624,0002.77
CBSAfter Midnight558,0002.69
NBCLate Night With Seth Meyers 690,0003.20
© The Nielsen Company, used under license.
(R) = Repeat

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