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Stephen Colbert Just Increased His Lead Over Jimmy Fallon Again

More and more people are tuning in to Colbert.

08/08/2017 15:24 EDT | Updated 08/08/2017 15:27 EDT
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That moment Jimmy Fallon rustled his fingers through Donald Trump’s hair appears to still haunt “The Tonight Show.”

Stephen Colbert’s “The Late Show” just had its “largest margin of victory in total viewers,” according to a Variety report about Nielsen data. The Colbert show on CBS averaged 3.2 million viewers in the week that ended on Aug. 4, compared to Fallon’s 2.3 million viewers.

“The Late Show” notably had a similar victory near the end of July, when Colbert aired segments from his trip to Russia.

Fallon continues to beat Colbert in the demographic of adults aged 18-49, but by a slight margin.

Earlier this summer, “The Late Show” earned its first Emmy nod with Colbert as host for “Outstanding Variety Talk Series.” Fallon’s show failed to get a nomination.

Colbert likely got a boost last week from the sudden departure of Anthony Scaramucci as President Trump’s communications director. In a clip that eventually went viral, Colbert sang a farewell to the tune of “Bohemian Rhapsody.” 

NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt stressed last week that Colbert’s recent winning streak is not a concern for his network.

“I have no concern about it whatsoever,” Greenblatt said at a Television Critics Association event. “Jimmy’s the greatest at what he does. He’s the most multitalented entertainer for late night. Clearly we’re in a news cycle that everyday tops itself from the day before. I think that will even itself out.”

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